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The giant is really one of the main reasons why people can make real use of the Internet. Many of us can't imagine what the world of Internet would be without Google. And for us at StockPodium their search engine is also a steady source of traffic and sales.
We can't deny that every industry has its pioneer, and iStock is really a great one in the field of micro-stock photography. A real game-changer that did give a start of the inevitable. While being a competitor, it's still a source of inspiration for us.
In a competitive market like the micro-stock one it seems scary to be open, but 123RF have done some great job in partnering with others in order to expose the efforts of their contributors.
Dreamstime have proved that it's possible for a start-up originating from the Balkans to be one of the top players worldwide. They help us not to forget this.
Fotolia is a great example about tech savvy people creating something useful for the arty guys. They inspire us to continue to think technical even about creative things.
Providing a reliable service in the Internet requires stable infrastructure. Thanks to TelePoint we are calm about our servers for more than two years.
It's AMAZing that a signle company - AMAZon - can do extraordinary well so many things - selling books and goods, making its own devices (the Kindle family) and providing one of the greatest cloud platforms that acutally made the word "cloud" a tech buzz-word. Amazon Web Services is such a great platform for start-ups and we are right in this category. We at StockPodium are currently starting to use more and more of their great and flexible services.
We can say only one thing about it - "Wow!!!". OK, a few more words now... New Relic is, simply said, an amazing tool for web monitoring. It can save you a huge amount of time otherwise needed to dig in your code trying to profile it and/or writing cron jobs to monitor your services. Thanks to New Relic we managed to identify a few obvious (thanks to the tool!) performance issues and fix them in less than two hours - a time-span that started with the installation of the package and ended with the live delpoyment of the optimizations :) New Relic's alerts keep your peace of mind about the state of your servers without spamming your indox. (No, we aren't affiliated with them, really!).
One of the best-organized events that we've ever gone to. It's making the micro-stock industry looks so fun and the lectures there are showing us that the pro-stockers are real people :)