Cloudinary Blog

10 Startup companies that manage their images in the cloud


Since Cloudinary's launch, at the beginning of 2012, we have enjoyed watching many fascinating companies use our service in new and creative ways. Of these companies, many are early-stage startups. These startups are a pleasure to accompany and we enjoy watching them grow with us and with our ever growing list of capabilities and features, many of which were suggested by these companies themselves. 
 
Today, we wanted to introduce you to 10 of these startups. These are all amazing services that you should definitely check out. Also notice how they employed Cloudinary in their services. We hope that this might benefit your startup as well.
 
 
Whether you’re looking for a roommate or a new place to live, Crashpad helps you create and share an eye-catching roommate profile that gets results. Among other things, you can put up a photo, brought to you by Cloudinary, which helps your potential roomies put a face on your story and help them figure out how awesome a roommate you are.
 
Cibando makes it easy to find the best restaurants in Rome, Milan, Florence and other cities in Italy. Cibando is both a website and a mobile application which utilizes Cloudinary to upload, manipulate and deliver mouth watering images of famous Italian dishes. 
 
 
Opinion Stage brings together people with common interests and a desire to express, debate and follow opinions. Opinion Stage is a social web application built with Ruby on Rails and leverages Cloudinary for embedding Facebook profile pictures and user uploaded photos.
 
Abroad101 is the largest study abroad review service. Abroad101 helps schools automatically collect and share program information with students, create reports, and compare their data to other institutions. All the dynamic photos on Abroad101 are managed by Cloudinary.
 
Bunch is a mobile app that allows you to constantly be in tune with a community of other with similar interests and hobbies. Bunch allows you to find people with hobbies similar to yours and, share, get feedback and comment. 
 
TripOwn transforms user’s travel ideas into end-to-end, personalized, multi-themed tours. Users can easily plan a tour around a chosen destination, personalize it and print or download it in a chosen format. The users can see exactly what to expect from each venue thanks to the images on-site, transformed and polished by Cloudinary.
 
RegistryLove lets you register any gift from anywhere. From department stores to your favorite local boutiques and activities, to your dream honeymoon, all in one place. And of-course, any gift photo can be brought to life with Cloudinary’s visual effects.
 
The photostory, a type of collage, is Ballonducks attempt at turning the visual arts into a true and well-rounded vehicle for communication. These amazing collages are available to you both on site and as an app, brought to you quickly and effortlessly via Cloudinary.
 
ShopPad is a platform which enables stores to be available on tablets with a user friendly interface. With ShopPad’s technology your store becomes tablet-compatible and together with Cloudinary, so do your images.
 
 
PersonSpot is a social publishing application, which allows individuals to publish magazines with content they identify through their social feeds, create themselves, or discover on the Web. PersonSpot’s media rich website utilizes Cloudinary to streamline their image management needs.
 
 
What a cool bunch of startups! if you too would like to be part of our next '10 companies' blog post, give us a shout and Let us know! We would always love to hear from you or get a virtual hug via Twitter or Facebook.

Recent Blog Posts

Video Management Made Easy

By Christian Nwamba
Video Management Made Easy with Cloudinary

Like it or not, visuals tell better stories than words. But using images and videos on a website presents challenges. This article is a follow-up to Website Image Performance Improvement, in which we discussed how to upload, store, manipulate, optimize and deliver images, efficiently and effectively. Now, let's talk video.

Read more

Instagram-like Filters with Cloudinary

By David Walsh
Instagram-like Filters with Cloudinary

This is a reposting of an article written by David Walsh. Check out his blog HERE!
Apps like Instagram are a testament to how brilliant a few color modifications can make a photo. We've seen hundreds of Instagram clones pop up, and even the CSS and Canvas specs have a

Read more
Easy upload and display images in your app with iOS SDK

Embedding and managing images and other media content in a mobile application is always challenging. The processes of downloading a media file from the web, storing it on the device, and then displaying it to the user are surprisingly and often frustratingly complex from a coding perspective. In addition, you probably want to add code that enables reusing images rather than downloading it every time, but you have to be smart about it to avoid clogging the precious storage space on your customer's device. Furthermore, your design probably requires that images be displayed in different sizes and DPRs in different devices, but creating and maintaining multiple versions of every image manually is virtually impossible.

Read more
Delivering an optimal smooth viewing experience

This article was originally posted on Scotch.io

In the early days of the web, the only thing that mattered was getting that content out to users no matter how long it took or what resources it consumed. As a matter of fact, users seemed to understand and were ready to wait till whenever there browser's loading spinner stops and the contents displayed.

Read more