Category Archives: investment

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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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Will it beat Instagram ?

We receive a lot of notifications of new photo apps here as well as we scout the internet for news of start-ups with a photographic touch to them. Every time, after testing it, we ask the same question: is it good enough to make people leave Instagram and use this instead?”. The answer is usually no. Why do we use Instagram as a benchmark? For multiple reasons. It is primarily a photo app, it offers editing tools ( filters), storage and has a strong sharing…

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15 quotes from LDV Vision Summit you might have missed

Like during any great summit,  there was a lot of valuable information to take in during the LDV Vision Summit. Here are some noteworthy  quotes to remember for those who were there and those who weren’t :    “Big players will struggle to keep up in some fields as technology investments that are 5 years old will become obsolete ”  Jan Erik Solem, Mapillary “Visual communication is so much more efficient and fast than verbal communication, it is obvious that one day it will become…

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Questions for a Founder : Mapillary

Crowdsourced content is only as good as the ability to curate it. Mapillary does exactly that by using computer vision to understand the relationships between two images and stitching them together automatically. Using GPS information, it is building the largest user-generated  photographic map of the world. We caught up with co-founder Jan Erik Solem to learn more before he takes the stage at the LDV Vision Summit on June 4th, in New York. First, here is how it works : What is Mapillary and why did…

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Questions for a founder : Narrative

Even our cell phones cameras could one day be replaced by new tools which will make the process of taking picture even easier and less disruptive. Narrative, with its wearable camera, is in the process of disrupting everything we thought we knew about photography. We caught up with its co-founder and CEO Martin Källström so we could find out what the immediate future holds. Martin will be speaking  at the LDV Vision Summit on June 4 in New York But first, a little intro/explanation video :…

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is there a photo/tech bubble ?

Google wants them, Amazon wants them, Twitter, Facebook, DropBox, Evernote , Yahoo wants them.  Everyone on the internet, it seems, wants your photos. And for good reasons: • Photos are  what makes you come back over and over to a site/app. Not only your images but those of your friends, family, co-workers and even people you hardly know. We can get enough looking at pictures. • Photos are a perfect conduit for information in a world where people have less than 8 seconds attention span.…

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Questions for an Investor : The LDV Vision Summit

We sat down with Evan Nisselson,  investor and founder of the LDV Vision Summit to find out more about this first of a kind event being held on June 4 in New York. Why did you decide to create the LDV Vision Summit? I have been involved in digital imaging and video companies for almost 20 years. I have been a photographer since I was 13 years old, then a photo editor, photo buyer, and have worked with great teams to build different technology businesses for…

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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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The anti flickr

Funding the anti- Flickr

Imgur newly announced massive round of funding ( $40 Million by Andreessen Horowitz) is a captivating shot at the bow of the photo tech world, and here’s why: Practically unknown outside the geek and nerd world, Imgur is not your traditional photo sharing platform because it has nothing to do with photography. Users do not go on Imgur to look at pretty images, or to review last night party or even post photos of their latest vacation. Rather, it is a photo hosting site for…

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