Mike Steib joined Artsy as chief executive in June. Courtesy of Artsy

The online art marketplace Artsy has laid off roughly 20 employees in its second round of layoffs this year, following the dismissal of the start-ups content-sales division in February. It marks the first substantial change made in the US-based company since Mike Steib was named chief executive in June, replacing co-founder Carter Cleveland.

The recent layoffs represent a reduction of nearly 10% in Artsys staff and comprise the members of the remaining content-sales group, who handled branded partnerships, as well as three editorial staff members and others from communications and curatorial divisions, including the firms in-house head curator, who had been with the company since its inception.

An Artsy spokesman maintains that “revenue continues to grow rapidly and were financially healthy”, and that the new “streamlined operations” will allow the firm “to execute our strategy faster under new leadership”.

“Realigning our resources to double down on our core marketplace strategy has meant exiting non-core functions such as our content-sales business, as well as consolidating other business areas,” the spokesman adds.

Billed as the worlds leading online marketplace for art, Artsy has seen a few shifts in both its leadership and its business model this year. Steib joined in June after five years as chief executive of XO Group Inc., the parent company of the wedding-services online portal The Knot, which merged this year with WeddingWire to become The Knot Worldwide. Cleveland transitioned into a newly created executive chairman role.

Just before Februarys layoffs, Sebastian Cwilich, the firms co-founder with Cleveland, stepped down from his position as the firms president and chief operating officer after nine years, moving into an adviser role before joining Gagosian gallery as its senior adviser in July.

In January, the online sales platform introduced an Amazon-like “buy now” function, a direct commerce scheme through which collectors can buy works from galleries on the spot using a credit card without the burRead More – Source