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Mapillary announces new app and new funding

Mapillary, a company we reviewed last year,  announced today a new iOS app that makes it even easier for consumers to build a photo representation of the world. The company also announced that it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding led by Sequoia. Other backers include the international funds Playfair, Wellington, and LDV Capital, and a number of prominent angel investors, including James Currier, Taavet Hinrikus, and Naval Ravikant. The Mapillary community uses their smartphones and other devices like GoPro, Garmin Virb and low…

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10 Questions to a founder : Foap

There are not a lot of true pure Photo:Tech companies that have found a successful business model around the creation  and distribution of photography  online at a large-scale thanks to an intelligent use of technology. Shutterstock, obviously, comes to mind, along with newly acquired Fotolia. However, both are extensions of an older business model, that of stock photo agencies. Their primary limitation to massive growth is their need to store a massive repository of pre-formatted images that might never be licensed. Enter the on-demand market. Instead…

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It’s a women’s world

It’s a women’s world, after all.  App analytic company, Appannie, upon releasing a new feature to its  intelligence platform, revealed  that most of the photography apps downloads were done by a majority of women. Photo sharing sites like  Pinterest know this very well already (80% women), as well as Instagram (68% ) and Snapchat (70%). Not a big surprise, considering how women are more inclined to photographically document their world, whether for domestic reasons (families,weddings, births, childhood) or friendship ( lunches, brunches, vacations, hangouts). A…

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Flickr and the unwritten rules

There is an unwritten rule in the photo:tech space that says if you are going to monetize the content on an individual basis, you have to compensate the creators. No way around it. After all, it is the way multi hundreds of  million dollars companies like Getty or Shutterstock operate as well as a multi billion industry called stock photography. Tech companies, those created by programmers, developers, or serial entrepreneurs do not like this idea. In a VC-funded economy, where capital comes at a premium…

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Amazon’s e-photo service

Amazon is the latest internet giant to throw itself into the photo:tech space by offering its Prime members free unlimited photo storage. After Yahoo with Flickr ( not unlimited), Dropbox ( not free nor unlimited and not a giant yet), Google ( via Google +), Facebook ( not a direct service but apparently no limits to how many pictures you can upload), Microsoft with OneDrive ( not free) along with a plethora  of smaller size businesses, photo storage has become a major battleground. The reasons…

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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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Embedding Images: A Contextual Ad Delivery Model?

Embeddable images through online publishers can be a tactic for extending the reach and brand of publishers, who are the direct recipients of its traffic-building and presence. As you allow sharing, your content network grows, as do link-backs and overall web-imprint of a publisher’s site and branding. More often than not, the image owner and publisher are not the same entities. What’s in it for the image owner?            UGC aggregators that welcome the outbound embedding of images from their platform…

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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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