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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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Photos as a currency

As the battle for the tech photo space rages on, we are starting to see appearing a new functionality for photos online. And it has nothing to do with filters. The recent release of Facebook’s ephemeral app Slingshot, the so-called Snapchat killer, has brought forth a new definition for photos on-line : Photos as currency. In order to view a Slingshot, an ephemeral picture sent to you via the app, you have first to send a picture yourself. In effect, paying for the view of…

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Questions to a founder : Lenka

Entrepreneur, investor, artist and photographer Kevin Abosch has just added a new function to his portfolio, app publisher. With the release yesterday  of Lenka, an exclusive high end B/W photo app, he offers everyone the tool to connect with what made photography so appealing: simplicity. No crazy filters, no stickers, “likes“, audio files, no in-app social media. Just the bare essential to take beautiful B/W pictures a la Ansel Adams. If anything, Lenka should appeal to the purist as well as those washed out by the artificial…

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Photos and Apple: A WWDC roundup

The Apple WWDC closes and it leaves crumbs on the floor.  Let’s see what message they leave us: iOS 8 and Yosemite will be a another major push from Apple to continue to dominate the photo tech world. Unlike app makers, the Copernito team has the luxury of waiting and analysing what the market likes and dislike for future inclusion in their operating system.  They also have a formidable analytical tool with the app store. This coming release is another proof of that. Syncing in the cloud:…

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Why the popularity of photos depend more on network

A few weeks ago, a study trying to predict the popularity of photos was published by Aditya Khosla and two of his colleagues from the MIT. The goal was to determine if an algorithm could guess the popularity of a photo by analyzing what is in the shot and by looking at the network of the photographer. It turns out predicting if a photo is going to be popular by looking at its objective aspects like color, texture, gradient, and even object-recognition, is still in its…

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is there a photo/tech bubble ?

Google wants them, Amazon wants them, Twitter, Facebook, DropBox, Evernote , Yahoo wants them.  Everyone on the internet, it seems, wants your photos. And for good reasons: • Photos are  what makes you come back over and over to a site/app. Not only your images but those of your friends, family, co-workers and even people you hardly know. We can get enough looking at pictures. • Photos are a perfect conduit for information in a world where people have less than 8 seconds attention span.…

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Brands on Instagram increase their followers 166% in a year

A new study  by SimplyMeasured released this week show some impressive growth numbers for brands on Instagram. The growth of the top 10 brands on Instagram is nothing short of impressive: Companies like Louis Vuitton have grown 401%  from May 2013 to May 2014, currently reaching more than 1,7 million followers . Nike, who trumps them all with almost $4,5 million followers, has grown 223% with only 89 posts during the same period. That’s a post every 4 days on average, much less than your…

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Questions for a founder : Sharalike

While we were exploring Techcrunch Disrupt in New York last week, we were welcomed by two French entrepreneurs based in Boston who showed us Sharalike, an impressively simple yet powerful  app to manage and share mobile photos slideshows: We decide to learn more and sat down with Etienne Leroy, Co-founder, CMO, CPO of Sharalike In a few words, what is Sharalike ? Sharalike’s technology was designed to revolutionize photo and video sharing through its simple, one-stop-shop approach. Within seconds users can store, sort, enhance, create and edit…

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Startup alley at Disrupt NY 2014

Walking the aisles of disruption

There are two types of tech start-ups in the photo space: Those who enhance the photographic experience and those who use photos as a starting point. The first are your editing, filter, archiving apps and web services like Instagram, EyeEm or VSCO, the second are usually in the social media realm, like Facebook, Pinterest or G+. Walking the aisles of Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY mostly confirmed this division. Most new photo/tech companies present offered solutions to the photographic flow, allowing users to better managed their ever-growing…

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Exclusive : Getty Images new phone App

If you have been reading this blog, you already know that we strongly believe that the next big disruption to the pro licensing scene is already in your hands. Not so much because everyone has a camera and can potentially shoot ( nothing new here) but rather for its ability to put image buyers and sellers in direct contact around a specific need. The big change here is that instead of being an offer-first marketplace – where stock agencies create a large pool of images in…

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