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500px is a Toronto, Canada-based online photography community. It was co-founded by Oleg Gutsol and Evgeny Tchebotarev on Halloween 2009.

500px is an online platform for photographers to gain global exposure, test their work, and earn money through licensing and brand partnership opportunities. It facilitates direct connections between photographers and clients. As of September 2018, the site has 15 million users.

500px has an algorithm in place to evaluate recently uploaded photos that takes views, likes and comments into account and results in a photo's rating or 'Pulse'. The higher the Pulse, the more likely a photo is to reach the site's Popular page, giving it a higher chance of being seen by other users. The algorithm allows all users, not just those with a following, a chance to get their work to the front page of the Popular photos, increasing exposure. This results in the Popular page always displaying fresh content and motivates users to regularly upload new im…


Imgur is an online image sharing community and image host founded by Alan Schaaf in 2009.

The company was started in 2009 in Athens, Ohio as Alan Schaaf's side project while he attended Ohio University for computer science. Imgur was created as a response to the usability problems encountered in similar services. Designed to be a gift to the online community of Reddit, it took off almost instantly, jumping from a thousand hits per day to a million total page views in the first five months. Imgur became widely recognized following its rise to popularity on social media websites such as Facebook, Reddit, and Digg. In October 2012, Imgur expanded its functionality to allow users to directly share images to Imgur instead of requiring images to gain enough attraction through other social media sites like Reddit to show up on the popular image gallery.

In the beginning, Imgur relied on donations to help with the web hosting costs. As the site grew, it needed additional sources of revenue …


Shutterstock is an American stock photography, stock footage, stock music, and editing tools provider headquartered in New York City. Founded in 2003 by programmer and photographer Jon Oringer, Shutterstock maintains a library of around 200 million royalty-free stock photos, vector graphics, and illustrations, with around 10 million video clips and music tracks available for licensing. Originally a subscription site only, Shutterstock expanded beyond subscriptions into a la carte pricing in 2008,.and has been publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 2012

Since its founding Shutterstock has acquired a handful of other companies, starting with Bigstock in 2009 and followed by digital asset management software provider Webdam in 2014. After acquiring Rex Features and PremiumBeat in 2015, Shutterstock signed a partnership agreement with the Associated Press and most recently acquired Flashstock in 2017. It also has licensing deals with companies such as Penske Media Corporation…


Pixlr Editor is free online browser-based graphic software that allows you to edit images (photos) and create computer art. Programmed in Flash, this application lets the user create, modify and save images on the user's local computer or alternatively, on the Web. These images can be imported or images may be created from a blank canvas.

Pixlr Editor is a powerful free graphics software/photo editor and has many of the capabilities of much more expensive photo editors. The photo to the left was edited and improved using Pixlr Editor. My goal is to introduce you to photo editing through Pixlr Photo Editor. It is a start but in no way complete. Photo editing can be simple or quite involved.


Shutterfly, Inc. is an American Internet-based company based in Redwood City, California specializing in image publishing service. Shutterfly's flagship product is its photo book line. The company was founded in 1999 and is currently led by Christopher North. The company went public in 2006. The customer base is heavily skewed toward women, who accounted for 80% of customers as reported in 2013.

Shutterfly's revenue derives from "turning digital snapshots into tangible things".

Shutterfly enables users to create personalized photo gifts (including photos and text) such as smartphone cases, photo books, wall art, and home d├ęcor. It competes with Snapfish, an online photo service.

In August 2014, the total number of customers was 2.6 million, reflecting an increase of 13% from the prior-year quarter. Total orders generated were 4.2 million, up 16% year over year. Average order value was $36.14, up 3% year over year driven by promotional strategies and integrated marketing…


iStock is an online royalty free, international micro stock photography provider based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The firm offers millions of photos, illustrations, clip art, videos and audio tracks. Images cost between 1 and 3 credits, with the price of credits ranging from $10.00 to $0.22 depending on volume purchased and subscription plan. Artists, designers and photographers worldwide contribute their work to iStock collections in return for royalties. Nearly half a million new photos, illustrations, videos and audio files, are added each month.

The company was founded by Bruce Livingstone in May 2000, as iStockphoto, a free stock imagery website supported by Livingstone's web development firm, Evolvs Media, It began charging money in 2001 and has been profitable since then.

On February 9, 2006 the firm was acquired by Getty Images for $50 million USD. Livingstone promised that the site would continue "functioning independently with the benefits of Getty Images, yet, very…


Flickr (pronounced "flicker") is an image hosting service and video hosting service. It was created by Ludicorp in 2004. It has changed ownership several times and has been owned by SmugMug since April 2018. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs and an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.

The Verge reported in March 2013 that Flickr had a total of 87 million registered members and more than 3.5 million new images uploaded daily. In August 2011 the site reported that it was hosting more than 6 billion images and this number continues to grow steadily, according to reporting sources. Photos and videos can be accessed from Flickr without the need to register an account, but an account must be made to upload content to the site. Registering an account also allows users to create a profile page containing photos and videos that t…


Photobucket is an American image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community. Photobucket hosts more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices. Photobucket's headquarters are in Denver, CO. The website was founded in 2003 by Alex Welch and Darren Crystal and received funding from Trinity Ventures. It was acquired by Fox Interactive Media in 2007. In December 2009, Fox's parent company, News Corp, sold Photobucket to Seattle mobile imaging startup Ontela. Ontela then renamed itself Photobucket Inc. and continues to operate as Photobucket.

Photobucket is widely used for both personal and business purposes. Links from personal Photobucket accounts are often used for avatars displayed on Internet forums, storage of videos, embedding on blogs, and distribution in social networks. Images hosted on Photobucket are frequently linked to…

Camping World

Camping World Holdings, Inc. is an American corporation specializing in selling recreational vehicles, recreational vehicle parts, and recreational vehicle service. They also sell supplies for camping. The company has its headquarters in Lincolnshire, Illinois. In October 2016 it became a publicly traded company when it raised $251 million in an IPO. Camping World operates 120 retail/service locations in 36 states, and also sells goods through mail order and online. It claims to be the world's largest supplier of RV parts and supplies. The company is also the title sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Recently, it has become the title sponsor of the Camping World Stadium, home of the Orlando City soccer team, as well as the Camping World Bowl, which is played in the same stadium. It’s also the official presenting sponsor of MLB’s League Championship Series.

Camping World began in 1966 with a small store in Beech Bend Park, an amusement park outside of Bowling Green wh…


A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌,‌ ‌I‌n‌c‌.‌ is a privately-held global company headquartered in San Francisco that operates an online marketplace and hospitality service which is accessible via its websites and mobile apps. Members can use the service to arrange or offer lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences. The company does not own any of the real estate listings, nor does it host events; as a broker, it receives commissions from every booking.

Guests can search for lodging using filters such as lodging type, dates, location, and price. Before booking, users must provide personal and payment information. Some hosts also require a scan of a government-issued identification before accepting a reservation. The company also provides travel guides, called "Neighborhoods", which provide details about staying in various neighborhoods in 23 major cities. Hosts
Hosts provide prices and other details for their rental or event listings. Pricing is determined by the host, with recommen…

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet is a large travel guide book publisher. The Lonely Planet books were the third series of travel books aimed at backpackers and other low-cost travellers, after the Let's Go travel guide series that was founded in 1960, and the BIT Guides from 1970. As of 2011, the company had sold 120 million books since inception and by early 2014, it had sold around 11 million units of its travel apps.

Lonely Planet was founded by married couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler. Tony Wheeler graduated from the University of Warwick and London Business School, and was a former engineer at the Chrysler corporation. The pair met in London in 1970 and, in July 1972, they embarked on an overland trip through Europe and Asia, eventually arriving in Australia in December 1972. The route that they followed was first undertaken by vehicle on the 1955 Oxford-Cambridge Overland Expedition.

Lonely Planet's online community, the Thorn Tree, was created in 1996. It is named for a Naivasha thorn tree (…

Travelocity is an American online travel agency. The website is owned by Expedia Group.

American Airlines began offering customer access to its electronic reservation system, Sabre, in 1978 to travel agencies, and in the mid-1980s on CompuServe and GEnie to consumers under the "eAAsySabre" brand name. This service was extended to America Online in the 1990s. The CEO of the eAAsySabre was Kathy Misunas.

Travelocity was created in 1995 through a joint venture between Worldview Systems Corporation and Sabre Holdings. The founding team at Worldview conceived of the idea in 1994 as an extension to their online travel database offering which had been distributed through Sabre, Bloomberg, AOL and many others. The founding team at Worldview joined with distribution partner Sabre in a 50-50 JV that resulted in the development and launch of Travelocity in 1995-1996. The founding members of the Travelocity team, responsible for the conception, development and launch at Worldview were…


HomeAway, Inc. is a vacation rental marketplace with more than 2,000,000 vacation rentals in 190 countries listed on its website. It operates through 50 websites in 23 languages through which it offers rentals of cabins, condos, castles, villas, barns, and farmhouses. Founded in February 2005 and headquartered in Austin, the company became a publicly traded company in 2011. Expedia Inc. acquired HomeAway on December 15, 2015.

HomeAway, Inc. was founded in 2004 as CEH Holdings. The company acquired several sites and consolidated them into a single vacation marketplace, launching in June 2006.

HomeAway moved into its new global headquarters in Austin, Texas on October 2, 2009; it was the first mixed-use project and the second company in Austin to achieve LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interior Design.

In 2009, Us Weekly magazine announced that HomeAway would reunite actors Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo in a new short film and advertising campaign based on the movie … is a website for booking hotel rooms online and by telephone. The company has 85 websites in 34 languages, and lists over 325,000 hotels in approximately 19,000 locations. Its inventory includes hotels and B&Bs, and some condos and other types of commercial lodging. was established in 1991 as the Hotel Reservations Network (HRN). In 2001, it became part of Expedia, Inc. and in 2002, changed its name to The company is operated by LP, a limited partnership located in Dallas, Texas, in the United States. was established in 1991 by David Litman and Robert Diener as the Hotel Reservations Network (HRN), providing hotel booking via a toll-free phone number in the United States. In 2001, the company was acquired by USA Networks Inc (USAI) which also acquired a controlling interest in Expedia, the online travel booking company.

After buying the domain name for approximately US$11m, HRN changed its name in 2002 to and launche…


MapQuest (stylized as mapquest) is a U.S.A. free online web mapping service owned by Verizon. The company was founded in 1967 as Cartographic Services, a division of R.R. Donnelley & Sons in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1969. When it became an independent company in 1994, the company was renamed GeoSystems Global Corporation. MapQuest was acquired in 2000 by America Online and then by Verizon Communications (Oath Inc.) in May 2015. MapQuest vies for market share with competitors such as Google Maps and Here.

In the mid-1980s, R.R. Donnelley & Sons began generating maps and routes for customers, with cooperation by Barry Glick, a University at Buffalo Ph.D.. Much of that code was adapted for use on the Internet to create the MapQuest web service in 1996.

RentalCars, formerly known as TravelJigsaw, is an online broker for car rental that is part of Booking Holdings of companies. Clients search, book and pay for hire cars on, and the bookings are fulfilled by car rental companies. owns no cars. The company headquarters is in Manchester, UK and the CEO is Ian Brown. In 2016, Supriya Uchil, joined as Chief Product Officer from Amazon (company).

TravelJigsaw was set up in 2005 as a broker for car rentals from hire car companies around the world. It was established by four former Airtours International Airways/MyTravel Group executives, and was bought by Booking Holdings in 2010 and its name was then changed. In 2016, Rideways was launched as a new division of, with a focus upon personal pick-up at airports, hotels and railway stations.

In 2016, following complaints, the UK Government Competitions and Markets Authority took action on all UK car hire websites, to make sure consume…

Kayak, sometimes styled as KAYAK, is a fare aggregator and travel metasearch engine operated by Booking Holdings. Its products are available in 18 languages. The company also runs travel search engines checkfelix and swoodoo. Formerly a separate company, the KAYAK Software Corporation was acquired by Booking Holdings on May 21, 2013.

KAYAK was founded in 2004 by Steve Hafner and Paul M. English. Before KAYAK, Steve Hafner, KAYAK's current CEO, helped found Orbitz in November 1999 and led its business development, advertising sales, marketing, and product marketing activities. The company was originally incorporated in Delaware in 2004 under the name Travel Search Company, Inc. The name was later changed to Kayak Software Corporation in August 2004, and KAYAK Software Corporation in 2011.


Hotwire is a travel website that can be used to book airline tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, and vacation packages. It operates by selling off unsold travel inventory at discounted prices.

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Hotwire, Inc. is an operating company of Expedia Group. Expedia Group also operates,, and Egencia.

Hotwire was launched in 2000 by Karl Peterson, Eric Grosse, Gregg Brockway, and Spencer Rascoff and by six major airlines: American, Northwest (now Delta), Continental (now United), America West (now American), and United. They were funded by a leading private equity firm, Texas Pacific Group (TPG) with an initial $75 million investment. Prior to its formal launch, it was codenamed Purple Demon. In September 2003, IAC/InterActiveCorp announced its acquisition of for $663 million. (Expedia spun off from IAC in 2005.) Hotwire's co-partners under IAC included Citysearch, Evite, HSN, Ticketmaster, LendingTree, RealEstate.c…