Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pond5 Raises $61 Million From Accel Partners and Stripes Group

The world’s leading marketplace for video footage and stock media will use its first institutional round to fuel international growth, hire top talent and accelerate product development.


NEW YORK, NY, July 16th, 2014 -- Pond5, the world’s leading online marketplace for video footage and stock media, announced today that it has raised $61 million in equity financing from Accel Partners and Stripes Group. The funding is the first institutional investment for the company and will be used to fuel global growth, hiring, and product development.


Artists from around the world use Pond5 to upload video clips and other media, including music, photos and special effects. Those creating media projects, like films, mobile applications and video games, can then buy the royalty-free content for their own use.


“Our mission since day one has been to build the world’s most vibrant, artist-friendly marketplace for creativity,” said Pond5 CEO and co-founder Tom Bennett. “We thought very carefully about the kind of partners we wanted to join us, and we couldn’t be more excited to team up with Accel and Stripes for the next phase of our adventure.”


Pond5’s fast-growing collection of more than 15 million media clips is sourced from 30,000 artists in 127 countries and serves as a key creative resource for the global media production industry. The company’s 2.7 million videos compose the largest royalty-free video collection on the Web.


Pond5 footage has found its way into blockbuster films like Iron Man, Thor and Dallas Buyer’s Club, and hit television series like AMC’s The Walking Dead and NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Media clients include BBC, NBC, and CBS, advertising agencies like Leo Burnett and Wieden & Kennedy and a growing roster of emerging video artists on sites like YouTube and Vimeo.


“Pond5 has organically built a community of artists and creators that is as passionate about the site as some of the best marketplaces we’ve backed, including Etsy,” said John Locke, Partner at Accel Partners who will join the company’s board. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this team going forward.”


“True marketplace businesses are rarely created,” said Dan Marriott, Managing Partner of Stripes Group, who will also join the company’s board. “They are built brick by brick to serve all of their constituents equally well and have the opportunity to redefine their industries globally. We couldn’t be more proud to support such a great story and global team headquartered here in New York City.”


Based in New York, with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic, Pond5 has been cash-flow positive since its founding in 2006 and is doubling sales annually. The company raised a seed round of $500,000 from the New York Angels in 2008. In 2013, Pond5 acquired Pixmac, an international network of stock photos sites based in Czech Republic. It currently employs a global team of 70 people.


About Pond5

Pond5 is the world's most vibrant marketplace for media makers, offering the web's largest collection of royalty-free stock video footage, as well as millions of stock photos, illustrations, music tracks, sound effects, Adobe After Effects project templates, and 3D models. Disrupting the traditional stock agency model with an open, dynamic marketplace, Pond5 invites media makers from all over the world to submit their own content and set their own prices. Contributing artists earn 50% on each sale – significantly higher than traditional players. Submissions are curated by the Pond5 team, and made available for immediate preview, purchase and download. All content is licensed under a simple royalty-free license that provides customers lifetime, worldwide usage rights across all media.

Pond5 was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Union Square, NY, USA with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic. For more information, visit http://www.pond5.com.


About Accel Partners

Founded in 1983, Accel Partners has a long history of partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class businesses. Accel today invests globally using dedicated teams and market-specific strategies for local geographies, with offices in Palo Alto, California, New York City, London and Bangalore. Accel has helped entrepreneurs build over 300 successful companies, many of which have defined their categories. For more information, please visit the Accel Partners website at http://www.accel.com. Find us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/accel.


About Stripes Group

Founded in 2003 and New York City based, Stripes Group is a leading growth equity firm that invests in Internet, Digital Media, Software and Branded Consumer Products businesses. Stripes Group partners with founder driven, profitable, market-leading companies with proven business models that are generating exceptional growth. For more information on Stripes Group, please visit http://www.stripesgroup.com.







Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic June 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for June 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.



These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for June 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. DepositPhotos
  3. Zazzle
  4. 123RF 
The summer low has started with June. June had a decrease of 11% compared to May 2014 but a 27% increase compared to June 2013. It was the good month for ShutterstockDepositPhotos, and 123RF.


(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic May 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for May 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.


These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for May 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. Zazzle
  3. DepositPhotos
  4. iStockPhoto
May was even with its decrease of 9% compared to April a very good month. May also showed a 3% increase compared to May 2013. It was the best month ever for Picsastock, and a very good month for Shutterstock, Zazzle, DepositPhotos, and iStockPhoto.

(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic April 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for April 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.

These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for April 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. DepositPhotos
  3. Zazzle
  4. Fine Art America
April was again a BME. April had only a few $ increased compared to March and an increase of 8% compared to April 2013. It was the best month ever for DepositPhotos, Fine Art America, and Stockphoto.com.



(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Depositphotos microstock agency launched a new version of its website

The Depositphotos website was redesigned, its search functionality was updated, and several other improvements were introduced.

New York, USA, April 29, 2014 — Depositphotos, the fastest-growing microstock agency in the world, has received several major updates. Now it has a more concise and modern design, and the website's user interface is simpler and even more convenient.


The newly introduced updates, enabled by the more user-friendly interface and refined search algorithm, allow Depositphotos users to find images and videos they need significantly faster.

These changes affected the appearance of the website’s front page as well as its principal content pages. Now they resemble a “showcase” where customer can easily purchase the items they are interested in without unnecessary distractions.

Users can modify the search page according to their specific needs. Depending on the settings chosen, the advanced search menu can be placed either at the left or on top of the screen, or it can be minimized.

“Now Depositphotos has become incredibly convenient to view from a computer or mobile devices, since its design and control elements are easily transformed and can adapt to any screen resolution.” – Elena Flanagan-Eister, Depositphotos CEO.

“In addition to the updated design, we've introduced another important feature for our customers worldwide. Now they can pay for images and videos in their local currencies. The EU member states, Ukraine and the Russian Federation are the first countries, after the U.S., where we've provided the ability to pay in one’s national currency, and much more other nations will follow.” – Vadim Nekhai, Depositphotos CMO.

About Depositphotos Inc.

Depositphotos is the fastest-growing microstock agency in the world. Now, the company offers more than 22 million high-quality stock photos, vector images and videos sold under a royalty-free license. Thanks to recent innovations and high optimization, the company has become the most dynamic in the entire market: more than 150,000 new high-quality files are uploaded, carefully screened and selected by moderators, then added to the Depositphotos library every month.

The company is headquartered in New York, USA, and has business offices in USA, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Ukraine and Russia.

For more information, please visit http://depositphotos.com/?ref=1001442, and follow Depositphotos on Facebook or @Depositphotos on Twitter.







Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Search and Compare All Major Royalty-Free Stock Image Sites With New Microstock.photos Engine

CHICAGO – April 24, 2014 – Buyers of royalty-free stock images will soon have a powerful new tool to help them navigate the enormous universe of images and sales outlets thanks to a new search engine called http://www.microstock.photos announced today at Visual Connections Chicago. The new tool indexes every image from each of the leading microstock vendors allowing for side-by-side comparison of pricing, licensing models and terms. The new site was developed by PressFoto, an emerging microstock company offering some of the most aggressive pricing and flexible licensing models in the business.

Microstock.photos has indexed more than 30 million photos from iStockphoto, Shutterstock, Fotolia, PressFoto and others. Users can search by title, keyword, orientation, size and color as well as blank area for copy. Search results reveal images from all the sites that are either identical or similar and provides comparative cost and licensing options.

“While most microstock companies like to talk about their exclusive content, the reality is that the majority of the stock images being sold today are available on several different sites,” said Dmitry Shironosov, CEO of PressFoto. “We created Microstock.photos as a service to buyers looking to save time and money when buying what has essentially become a commodity. We also believe that, once a prospective buyer sees how PressFoto stacks up against some of the better-known microstock companies that a lot of these buyers we’re able to help will soon become new customers.”

The beta version of the Microstock.photos site is already up, running and ready for use. The site is free to use and all purchases must be made directly from the individual stock companies shown.

About PressFoto

PressFoto provides royalty-free images, vector graphics and video footage for commercial, editorial and personal use. It offers a wide variety of pricing and distribution models designed to make copyrighted content available to as many different customer types as possible including a unique ImageRent solution, which allows images to be used for as little as one penny.

PressFoto offers some of the lowest prices and least restrictive usage and payment plans in the industry while providing contributors with some of the most favorable revenue sharing terms in the business. For more information, visit www.PressFoto.com.






PressFoto Introduces ImageRent – Stock Image Rental for as Low as One Penny

CHICAGO – April 24, 2014 – Today at Visual Connections Chicago, Royalty-free stock image innovator,PressFoto, announced ImageRent, a new service that makes more than three million stock photos immediately available for commercial, editorial or personal use online at a minimal cost – in many cases as low as a single penny.

Rather than purchasing the images outright, customers pay a “rental fee” for the rights to use the image. The fee is based on the number of times the image is seen at a fixed rate of $.01 per thousand views. Images may also be used on social media sites free of charge.

“There are plenty of people around the globe creating online content who aren’t willing or able to spend the money required to purchase stock but don’t see theft as an acceptable alternative,” said Dmitry Shironosov, CEO of PressFoto. “ImageRent is the perfect solution. It provides legitimate and cost-effective access to a massive library of great images at an exceptionally reasonable cost.”

How it Works

To use the ImageRent service, customers set up an account with PressFoto and purchase a rental credit package. At that point, customers are able to embed any image (or images) they choose from the PressFoto catalog into their websites or blogs. Photos reside on the PressFoto servers but can be edited directly on the PressFoto site before they are embedded. The editor can also be used to add copy to an image as part of the rental service or an image that is shared at no charge on social media.

A rental fee of $.01 is charged for every thousand views of each image used is deducted from the customer’s account. If the rental fees ever reach the purchase price of a particular image, no further fees are assessed and the renter now owns the web size image outright. Should a customer’s Image Rent account be exhausted, a watermark will appear on all rented images, but the images will remain. The watermark will be removed when additional credits are purchased. Credit packages can be purchased for as little as one dollar.

About PressFoto

PressFoto provides royalty-free images, vector graphics and video footage for commercial, editorial and personal use. It offers a wide variety of pricing and distribution models designed to make copyrighted content available to as many different customer types as possible including a unique ImageRent solution, which allows images to be used for as little as one penny.

PressFoto offers some of the lowest prices and least restrictive usage and payment plans in the industry while providing contributors with some of the most favorable revenue sharing terms in the business. For more information visit www.PressFoto.com.