Shutterfly CEO Jeff Housenbold to step step down, will aid in transition

Jeff Housenbold, president and CEO, Shutterfly

Shutterfly’s Jeff Housenbold

Online photo printing leader will next year have a new leader for the first time in over a decade. Effective February 2016, Jeff Housenbold, will step down as president, CEO and board member effective February, 2016, of Shutterfly Inc. Housenbold, who joined the company in January, 2015, will continue with the company full-time to ensure a smooth transition, the company says. The board of directors has hired Spencer Stuart to assist the search committee in recruiting a new CEO.

Under Housenbold’s tenure – which included taking the company public – Shutterfly has grown from a start-up with a single brand, 103 employees, and $54 million in revenue to the fifth largest standalone ecommerce company in the U.S. with a market share estimated to be eight times the size of its closest online competitor, a portfolio of seven brands, an enterprise business, 2,000 full-time employees and more than one billion dollars in annual revenue.

“After 11 years as CEO, the time has come to recharge my batteries and find a new career adventure,” he said. “Over the next few months, I am committed to helping ensure a smooth transition, assisting the Board in finding my successor, and leading the company through our important fourth quarter. Looking ahead, I am fully confident the team will successfully execute the rollout of Shutterfly 3.0, setting the stage for the next phase of growth for the company.”

The past year has been tempestuous one for the company, as activist shareholders vied for seats in the board and


PMA conference to unlock the potential of the digital imaging world

Photo-industry luminaries and innovators from Amazon and leading Silicon Valley companies will use InnovationNow to open up the world of imaging

Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) will host the forum for discussing options for imaging interoperation initiatives promising to unlock the full potential of digital imaging worldwide at 2015 InnovationNow Photo Business & Technology Summit, to be held on Sept. 27-28 in San Francisco. Representatives from Amazon and other high-profile speakers from some of the Valley’s leading companies will join a host of industry influencers at InnovationNow and expand on the themes of connectivity and interoperability.

Some of the most influential names in imaging will come together at 2015 InnovationNow, including:
Amazon – David Pearson, Business Development Manager for Amazon Web Services
CEWE Color – Dr. Reiner Fageth, Head of Research and Development
Circle Graphics – Andrew Cousin, CEO
Kwilt – Marc-Antoine Benglia, CEO
Mediaclip – Marion Duchesne, Founder/CEO
Mixbook – Andrew Laffoon, CEO, Co-Founder
Shutterfly – Meena Ravella, Vice President of Business Development
Walgreens – Joe Rago, Director, Mobile Innovation Program
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – Rob Maudlin, Director, Disney Photo Imaging

(For the current speaker lineup, click here)

Digital technology guru Scott Brownstein will open InnovationNow with a keynote outlining the “Opportunities and Challenges on the Path to Renewed Industry Relevance.” With a forecasted 2 trillion photos to be taken and shared by the close of 2015, the modern connected consumer is suffering from imaging overload. Scott will explain how the industry must adapt and leverage rather than resist the continual stream of disruptive imaging technology upheavals ahead.

Connectivity and interoperability are recurring themes at InnovationNow as the industry grapples with a rapidly evolving landscape. Ultimately, the photo industry exists to serve end users; however, in the ultra-fragmented world of digital imaging, consumers find themselves bewildered and frustrated by the alarming development of digital overload. More photos and videos than ever before are being taken, stored and shared, but consumers and businesses are unable to tap into the full potential of digital imaging due to a lack of interoperability. At 2015 InnovationNow, industry giants will  discuss ways to open up a multitude of opportunities and free the digital imaging world from its interoperability shackles.

“As consumers, we’re surrounded by devices we can use to capture fantastic images and help record moments and memories. From smartphones and tablets to digital SLRs and compact cameras, we’re each collecting thousands of photos, but all saved in different formats and in different places,” says Georgia McCabe, CEO, PMA. “As an imaging industry, we have somehow lost sight of what happens next and how people want to store, share and show these images, arriving at a point today where we are in danger of having a imaging culture of ‘point, click, capture and forget.’ At PMA, however, we understand the value and importance of imaging and the need to get everyone working together to address this industry-level challenge. InnovationNow 2015 is bringing together the best, brightest and biggest in the imaging industry so, collectively, we can put the photographer and their images back at the heart of digital imaging.”

InnovationNow Photo Business & Technology Summit

What: InnovationNow Photo Business &Technology Summit represents the necessary first step on a journey to inform, to ideate and to implement the kind of products, services, mass-market awareness and ease of participation that was responsible for driving the analog photo business to historical levels of sales and profitability.
Who: Leading photo industry executives
Where: Hilton Parc 55, San Francisco, CA
When: Sept. 27-28, 2015
Registration information: Now open
Sponsorship information: View current sponsors and opportunities

For information on the Summit, or call 703-665-4416

Shutterfly iPhone app create photo gifts



You can “create perfect personalized gifts in minutes” from your iPhone, Shutterfly says — and see an instant preview of your chosen print product on the screen.

The online photo service says its new iPhone app combines photo storage, viewing and photo gift creation, “safely and securely. Shutterfly’s new iPhone app will allow customers to take photos from their iPhones and easily share them with loved ones and create prints, photo gifts and lasting memories.”

The free app works with photos on the iPhone, as well on Facebook, Instagram and Shutterfly.


Fujifilm closing SeeHere photo site; Shutterfly “consolidates”

Fujifilm North America will close its photo creating and sharing website on November 8, 2012.

Since October 2008, the company says, has “put users in control of the creative process with free-form product composer tools, customized share pages, shared projects, and unlimited free storage of images.”

Customers can transfer images to Shutterfly. In its own announcement, Shutterfly says it “continues to consolidate the industry and today welcomed customers. We are thrilled to be able to provide SeeHere members with a new home for their treasured memories.”


Shutterfly acquires Penguin Digital for mobile ecommerce

By 2013, more than half of all mobile phone users in the US will own a smartphone, Internet photo service Shutterfly says — and its acquisition of mobile application developer Penguin Digital “supports our mobile strategy aimed at giving consumers better ways to engage with their photos and personalize products on the go.”

It was only in January 2012 when Penguin launched its Mobile Photo Factory iPhone app, which creates physical prints and photo-based merchandise. The MoPho application will be rebranded and updated over the next few months and will add to Shutterfly’s mobile offerings, which include iPhone and iPad apps. Penguin also developed a software development kit that lets other app developers integrate printing of photos and the creation of photo based products into their own applications, the companies say.

Penguin Digital’s founders and team will establish Shutterfly’s new technology center in New York City. Shutterfly has previously acquired of Nexo, TinyPrints, and Photoccino.