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I'm surprised I haven't seen any discussion of this already.  GDI Media is a new company being put together by Charles Taylor and his existing agency Photoshot. He is bringing together smaller, established, specialist RM editorial agencies as well as individual contributors to create an agency to compete with the big players.  The goal is to create a one-stop shop agency where RM, RF and Microstock are all available under one roof.  This includes photos, video, audio and vectors. They are planning for Microstock to be the largest revenue generator.

The big thing here is that both the individual agencies and individual contributors will be able to purchase shares in the company and have an ownership stake. The company will be listed on the AIM stock exchange in the UK.

You can check it out here: http://signup.gdi.media

Once you are signed up and approved you will receive a 28 page business plan with the details. It's quite affordable to purchase shares and there are some benefits for doing so early on. 

This is the kind of business plan I've been waiting for a long time.  Don't know if it will work but something has to be done to improve the conditions for suppliers in this industry.

I'll be interested to hear what others think!

General Stock Discussion / Backup Beast
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:54 »
I just found out about and downloaded this software called Backup Beast today for myself and it seems perfect for photographer and videographers.  They are offering 500GB of lifetime file backups for one payment of $10.  The program automatically backs up whatever folders you want on your computer to the cloud.  I've looked into doing back up on dropbox like this but they charge $499 a year!

I duplicate everything on multiple hard drives but I've always been concerned because I didn't have an offsite location to store any of the drives.  I actually got the upgrade and got the unlimited storage option for around $70.  This is not an annual fee just a one time payment.  I think they're launching to the public in a day or two and the price goes up.  Anyway, you can check out what they're offering if interested http://jvz5.com/c/47990/110359  Backup Beast +500 GB (so you're aware this is an affiliate link).

Selling Stock Direct / Ktools...What Are The Downsides?
« on: February 18, 2013, 21:00 »
Understandable, but sad. I'm certainly going to keep my eyes on solutions other than KTools as I can't find much good to say about it given your experiences with it. Perhaps Michael Jay will start selling his web site in addition to selling Stock?

I didn't want to hijack the thread that the above quote from jsnover came from so I started a new topic.  I've been considering a Ktools site.  Based on experiences, what are the downsides that I should be aware of? The software seems pretty well put together but I'm no expert in selling direct.  So is it the Ktools software itself that is frustrating or do the frustrations have more to do with trying to get customers to a small site in a "one stop shopping" kind of world?

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