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10 Questions for a founder : Shutta

We might have some of the most amazing cameras in our phones, but we never seem to  capture the right moment. Either because of camera lag or speed of life, we are left forever frustrated by the images we never got. When we discovered Shutta in the cramped and crowded alleyways of the 2015 Techcrunch Disrupt, it was almost love at first sight, for a few reasons : One, the app sits somewhere between photo and video, it has one of the smartest and easiest…

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The second generation photo storage : Google Photos

That’s it. It’s official. Google photos is now free from G+ and starting a life of its own. For those who subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you might have noticed that we called what would be the key differentiator: free unlimited storage. With so many of the other features ( with variations) available via competitors, it was the only true unique play Google could make. And while a major draw for any mobile user, it is not the only attractive feature.  Let’s review. Not really…

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A requiem for Photoshop Touch: the app that users loved or hated

Adobe announced that they will discontinue Photoshop Touch, its comprehensive photo editing app, as part of a strategy to release apps with narrower use cases, such as Photoshop Mix (compositing), Photoshop Sketch (drawing), Adobe Shape (bitmap-to-vector conversion), and soon-to-be-released Rigel, for retouching. Before I share my take on this, it might be good to share some data about what Photoshop Touch users thought of the app. We did a qualitative analysis of 125 iTunes reviews in March of 2013, back in the heydays of Photoshop…

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TechCrunch Disrupt NY : A quick tour

While it might still be called disrupt, it’s probably just by habit than real meaning. As we walked the aisles of TechCrunch Disrupt NY, we didn’t see, at least in photo space, a start-up that would fit this epithet.  Certainly some great ideas, lots of passion, and definite sense that the space still shows a lot of potential. Disruption? well, you be the judge.… Held at the Manhattan center in mid- town New York, a space better suited for a stage performance rather  than a…

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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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From snapshots to narratives

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 for a founder : Clarifai

During last Spring’s LDV Visual Summit, there was a company whose name came up   over and over during panels and side conversations: Clarifai. Still navigating under the radar, it has managed to quickly gain major recognition and recommendations from its peers in what is probably the hottest segment of photo tech : computer vision.   Whoever cracks the last mile code to making computer recognize and understand the content of images will dominate the internet for the next decade, if not more. Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft,…

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Photoshop for the masses

Adobe’s acquisition of Aviary is no surprise really. For a long time Adobe has been  the desktop in the photo editing tool  space and even strong efforts by Microsoft and Apple have made only little dents. However, they have been playing catch up in the consumer space for a while with little success. Let’s face it, Adobe should have come out with Instagram. They were the master of photo filters and are credited in inventing them in the first place. Thing is, as much as Adobe…

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Can Google + Photo become the Instagram killer ?

:O By announcing the separation of Google photo from the Google plus social media platform, the  giant search  company has clearly announced  its intention to intensify the battle for domination of the online photo space. And for a good reason: Photos are the number one activity on smart phones, second on Twitter and obviously the only one on Instagram. It is also the number one group social interaction on all social media. Finally it offers huge potential in revenue generation as engagements are notoriously very high.…

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Ephemeral vs Nostalgia

Whether it is more noble to have photos disappear immediately after being seen or to have them come back and haunt us after a certain amount of time. It all really started the day Snowden, out of Hong Kong, released files he had grabbed from the NSA confirming what we all already knew : we are being watched. Almost immediately, a flurry of new apps emerged offering users to either hide our  communications or simply erased them. While the former could please some ( the less…

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