Some of the biggest names in the technology, media, and fine art worlds are coming together to invest in Art.sy, a New York-based startup that aims to disrupt the fine-art market, we hear.
Led by its 24-year-old founder/CEO, Carter Cleveland, Art.sy aims to give art galleries around the world an online presence. And, using an “art genome” technology — sort of like “Pandora for art” — Art.sy will try to recommend art to would-be buyers, based on their personal taste.
The company has put together a very impressive list of partners, investors, and advisers, we hear, as it closes a round of financing, and attracts interest from galleries.
These people include:
- Wendi Murdoch, Chinese art collector (and wife of Rupert Murdoch), who is investing and will be active in the business
- Dasha Zhukova, art figure and former editor of Pop Magazine, who is investing and will be active in the business
- Larry Gagosian, top art dealer, who will actively advise the company
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who is investing personally
- Jim Breyer, partner at Accel and MoMA SF board member, who is investing personally
- Thrive Capital’s Joshua Kushner, who is leading the investment round
- Twitter creator and Square cofounder/CEO Jack Dorsey, who is investing
- Hunch CEO Chris Dixon, who is investing via Founder Collective
- Path CEO and former Facebook star Dave Morin