Amateur T-shirt designers with no money for manufacturing overhead have turned to Teespring (2016 CNBC Disruptor No. 21) to turn their clever ideas, smart logos and (sometimes corny) slogans into woven reality. Now four years old, Teespring boasts $58 million in funding, according to PitchBook, with contributions from heavyweights Khosla Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz. But now the San Francisco-based company that started with T-shirts is poised to begin selling other personalized, branded products created by designers worldwide.
"We call it the Amazon playbook," said co-founder and CEO Walker Williams, 27. "When you come to a Teespring store in the future, it won't feel like a T-shirt store. It'll feel like a natural, organic retail brand."
Now that Teespring has proved it can make life hassle-free for T-shirt designers, Williams said, the next step is to expand its line of products that will still be custom-made.