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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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Selfies are not going away any time soon

Love them or hate them, selfies are here to stay. According to a recent study by Suite 48 Analytics, the mobile photography phenomena seems deeply embedded in the daily practices of the average North American.  84% of the 1,021 North American smartphone photographers surveyed said that they have taken at least one selfie in the last month. And it’s not just Americans. A similar  study on the French population shows that selfies represent 50% of the pictures taken on mobile phones. While selfies have the same…

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10 Questions to an Artificial Intelligence Architect: Flickr

Flickr started it all. At it’s core, the simple idea of a place where people can share they favorite photographs. A lot has been written about what it could have been and missed opportunities. With 93 million users sharing 1 million photos daily, rejuvenated by a photo enthusiastic leadership and infused with recent high-tech acquisitions, it is breathing a second life. While there is a lot to do to catch up to its mobile-generation rivals, it is actively shedding its static image to become one…

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10 Questions for a founder: Volumental

Just imagine: You are at home and getting ready to head to a party. You have the perfect clothes but no shoes to match. You pick up your phone, scan your feet, select a model and after a while, you pick up your custom-made and custom fit shoes from your 3D printer. Off you go. Party sucked but everyone loved your shoes.  Sci Fi?  not really. Based in Sweden, Volumental has developed software that can use depth cameras ( like your Kinect)  to perfectly scan your…

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10 Questions to a founder : Algolux

It used to be dead simple, a dark box and a lens. As technology evolved, so did the camera, getting ever more sophisticated and powerful, at least in the box. The lenses, besides being clearer, lighter, more efficient, is still a piece of glass with its limitation ( seize, weight, accuracy) . It doesn’t matter anymore. With computational imaging, what is captured by the lens is only the beginning of what the camera can do. Paul is one of the speakers at the upcoming LDV Vision Summit, May…

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10 Questions for a visual researcher : Yahoo Labs

Data crunching for the discovery of underlying trends might seem as being restricted to obviously quantifiable results. However, Alejandro James, Director of Research/Video product at Yahoo Labs has recently been applying his research to better understanding aesthetic and cultural impact, both very subjective, in our interaction with visual content.  Before speaking and judging at the upcoming LDV Vision Summit, he sat down with us to discuss his path, his research and his vision of the visual:tech space. A little bit of yourself, what is your…

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10 questions to a vision engineer : Carousel

Photo management is probably the most disputed space in photo:tech right now with major players like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon, competing for the absolute control of where people store, manage and back up their photos. We sat down with Peter Welinder from Dropbox, a major player in this space, to discuss how computer vision and machine-learning is and will be a major differentiator and success trigger. Peter will be a speaker and  judge at the upcoming LDV Vision Summit. Tell us a little…

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Facebook messes with photos

Wrong move.  A new study just released by Socialbakers reveals that posting photos on Facebook might be the worst idea for brands trying to get attention. The reason ? Facebook algorithms. According to Business Insider who reviewed the study : “The Socialbakers data, which covered 4,445 Brand pages and more than 670,000 posts between October 2014 and February 2015, shows that video is now the most effective way to reach users in the newsfeed, driving more than twice as much reach as photo posts.” Facebook…

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Ditto unveils visual brand power tool

Ditto labs has made some noise in 2014, albeit maybe not  the way it intended to. With a proprietary image recognition engine, Ditto tracks thousands of brands’ logos on social media sites Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter. With the resulting data, it can provide its users with a large volume of information around how consumers experience products and maybe more importantly, how they decide to visually share their experience. While there is no immediate actionable data, maybe besides retweeting a post, it is the only company…

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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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