Scott Phillips, co-founder of Rise Art, the platform for discovering original art for sale and to rent, gives us an insight into his life online.

Rise Art has been making waves in the cyber art world since its launch in 2011. The website, created by technology entrepreneurs, Scott Phillips and Marcos Steverlyck, helps people discover and try art in their home. You can rent original art for low monthly payments from museums, galleries and artists; if you love it, keep it. If not, you return the work free of charge.


With Frieze London imminent, we quiz Rise Art co-founder, Scott Phillips on his internet habits.

My favourite websites... The Guardian and the Economist. I check them daily for news. I read the New Yorker for long form content and check out reddit for fun.

My favourite app... Waze - I wasn’t born in the UK and have only had my driving licence a few years. This traffic and driving app has been a lifesaver, getting me where I need to go and helping me avoid speed cameras and traffic congestion.

My blog of choice... Artnet and The Art Newspaper, I love checking their blog. For tech and business news, the Economist's Espresso daily feed can’t be beaten.

My internet hero... Anyone who has had a big dream and the skills to execute it. Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Jack Ma are three of my favourites.

My most recent buy online... a pair of Rivieras Shoes for a recent wedding - They were my favourite find for the summer.

Book just downloaded/read... I’ve recently been returning to classics that are free to download via the Kindle to unwind. Treasure Island and the full, unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo were two favourites.

My favourite Tweeter... Merlin Mann (@hotdogsladies) - I listen to podcasts frequently on the way to work and love listening to Merlin. His Twitter feed is fun, irreverent and self-deprecating. It is sometimes even useful, which in my experience tends to be rare!

My favourite Instagrammer... Street Artist Kef has a great Instagram and I collect and follow his work. I also love Tommy Clarke’s photography feed and the painter, Victoria Horkan’s Studio shots.

Social media allowed me to meet... Investors, partners and recruits.

Most worthwhile newsletter subscribed to... Exponential View by @azeem - Excellent macroscopic and fills me in on must-reads across tech.

My standout online memory... When Rise Art closed over £500k via Crowdcube for our last fundraise alongside our traditional ventures. It was highly rewarding to see friends, customers and our own employees invest and share in the growth story of our journey.

My pet hate about life online... Missing time with my family and trying to multitask.

iPhone or Android... Android! The Nexus 6p is a great phone and unlike Apple, it doesn’t lock you in.

October 2016