Twenty20 has one of the more unique formation stories of any successful startup youll hear.
There are dozens of competitors today, but it was a novel concept in early 2012.
When their initial idea didnt resonate with customers, they went back to the drawing board and discovered something that did.
Our audience is an artistic subset of the Instagram audience whos tired of the noise, the selfies, and the breakfast photos, says Twenty20 co-founder and VP Product Todd Emaus.
And as everyone whos encountered a true starving artist can attest, business savvy is in high demand.Code, für Kunden von, vereinigte Staaten 40404 (beliebig kanada 21212 (beliebig vereinigtes Königreich 86444.Part of its recent growth includes the addition of former Viddy and Napster mobile apps developer.As weve learned time and time again with the rising popularity of Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and before them, Flickr, a picture is worth a thousand words or eyeballs, or users, or something.To foster this engagement, the company has begun hosting branded photo challenges and using other gamification strategies to connect photographers with their potential corporate customers.But these users images will not be available publicly on the platform unless they are approved by the Twenty20 staff based on the above-described criteria.We are extremely excited to share with you our (and your!) new name.The Santa Monica-based startup now has the third-largest stock image catalog in the world, according to co-founder and CEO Matt Munson bigger than both Shutterstock and iStockphoto.The company has raised just.7 million to date from FF Angel, First Round Capital, Bullpen Capital, Version One Ventures, MuckerLab, Scott Banister, and other angels.At 30 million images and growing, the company currently represents.5 percent of the 350 million image stock photo universe.
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Munson, Emaus, and their third co-founder, Creative Director Kevin Fremon have crafted a classic entrepreneurial story.
What has grown out of it is a unique alternative to the vanity-driven social communities that dominate photography today.
Michael Robinette, who, as Twenty20s VP Engineering, has overseen the recruitment of its mobile teams and the design of its new mobile experience.
The company offers a Zappos-style return guarantee, but sees less than.1 percent of all purchases returned.For the first time, the company has relaxed its signup requirements, allowing non-photographers to join the service and browse and curate images on the platform.Its original idea, one that they began working on months before joining the accelerator, was called Acceptly, a crowdsourced college admissions consulting startup.Who do ya love?Recently, the company began allowing users to license their work commercially as stock images, making it a truly multi-faceted photography monetization platform.The idea that came out of it was Instacanvas, a simple service for turning Instagram photos into wall canvases.Vorherigen Tweet einfügen, sesso live video gratis medien beifügen, auf Twitter anmelden.I tell people all the time, search Coca-Cola on both Twenty20 and Getty Images youre gonna choose an image from Twenty20, because its more authentic, and not some high-gloss, stock image BS, says Bullpen Capital partner and Twenty20 investor Paul Martino.It was a more thoughtful process the second time around, as the company noted in a blog post: We went through hundreds of names to find a name that would be worthy of our community, worthy of your personal gallery URL, and worthy of the.Undefeated, the team banded together, and in feel-good Hollywood-style had a whiteboard brainstorm session to end all sessions.
Twenty20 quietly released a completely redesigned mobile app shortly before the holidays.
The company is iOS-only currently, but has an Android version on the roadmap.