In '99 Jasmine Trabelsi and Yulia Laricheva launched the original Artsy. It's still up here. We created the first platform showcasing women artists and writers. We experimented with selling art online as well. In 1999, with out any advertising, this was way before social media was invented, we grew our individual visitors to 60,000 per month. I interviewed Yoko Ono, De La Soul, Judy Chicago, Nancy Spero. We created a large community focused on promoting women in the art world. Since women were always considered "Artsy" and hardly ever regarded as "Masters." We were often the subject of paintings but few received the same recognition as the men. We even put out a print magazine. This was our college thesis project, funded by the UMass Amherst. After graduation we continued to grow the project. We stopped in 2001 since the art world went on hiatus and budgets were cut. The new Artsy.net took our original idea and removed the female angle, and focused more on selling the art work online.