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Instagram vs. Snapchat : A study

At first look, they seem similar. Both allow to take and share pictures and both have seen an impressive adoption growth. But it doesn’t it take too much of a deeper dive to realize that both platforms are also vastly different. L2, a business intelligence firm tracking digital performances of brands, just released  a new in-depth study, showcasing usages of both platforms by more than 280 luxury brands across nine categories. From organic reach to advertising opportunities, the study reveals key points crucial for anyone…

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10 questions for a founder : Stupeflix

With all the talks about video becoming the number media on the internet, little is said about how much more complex it is than text or photos. The elements of motion and sound, as well as timing , file size or even rendering, have made mass market adoption slow, outside of live broadcasts. Stupeflix has already 3 apps on the market which have greatly simplified the process, including Replay an automated editing app. We sat down to talk with Nicola Steegman, founder of Stupeflix, after…

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10 Questions to a CEO : Lytro

Light Field photography has been around for a while and no other company has been more associated with its development than Lytro. First on the market with a consumer camera, and then a pro version, it has paved the uncharted territory of the promising technology. Restrained by a proprietary image format, expensive gear and lack of competition, it didn’t connect with the marketplace. Unphased and convinced that  light field is here to stay , Jason Rosenthal , CEO of Lytro is now aiming for the very…

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10 Questions to an artist/engineer : Gregor Hochmuth

– A little about you, what is your background ? I’m a fairly recent New Yorker, having moved here only about a year and a half ago. I had been living in San Francisco for many years until then and working at a number of tech companies out here: First at Google as a product manager, then joined Instagram when the company was still very small. Once we were acquired by Facebook, I stayed for another year and a half before deciding it was time…

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10 Questions for an investor: IBM Watson

After Watson’s success at winning Jeopardy competitions, IBM created a whole new business unit entirely dedicated to taking advantage of its impressive capabilities. Using cloud computing and  cognitive A.I., the IBM Watson ecosystem can process language, text, image, speech or data as input for anyone at any scale. Realizing that the biggest promises reside in the uncharted startup world, it soon dedicated a $100 M investment fund. Ahead of his participation as a judge at the LDV Vision Summit startup competition,  we sat down with…

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The Camera of the Future = No Camera

For thousands of years humans have engaged in making visual records of the world around them. From the earliest Ice Age animal cave paintings to birthday photos of our children, a common value seems to be expressing itself through our ever evolving technologies and skills that create “visual likeness.” Charcoal, ink, dye, pigments — these were the earliest materials. But it was the technological innovation of the camera and light-sensitive materials over 170 years ago that truly changed the game and the trajectory. Consumer digital imaging sensors are…

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10 Questions to a founder : Vidlet

And it’s back. In a little more than a month, the third edition of the LDV Vision Summit promises to be as enriching, if not more, than the previous two. 2  days jammed packed with sessions, presentations, a start-up competition and plenty of opportunities to network, all around visual tech. And as now tradition, we start our series of short interviews with some of the presenters about to take the stage. Doreen Lorenzo, co-founder of Vidlet, shares with us some insight about her company, the marketplace,…

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Is Instagram dying of a slow death ?

All the numbers have been pointing upwards. In fact, a recent analysis shows that Instagram  will be used by one in three people, in the US, by 2020. With 400 million active users today, it is the only platform where people  exclusively take and share visual content and nothing else. It is an extremely well-guarded wall garden ( more so than Facebook) which jealously keeps its traffic internally by making posting ad sharing from third-party location either impossible or very cumbersome. However, in the last…

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VR : The story so far

Everyone agrees that VR is the next big opportunity in the consumer tech industry. Goldman Sachs estimates the market to yield $60 billion by 2025, with almost a 50/50 split between hardware and software.  It is currently a giant land grab, where companies are positioning themselves, launching headsets, cameras, platforms and content. But, as much as the excitement is real, it is still all about the potential rather than the reality. Before the VR year kicks in at full gear, we thought we would stop and…

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Visualizing User-Generated Content to Better Understand Humanity

Making sense of the trillions of images now available on-line can reveal fascinating information about our society. Taking the first steps in this complex field that mixes art, computer science and sociology, Dr Lev Manovich, professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York explains, via a few of his projects, how we can learn by just looking at what others are capturing. This is the transcript of his 2015 LDV Vision Summit presentation: We all hear this expression “thinking outside of…

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