Flickr sold to SmugMug

By Andrew Hudson  April 20, 2018

The popular photo-sharing site Flickr has been sold by Verizon to SmugMug. Terms were not disclosed.

”[This deal] will create the most influential photography community in the world.”

SmugMug is an independent, family-run company, launched in 2002 and owned by father and son Chris and Don MacAskill, based in Mountain View, California (source).

”I don’t know what the future holds. This is a new model for me. We certainly think we need to operate it with an eye to our cash flow and our profitability. We are going to have to take a detailed look at the business and make sure it’s growing and healthy.”
Don MacAskill, SmugMug CEO, April 20, 2018

Flickr timeline

  • 2004: Created as part of a videogame by Ludicorp, a Vancouver-based company founded by now husband-and-wife team Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake.
  • 2005: Bought by Yahoo for about $35 million (along with Ludicorp).
  • 2007: Yahoo Photos merged with Flickr
  • 2008: Butterfield and Fake resign
  • 2011: 6 billion images hosted
  • 2013: 87 million registered members and more than 3.5 million new images uploaded daily, according to The Verge.
  • 2016: Bought by Verizon along with Yahoo’s core Internet business
  • 2018: Bought by SmugMug

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