Who We Are
Paddle8's founding team is comprised of co-founders Alexander Gilkes (LVMH veteran and Chief Auctioneer at Phillips) and Aditya Julka (serial entrepreneur and Harvard Business School Baker Scholar), who were joined by COO Osman Khan (Perella Weinberg and Harvard Business School) and supported by Andrea Hill. Paddle8.com launched on May 18, 2011. Today, Paddle8 is a team of over thirty art and technology professionals.
Paddle8 is funded by VC firm Founder Collective, which previously backed Uber, Buzzfeed, and Makerbot; Mousse Partners, the private investment firm affiliated with a leading luxury goods company, with recent investments represented by Paperless Post and Bonobos; Vladimir Evtushenkov's Redline Capital Management, experienced investors in e-commerce and media; and angel investor Scott Belsky, the founder of Behance. Individual investors include artist Damien Hirst; members of the Mellon family; Alexander von Furstenberg, Chief Investment Officer of Ranger Global Advisors; and art dealer Jay Jopling along with Hikari Yokoyama.