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Seriously? You're discounting this because she only created Flickr? (And Hunch, and whatever she's working on now?)

I was working on my own startup at the same time Flickr was created; the funding climate then was brutal. Flickr was expensive to run, and growing like crazy. This was before things like AWS, so scaling was much harder. Selling to a large company with the ability to scale it easily may have been their only option. So I doubt it was a matter of cashing out.

I totally agree. Flickr was started 7.5 years ago. Believe it or not, things like storage and bandwidth used to be a lot more expensive. And with costs so high, monetization often required your own dedicated ad sales force.

It's amazing to me how quickly people can take the last decade or so for granted. Back when I started my first company, we had to buy a PBX and even install our own mail servers. Uphill, in the snow, both ways!!

No, I'm not dissing the founders. I'm talking about when these companies get bought by larger concerns. Seriously, when was the last time Flickr innovated since they became a Yahoo! property? Disclosure: I've been a Flickr Pro user since 2004, but recently I stopped subscribing.

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