Mathai Leaves Yahoo to Build OpenPhoto, a Flickr Rival

Jaisen Mathai used to work as an engineer at Yahoo, and has left the company to start his own photo service. The service is called OpenPhoto, and Mathai has been securing funding through Kickstarter because, as TechCrunch notes, photo apps have not been popular with venture funding lately. Mathai believes that users should be in control of their photos and that any uploaded photos are the property of that person and not of the company. As a result, OpenPhoto lets users choose what service they use as a cloud data storage provider.

Mathai also plans on allowing others to use the API to build their own apps for OpenPhoto. There will be one installed version and one hosted version of OpenPhoto. The open source installed version of OpenPhoto will be available on Github.

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