shameless rumormongering

Rumor Roundup: Artsy’s Art Basel Bust and the $50,000 Tip That Wasn’t


Basel Bust? Artsy’s invite for its Art Basel party this year–thrown by Chanel–was positively littered with enticing cohosts. “On behalf of Carter Cleveland, Larry Gagosian, Wendi Murdoch, Peter Theil & Dasha Zhukova, we invite you to a beachside barbecue on Wednesday, December 5th in Miami Beach,” the invite said. Perhaps too enticing. “I ended up not going because it was such a shit show,” said one would-be guest. The tipster blamed the venue, noting that “the same thing happened last night at Amfar. It was a mess trying to get into the after party and there were 400 people waiting outside and inside it was a crowded mess.”

Typical for Art Basel, said the source, brushing off complaints. “Less so for tech startups :)” Too bad they missed Demi Moore’s highly gif-able turn on the dance floor next to Lenny Kravitz. Perhaps our partier will have better luck with Tumblr, which is hosting its own Art Basel extravaganza tonight. Read More


A Peek at’s Much-Anticipated Beta screenshot. March 23, 2012

Betabeat signed up for on January 24, 2011. “Right now we’re in closed beta, but we look forward to launching in Spring 2011. And because of your early interest, you’ll be the first to know when invites become available,” we were told. But it must have been a struggle to get the app running and populated with artwork, because we didn’t receive an invite until March 2012. (Wired got a sneak peek in November.)

At any rate, as of two weeks ago, we’re in. is an art shopping catalog, comprised of works from 2,400 artists from more than 200 galleries, museums and private collections, something like 13,549 works. Not all are for sale. The site includes high resolution images of the artwork and blurbs about the movements and artists; “American artist Alexander Calder changed the course of modern art by developing an innovative method of sculpting, bending and twisting wire.” Read More

Pre-Launch Has a Working Product and Wired Has Seen It

Jellyfish Eyes - Black 4. Untitled, Takashi Murakami’s doors are still closed to Betabeat, as we signed up for an invite in… May, perhaps? It was a while ago. The startup has had plenty of press since then, as well as a semi-public launch at the Art Basel visual art fair in Switzerland over the summer. The product remains in closely-held beta, however. But some details slipped out in an article in December’s issue of Wired, the latest in’s extremely successful press run. Read More

Start-Ups’s Carter Cleveland Represents Generation Open Source


“I knew that I chose not to inform my boss and CEO about such a minor project being open sourced. I feared that the announcement or the source code included confidential information about our business or an incompatible license. I was convinced that I missed something very big and important and dreaded the consequences for my team and my job.” That’s what was going through the mind of’s head of engineering Daniel Doubrovkine after receiving an email from CEO Carter Cleveland with the subject line, “Immediate action required (RE: Our latest open source project).” Read More