Flickr power users prefer Toronto's 500px

by Rob Lewis | Startups

Toronto photo-sharing startup 500px got written up by GigaOm's Colleen Taylor yesterday and the post includes some impressive numbers.

According to Taylor's article 500px has become the new favorite site of a lot of Flickr power users with some 27,000 of the site’s 67,000 current members joining in the past two months.

500px charges $50 per year for premium accounts that allow users to create unbranded portfolio websites. For those wishing to sell photos online, 500px collects a 5% commission on all printing sales.

500px was founded by Oleg Gutsol and Ian Sobolev eight years ago as a community for photography buffs within the LiveJournal blogging platform. The bootstrapped company currently has just four full-time employees.

According to the founders growth has come purely through word of mouth. That may change soon though with an pending investment - the company is in the process of raising an undisclosed amount of venture funding from a group of New York-based investors.

Techvibes has been tracking 500px on our Toronto Startup Index for months and today they are #3 on the May 2011 Index. With over 70,000 visitors per day so far in May, look for 500px to take over the #1 spot soon.

500px Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs. The first version of 500px came to light in the early days of digital photography. At that time, everything was slightly different — the Internet was slower, 3.2 megapixel cameras were the latest buzz, digital photographers were just getting acquainted with their... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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