Already a stand-out in the budding New York tech scene, after his company did an IPO a year ago, Shutterstock founder and photography enthusiast Jon Oringer is now also its first billionaire.
Today Shutterstock is one of the world’s largest stock photography marketplaces, hosting millions of images. Its beginnings were a little more humble, though – Oringer initially launched the platform 10 years ago as a means to sell his own photos.
Now the company has offices in New York, San Francisco, London, and – as it recently announced – is in the process of setting up a new Berlin office. Oringer is keen to have a local base in the German capital to gain access to entrepreneurs and creatives in the city as well as to target the German market – one of Shutterstock’s fastest growing.
In Berlin for the first time to attend TechCrunch Disrupt Europe and open the new office, we pulled Oringer aside to find out how he’s dealing with the competition from Getty Images, the secret to his company’s growth and why his photos wouldn’t be accepted on the site today…