Spoonflower Welcomes New Board Members: Maria Thomas and Scot Wingo

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Spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com), a Durham-based digital textile service and one of the Triangle’s fastest growing companies, today announced the addition of Maria Thomas and Scot Wingo to their board of directors. Thomas, whose background includes having served as Etsy CEO from 2008-2010, and Wingo, who co-founded ChannelAdvisor, bring a significant depth of experience to the now seven-person board.

Maria Thomas, one of Spoonflower's new board members

Maria Thomas, one of Spoonflower's new board members.

Wingo notes, “In the world of e-commerce it’s become harder and harder to create a unique value proposition. Spoonflower has done exactly that by offering print-on-demand fabrics and papers that can’t be found anywhere else."

Spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com), a Durham-based digital textile service and one of the Triangle’s fastest growing companies, today announced the addition of Maria Thomas and Scot Wingo to their board of directors. Thomas, whose background includes having served as Etsy CEO from 2008-2010, and Wingo, who co-founded ChannelAdvisor, bring a significant depth of experience to the now seven-person board. The board expansion follows the close of the company’s first round of investment in August, led by North Bridge Growth Equity with participation by Durham’s Bull City Venture Partners.

Gart Davis, co-founder of Spoonflower shared, “Although part of what makes Spoonflower distinct is how we apply technology to textile manufacturing, we are fundamentally an ecommerce business and a consumer business. Scot and Maria bring diverse experiences not just as executives, but as innovators who have stood on the frontlines of interesting, entrepreneurial companies in the direct-to-consumer e-commerce space.”

Thomas explains her interest this way: "Spoonflower enables self-expression in beautiful and playful ways. That's why I've been excited about it since I first saw it in 2008. Where else could I purchase Christmas Vacation in a gift wrap? Spoonflower offers a universally appealing service for those who love to create and who want to trade homogeneous and disconnected for personal and meaningful."

For his part, Wingo notes, “In the world of e-commerce it’s become harder and harder to create a unique value proposition. Spoonflower has done exactly that by offering print-on-demand fabrics and papers that can’t be found anywhere else, and also by creating a thriving consumer and designer community and marketplace around the products they sell.”

Maria Thomas served most recently as the Chief Marketing and Consumer Officer of SmartThings, an open platform for the smart home that launched on Kickstarter and was purchased two years later by Samsung. She also served as General Manager of Digital Media at NPR for seven years before taking the CEO post at Etsy from 2008 until 2010. Thomas enjoys leading businesses at the intersection of commerce, media and technology. She also serves on the board of Relay Foods, an online grocery business. Thomas was named one of the 25 Most Influential People on the Web by Bloomberg Business Week.

Scot Wingo, a veteran entrepreneur, co-founded ChannelAdvisor and continues to serve as its executive chairman. Wingo is also co-founder and Executive Chairman at Get Spiffy, Inc., an on-demand, smartphone-powered, technology-enabled, mobile car wash and detailing service. Wingo has served on a number of boards, including Zverse, NC State Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, and Shop.org. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Computer Engineering degree from North Carolina State University, as well as several awards including Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Triangle Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year.

About Spoonflower: Spoonflower is a website that allows anyone to upload their own designs to print on fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap. Spoonflower is home of the largest community of independent fabric designers in the world. Making things with Spoonflower is also the subject of a new title from Abrams Books, “The Spoonflower Handbook: A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper & Gift Wrap with 30+ Projects.”

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