Category Archives: Funding

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Case study dives into revenue models for mobile photography apps

Making money from photo apps is still more art than science, according to a new study by Suite 48 Analytics. Even when their user demographics and use cases are similar, photo app developers differ greatly in how they monetize their apps, reflecting differences in legacy business models, financial resources, or strategic goals. The Monetizing Photo Apps case study analyzes how four prominent software developers monetize their popular portrait-enhancement apps: Lightrick’s Facetune, ArcSoft’s Perfect365, CyberLink’s YouCam Perfect and YouCam Makeup, and Athentech’s . All four have…

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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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LDV VISION SUMMIT, DAY 2, OVERVIEW

Different day, different crowd : If day 1 of the LDV Vision Summit was all about science, research and data ( massive amounts of data), Day 2 opened the doors to more practical applications of visual tech, mostly around revenue. In other words, how companies are using the discoveries of researchers to extract value, information and monetary rewards. As in the previous day, panels were a flowing mix of individual presentations and group discussions. Here are some elements of day 2 which particularly caught our attention. Opening…

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LDV Vision Summit, Day 1, Overview

Another LDV Vision Summit  just ended yesterday and with it, the conclusion of 2 full days of discussions about visual tech and its impact on our world. While it has become a cliché to point out the huge amount of photos/videos  taken, posted and shared daily, what is much less understood is the multiple ramifications into our lives. This summit took a deep dive into the current and upcoming state of visual tech and offered a glimpse onto potential answers. There was too much said…

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10 Questions for an Investor: Andrew Cleland

Ex-DJ, ex-start-up entrepreneur and now full-time investor, Andrew Cleland manages the Comcast Ventures fund that counts in its portfolio such companies as Flipboard, Half.com,  About.com, Tivio and WhoSay.  Given its parent company, his fund is particularly interested in visual tech which makes Andrew extremely knowledgeable in this space as well as an ideal speaker for the upcoming LDV Vision Summit. He gave us a slice of his extremely busy time to answer 10 questions. First, a little bit about yourself. What was your path to Comcast Ventures…

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10 Questions to a Founder : Aviary

After 7 years and raising $19 Million in 4 rounds, hugely popular photo editing app and SDK Aviary sold recently to Adobe. But this is not how the story ends. As the company enters is next chapter as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, co-founder Avi Muchnick tells us more as he also prepares to be a speaker at this year’s LDV Vision Summit.  A little about you, what is your background ? I’m an artist and entrepreneur based in NYC. I co-founded Worth1000, a…

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Adobe’s golden opportunities

The recent news of Adobe’s acquisition of microstock company Fotolia has sent ripples throughout the photo licensing world. The software company purchased the 11-year old company operating in 23 countries in 14 different languages for $800 million in cash,  in return for 34 million images. While the public announcement clearly aimed at integrating it into its Creative Cloud solution boasting 3.4 million subscribers, there is much more that Adobe can do with it. Adobe is best known for its hugely popular Photoshop product and its directly…

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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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