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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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10 questions for a founder : Olapic

Not many companies are able to successfully monetize the visual web yet. Many ideas, but not many cash flow positive results. With its Visual Commerce, Olapic is part of those few that have seen their growth match the excitement around photography, especially in the e-commerce space.  We caught up with co-founder and ceo Pau Sabria to find out what has made them successfully ride the wave of social media photography. How was Olapic created and what issue are you trying to solve?  The idea for…

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A $61 million rock in the Pond

It ripped the sky open like a lighting in a summer night but we hardly heard the thunder. Yet. A few articles, from the Wall Street Journal to Techcrunch replicating the press release, but that is about it. Which is a little disturbing because a series A investment of $61 million is pretty exceptional. The news that company Pond5, a marketplace for UGC video, photos, illustrations, and sound files, just raised a whooping $61 million (from Accel Partners and Stripes Group)  did much less to…

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15 quotes from LDV Vision Summit you might have missed

Like during any great summit,  there was a lot of valuable information to take in during the LDV Vision Summit. Here are some noteworthy  quotes to remember for those who were there and those who weren’t :    “Big players will struggle to keep up in some fields as technology investments that are 5 years old will become obsolete ”  Jan Erik Solem, Mapillary “Visual communication is so much more efficient and fast than verbal communication, it is obvious that one day it will become…

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Questions for a Founder : Mapillary

Crowdsourced content is only as good as the ability to curate it. Mapillary does exactly that by using computer vision to understand the relationships between two images and stitching them together automatically. Using GPS information, it is building the largest user-generated  photographic map of the world. We caught up with co-founder Jan Erik Solem to learn more before he takes the stage at the LDV Vision Summit on June 4th, in New York. First, here is how it works : What is Mapillary and why did…

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Questions for a founder : Narrative

Even our cell phones cameras could one day be replaced by new tools which will make the process of taking picture even easier and less disruptive. Narrative, with its wearable camera, is in the process of disrupting everything we thought we knew about photography. We caught up with its co-founder and CEO Martin Källström so we could find out what the immediate future holds. Martin will be speaking  at the LDV Vision Summit on June 4 in New York But first, a little intro/explanation video :…

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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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Questions for an Investor : The LDV Vision Summit

We sat down with Evan Nisselson,  investor and founder of the LDV Vision Summit to find out more about this first of a kind event being held on June 4 in New York. Why did you decide to create the LDV Vision Summit? I have been involved in digital imaging and video companies for almost 20 years. I have been a photographer since I was 13 years old, then a photo editor, photo buyer, and have worked with great teams to build different technology businesses for…

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Funding the anti- Flickr

Imgur newly announced massive round of funding ( $40 Million by Andreessen Horowitz) is a captivating shot at the bow of the photo tech world, and here’s why: Practically unknown outside the geek and nerd world, Imgur is not your traditional photo sharing platform because it has nothing to do with photography. Users do not go on Imgur to look at pretty images, or to review last night party or even post photos of their latest vacation. Rather, it is a photo hosting site for…

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