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You Are Brilliant and You Want More Exposure

Every second of every day, people around the world are publishing research papers and launching new startups that leverage computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Researchers and professors want their work to be noticed in the midst of a flood of new work. Entrepreneurs want to build valuable businesses, get covered in Techcrunch, Wired, Wall Street Journal, want to raise financing and want happy customers. We want to help you! We have been organizing the premier annual visual technology summit since 2014 called the…

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Snap is a camera company

At a time of uncertain public statements, caught between fake news and alternative fact, Snap can certainly be called a camera company. But days before it’s very publicized IPO- the first for a photo app – the truth about Snapchat, along with it’s previously hidden operating cogs, reveals much more. Snap is a camera company states the official public offering, which just happens to have built its success on everything else but a camera. If Snap is indeed a camera company, it is indeed a very bad…

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The Cyclope’s IPO

Snapchat’s impending IPO is significant as it is the first photo-based business to become public. Unlike Instagram, who preferred the welcoming arms of Facebook along with its pocketbook and audience, Snap is looking for the stock market for validity and growth fuel. Part of it might be due to investors’ pressure to cash in (Snapchat funding is over $1,5 billion), worried that the app might just be a generational fad. Nevertheless, for the visual tech world, this is a first to keep an eye on.…

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Vietnamese photo-from-video startup set to reach millions of Android users

Mobile app success stories with humble beginnings in a basement or garage are becoming far and few between. In an industry where, nowadays, most successes are either spin-off and add-on apps published by the market giants, celebrity-backed ventures, or heavily funded concepts driven by a fear-of-missing-out investment strategy, it is refreshing to see there is still room for a small indie app to battle it out and win. Starting out as a weekend and weeknight only project for James Shimell, the sole developer of the…

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10 Questions for an investor: IBM Watson

After Watson’s success at winning Jeopardy competitions, IBM created a whole new business unit entirely dedicated to taking advantage of its impressive capabilities. Using cloud computing and  cognitive A.I., the IBM Watson ecosystem can process language, text, image, speech or data as input for anyone at any scale. Realizing that the biggest promises reside in the uncharted startup world, it soon dedicated a $100 M investment fund. Ahead of his participation as a judge at the LDV Vision Summit startup competition,  we sat down with…

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LDV Vision summit : Analyzing Satellite Imagery

One of the lesser known application of data mining from images is satellite imagery. Mostly because it services businesses more than  consumers. However, the combination of much larger pools of available images and advances in neural networks has made it one of the most promising and exciting field of visual tech. Second transcript from last year’s LDV Vision Summit, we give you Analyzing Satellite Imagery by James Crawford, Founder, Orbital Insight I am James Crawford from Orbital Insight. our Company is based on—as many software companies…

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Indie photo app beats well-funded competitors to secure its own funding

Shutta, the photo-from-video app that formally launched at TechCrunch Disrupt’s Startup Alley in New York in May this year, has secured a $260,000 seed round from a small consortium of European angel investors after beating its main competitors’ growth figures hands down and on a fraction of the budget. The app, developed single-handedly by indie developer James Shimell (in his spare time!), was well-received by visitors and fellow developers at the NY tech conference, but garnered only lukewarm attention from the press and investors at…

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10 Questions to a founder : PicsArt

The world of  photo apps is a crowded place.  With thousands of different photo-taking/editing/sharing apps to choose from and more being launched every day, it is a surprise when any of them break off from the pack and gather a strong following. 3 years old  PicsArt is part of that privileged group, gaining impressive traction and recently raising in the process back to back significant funding. While its co-founder Hovhannes Avoyan is no stranger to successful company building, we wanted to learn more about the…

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LDV Vision Summit : The videos

For those who couldn’t make it, LDV has just posted videos of the panels held at its latest Vision Summit, in New York this past month of May.  Since the summit lasted 2 days this year, with over 80 international expert speakers, 40 sessions, and 2 competitions, there is a lot to view. Curating a must-see list is a challenging task since it greatly depends on the specific interest of the viewers but  here are a few tips:  Since Day 1 was focused on the…

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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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