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10 Questions to a founder : Foap

There are not a lot of true pure Photo:Tech companies: Companies that have found a successful business model around the creation  and distribution of photography  online at a large-scale thanks to an intelligent use of technology. Shutterstock, obviously, comes to mind, along with newly acquired Fotolia. However, both are extensions of an older business model, that of stock photo agencies. Their primary limitation to massive growth is their need to store a massive repository of pre formatted images that might never be licensed. Enters the in-demand…

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One trick pony economy

Let’s face it, VC’s artificially sustain businesses before they are profitable, delaying the inevitable market confrontation giving founders more reasons to convince investors than users. In fact , and this is more prevalent in the phone app world, we see founders solely focused on seducing investors, hoping to figure out the business model later in the company’s cycle. And investors willingly playing the game, if only to beef up their portfolios. They are, what we call them the One trick pony apps. Someone, somewhere figures…

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It’s a women’s world

It’s a women’s world, after all.  App analytic company, Appannie, upon releasing a new feature to its  intelligence platform, revealed  that most of the photography apps downloads were done by a majority of women. Photo sharing sites like  Pinterest know this very well already (80% women), as well as Instagram (68% ) and Snapchat (70%). Not a big surprise, considering how women are more inclined to photographically document their world, whether for domestic reasons (families,weddings, births, childhood) or friendship ( lunches, brunches, vacations, hangouts). A…

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The Future of Imaging by Barmak Heshmat

Insightful talk by Barmak Heshmat on the possibilities of imaging in the very near future and its implication on the consumer world. As a postdoctoral associate at MIT, Barmak Heshmat is working on inventing novel imaging systems and is excited possibilities that these imaging systems can provide for the future of health, industry and social culture. His talk introduces five major and unusual paradigm shifts that are fundamentally changing the concept of cameras and imaging. Photo by Silvia Viñuales

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Flickr and the unwritten rules

There is an unwritten rule in the photo:tech space that says if you are going to monetize the content on an individual basis, you have to compensate the creators. No way around it. After all, it is the way multi hundreds of  million dollars companies like Getty or Shutterstock operate as well as a multi billion industry called stock photography. Tech companies, those created by programmers, developers, or serial entrepreneurs do not like this idea. In a VC-funded economy, where capital comes at a premium…

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A shoppable Snapchat ?

Having a widely successful photo sharing platform is only the beginning. The next step, the hardest one, is monetizing it. Snapchat might be the first one on the path of a successful implementation, even if it is still far away. We have already touch upon this subject before but Snapchat’s announcement that it is partnering with Square to offer money transfer within its app brings it back into the forefront of the news and a little dive deep can’t hurt. Free is not enough Photos…

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From snapshots to narratives

{{unknown}}We are entering what seems to be the next phase in image management. Taking a cue from the formidable amount of images taken each day by individuals, photo hosting sites are realizing that storing and displaying images one by one as they arrive is no longer enough. Because it has become so easy to take pictures, people photograph too much and have no time, or desire, to edit them  making viewing them later a somewhat painful experience. Organized, curated, re arrange, and packaged, they can…

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10 Questions to a founder : Fetch

{{unknown}} Object recognition  might be one of hottest sector of computer vision  but one company decided that it can wait to be solved. Instead of a battery of computers trying to figure out what is in the picture you just took, it is a battery of human beings that powers Fetch. The goal ? Making your mobile shopping experience as easy as having your own personal 24/7/365 assistant.  Here’s their intro video : We sat down with founder and ceo Tom Hadfield so he could tell…

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is Instagram running scared ?

Instagram is now facing the biggest challenge of its short existence. Now that it has succeeded in becoming a top mobile destination and successfully sold itself for a large amount of capital, it needs to perform two things well: One, remain relevant and second, get the next 100 million users. No easy task. Where Next ?  Instagram, like all rapidly successful internet company before, has to continue to remain relevant to a fast evolving, unfaithful, non-emotional audience. Teenagers and young adults who have made the…

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Amazon’s e-photo service

Amazon is the latest internet giant to throw itself into the photo:tech space by offering its Prime members free unlimited photo storage. After Yahoo with Flickr ( not unlimited), Dropbox ( not free nor unlimited and not a giant yet), Google ( via Google +), Facebook ( not a direct service but apparently no limits to how many pictures you can upload), Microsoft with OneDrive ( not free) along with a plethora  of smaller size businesses, photo storage has become a major battleground. The reasons…

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