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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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10 Questions to a founder : Fetch

 Object recognition  might be one of hottest sector of computer vision  but one company decided that it can wait to be solved. Instead of a battery of computers trying to figure out what is in the picture you just took, it is a battery of human beings that powers Fetch. The goal ? Making your mobile shopping experience as easy as having your own personal 24/7/365 assistant.  Here’s their intro video : We sat down with founder and ceo Tom Hadfield so he could tell…

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LDV Vision Summit videos

The LDV Vision Summit, which regrouped for one day some of the greatest minds in Visual :Tech, has just made public  videos of each sessions. If you were not able to attend, here is your chance to catch up on some of the most forward thinking in the space by some of the most influential players. We picked the Investors panel as a must see, as they gave some great insight on what the visual space is and how it might be evolving. Book some time,…

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10 questions for a founder : Clarifai

During last Spring’s LDV Visual Summit, there was a company whose name came up   over and over during panels and side conversations: Clarifai. Still navigating under the radar, it has managed to quickly gain major recognition and recommendations from its peers in what is probably the hottest segment of photo tech : computer vision.   Whoever cracks the last mile code to making computer recognize and understand the content of images will dominate the internet for the next decade, if not more. Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft,…

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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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