Mentors

Toni Sikes

CEO of CODAworx

    Toni Sikes is a successful serial entrepreneur with 30 years of operational, fundraising and investment banking experience.  She currently serves as founder and CEO of CODAworx, a global online community that showcases and celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artwork in interior and architectural spaces.  Since 2010 Sikes has been General Partner with Calumet Venture Fund, a venture capital firm investing in early stage technology companies in the Midwest.  As the founder of The Guild, a pioneer ecommerce company that brought the work of artists directly to consumers, Sikes raised over $52 million from leading venture capital firms including Benchmark Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures in Silicon Valley, Dolphin Equity Partners in New York, and ePartners (Rupert Murdoch’s venture firm) based in London.  Today, The Guild markets artist-created products under the consumer brand of Artful Home, and is the largest retailer of artist-made work in the U.S.

    Sikes has authored several books, and is a recognized expert in the area of online marketing of luxury products to consumers. Sikes serves on the boards and advisory board of several technology companies and the Board of Directors of the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, an organization that supplies grants and loans to artists who have suffered disasters. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in Market Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.