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10 Startup companies that manage their images in the cloud - Part 4

by Orly Bogler
Image management in the cloud - 10 startup success stories
It’s been a few months and Cloudinary has been growing in leaps and bounds. Check out a few startups who use Cloudinary’s cloud-based image management platform to cut development costs and boost performance of image-heavy pages, in our latest round of "10 startup companies that manage their images in the cloud" (our previous posts: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3).  
 
 
  
Bizzabo is a leading networking platform for event organizers and attendees which integrates social media in order to build highly interactive event communities. This allows organizers, sponsors and exhibitors to engage directly with guests, and network for new opportunities. Cloudinary's technology contributes to these communities by cropping images using a face detection algorithm, and automatically adjusting the images to focus on the most relevant focal points. 
 
Learn more about Cloudinary's image manipulation capabilities, including face-detection cropping and chained manipulations.
 
 
EatWith is a trusted global community that invites people to dine in homes around the world. Guests can connect with amazing hosts, share stories, make unforgettable memories, and enjoy varying cultural cuisines - all homemade. EatWith users use Cloudinary's cloud-based image uploading to share images of their homes and mouth watering dishes they cook for their guests. These images are delivered via fast CDN, to show guests what to expect when visiting their hosts. 
 
 
 
Spot.IM is a social tool, which creates real-time conversational networks called 'Spots', within your own website. It encourages user engagement and allows site owners to be more interactive with their users. Spot.IM leverages Cloudinary for uploading, embedding and displaying profile pictures for all users participating in the conversation.
 
 
Yerdle is a community powered entirely by the generosity of its users, with thousands of items shared 24/7 from all over the globe. Members post items they're willing to give away and Yerdle connects them to an eager recipient. Yerdle's mission is “to reduce the durable consumer goods we all need to buy by 25%.” All the images of items being given away are uploaded to the site, optimized and cropped by Cloudinary, for an optimal viewing experience. 
 
Learn more about Cloudinary’s cloud-based image upload, which provides an out of the box user upload interface, HTTP upload API, uploading from direct browsers or server-to-server.  
 
Shoppergasm creates a visual experience for shopping by combining fashion and technology. It  allows users to create micro communities by providing a hub for the fashion forward to keep up to date on trends, new brands and sales. Shoppergasm uses Cloudinary to manage their millions of images and dynamically generate thumbnails to perfectly fit their website design.
 
 
97 Display builds lead-converting websites for all types of schools, optimizes them for search engines, and purchases paid advertisements on their customer's behalf to drive traffic to their websites. 97 Display integrates with Cloudinary to manage and organize images for their clients' marketing campaigns.
 
 
Dibsies is the one-stop-shop for personalized children’s gifts. The broad selection of personalized products is meticulously chosen not only for quality, durability and safety but also for uniqueness and style. Each image of these adorable products is resized and delivered by Cloudinary.
 
 
HappySale helps create a positive experience in selling your once loved items. The HappySale app enables frictionless e-commerce, where users can sell items without worrying about the overhead or hassle. Cloudinary assists by cropping and optimizing the images, making them most suitable and attractive for a fast sale.
 
 
Nomic is the 'living city directory' for Las Vegas, which is rich with culture, communities and opportunities. Nomic’s goal is to create the small town feel within hectic urban living. By helping bring attention to small, local businesses that shape the culture and drive the city’s economy at street level, they hope to create a more personal economy. In order to allow users to best view the city and these businesses, Nomic integrates Cloudinary's technology to upload, optimize, and deliver images, making the spirit of the city come alive. 
 
 
Assured Labor revolutionizes the hiring process in emerging markets. The service leverages the power of mobile phones and the Internet to rapidly connect employers with the best mid-to-low wage candidates in their area. Assured Labor has been using Cloudinary since 2012 to manage their candidates' profile images. They have also contributed code to Cloudinary's open source Java and Angular client libraries.  
 
At Cloudinary, we're always delighted to hear of new ways customers are using our product, and how it's helping them create a better experience for users. If you're using Cloudinary and would like to be a part of our next post, please leave us a comment below, send us an email or talk to us on Facebook or Twitter.
 

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