I met Jen Bekman four years ago when I was getting ready to put on the first Womens Entrepreneur Festival. I wanted to meet Jen before putting her on a panel. We hit it off. I was sorry that I wasn't one of the first investors in 20X200. I was a big fan of what Jen had built.
I loved 20X200 for a variety of reasons. The ability to buy editions from artists in a variety of sizes made sense. Being able to buy them already framed makes life so easy. The artists benefit by being able to supplement their own income from selling editions on the site. The price points also give everyone the ability to collect art. We own a bunch of pieces from 20X200 that hang with the pieces that are individual pieces of art. I believe that 20X200 has changed the way that people shop for art online.
Fast forward the site has been down for almost six months. I have been privy to the back end story but it is not mine to share. There are several sides to the story, as always, but what is most impressive is that Jen got the site, her gallery and her name back. She was not going to let something she built and believed in just fall into the abyss of where Internet companies go to die.
Today I am thrilled to announce the relaunching of 20X200. I am so excited for Jen. This time around, I got to invest!