Forrst founder Kyle Bragger confirmed the news this morning to VentureBeat via email.
Colourlovers is a loosely organized community that’s all about colors and patterns; it’s the machine power behind Twitter’s official profile skinner, Themeleon. It’s more than a million users strong, has a paint color-focused partnership with Martha Stewart Living, and recently launched a “creative market” for designers to sell their mouse-made work.
Forrst, on the other hand, recently launched a job posting and job search feature of its own. The feature is tailored to help companies find top-notch design and web development professionals — a far cry from the Etsy-like, one-off CreativeMarket transactions on Colourlovers.
“Forrst will still be Forrst, no drastic changes,” said Bragger via email. He continued to say that the team is “still evaluating how we want to integrate with Colourlovers [and] CreativeMarket.”
Bragger couldn’t reveal any specifics about the terms of the deal, but he did note that he and the still-small Forrst team will all be working for Colourlovers now. “I will say that it feels weird to be able to say ‘my boss’!… Great folks over there,” he concluded.
Bragger founded Forrst almost exactly two years ago in January 2010. Last year, in March 2011, the startup took a small $205,000 round of seed funding from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, Gary and AJ Vaynerchuk, and a handful of other investors.