Talking Business: Startup Salon: Vastari
Pitch us the concept... Vastari is an online platform that connects private collectors with museum curators for exhibition loans. Collectors anonymously upload works to our secure online database, accessible only by accredited museum professionals personally verified by our team. Each object is hot linked to the owner's name. Curators send a message to the collector with the click of a button, initiating correspondence that could lead to collaboration without the hassle of letter-forwarding and third party interests.
I came up with the idea when... I was working at a Mayfair gallery, and more and more collectors were approaching us about missed opportunities to lend works to museum exhibitions. No place exists where collectors can be in touch with museum curators quickly and efficiently to discuss future loans. Communication has always been reached via a third party. I couldn't believe there was not an online resource to make this whole process more efficient particularly as the loan process benefits both the curator and the collector.