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Glopho is a digital community for sharing user generated news photos. It operates as both a social network and a marketplace for users to sell their photos.
Glopho is a photo-sharing service for your news photos where you can share and sell pictures. Unlike other picture sharing sites and apps, it is specifically for users' photos that capture the news with the express aim of trying to sell those pictures and share that money with the users. The pictures taken on a mobile phone can be shared using the Glopho iPhone or Android apps, put on to Facebook and Twitter – or any other sharing platform the user chooses – and if they are used commercially by someone, the user will get paid. Users are also able to 'follow' and be 'followed' by other users.
iOS and Android apps
Glopho is available on both iOS and Android. The apps enable the user to both take photos and upload them directly to the website, and also view a selection of the latest images on the site.
Glopho was conceived as a direct result of many years of experience in the fields of photojournalism and picture editing. Our founder, Simon Walker, worked through years of extraordinary change during which he witnessed and in many respects pioneered the embracing of technology. He was the first Fleet Street photographer to use a digital camera in the field (1.2 megapixels, costing approximately £12k), beaming images via a satellite phone hooked up to an old car battery.With the technology now available in everyone’s pockets, through compact digital cameras and smartphones, we think that the time has come for consumers to be able to take a more active role in the news being created and reported. And that’s exactly what Glopho hopes to do.
It was established in 2011 by Simon Walker who launched a beta version of the site alongside iOS and Android apps. Simon Walker worked for 15 years as an award-winning photojournalist for a variety of internationally renowned newspapers, magazines and photographic agencies. These included The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Express, Stern magazine, Gamma Liaison Photo Agency and most recently as a senior staff photographer on The Times newspaper. During this time he travelled extensively covering global news stories including numerous wars and conflicts. He was in Iraq both in 1991 and again, this time as an ‘embedded reporter’, in 2003 and was in South Africa to witness the end of apartheid during the ‘90s.Over the years he covered a huge variety of stories from documenting the rise of New Labour through to the annual fashion shows in Paris, Milan and New York. For the last six years he has been News Picture Editor at The Times and responsible for news picture coverage for the newspaper both in print and online. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and Manufacturing. He had a book published by Bloomsbury in 1993 called “Para - Inside the Parachute Regiment”. He is married with two children and lives in west London. Simon is the CEO at Glopho Limited.
He was subsequently joined by James Serjeant. James had 15 years experience developing and growing digital businesses. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1990, and then worked as a Manager in their Corporate Finance department until 1994 when he moved to an in-house M&A role with the Daily Mail and General Trust Plc (DMGT). Over the next 10 years he was appointed to a number of roles within DMGT, including Finance Director of DMG Broadcasting, a division which included the broadcast news text service Teletext, the news archive British Pathe, and a stake in the independent TV news broadcaster ITN, and the Managing Director of Associated New Media (“ANM”), the publisher of DMGT’s consumer facing websites, including search directory UK Plus, football site Soccernet, and city site This Is London.James moved to the Telegraph Media Group ("TMG") as Enterprise Director in 2004, a role in which he built up TMG's branded commerical partnerships business both on and offline. Since 2008 James has worked as a consultant to a number of developing businesses, including Mecom, the UK listed European media owner, and the privately held digital solutions provider iAnnounce. He is married with three children and lives in Buckinghamshire. James is the COO and FD at Glopho.
They were then joined at Glopho by Richard Ireland who had over 10 years experience in e-commerce and digital advertising through a host of innovative and pioneering businesses from both a client and an agency perspective. Following 5 years at insurer Legal & General, he spent the next five years in the nascent online marketing industry as Head of Digital at the world’s first online bank, Egg, providing a comprehensive exposure to all aspects of digital advertising. He then moved to the peer-to-peer lending business and start-up Zopa (www.zopa.com) as Head of Acquisition with former colleagues from Egg, during which time ‘ word of mouth’ and ‘member-get-member’ marketing became key components of the acquisition challenge. Pursuing a growing interest in social business models, Richard joined start-up social media agency Techlightenment, and over the course of nearly three years began to shape new approaches to targeted advertising through social platforms. Most recently Richard has been running his own social marketing agency, Stretch Digital. He is married with two cats and lives in east London. Richard is Marketing Director at Glopho.
This core team is supplemented by Karl Knoflach who joined Glopho in 2011 as CTO and Head of Strategy. He left his strategy consulting job at Bain&Company in 1999 to co-found einsurance GmbH, now trading as Check24 AG, and it has become the leading consumer comparison portal in Germany. After selling the business in 2003, he has co-founded, incubated or invested into over 20 companies including Electrobug Technologies Limited, where he was the CTO managing over 150 developers at their HQ in India. He also co-founded a web development company in Manila and a mobile application development company in Beijing where he remains as a board member in charge of business development and strategy. Karl lives in London, Beijing and Manila, is married, and has recently become a father.
Erik Wenngren also joined Glopho in 2011 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise as both a VC investor and a highly active and hands-on business angel mainly through selected board seats or board advisory roles. He has broad capital raising experience across Europe from small company seed funding to billion $ IPO's and Listings. He is currently a Partner at Spintop Ventures, the owner of EW Capital Ltd and was until recently Chairman at City Socialising Ltd, Director of International Listings at Euronext Stock Exchange and Head of Equities at Danske Securities. He divides his time between London and Norway and has two children. Erik is Glopho's Chairman.
The business was funded by an experienced group of angel investors in 2012 and launched a fully functional site and accompanying apps in the summer of 2012.
Official website 
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How it works video 
Facebook page 
Twitter page 
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