Osman Khan – Paddle8

Date19th June 2013
GuestOsman Khan

In this episode of the ArtTactic Podcast, we’re joined by Osman Khan, COO of Paddle8, to update us on the online auction house. First, Osman talks about Paddle8’s transformation into an exclusively online auction house, hosting both charity auctions as well as curated and themed auctions. Then, Osman touches on the company’s recent round of funding, including notable investors White Cube owner Jay Jopling and artist Damien Hirst, and what it is that compelled these two notable art market participants to invest in an art e-commerce site. Also, he provides us with some interesting sales figures to manifest the increased sales activity over the past two years, shares his reaction to the proposed online sales tax bill in the US and speculates on how galleries may become more heavily active in the art e-commerce landscape in the future.