All posts by Paul Melcher

Paul Melcher is the founder of Kaptur. He is an entrepreneur, advisor, and consultant with a rich background in visual tech, content licensing, business strategy, and technology with more than 20 years experience in developing world-renowned photo based companies with already two successful exits.
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5 trends to look for in 2017

With the new year comes the predictions. However, this year, instead of trying to predict what will happen, we prefer to take aim at what we see will be the top major trends in the visual space. We limited ourselves at five in an effort to be succinct and we picked those that will affect people more broadly.  In no particular order, here they are: Images as a source of comprehension We can now comfortably have computers tell us what is depicted in photos or videos. From…

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Is Amazon serious about visual recognition ?

Amazon is the latest big company to throw itself into the visual content recognition market.  Armed with the late 2015 acquisition of Orbeus, makers of ReKognition and Photo Time, it just launched its own APi service, also called ReKognition. After giants like Google, IBM, Microsoft, and smaller companies like Imagga or Clarifai, it is the latest, and maybe most formidable, offering in this space At first glance, nothing really new here, if compared to other similar services. In fact, it seems that Amazon is done little…

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The Cyclope’s IPO

Snapchat’s impending IPO is significant as it is the first photo-based business to become public. Unlike Instagram, who preferred the welcoming arms of Facebook along with its pocketbook and audience, Snap is looking for the stock market for validity and growth fuel. Part of it might be due to investors’ pressure to cash in (Snapchat funding is over $1,5 billion), worried that the app might just be a generational fad. Nevertheless, for the visual tech world, this is a first to keep an eye on.…

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10 Questions to a GM : Picscout Insights for Business

We live in a world dominated by visual content. Yet, we have little to no knowledge on what and how that content works.  We publish, share and consume thousands of images a day, yet we have no idea why a particular image has so much engagement and the other, none. That is about to change. Mixing analytics with A.I., Israeli-based company Picscout is breaking the chains of ignorance and promises to inject science where instinct previously ruled. With Insight for Business ( and it’s consumer version…

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10 Questions to a CEO : PixelRights

The greatest challenge facing photography online is the complete lack of persistent attribution. While sharing of visual content has exploded, with companies like Pinterest taking advantage of it while building multi-million dollar businesses, no one, whether amateur or professional, is given credit . Of the billions of images being shared today, the vast majority will live a life of anonymous orphans, forever separated from its original creator. Beyond its obvious disregard to original creation, it is an issue affecting hundreds of thousands of photographers worldwide whose only…

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10 Questions to a founder : Beautifeye

While we are all aware photos have a massively dominating position on the web, we are also painfully aware of how little is done to tap into this massive source of data.  What people photograph and share reveal a lot about what they can and will consume. Few  startups offer solutions, mostly because the task is not simple.  The massive volume, the separated ( and walled) locations, the current limitations of content recognition makes it extremely difficult to return meaningful and actionable results. However, some jump…

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10 Questions for a founder : Picalike

We shop with our eyes. Whether buying fruits at the supermarket or a car, looking for a new pair of shoes or a hotel to stay, it is our vision that ultimately makes the final decision. It is no surprise then that visual tech is an emerging force in the retail e-commerce $1.9 trillion worldwide market.  Built on the latest advances of deep learning,  startups are offering ingenious solutions that empower online retailers to dramatically increase their sales. Germany-based Picalike, founder in 2010, is one of them. We…

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10 Questions for a founder : SnapRapid

Advertising, and in particular sponsorship, used to be a simple process. A brand would buy the rights to put their logo on a  team and would enjoy the returns of being associated with a sport franchise, mostly via TV air time. However, with more than a billion photos uploaded a day, along with videos, the metrics have changed dramatically.  To the point that sometimes, exposure on social media far exceeds any TV  broadcast. With far richer engagements and a life span that extends sometimes weeks…

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Mobile Photo Connect announces five prominent new sponsors

Mobile Photo Connect, the premier conference for the mobile photo ecosystem conference, today announces five additional sponsors of its October 25, 2016 conference.   New Gold sponsor is Portugal-based Storyo, makers of the highly acclaimed automatic multimedia story telling app of the same name.   Storyo will complement the conference’s previously announced Gold sponsors: HP, Fujifilm, Walgreens, and di support. Mobile Photo Connect’s also announced the first Silver sponsors for this year’s conference:  ·       Media optimization company, Beamr ·       Flash storage provider, SanDisk ·       Mobile printing platform company, Printicular ·       Video trailer app developer, Sharalike The initial nine vendor sponsors are supplemented by six association sponsors, including the…

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Study: User-generated VR is poised to be a dominant market force

VR is all the rage these days, with much attention focused on innovative professional VR content and the high-end tools needed to create it.  However, The User-Generated VR Revolution, a new study by Suite 48 Analytics, hosts of the annual Mobile Photo Connect conference, , thanks to the many innovative VR cameras and smartphone apps coming to market that enable users to capture 360° photos and videos, and present these in an engaging and immersive manner. While it is hard to predict when exactly user-generated VR imagery…

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