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LDV Vision Summit

LDV VISION SUMMIT, DAY 2, OVERVIEW

Different day, different crowd : If day 1 of the LDV Vision Summit was all about science, research and data ( massive amounts of data), Day 2 opened the doors to more practical applications of visual tech, mostly around revenue. In other words, how companies are using the discoveries of researchers to extract value, information and monetary rewards. As in the previous day, panels were a flowing mix of individual presentations and group discussions. Here are some elements of day 2 which particularly caught our attention. Opening…

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10 Questions for an Investor: Andrew Cleland

Ex-DJ, ex-start-up entrepreneur and now full-time investor, Andrew Cleland manages the Comcast Ventures fund that counts in its portfolio such companies as Flipboard, Half.com,  About.com, Tivio and WhoSay.  Given its parent company, his fund is particularly interested in visual tech which makes Andrew extremely knowledgeable in this space as well as an ideal speaker for the upcoming LDV Vision Summit. He gave us a slice of his extremely busy time to answer 10 questions. First, a little bit about yourself. What was your path to Comcast Ventures…

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The LDV Vision Summit is returning. Here is why

We sat down with investor and creator of the LDV Vision Summit Evan Nisselson, so he could tell us more about the upcoming 2015 edition of the Summit, as well as his thoughts about the visual web. What worked well last year ? Last year, we organized the first LDV Vision Summit. It was the first time that an event combined all the important aspects of technology and business across the visual technology ecosystem.  This visual ecosystem includes any individual or business that works with images…

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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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An app is not a business

As the mobile market is exploding, it is time to mark a pause. Daily, we see new apps being launched with the not so secret hope that it will gain enough adoption to be sold to a cash fat company. The issue here is that Let me explain. A camera app, for example, just adds some feature to the phone. Once downloaded X number of time for $2.99, it has no financial revenue. People pay to add those features to their phones once and that’s…

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The end of in-image purchase ?

While the industry raves about the possibilities of in-image buying, none of its major players seem to gain any traction. In fact, after Stipple last spring, it is UK -based Taggstar‘s turn to close its door on this model. In a very brief, cold email sent out today to its users, image tagging company Taggstar announces that it is permanently shutting down its service on November 14. No reasons given. In fact, the email finishes by saying : “We are not able to talk with…

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LDV Vision Summit videos

The LDV Vision Summit, which regrouped for one day some of the greatest minds in Visual :Tech, has just made public  videos of each sessions. If you were not able to attend, here is your chance to catch up on some of the most forward thinking in the space by some of the most influential players. We picked the Investors panel as a must see, as they gave some great insight on what the visual space is and how it might be evolving. Book some time,…

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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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Questions to a founder : Artdeo

While the majority of photo tech companies are trying to figure out how to monetize UGC, Pierre Pankotay, founder and ceo of Artdeo, is bringing the art world online. Traditionally held in galleries and in selective auction houses, the purchasing of fine art photography prints has been a rather closed doors operation . Artdeo plans to break open those doors and give everyone a chance to purchase and invest in the photographic world. With some photos selling above $4 million, Artdeo might become a quite…

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is Flickr serious ?

Flickr’s recent announcement that it will offer licensing tools to its user base should come as no surprise to the readers to Kaptur. We predicted such a move a while back. At a time when more and more photo tech companies are putting their content for licensing,  from 500px to EyeEm , Flickr, the grandfather of them all, had to react.  However, having a large pool of images ( over 6 billion images) is not enough to break-in the photo licensing world . To be successful,…

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