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30 Nov Dashmote – Evolution of the Aggregator Business Model

Meet Dashmote, a young, innovative and funded company developing a new twist to the stock photo agency business model. Founded in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the young company raised $493k in March 2015 to give photo buyers a better photo buying experience. The Aggregator Business Model Dashmote launched with a business model that we've seen many times over, but that never ended well.  They would...

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26 Nov Pixolution Testing Keyword Suggestion Services

The visual computing group at HTW Berlin, under the supervision of Prof. Kai-Uwe Barthel, who is also behind the technology of Pixolution and Picsbuffet, have recently launched Akiwi, a semi-automatic keyword suggestion tool. It's been out for a while already, but they've just released a new and improved version.  It is intended to overcome the inaccuracy of fully automated keywording by adding a...

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25 Nov Could Sale at Point of Use be what Replaces Microstock Agencies?

Sale at the point of use is a key trend that the industry is watching closely. Agencies are leaning heavily on API partnerships to get their images in front of photo buyers at the right time and the right place.  But as you'll see, that's no longer the only option. The Music Industry Those old enough to have purchased music at a physical store will better...

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24 Nov Which Microstock Agency is the Best API Partner?

Application Programming Interfaces, or APIs, are now a core component of the stock photo industry at all levels. Images flow between agencies who sell each others' content, more so in the traditional space than microstock, but this is almost all via API. Businesses with photo-buying traffic, like free image sites, upsell paid images which they display via API. And agencies enable other businesses to...

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20 Nov Patrick Lor – Microstock Celebrity

Relative to the scale of his achievements, the career of Patrick Lor has flown relatively under the radar in the stock photo industry. Credited as Co-Founder, he took iStock from initial monetisation to a successful exit via Getty.  He then headed Fotolia North America for a few years before a stint as Entrepreneur in Residence at Canadian VC, iNovia.  He then founded Dissolve which...

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