charlesforman
charlesforman:


Hey… wanna read my movie treatment?
No, Seriously.





The first step to writing is turning the computer on.




I have written a treatment that I could use your feedback on! If you’d like to read it, please email me: charles@setpixel.com
When I first got serious about making a movie, I did what anyone making a movie would do, I Googled: “How to make a movie.” The first thing I learned is that it all starts with a script, and before that, a treatment. If you don’t have a good story, you won’t make a good script, and it will result in movie only as compelling as a Hollywood blockbuster. Wow. Such deep. Many thought provoking. I was about to be learning a lot.

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charlesforman:

The first step to writing is turning the computer on.

I have written a treatment that I could use your feedback on! If you’d like to read it, please email me: charles@setpixel.com

When I first got serious about making a movie, I did what anyone making a movie would do, I Googled: “How to make a movie.” The first thing I learned is that it all starts with a script, and before that, a treatment. If you don’t have a good story, you won’t make a good script, and it will result in movie only as compelling as a Hollywood blockbuster. Wow. Such deep. Many thought provoking. I was about to be learning a lot.

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Picturelife’s Holiday Gift Guide for Photo Lovers
Celebrating the release of Picturelife Gifting, the team breaks down their favorite photo gadgets and gifts this year










'Tis the season to be gifting! Today, Picturelife launched Picturelife Gifts, an easy way to make the holidays awesome for that photography lover in the family. To celebrate the launch, the team compiled their favorite photo related gifts and gadgets. Enjoy!
GlossyGram Resin Prints of your Best Instagram Shots
From Dan:Sharing pictures digitally is great, but getting a photo printed is something special. Paper prints, mattes, and frames all seem so yesterday, so why not print your photos on wood blocks and coat them with beautiful glossy resin?! That’s what our friends at GlossyGram can do for you. As the name suggests, you can send anything from your Instagram account straight to them to be printed - it couldn’t be easier. I recently did this with 24 of my favorite travel photos, and I was blown away with the quality.
Easy Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android
From Jacob:There are many iPhone lens products on the market but most are either model specific or require sticking an adhesive magnetic ring to your phone. Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android solves this by using a space age material called “rubber” to create a “band” to secure the lens, thus eliminating the need for adhesives and making it compatible with all iPhones and Android models. Get it from our friends at Photojojo!
DIY Wood Print
From Joe:The best gifts are hand crafted with love. This is a great way to create a beautiful piece of wall art from a treasured picture.
Bigshot DIY Camera
From Nate:The Bigshot DIY camera kit will provide endless fun and curiousity about photography. Put together your own camera from easy to use parts, then modify and enhance your new camera with fun features like 3D lenses and an LED flash! Buy it from our friends over at GrandSt!
A fixed length portrait lens
From Keith:Most people who buy cameras buy zoom lenses or use the ones that came with their camera. There’s a reason for this: zoom lenses are versatile and it’s easy to always get your subject in frame. The problem is they let you be lazy. Using a fixed length lens (‘prime lens’) forces you to think about how your subject is placed within your photo and makes you move your body to the zooming. It’s more challenging but makes for better shots. An added benefit is that fixed length lenses usually let in a lot more light and give you great background blur because they have wider apertures. For most people, the general purpose fixed length lens is the 50mm on full frame cameras and 35mm and smaller cameras. For portraits you want 85mm on a full frame camera and 50mm on a typical DSLR. Since most people primarily take pictures of other people, a portrait lens is a great choice and can be bought pretty cheaply ($200-$400 for something basic). A new lens like this is a much more effective way to improve your pictures than spending that amount on a better camera.
Canon EOS 70D DSLR lens kit
From Amy:I shot with an early version Canon Rebel for years - I pushed that camera to its limits, and it has a lot of limitations, the biggest being horrible low light capability. The sensor on my Rebel finally died (I was not sad - it meant I could finally justify upgrading) and, (nearly) buying into the hype, I went straight to the Canon 6D - entry level full frame sensor, high ISO, great low light, video. My father, the wisest man on the planet (and a sensor designer), convinced me to check out Canon’s newest DSLR, the 70D EOS. I was glad he did. The 6D is great, but it has a number of limitations that the sensor doesn’t make up for (11 AF points, slow autofocus, pretty pricey). So, my dream gift this Christmas is the Canon 70D EOS lens kit - 18 AF points, up to 12800 ISO (expandable to H:25600), a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a solid (and quiet) 18-135mm f/3.5 kit lens. I tested the video autofocus- it moves so smoothly from one subject to the next using “dual pixel AF” - makes video better for amateurs and pros alike. Live live mode, and a swivel screen to make shooting video even easier (shoot from the hip!). The low light capability is such a vast improvement on my Rebel that it really isn’t even worth mentioning. With a price point around $1,2000 for the lens kit, it’s a solid investment and a great gift for a photographer of any level.
Bower Pro Lens Cap Keeper
From Drew:Every time I’m trying to switch lenses and it’s like wtf do I do with this lens cap and I get all frazzled and my subject is growing weary and it’d be nice to just let that shizz dangle. This IS dangle.


Better late than never!

plfe:

Picturelife’s Holiday Gift Guide for Photo Lovers

Celebrating the release of Picturelife Gifting, the team breaks down their favorite photo gadgets and gifts this year

'Tis the season to be gifting! Today, Picturelife launched Picturelife Gifts, an easy way to make the holidays awesome for that photography lover in the family. To celebrate the launch, the team compiled their favorite photo related gifts and gadgets. Enjoy!

GlossyGram Resin Prints of your Best Instagram Shots

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From Dan:
Sharing pictures digitally is great, but getting a photo printed is something special. Paper prints, mattes, and frames all seem so yesterday, so why not print your photos on wood blocks and coat them with beautiful glossy resin?! That’s what our friends at GlossyGram can do for you. As the name suggests, you can send anything from your Instagram account straight to them to be printed - it couldn’t be easier. I recently did this with 24 of my favorite travel photos, and I was blown away with the quality.

Easy Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android

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From Jacob:
There are many iPhone lens products on the market but most are either model specific or require sticking an adhesive magnetic ring to your phone. Easy-Macro Cell Phone Lens Band for iPhone & Android solves this by using a space age material called “rubber” to create a “band” to secure the lens, thus eliminating the need for adhesives and making it compatible with all iPhones and Android models. Get it from our friends at Photojojo!

DIY Wood Print

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From Joe:
The best gifts are hand crafted with love. This is a great way to create a beautiful piece of wall art from a treasured picture.

Bigshot DIY Camera

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From Nate:
The Bigshot DIY camera kit will provide endless fun and curiousity about photography. Put together your own camera from easy to use parts, then modify and enhance your new camera with fun features like 3D lenses and an LED flash! Buy it from our friends over at GrandSt!

A fixed length portrait lens

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From Keith:
Most people who buy cameras buy zoom lenses or use the ones that came with their camera. There’s a reason for this: zoom lenses are versatile and it’s easy to always get your subject in frame. The problem is they let you be lazy. Using a fixed length lens (‘prime lens’) forces you to think about how your subject is placed within your photo and makes you move your body to the zooming. It’s more challenging but makes for better shots. An added benefit is that fixed length lenses usually let in a lot more light and give you great background blur because they have wider apertures. For most people, the general purpose fixed length lens is the 50mm on full frame cameras and 35mm and smaller cameras. For portraits you want 85mm on a full frame camera and 50mm on a typical DSLR. Since most people primarily take pictures of other people, a portrait lens is a great choice and can be bought pretty cheaply ($200-$400 for something basic). A new lens like this is a much more effective way to improve your pictures than spending that amount on a better camera.

Canon EOS 70D DSLR lens kit

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From Amy:
I shot with an early version Canon Rebel for years - I pushed that camera to its limits, and it has a lot of limitations, the biggest being horrible low light capability. The sensor on my Rebel finally died (I was not sad - it meant I could finally justify upgrading) and, (nearly) buying into the hype, I went straight to the Canon 6D - entry level full frame sensor, high ISO, great low light, video. My father, the wisest man on the planet (and a sensor designer), convinced me to check out Canon’s newest DSLR, the 70D EOS. I was glad he did. The 6D is great, but it has a number of limitations that the sensor doesn’t make up for (11 AF points, slow autofocus, pretty pricey). So, my dream gift this Christmas is the Canon 70D EOS lens kit - 18 AF points, up to 12800 ISO (expandable to H:25600), a 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, and a solid (and quiet) 18-135mm f/3.5 kit lens. I tested the video autofocus- it moves so smoothly from one subject to the next using “dual pixel AF” - makes video better for amateurs and pros alike. Live live mode, and a swivel screen to make shooting video even easier (shoot from the hip!). The low light capability is such a vast improvement on my Rebel that it really isn’t even worth mentioning. With a price point around $1,2000 for the lens kit, it’s a solid investment and a great gift for a photographer of any level.

Bower Pro Lens Cap Keeper

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From Drew:
Every time I’m trying to switch lenses and it’s like wtf do I do with this lens cap and I get all frazzled and my subject is growing weary and it’d be nice to just let that shizz dangle. This IS dangle.

Better late than never!

When Nelson Mandela died, my mind immediately went to the first time I had heard of such an amazing man. It was the late 80s. My big brother, a Paul Simon fan, and been given the Graceland: The African Concert VHS as a gift, and would play it frequently. The concert seemed magical. Most of the songs were from Graceland, but mixed in there were a bunch of cool African artists — mostly South African — like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba.

Then, there was Bring Him Back Home. This song was different, because it wasn’t just music: It was a message, a plea. It was, for me, perhaps the most powerful use of music I had heard at less than 10 years old.

So, when Mandela died, not having much more significant to contribute, I found an old DVD copy of this amazing concert and have shared it with my brother (and dad, who gave us both the gift of music).

Now, I’m sharing this song with you.

plfe
plfe:


A safe-haven for Everpix customers
Picturelife makes saving your Everpix Archive easy, and free.








Last week, our friends at Everpix announced they would be shutting their doors.
Since then, thousands of Everpix customers have found their way to Picturelife and began the process of manually moving their archives to our service.
Last night, Everpix started giving some of their customers an even easier way to move their archives off Everpix and onto another service by releasing their “Archive" feature.
Today, the Picturelife team worked tirelessly into the night to give those customers a seamless way to directly transfer their Everpix Archive, metadata included, over to Picturelife.
Because this has been a tough week for Everpix customers, Picturelife is allowing people using the tool to try our service for free, taking off our usual 5GB trial limit until Everpix customers get a chance to test out our platform with all their photos in it.
To sign up for Picturelife and/or start using this tool, simply head on over to picturelife.com/everpix .
If you have any questions, as always reach out to us on Twitter or on our Support site.
Nate

plfe:

A safe-haven for Everpix customers

Picturelife makes saving your Everpix Archive easy, and free.

Last week, our friends at Everpix announced they would be shutting their doors.

Since then, thousands of Everpix customers have found their way to Picturelife and began the process of manually moving their archives to our service.

Last night, Everpix started giving some of their customers an even easier way to move their archives off Everpix and onto another service by releasing their “Archive" feature.

Today, the Picturelife team worked tirelessly into the night to give those customers a seamless way to directly transfer their Everpix Archive, metadata included, over to Picturelife.

Because this has been a tough week for Everpix customers, Picturelife is allowing people using the tool to try our service for free, taking off our usual 5GB trial limit until Everpix customers get a chance to test out our platform with all their photos in it.

To sign up for Picturelife and/or start using this tool, simply head on over to picturelife.com/everpix .

If you have any questions, as always reach out to us on Twitter or on our Support site.

Nate

everpix-blog

everpix-blog:

It is with a heavy heart we announce that Everpix will be shutting down in the coming weeks.

We started this company two years ago with the goals of solving the photo mess and designing better ways for people to enjoy their memories. We are very proud of the work we’ve done—from the cutting-edge…

It’s a cliché reply, but to the half-dozen folks who have asked me for my thoughts on this, my reply is “Startups are hard.”

It’s true. On a daily basis there are dozens of decisions that may one day lead to you writing a post like the one above, or lead you to an IPO, or lead you to something in between.

How do you price your product? Where do you advertise? Who do you hire? What do you optimize for in your product development process? How much money do you raise? How quickly do you ramp employees?

As “competitors” we only saw the Everpix handle these questions from a distance. I can definitely say we admired most every move they made along the way. Certainly we thought their product was simple and beautiful.

For people who are wondering about Picturelife, the good news is we’re very much here and here for the long-run. We’ve raised money, are spending our cash and have priced our product with the idea of staying around for a very long time. Our growth has likely not had the major spikes others have had — we’ve never been the darling of TechCrunch or Hacker News, but the charts look like a long sloping curve, up and to the right, steadily getting steeper, on into the future.

So, long live the great people who tried to make Everpix work. I hope, as they wind down the service, we as a company absorb some of the love of photographs and memories that the Everpix team most obviously shared with us. It was an honor to live along side them and we appreciate everything they did.

thegongshow

thegongshow:

I’m delighted to share that I am now a general partner with Spark Capital. The team at Spark is an amazing group of people who teach me something new every day. I really appreciate all their support, and this endorsement of my work to date means a lot. I’m delighted we’ll have the opportunity to…

Of all the people I’ve met in this world of startups and investing, I don’t know if I could think more highly of a person than Andrew Parker. I still remember the first time we met — nextSummer — and off the bat I could tell he was a special guy. I feel lucky to have remained friends ever since.

Last week Andrew and I caught up for the first time since I became CEO at Picturelife. While most of the time we talked about the company and my new role, I also made sure I got an update from him. And he was telling me what was new with him, and what’s been interesting him, I interrupted Andrew and blurted “They had better make you Partner!”

Andrew said he wasn’t worried about it one way or another and tried to get back to what I had interrupted him from, but I wouldn’t let up. I remember saying something like “No, it’s something they really should do. Making you Partner would tell the world that Spark knows what the future of VC looks like and feels like.”

I meant it. And, hearing this news today couldn’t make me happier — happier as a friend, of course, but also as a Spark portfolio company, and, more broadly, as a actor in this world of early stage innovation and investing. Seeing Spark make Andrew a GP gives me faith in the firm and in this industry as a whole.

Godspeed, Andrew, and congrats Spark!

plfe
plfe:


Taking a walk down memory lane
Picturelife makes it fun and easy to explore photos and videos from your past.








Do you remember what you were doing one year ago today? How about two years ago? Three? Do you have any clue what you were up to ten years ago today? Picturelife does - with its new Memories.
It’s always been easy to go back in time with Picturelife. You could use Timeline to view photos from the day you moved into your first apartment. The Discover section might show you interesting photos from a few years ago, or some of the best shots from your family’s favorite vacation spot. You could use Search to find those hilarious videos from the night of your best friend’s wedding.
I’m happy to introduce a brand new way to look at your past - called Memories. Today’s date is September 30, 2013. What were you doing September 30, 2012? Where were you on September 30, 2011? Who did you see on September 30, 2010? What camera were you using on September 30, 2009? Memories can tell you at a glance what you were doing on this day in history, every year, as far back as you’ve had a digital camera.
Not only that, you can use Memories to focus on any day of the calendar year! Check out all the videos of you blowing out your birthday candles over the years. View photos of all your most ingenious (or not so much) halloween costumes. See who you were with on every New Year’s Eve. Remember how you celebrated each wedding anniversary!
That all sounds like a pretty neat trick, and indeed it is! But I’ve personally found it to be an eye-opening experience. I tend to travel and move around a lot, and I can never keep straight when I was in one part of the world or another. With Memories, I can see that last year I had just completed the move to Chicago. Two years ago I was embedded in the hipsterdom of Brooklyn. Three years ago I was walking the old streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. Four years ago my girlfriend was giving me a haircut in Bangladesh. Seven years ago I was photographing a Red Bulls soccer game in New York. Eight years ago I was studying abroad in Tasmania. Nine years ago I had just gotten settled in my sophomore year dorm room!
It’s fun for me to see all those times gone by together on one screen, and it’s something that I could never even begin to accomplish by my own brainpower. Seeing those jumps from year to year is also rather inspiring though. I can start to remember everything that happened in between, and how one part of my life led to another. It makes me quite excited to imagine where I’ll end up one year from now! It also makes me want to take even more photos.
That’s the best part about Memories, and indeed about Picturelife as a whole. It only gets better the more photos and videos you take. You never have to worry about our software slowing down, or running out of hard drive space, or about not being able to find your way around a growing library. You just focus on capturing the beautiful moments in your life, and we make sure that you never lose track of them.
Memories is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as of Picturelife v2.4 released just last week. (It will be available on the web as well very soon!) I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Dan

plfe:

Taking a walk down memory lane

Picturelife makes it fun and easy to explore photos and videos from your past.

Do you remember what you were doing one year ago today? How about two years ago? Three? Do you have any clue what you were up to ten years ago today? Picturelife does - with its new Memories.

It’s always been easy to go back in time with Picturelife. You could use Timeline to view photos from the day you moved into your first apartment. The Discover section might show you interesting photos from a few years ago, or some of the best shots from your family’s favorite vacation spot. You could use Search to find those hilarious videos from the night of your best friend’s wedding.

I’m happy to introduce a brand new way to look at your past - called Memories. Today’s date is September 30, 2013. What were you doing September 30, 2012? Where were you on September 30, 2011? Who did you see on September 30, 2010? What camera were you using on September 30, 2009? Memories can tell you at a glance what you were doing on this day in history, every year, as far back as you’ve had a digital camera.

Not only that, you can use Memories to focus on any day of the calendar year! Check out all the videos of you blowing out your birthday candles over the years. View photos of all your most ingenious (or not so much) halloween costumes. See who you were with on every New Year’s Eve. Remember how you celebrated each wedding anniversary!

That all sounds like a pretty neat trick, and indeed it is! But I’ve personally found it to be an eye-opening experience. I tend to travel and move around a lot, and I can never keep straight when I was in one part of the world or another. With Memories, I can see that last year I had just completed the move to Chicago. Two years ago I was embedded in the hipsterdom of Brooklyn. Three years ago I was walking the old streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. Four years ago my girlfriend was giving me a haircut in Bangladesh. Seven years ago I was photographing a Red Bulls soccer game in New York. Eight years ago I was studying abroad in Tasmania. Nine years ago I had just gotten settled in my sophomore year dorm room!

It’s fun for me to see all those times gone by together on one screen, and it’s something that I could never even begin to accomplish by my own brainpower. Seeing those jumps from year to year is also rather inspiring though. I can start to remember everything that happened in between, and how one part of my life led to another. It makes me quite excited to imagine where I’ll end up one year from now! It also makes me want to take even more photos.

That’s the best part about Memories, and indeed about Picturelife as a whole. It only gets better the more photos and videos you take. You never have to worry about our software slowing down, or running out of hard drive space, or about not being able to find your way around a growing library. You just focus on capturing the beautiful moments in your life, and we make sure that you never lose track of them.

Memories is available on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as of Picturelife v2.4 released just last week. (It will be available on the web as well very soon!) I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Dan

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Convertible royalties: An alternative to the equity model for accelerators

torrenegra:

Tl;dr: Instead of earning equity from the businesses they accelerate, accelerators could earn royalties from the revenues of such businesses. This could enable accelerators to help entrepreneurs grow and bootstrap their business instead of forcing them to raise capital.

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My wife and I co-founded the Voice123 brand ten years ago. Today, it’s a successful business with 30 employees. Its success didn’t depend on angels, accelerators, or venture capitalists (VCs). In fact, had we listened to any of them, Voice123 would not exist today. There are thousands, maybe millions, of entrepreneurs like us out there. The current model made popular by Silicon Valley is suffocating many of them and killing startups that could also become successful. This article explains how and offers an alternative.

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Creative, interesting idea by Alex. I think this could be an interesting model for accelerators in smaller cities especially, where there’s less of a vibrant venture startup ecosystem.