TOTSY Appoints New CTO, Richard Minns, Former VP of Technology at 1800FLOWERS

Minns Brings 15 Years of Tech and E-commerce Experience to Leading Private Sales Site for Parents, Babies and Children

Oct 24, 2011, 13:00 ET from TOTSY

NEW YORK, Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TOTSY (, the first and leading private sales site dedicated to offering exclusive deals to parents, babies and children, announced today the appointment of Richard Minns as Chief Technology Officer. Minns brings 15 years of corporate experience in technology and e-commerce, most recently from, where he played a large role in enabling the company's success.  

As VP of Technology, Minns managed over 40 employees, designed an efficient budget and managed business relationships for all of the company's gourmet food brands, among multiple other duties. Directly before filling this senior-level position, Minns acted as the Director of Enterprise Order Management Systems, where he developed an innovative software development life cycle that significantly enhanced site performance.

In his role at TOTSY, Minns will handle the development and structure of cutting edge e-commerce technology to maintain the momentum of the 1,000 percent growth TOTSY achieved over the last year. He will also focus on expanding and managing TOTSY's technology team as the leading private sales site for parents, babies and kids.

"I am thrilled to join TOTSY and to receive another opportunity to support their proven track record of success," said Minns. "As Chief Technology Officer, I look forward to taking on the challenge of implementing new technologies that can support TOTSY's rapid growth and deliver new business functionality while ensuring the high standard of customer service for which TOTSY has become known," Minns commented.

"Since launching two years ago, we have seen our executive team evolve into a collective of individuals at the top of their game and are excited to welcome another industry-leading expert to the family, especially as he will work to build our tech team," said Guillaume Gauthereau, Co-founder and CEO. "With a great blend of executives from the e-commerce and children's specialty industries, we are confident will continue to be the dominant player in online private sales for young families."

Prior to Minns,'s most recent hires have included former FAO Schwarz President David Niggli as Chief Merchandising Officer and former IDEELI VP of Operations Ken O' Grady as VP of Operations.


Headquartered in New York, TOTSY is a privately held company dedicated to providing its members with access to coveted and essential products and brands designed for expecting moms, parents, babies and kids at sample sale prices. Shopping events are designer-specific and held over a 72 hour period. Membership is free of charge and by invitation only. For more information, please visit