|Type of business||Private|
Type of site
|Online Custom Apparel and Accessories, eCommerce|
|Founded||1999, McLean, Virginia|
|No. of locations||18 (July 2020)|
|Area served||United States, Canada|
|Industry||Customized Apparel and Accessories|
|Products||T-shirts, Apparel, Accessories|
|Services||Screen Printing, Digital Printing, Embroidery|
Custom Ink was launched in 1999 (as CustomInk) by former college classmates Marc Katz, Dave Christensen, and Mike Driscoll.
In November 2013, Custom Ink received $40 million from Revolution Growth, the investment fund run by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis. The investment reportedly helped the growth of two new projects: Booster and Pear. Booster (later Custom Ink Fundraising) was launched by Andrew Moss (previously Founder of BuyWithMe) who rejoined Custom Ink after being one of the original CustomInk founding members.
In 2019, Custom Ink's investors sold their shares for an undisclosed amount.
Company culture and employment
In 2014, Fortune and Great Place to Work ranked Custom Ink as one of their Top 100 places to work.
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