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Demotix, crowdsourced global photo wire, to demo at 7/27 Meetup + minicupcakes

From: Jennifer 8. L.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 9:49 AM
Update: Demotix, the successful global crowdsourced photowire service is coming from London to join us for the July 27 Meetup. (It's a photo-themed event, as they will join the NYT's Moment in Time team)

If you haven't yet heard of Demotix yet, you probably will soon. Its disruptive sales model may represent a harbinger of things to come in the content business. It's similar to the Publish2 News Exchange where content is sold unbundled on a many-to-many basis (as Scott Karp said, the aim was to "Craigslist the AP").

Some background: Demotix has 3,000 active contributors in 190 countries around the world (and growing), with ~200 photographers contributing every day. They split the fees 50/50. Since many of their contributors are locals, they can get into places where credentialed foreign photographers may not be able to (like Tehran during the 2009 protests). And for some folks this is much more than a living wage.

Their clients include the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and many other media institutions. Demotix anticipates being cash flow-positive within the next year or so.

I realized Demotix's reach when I was in Barcelona after the World Cup when the riot police came to break up the crowd. The next day I saw photos of the clashes taken a few meters away from me up on Demotix.

We don't get to hear them present too much since they are based in London. But Hacks/Hackers is lucky to have them.

More info on Allthingsd.

Also, we will have minicupcakes on Tuesday, probably from Cupcakestop.

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