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10 Questions to a founder : PicsArt

The world of  photo apps is a crowded place.  With thousands of different photo-taking/editing/sharing apps to choose from and more being launched every day, it is a surprise when any of them break off from the pack and gather a strong following. 3 years old  PicsArt is part of that privileged group, gaining impressive traction and recently raising in the process back to back significant funding. While its co-founder Hovhannes Avoyan is no stranger to successful company building, we wanted to learn more about the…

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EyeEm renews with its Festival, this time in New York

EyeEm is the  photo app photographers’ love. Not only  it offers the expected gamut of editing tools we have now become accustomed to, it delivers it in an environment particularly friendly to image creators. Unlike older sister Instagram, EyeEm seeks to help its members generate revenue with their creations, making them as successful as they are. In this spirit, the Berlin-based company announces today the second EyeEm festival, to be held in New York on September 18, 2015. Located in a 19th-century textile warehouse, the festival…

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10 Questions to a founder : Placemeter

We built cities around transportation, rivers, cars, train but little did we think about the human aspect.  With 3.5 billion people living in urban areas today and expected to double by 2050, it is becoming imperative that we change. Startup Placemeter offers the ability to quantify and analyze what we do, how we do it, when and how frequently using any cameras ( security, cell phone, IP cameras)  placed all around our cities. Using computer vision, it can quickly quantify population circulation so that city…

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10 questions to a founder : Imagewiki

With billions of photos uploaded and shared daily on a variety of photo sharing sites,  monitoring copyright is a nightmare for both visual companies and content owners alike. On one side, photo sharing platforms cannot physically police every upload and on the other, content creators cannot spend their days policing the web for illegal usages. While legislators are starting to reconsider the text of the law, a Los Angeles startup might just have the right automated solution to make everyone’s’ life easier and generate revenue…

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10 questions for a founder : Bespoke

You discover, you save, you share. What should be a series of simple 1-2-3 tasks on your mobile devices can become a real hassle, especially if you are running iOS. Each step requires you to close and open different apps with the risk of losing it all in the process.  Newly launch mobile app Bespoke eliminates all the technological roadblocks, allowing users to focus solely on inspiration and creation. Via a dedicated browser, users can now simply navigate back and forth from curating, sharing and browsing…

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Survey Reveals Photo Editing Habits of Men and Women

PicMonkey, the leading photo editing website, in conjunction with LEWIS, recently conducted a survey with over 2,000 respondents about the photos they edit and post on social media. Respondents were asked questions regarding photo quality and personal preference and use. Not surprisingly, 91 percent of all respondents said they have posted pictures to social media within the last year. However, when it came to gender, it turns out that men have posted photos nearly as often as women within the last year (87 percent vs.…

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Case study dives into revenue models for mobile photography apps

Making money from photo apps is still more art than science, according to a new study by Suite 48 Analytics. Even when their user demographics and use cases are similar, photo app developers differ greatly in how they monetize their apps, reflecting differences in legacy business models, financial resources, or strategic goals. The Monetizing Photo Apps case study analyzes how four prominent software developers monetize their popular portrait-enhancement apps: Lightrick’s Facetune, ArcSoft’s Perfect365, CyberLink’s YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup, and Athentech’s . All four have…

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Visual content recognition : A test drive

We all read the stories and we have all heard the rumors. Latest, and probably most infamous is Google’s mislabelling of an African-American couple as “gorilla”. Proudly installed within mainstream services like Flickr and Google photos, visual content recognition is quickly getting a bad rep thanks to a few very public mishaps. For those in the know, those false positives are not a surprise. It is still extremely hard for a computer to get the content of an image exactly right, not unlike human beings. However,…

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LDV Vision Summit : The videos

For those who couldn’t make it, LDV has just posted videos of the panels held at its latest Vision Summit, in New York this past month of May.  Since the summit lasted 2 days this year, with over 80 international expert speakers, 40 sessions, and 2 competitions, there is a lot to view. Curating a must-see list is a challenging task since it greatly depends on the specific interest of the viewers but  here are a few tips:  Since Day 1 was focused on the…

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Study on Instagram Advertising

A new report from L2 Insight has just been released, covering Instagram’s recent efforts into the advertising space. The Facebook-owned company has made slow and careful steps over the last few years, carefully managing its user base while increasing its offering to advertisers. The result is paying off: In 2014, Instagram generated $700 million in revenue and is projected to make $5.8 billion by 2020. Using specific user case, the L2’s report sheds a deep inquisitive light on what appears to be a very well-crafted and…

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