The future of selling art online, a conversation with Matt Trifiro CEO of

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Matt Profile - wide Matthew G. Trifiro is a co-founder and CEO of 1,000 Markets, Inc., a Seattle-based technology company that builds e-commerce platforms for "very small" businesses. 1,000 Markets' mission is to provide community-driven retailing opportunities to artisanal businesses and a unique shopping experience for consumers. Their Public Market Platform™ provides a marketplace construction kit where specialty merchants open branded shops and then self-organize into thematic marketplaces.

When I first discovered I was totally blown away by their design and implementation of an online marketplace… 1KM is beautiful, functional and focused.

Of all the sites I've tried for selling my work online, 1000 Markets has the simplest, fastest and most powerful user interface for creating listings. I love it. I also love the fact that as good as it is, when I made a few suggestions to CEO Matt Trifiro early in the development of 1KM, he saw the value of the ideas and was able to implement them nearly instantly on the system.

This led to a great friendship and some very interesting conversations about how to implement the best possible e-commerce platform for artists and entrepreneurs. The integration of blogs and e-commerce is a subject I've studied exhaustively (see my post on TypePad Hacks: Blogs as Stores: A Comprehensive Overview of Ecommerce Solutions for Bloggers). After years of testing, consulting and advocacy in this field, Matt is probably the smartest and most effective person I've worked with.

Learn More about 1000 Markets

  1. Visit
  2. Follow Matt Trifro on Twitter
  3. Asley Pahl's 1KM set-up tutorial: Thinking about selling on 1000 Markets?

Further Resources:

  1. Blogs as Stores: A Comprehensive Overview of Ecommerce Solutions for Bloggers: TypePad Hacks

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