M.B.A, International Business, University of Washington
M.S., Economics and Computer Science, Columbia University
B.S., Computer Science, Mumbai University
Devang Thakkar lectures on art and technology at the Institute, with a focus on online auctions and e-commerce, blockchain, and artificial intelligence. Devang is VP of Consumer Marketplace at Artsy, the leading global platform for collecting and discovering art. He leads Artsy’s efforts to enhance the art buying and selling experience with the goal of increasing participation and growing the overall art market. Most recently, he and his team spearheaded the launch of new selling options for galleries, Buy Now and Make Offer, which allow collectors to purchase works instantly from galleries on the platform. Prior to this role, Devang led Artsy’s auctions business, providing consumers access to art auctions across the globe with top auction houses like Christie’s and Phillips. While in this role, Devang led the development of Artsy’s live auction and consignments products, which continue to drive growth of the transactional business at Artsy. Before joining Artsy in 2015, Devang spent 11 years at Microsoft in Seattle where he led the development of major operating systems from Windows XP to Windows 10 and product lines such as Bing apps, MSN, and Microsoft Teams.