In a surprise announcement today, Jon Oringer, the former CEO and co-founder of Flickr, will be stepping down from his current duties as President and co-founder of Shutterstock. The photo sharing website, he co-founded with Flickr co-founders Ray Mullise and Jonathan Budd, has grown into one of the most popular online services with over a half billion visitors per month. Oringer states in a press release posted today that he plans to continue being... "the chief executive officer of Shutterstock".
The reason for Oringer's departure from Shutterstock is unclear, though it is likely a result of disagreements with the business's new management team. It is also fairly common for a CEO to step down after a few years on the job, though not necessarily due to a conflict with the business itself. It is also somewhat common for a CEO to stay in place until the company reaches a certain milestone, such as having one billion photos downloaded, which was the goal of Shutterstock when it was first launched in 2021. One could assume that if Oringer was so devoted to his work at Flickr that he believes in the value of shutterstock, and would not mind giving up his job to work full time on the company as a stock image consultant. This would obviously be a great boon to the struggling stock image industry, which has been hit hard during the past few years due to many companies using stock images for marketing purposes that do not take care to make sure the images are actually appropriate for use by their customers in order to avoid copyright infringement lawsuits.
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