Head of Product
We seek a world-class product leader to head Artsy’s product organization and help us manifest a world where art is as ubiquitous as music.
We believe that art and self-expression elevate the human condition and lead to a more conscious, connected, and empathetic world. However, like music before the radio and record player, the art world today is small, insular, and hard to access–especially if you live outside major cultural hubs.
We believe that by engaging more people with art and empowering them with access to art market information, we will lift the fog of opacity and exclusivity that keep 99%+ of potential art buyers on the sidelines. And by removing the art market’s friction points–30-40% costs and 3-6 month sale cycles–we will raise the frequency of buying and selling. Given the market’s current inefficiency, only $66B of art’s $3T in assets trade annually. We believe our platform can expand that market into the $100’s of billions, growing Artsy’s business and supporting a much larger, more vibrant, and diverse art ecosystem.
The art market is the last major consumer marketplace to come online and, with over $30B in commercial inventory, Artsy is the first company to aggregate the lion’s share of it onto a single platform. Artsy is also the first platform where virtually all the world’s major galleries, museums, fairs, and auction houses have listed inventory–from Sotheby’s contemporary sales to ancient relics in The Met’s permanent collection. Artsy’s platform is global. 70% of our partners are internationally based and our average transaction distance is over 3,000 miles, the highest of any platform on the Internet.
Artsy is the largest art marketplace and most comprehensive art platform in the world–help us use that platform to manifest a world where art is as ubiquitous as music.
You will work with our CEO and other key leaders to develop Artsy’s product strategy and lead the organization that drives its execution.
To expand the art market, you will help us build products and services that remove friction and barriers to entry, while also retaining the positive emotional dimensions of the art buying experience. In doing so, the platform you build will lead to a larger and more diverse community of art buyers, artists, and the businesses that support them.
Beyond expanding the existing art market, your team will answer high level strategic questions e.g. How should the social dimension of art creation, appreciation, and commerce manifest in cyberspace? What are new ways that artists and art businesses can use digital tools to connect with and develop audiences? How can digital tools improve the online experience of art? How can we develop someone with art interest into an art buyer, art entrepreneur, or even an artist themselves?
Your team will also ensure that Artsy anticipates and rides new waves of technological disruption–e.g. AR/VR, decentralized protocols, etc. Your team will leverage these new paradigms to enable more powerful ways for humanity to create, experience, monetize, and connect through our collective self-expression.
- A world class leader–you can design, recruit, and develop a world-class product team that builds trust and collaborates cross-functionally across a company
- A platform strategist–you have led product for a platform or marketplace with core data advantage that powers business + product applications
- A design aficionado–you know and appreciate world-class design, and can collaborate with designers to ship products worthy of all the world’s art
- All In–you are excited to align your work and life purpose; you share our values (detailed below) and vision for creating a world where art is as ubiquitous as music
- Expanding our horizons–you bring a different perspective, experience, and DNA to Artsy’s team and decision making
- Bonus points: you’ve worked on a platform with a. both consumers and enterprises, b. global network effects, or c. high value + long consideration purchases
WORKING AT ARTSY
In addition to our vision of “a world where art is as ubiquitous as music,” Artsy has five core values that will inform your experience working with us:
Art x Science: We believe in the value of both logic and intuition, data and emotion, in our communications, our design, our code, our decision making, and our people. We celebrate the magic that happens when the often separate worlds of art and science are brought together, and we look to create that magic in everything we do.
People are Paramount: At Artsy we believe in people. We spend an extraordinary amount of energy to find the best person in the world for a particular role, and accordingly we treat them like the CEO of that role once they are hired. This means there are no specific work hours, no pointless bureaucracy. You will have complete autonomy and responsibility. Artsy only cares that you achieve inspiring results in a way that is aligned with our values.
Quality Worthy of Art: We believe in creating an experience that is worthy of all the world’s art and the countless lifetimes of dedication that artists have committed to their craft. In recognition of this, we strive to go a step further than what is required in everything we do. We believe the best long term quality comes from rapidly shipping and iterating in the short term.
Positive Energy: We believe in being inclusive and focusing our energy on what makes us happy and excited as opposed to what we don’t like. We take ownership of our negative feelings and use them as opportunities for greater self-awareness. We believe in a positive, supportive, and collaborative culture.
Openness: We believe in getting out of our comfort zone in order to be more open with each other whether that means sharing positive encouragement, critical feedback, or simply sharing our emotions and feelings as they arise. We are also open to receiving feedback no matter how painful it is to hear. We believe in manifesting a more open world where more people have access to art, and can express themselves and connect with others through art.
Artsy is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with our mission of serving a diverse and global audience, we value a diverse workforce and inclusive culture which reflects that. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, and veteran status.
The Head of Product role is full-time and based in our offices in downtown Manhattan surrounded on all sides by skyline views of NYC, New Jersey, and Brooklyn.
To apply, please submit your resumé and a cover letter here.