Category Archives: UGC

Photo by Borja Iza

The photos might disappear but the battle is real

The battle of the ephemeral photo is heating up. At stake is the control of the 500 + million photos exchanged daily on Snapchat, more than Facebook and Instagram combined. Ephemeral photography shows huge potential. Not only because of its vast and growing popularity, but mainly because it mostly reaches teenagers, a $200 to $300 billion/year market in the US only.  Around 30% of 18-29 year old smartphone users use Snapchat compared to 5% for the 30 to 49 year old group. In countries like Norway,…

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Photo by Pierre Mallien

The new photo agencies

Social Media opened our eyes to the reality that there is a massive talent pool of photographers that have not chosen the path of going pros. They enjoy taking and sharing photos just for the pleasure while they go on paying for their lives with other, probably more lucrative, occupations. Nevertheless, the technology world doesn’t see it that way. More and more,  options are appearing, allowing social media images an opportunity to be monetized, whether they like it or not. In the last 3 years  we have…

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photo by Andrew Ferguson

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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Exchanging photos

Questions for a founder : Sharalike

While we were exploring Techcrunch Disrupt in New York last week, we were welcomed by two French entrepreneurs based in Boston who showed us Sharalike, an impressively simple yet powerful  app to manage and share mobile photos slideshows: We decide to learn more and sat down with Etienne Leroy, Co-founder, CMO, CPO of Sharalike In a few words, what is Sharalike ? Sharalike’s technology was designed to revolutionize photo and video sharing through its simple, one-stop-shop approach. Within seconds users can store, sort, enhance, create and edit…

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lots of objects

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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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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