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Questions for a funder : Seene

We fell on the Seene  app by accident while we were reading an article about new apps. It was love at first sight . Particularly when we saw this video : We couldn’t resist knowing more so we sat down with Mike Evans, COO and co-founder of Obvious Engineering, makers of the Seene app. What was the original inspiration for Seene. What made you come up with the idea? What were you trying to solve? We develop computer vision technology, and during our R&D we…

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Startup alley at Disrupt NY 2014

Walking the aisles of disruption

There are two types of tech start-ups in the photo space: Those who enhance the photographic experience and those who use photos as a starting point. The first are your editing, filter, archiving apps and web services like Instagram, EyeEm or VSCO, the second are usually in the social media realm, like Facebook, Pinterest or G+. Walking the aisles of Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY mostly confirmed this division. Most new photo/tech companies present offered solutions to the photographic flow, allowing users to better managed their ever-growing…

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Photos are dumb

Let’s face it. Photos are dumb. Without context they don’t reveal much.  While they can be really good at evoking emotions, they are really bad at explaining their content. In fact, without a viewer, an image explains nothing. Let me explain. When confronted with a photograph, we are only able to recognize the items in it because of our memory. We have seen them before, thus we know what they are. Those unfamiliar to us remain unknown.  A photo explains only if you already know the…

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The war of the embeds

The war of the embeds

At the end of 2007, a company called GumGum, came out with a product that, at the time, made little noise. They had spent some time looking at the online photo licensing space and thought the system was upside down. Their idea was that, instead of delivering a file against a flat fee estimated on potential usage, they would instead charge whomever published the image a fee based on actual views. That way, small blogger could use the same image as the New York Times…

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Google testing its Pinterest killer ?

News emerged today that Google is hard at work on a new, somewhat secret bookmarking service. According to Florian Kiersch, a German student who enjoys trawling Google code, the new Chrome feature still being developed will replace Google collections and will be called Google Stars. Google Stars promises to not just save a link, like other bookmarking services, but the whole page, along with images and videos, organising in a searchable visual grid format. Your bookmarks will be saved in a collection format, under a theme…

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The picture taking market

In 2014, there will be 2.25 billion picture-taking devices sold

In 2014, there will be  2.25 billion picture-taking devices sold . According to a slide shown by  Christian Müller-Rieker, the Executive Director of the Photoindustrie-Verband (The German Imaging Association), this will be  a 9% increase over the 2.05 billion sold during 2013. Overwhelming numbers What is even more spectacular is the huge difference between smartphones and traditional cameras. For 2013, only 83 million of global sales were of  digital cameras ( Dslr, point and shoot)  versus 1.948 billion for mobile ( smartphones and tablets). For anyone still doubting where the…

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Questions to a founder : Sell-News. com

First in a series of exclusive interviews of photo/tech companies founders , we start with German based Sell-News.com. Launched in 2012,  Sell-News.com is a UGC bidding platform where sellers and buyers of visual news content meet : Slawomir Rybarczyk, founder and ceo, answers our questions : What is SellNews? SellNews is the first online auction platform for newsworthy photos and videos. We connect photographers, professional reporters and storytellers with the media industry. Everyone capturing photos and videos with a smartphone or a digital camera can upload their…

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battle of the internet giants

And the battle heats up ( updated )

It didn’t last long. Less than a week after Dropbox and Twitter announced new photo oriented features, the other major players responded. Loud and clear. Google bets on Email First Google. Today, it announced a tighter integration of its very popular Gmail with it’s  photo backup solution Google Photo album. Now, it will be even easier to attached photos to any email directly from  your drive account. One click easy. Since email is still the most used online communication tool – that is changing too*-,…

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DropBook, TwitFace, what is it going to be ?

We all know that photos are key to engagement. Tech companies know it, but more important, the advertising world knows it. And although no one has fully mastered its potential, everyone knows that photography is the most important asset of the web today. That is why, more and more, we see a converging effort by tech companies to become the center of our photography life. Whomever controls your photo stream, controls your social life. The battle has raged between Facebook and Google + to be…

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Shutterstock's road block

Shutterstock taking a beating ?

If anything, Getty Image announcement that they now offer free embed-able images has put a huge road block in Shutterstock growth path. Ever since the announcement a month ago,  Shutterstock has taken a beating on the stock market. From a high of $100, it has now fell below $60, lower than it was before their Q4 earnings call. Even while ceo and founder Jon Oringer claimed that it would not affect Shutterstock earnings, investors do not seem so sure. Where does the truth lie ?…

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