A look behind the curtain at 500px.com In this interview I set down with Andy Yang, CEO of the popular photography sharing site 500px.com. We discuss the company’s current projects, as well as their challenges and innovations as they continue to help beginning, amateur and professional photographers get the most out of their hobby/career. You’ll also learn why the company is named 500px! We dive in to the sensitive topic of online security, and the growing concern over privacy as well as the feasibility of housing all of your precious and irreplaceable photographs in the cloud. Especially in the wake of the recent breaches companies like Flickr has endured, as well as many other companies. 500px is competing on several fronts, including the online education market, stock photography, store front, as well as photo sharing. Interestingly, Andy explains why he doesn’t necessarily view the other players in these markets as direct competitors, but rather allies. 500px launched in 2009, it is a global online photography community and calls itself the world’s foremost photography on-demand platform. Images on 500px represent the work of over nine million professional and hobbyist photographers. The company also operates 500px for Business, through which it works with Fortune 500 companies as well as thousands of creatives who use community-sourced images in their campaigns and products. 500px is venture backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Visual China Group and ff Venture Capital and headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Have an idea for an episode? Know a photographer or company you think might be a good fit for our show? Maybe it’s yourself?! Just use the form below to contact us. You, (or your suggestion) might just make it onto TWiP Talks!