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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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10 Questions for a founder : One Degree

Photo sharing apps are dime a dozen with new ones being offered everyday. They are built on the premise that every photo taken and shared should have an audience, which is not often the case. In fact, we are being forced fed photos from our friends and relatives with few having any kind of appeal. Some entrepreneurs have taken the extra step in trying to first define a demand and then connect it with people willing to satisfy it. David Giles , with his app…

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10 questions to a CEO : Exposure

On our continuous  journey to discover new ideas, concepts  and content around photo and technology, we recently fell* on a very well written blog post that described photo sharing in 3 major historical waves ( the bank accounts, the social networks and the meaningful experiences).  Intrigued and curious, we reached out to its author, Derek Powazek, who happened to have a much longer story to tell. Because his path mimics the evolution of photography and online technology, we sat down and asked him a few…

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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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Questions to a founder : Impala

There is no end in how many photos we produce. In fact, all the projections show that we have only just started and that the 880 billion photos we will take in 2014 are nothing compare to what is to come. But who organises all these images? Enter Euvision Technologies , from the University of Amsterdam, who promises to let you continue shooting carelessly while it takes care of automatically classifying your precious moments. Or any moment. In fact, it can classify any image you submit into…

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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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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 a Computer Vision Scientist : Serge Belongie

We caught up with Serge Belongie,  co-organizer and judge for the upcoming Entrepreneurial Computer Vision Challenges, part of the LDV Vision Summit,  to learn more about him, the competition and computer vision. – First, a little bit about you. What is your background ? I’m currently a professor of Computer Science at Cornell University’s newly created NYC Tech campus.  I visited here for the inaugural “beta semester” in spring of 2013 and I liked it so much I decided to join full-time.  Before moving to Cornell I was…

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