Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake

Caterina Fake is an American businesswoman and entrepreneur.

She was born in Pittburgh, Pennsylvania, attended Choate Rosemary Hall, Smith College, and graduated from Vassar College in 1991. She is Filipino-American. After working variously at an investment bank, as a painter's assistant, on a crew shooting interstitials for Seinfeld and in a dive shop in Arkansas, she moved to San Francisco in 1994, where she started working in the nascent Web industry. In 2001 she moved to Vancouver, BC.

She is best known as the co-founder of Flickr, a photo-sharing service developed by Ludicorp in Vancouver and acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. Flickr ushered in the so-called Web 2.0 integrating features such as social networking, community open APIs, tagging, and algorithms that surfaced the best, or more interesting content. Prior to founding Ludicorp she was Art Director at and heavily involved in the development of online community, social software and personal publishing. She has won many awards, including Business Week's Best Leaders of 2005, Forbes 2005 eGang, Fast Company's Fast 50, and Red Herring's 20 Entrepreneurs under 35. She appeared with her husband and Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield on the cover of Newsweek on March 27, 2006, and was selected as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the world in their May 8, 2006 issue. She sits on the board of Etsy, and advises many startups and new businesses. At Yahoo! she runs the Technology Development group, best known for its Hack Yahoo! program, a stimulus to innovation and creativity.

She lives in San Francisco, California.

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