Shutter to Think

This is not the stock you are looking for.

New York’s Shutterstock is an image empire

Create an image with words – any hack writing instructor will advise you. Do not heed that advice. Use words when you write. If you need an image, use a picture.

And if you’re looking for a picture – a picture of anything, really, from a dog dressed as a T. Rex to earthquake devastation in Haiti – we suggest you use Shutterstock.

The New York-based stock image startup launched in 2003 with founder Jon Oringer’s own photographs. His previous startups, which included one of the web’s first pop-up blockers, had required photos. Finding them too expensive, he bought a camera and took his own. 30,000 of his own.

Since then, Shutterstock has become a publicly traded company with nearly 300 employees, and in early 2014 they’re going to be taking over two floors in the Empire State Building.

“A lot of people think of us not as a tech company but as a stock photo company,” Niamh Hughes, developer advocate at Shutterstock, told us. “But we have a real hacker culture… we’re adamant about building tools in-house and coming up with cool solutions to our tech.”

The Shutterstock site lists dozens of job openings in their New York offices (and even more nationwide and abroad) – everything from photo editor to something called revenue product owner. Get all the details here.

Now go forth (and snap to it).

Nitty Gritty:

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15,680: Record high stock market index close (DJIA), yesterday

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