LiveAuctioneers wins coveted spot on Crain’s NY Business ‘Best Places to Work in NYC’ list



NEW YORK –, the world’s leading online platform for auctions of collectibles, antiques and fine art, has been named “One of the Best Places to Work in New York City” by Crain’s New York Business for 2016.

The annual competition identifies, recognizes and honors the 100 best employers in New York City out of a pool of more than 200,000 eligible companies. Its selections are based on a variety of factors, including workplace environment and culture; team spirit and cooperation; results-based incentives, and employee benefits.

According to Jill Kaplan, publisher of Crain’s New York Business, this year’s evaluation was the most difficult, as it attracted “a record number of applications representing a wide array of industries throughout the five boroughs.”

The first part of the evaluation process consisted of a review of each nominated organization’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part involved assessing the employee experience, including engagement, culture and job satisfaction. An independent research firm, Best Companies Group, analyzed the data used in selecting this year’s winners.

“LiveAuctioneers could be regarded as a case study for the importance of investing in talented, highly motivated people. We’re approaching our 15th year and creating accelerating value to our bidder base and auction houses. There can be no question but that our people are the key to our ongoing success,” said Phil Michaelson, VP of Product and Strategy. He continued, “Our workplace has a unique culture that fosters innovation, creative thinking and a team spirit. We all thrive on the challenge of improving our technology, products and services so they make a difference that is positive and meaningful to over 4,000 auction-house partners.”


Members of LiveAuctioneers’ New York team outside the company’s offices in Manhattan’s Chelsea arts district. Photo by Suzie Ryu

Members of LiveAuctioneers’ New York team outside the company’s offices in Manhattan’s Chelsea arts district. Photo by Suzie Ryu


“It is very gratifying to be recognized as one of the best places to work in New York City,” said Jason Finger, co-founder and long-time CEO of Seamless (NYSE: GRUB) and Board Member of LiveAuctioneers. “The Crain’s award provides terrific third-party validation of our team’s passion and engagement. Some may think that a robust marketplace develops solely as the result of engaged buyers and sellers, but LiveAuctioneers takes a broader approach. We know that our online community of nearly three million bidders has flourished because of the catalyst provided by our team’s commitment to excellence and our performance-based culture. This award is a great leading indicator of continued success in the market.”

Founded in 2002, LiveAuctioneers is the world’s foremost online platform for auctions of fine art, antiques and collectibles. The company provides Internet live-bidding capability and digital-marketing products to auction houses in 47 countries. Since its inception, LiveAuctioneers has showcased 31 million items in more than 62,000 online auction catalogs, enabling over 55 million international bidders to participate in sales of premier art, furnishings, vintage collectibles and luxury goods via the Internet.

Earlier this year, LiveAuctioneers was named a 2016 Red Herring Top 100 North America award winner, joining a prestigious list of past winners that includes Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype and eBay.