Providence, R.I.-based Teespring, a Y Combinator-backed startup that allows anyone to outsource the production and distribution costs involved with selling their own custom T-shirts, has raised $20 million in new funding in a round entirely led by Andreessen Horowitz. The funding, which closed around a month ago, will also see the firm’s Lars Dalgaard joining Teespring’s board.
First launched in 2012 by Brown grads Walker Williams and Evan Stites-Clayton, the idea for Teespring originally came about after Williams tried to save a local bar from shutting down by selling a “save the bar” custom T-shirt. He threw together a website to help with the effort, and soon became inundated with emails from other organizations who asked if he could build something like that for them, too.
Recalls Williams, “I didn’t know entirely what it was at that time, or why it was that people were emailing me, but now…
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