Top Reasons to Attend Mobile Photo Connect Conference

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San Francisco, NY—Attendees at the upcoming Mobile Photo Connect Conference, being held October 15, 2014, at the Fort Mason Conference Center in San Francisco, California, will be able to network with movers and shakers from key mobile, imaging and photo app vendors shaping the mobile photo business.

Participating companies include: Adobe Systems; Applied Recognition; Artware; Avanquest; Befunky; CanvasPop; Carnival Cruise Lines; CEWE; Clarifai; Digipix; Dropbox; Ecce Terram; Eversnap; Fotor; Fujifilm; GMO Media; HTC; Illuminate Education; Imaging Solutions; InfoCircle; IPI – Member Network; Kodak Alaris; Krome Photos; LDV Capital; Lifepics; Light; Looksery; Magisto; Mailpix; Mediaclip; Microsoft; Moju Labs; Momentage; Mosaic (Mixbook); myvukee; Narrative; Onepastfive GmbH; Orbeus; PhotoShelter; PhotoGurus; Picksu; Pixable; Pixterity; PMA; Quirl; RPI; Shuttersong; Skit!; Sky Mobile Technologies; Snap, Tag, Love; Strickland & Associates; SugarSync; Sworl; Takes; Taopix; tapsBook; Taylor Corporation; This Week in Photo (TWiP); Walgreens; Woodside Capital; and X-Rite

The conference will explore important topics shaping growth and profit opportunities for the mobile photo industry. Four in-depth panel discussions will take “deep dives” on:

•    The future of photo organizing, from manual to deep learning
•    The future of storytelling, from sharing photos to sharing experiences
•    The ins and outs of funding mobile photography start-ups
•    The big picture—profiting in an omni-photo world.

Attendees will also benefit from live demonstrations of 33 photo apps developed in North America, Europe and Asia. Leading photo app developers from around the world will demo their products and discuss their businesses. The apps on display will cover a range of value-added opportunities, from photo capture to the photo-sharing experience, via creative enhancement, photo output and photo organizing.

In the “Ins and Outs of Funding Mobile Photography Start-ups” session, attendees will hear from a seasoned panel of investors who have made their marks as hands-on managers in the imaging industry. They’ll explain what drives valuation, both in financing transactions and in exits. And they’ll discuss how mobile photo start-ups can develop soundly financed growth and maximize their opportunities to exit at the right time—to the right acquirer and at the right price.

Suite 48 Analytics White Paper

In preparation for this session, Suite 48 Analytics, the conference organizer, announced a free white paper that describes the considerations of leading photo app developers and mobile photo investors toward financing photo app start-ups. The Financing Photo Apps study draws lessons from a series of interviews with photo app developers with revenues ranging from less than $100K to more than $20M. The investors span the range from angel investors to investment banks.

Topics included in the white paper are: Valuation drivers in financing transactions; Valuation drivers at exit; Characteristics of “good” investors; Deciding between transaction and revenue goals; and Deciding when it’s time to get to market. Authors of the study are Don Strickland, president and CEO of Strickland & Associates and adjunct professor at Imperial College London, and Hans Hartman, president of Suite 48 Analytics and chair of Mobile Photo Connect. To download a free copy of the white paper, visit: http://bit.ly/1rnZt9H.

In addition, there will be a special presentation by Doug Menuez, world-renowned photographer and author of Fearless Genius. He will present a firsthand account of how Steve Jobs and other leading innovators of the Digital Revolution struggled, failed, sacrificed and succeeded. This photo-rich session will be more than a reflection on a fascinating past; it will be a source of insight and inspiration for today’s entrepreneurs attending the Mobile Photo Connect conference.

Mobile Photo Connect is an executive conference focused on promoting innovation and partnerships in the mobile photography ecosystem. The conference is cohosted by Hans Hartman, president of Suite 48 Analytics and a GigaOm Pro analyst; and Alexis Gerard, founder of Future Image Inc. and the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conferences and coauthor of the seminal 2005 book Going Visual. mobilephotoconnect.com

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