All posts by Paul Melcher

Paul Melcher is the founder of Kaptur. He is an entrepreneur, advisor, consultant with a strong background in licensing, copyright, sales, marketing and technology with more than 20 years experience in developing world-renowned photo based companies with two successful exits. Named one of the “100 most influential people in photography” by American Photo magazine.
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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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Snapchat breaks its mold

Snapchat is moving from sharing moments to exchanging memories.  Via a new feature released yesterday, the ephemeral photo company now gives its users the possibility to save snaps for later exchange and enjoyment, breaking its own foundation.  With that move, it shoots back at its biggest threat, the Facebook/instagram/WhatsApp  conglomerate in what has become a worldwide battle of tech giants for where consumers share their photos and how. At stake, the perceived multi-billion dollar mobile advertising market. Who we are Just within weeks of Evan Spiegel declaring in…

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10 Questions to a founder : Splore

All social media is all about connecting users via content. First users establish a core network of relations and via content sharing ( mostly visuals) it maintains and grows that network. But what if content was put first and the network second (or not at all). That is exactly what Splore is now offering.  In a way, it levels the playing field as no one has the advantage of coming in with a huge following ( like celebrities). Instead, each one can compete for popularity…

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Snapchat’s uncertain future

It all started in a classroom. Somewhere a teenager thought that exchanging info during a class using Snapchat would be foolproof because if caught, the item had already been deleted automatically. From there, Snapchat took off. Feeding on tweens insatiable appetite to communicate secretly between each other a million times a day without being caught, either by peers or authority, the ephemeral photo app became a sensation. So much so that today, it is poised to take rank in the otherwise very closed club of…

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LDV Vision Summit : A recap

Tell me something I don’t know. Every year, this is the challenge raised by the LDV Vision Summit in front of an audience made of experts in their fields, scientists, researchers, founders, CEO’s, investors and pundits. And every year, the same reaction: Wow, I didn’t know that. The 2016 edition, which just closed a few days ago, did not disappoint. In a field where breakthroughs are seemingly far between, there is still room for anyone to discover research, studies, applications or companies that reveal yet another…

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