Caterina Fake was on her way to life in academia as a Renaissance literature scholar when the tech world came knocking. She co-founded Flickr, the hugely popular photo-sharing site, and started a handful of other tech companies. These days she runs her own VC investment firm and is regarded as one of Silicon Valley’s top visionaries. But spend five minutes with her and you’ll realize she has not left behind her academic roots; instead, she brings that mindset to everything from predicting the next big tech movement to making the case that every business should be a family business.Caterina Fake is the co-founder of Flickr and Hunch.com. She is a partner at Yes VC. To learn more about Caterina’s upcoming podcast check out ShouldThisExist.coWithout Fail is hosted by Alex Blumberg. It is produced by Sarah Platt and edited by Alex Blumberg, Devon Taylor and Nazanin Rafsanjani. Jarret Floyd mixed the episode. Music by Bobby Lord.
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In the early 2000s, Stewart Butterfield tried to build a weird, massively multiplayer online game, but the venture failed.
Instead, he and his co-founders used the technology they had developed to create the photo-sharing site Flickr.
After Flickr was acquired by Yahoo in 2005, Butterfield went back to the online game idea, only to fail again.
But the office messaging platform Slack rose from the ashes of that second failure — a company which, today, is valued at over $5 billion.
Whatever you are when you’re small gets amplified when you grow. So if you’re staring any kind of online community (social media, e-commerce, crowd-funding…) be careful what you cultivate. Caterina Fake has founded or invested in companies with the most interesting and influential communities - Flickr, Etsy, Kickstarter, Stack Overflow, even Blue Bottle Coffee. Her wise words for every founder: You have has a responsibility to shape the community from day one — because the tone you set is the tone you’re going to keep, even as you go viral.
If you came by the Vox office, you would find it oddly quiet. That’s not because we don’t like each other, or because we’re not social, or because we don’t have anything to say. It’s because almost all our communication happens silently, digitally, in Slack.
Slack is Stewart Butterfield’s creation, and it’s the fastest-growing piece on enterprise software in history. But here’s the kicker: he didn’t mean to create it, just like he didn’t mean to create Flickr before it. In both cases, Butterfield was trying to create a new kind of game: immersive, endless, and focused on experiences rather than victories.
The story of Butterfield’s pivots from the game to Flickr and Slack have become Silicon Valley lore. But in this conversation, we go deep into the part that’s always fascinated me: the game Butterfield wanted to create, the reasons he thinks gaming is so important, and the ways in which his philosophy background informs his current work. We also talk a lot about the nature of status, identity, and communication in online spaces, as Butterfield’s company is now revolutionizing all three.
This is a deep, interesting, and unusual conversation — we went places I didn’t expect, and I left thinking about topics I’d neve…
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The history and the future of geotagging: this week Paul Ford and Rich Ziade talk to Aaron Straup Cope, a programmer who works with maps and geographical datasets. The conversation covers his time as one of Flickr’s earliest employees, data visualization, gazetteers, the evils of Wal-Mart, geocoding (and reverse geocoding), and one of the most controversial decisions in online mapping — Google’s decision to cut off the poles and make the world a square.
Can we criticize Flickr for selling Creative Commons photos or is the problem more about how we understand licensing and value? Morten has opinions.
Natalie Dybisz, AKA Miss Aniela, is a photographer whose young career began on Flickr. In a few short years, her popular series of self-portraits, rooted in personal history and fantasy, propelled her to become on of the most popular photographers on the service. Her work as has been published in numerous publications, including the cover of American Photo magazine. Her images, which have also been exhibited in galleries, explore fascinating ideas of self and body image in a way that is both fun, engaging and beautiful.
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from Good magazine.
My name is Cornelius — I suppose I am the Flickerman.
I call myself that because… because my life has become unhinged. It’s out of joint. No more than that. My life isn’t my own anymore. It’s exploded.
As I write this I am cold, tired, dirty, scared and confused. My girlfriend is missing, my bestfriend is dead, my ankle is bust, my world has come apart exploded.
And someone has been recording it all, everything that has happened, taking photos and posting them on the Internet.
This site is my chance to answer back , to let people know what is happening to me, to help make sense of what has happened to me. I’ve taken the events of those few days and I’m turning them back on themselves… making them into an… entertainment for you… so that I can be heard…
My reply starts here…