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EarthLink Founder, Sky Dayton, Joins Artsy as Active Board Director

  EarthLink Founder, Sky Dayton, Joins Artsy as Active Board Director

   Artsy allows you to discover and collect from one of the largest online
                       collections of contemporary art

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- February 25, 2013

Sky Dayton, Founder of EarthLink and one of the world's most successful
Internet entrepreneurs, has joined Artsy as a highly active Board Director,
alongside Wendi Deng Murdoch and Artsy CEO, Carter Cleveland (who will
maintain board control). Dayton will focus primarily on Artsy’s high level
strategy, marketing, fundraising, and strategic partnerships.

Sky Dayton founded EarthLink in 1994 and built the company into the world’s
largest independent ISP when it IPO’d in 1997. Dayton cut the deal with Steve
Jobs that made EarthLink the default ISP for all Apple products and ultimately
oversaw Earthlink’s growth to over 5 million customers and more than $1
billion in revenue. Including EarthLink, Dayton has founded, co-founded, and
helped build several tech companies that have gone public or been sold for
almost $3 billion in aggregate market value.

His father a sculptor and his mother a poet, Dayton has been involved with art
since childhood. Over the past few years Dayton’s interest in collecting led
him to see the Internet’s potential to fundamentally change the art market,
stating: Art presents a perfect opportunity for a disruptive new online
marketplace. The art economy is pretty big, in the $10's of billions, but it
can get a lot bigger. Today, massive amounts of inventory are trapped in
isolated locations while the majority of the world's walls remain empty of
real art. Hundreds of millions of people with disposable income are waiting to
become collectors and to discover a platform that can serve them, a place
where they can browse, learn, share, discover and confidently purchase, where
the opacity and friction of today's art collecting system is gone. The Artsy
platform makes the collecting experience so much better for everyone, and
ultimately, all participants will be huge winners, including collectors,
gallery owners, museums and most importantly, artists. The result will be more
art in the world.

On his decision to join Artsy’s team, Dayton stated, I've spent a lot of time
in the emerging online art space and concluded that Artsy has the best
product, the best team, the most embracive vision, and the most promise to
build the future platform of the art market.

Full press release here.


Madeleine Goldstein, 203-803-5418
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