In 1995, we started Webshots as a retail photo screensaver company, empowering computer owners to customize their blank desktops with colorful photo wallpapers and screensavers. Within a few years, Webshots had become the largest public photo sharing site, with over a million photos uploaded per day at its peak.
As photo sharing has evolved over the years, Webshots has evolved as well. Many of us have hundreds, if not thousands, of photos stored in multiple places and on multiple devices. Smile starts by gathering your photos into one place, importing from services like Instagram, Facebook and Flickr, as well as all of the devices where you store images: phones, computers, cameras.
We are two of Webshots’ original founders and we recently acquired the service from American Greetings. We’re happy to introduce the latest evolution in photo sharing: Smile by Webshots. We have two primary goals with Smile: 1) to create a single permanent library for all your photos, and 2) to allow you to share photos instantly with your closest friends and family.
We hope you’ll let us know what you think.
Narendra Rocherolle & Nick Wilder
Mike Sitrin: CEO and Co-Founder
Mike Sitrin is a successful entrepreneur with 20 years of business experience. He jumped from traditional publishing to the consumer web in 1999 to join startup Spinner (acquired by AOL) and never looked back. After gaining experience in larger business operations under AOL, Mike co-founded user-generated video site Grouper, which was acquired by Sony. Until recently, Mike was co-founder and CEO of FYI Living, the “mythbusters of health information.”
Josh Fraser: CTO and Co-Founder
Josh Fraser is a versatile technical executive with over 15 years of professional experience in many technical fields, such as Systems and Network Operations, Software Development, and Database Administration, while maintaining an emphasis on performance, availability, architecture, and the bottom line. Having held management and leadership roles at Twitter, AirPlay Networks, Adteractive, manageStar, and Netcom, he excels at building technical teams from the ground up.
Diana Donovan: VP of Marketing and Co-Founder
Diana Donovan launched her digital marketing career in 1996 when she left her studio manager position with a commercial photographer to join an interactive travel site on AOL called Lost In America. She worked as a freelance writer for companies such as iVillage and Pottery Barn, and held a number of product and marketing positions with consumer Web companies such as CNET Networks, Excite@Home, American Greetings and Oodle. Her expertise includes all aspects of brand development and marketing.