Founder Interview: Photodilse.com
There is something about student startups that makes them different from every other kind of venture under the sun. The passion, the belief, the camaraderie and the never say die attitude – no wonder some of today’s most successful firms were started in college dorms. The best part is that India is now catching up in this area to project innovative student startups at a rapid pace. One such startup is Photodilse.com – a platform that allows photographers of all skill levels to share their journey with their photographs and to learn more form the community. Sudeep Samanta (Co-founder, CEO) shared more about the venture.
There are already a number of web based photo sharing platforms & image uploading services – what is the gap that Photodilse will be addressing? What is the final vision?
Photodilse.com allows anyone, from an amateur using a point and shoot camera to a professional using full frame, high-end models, to share their work. Photoartists can share their work across 12 genres which include Wildlife, Wedding (Pre/Post), Monochrome, Macro, Landscape, Street, Fine art, etc.
Photodilse goes far beyond a simple photo sharing website, it is a website which shares the experiences of photographers and their whole journey through exclusive interviews. We provide exclusive interviews of a number of photographers which will help others to get an insight into the artists’ work and learn more. Our dedicated articles provide basic knowledge of photography that is handy when one decides to start shooting.
Photodilse is a one of its kind website in several ways. Unlike other websites it doesn’t just feature top photographers but we believe in sharing the work of amateurs. Most photography websites would reject the work of amateurs saying it wouldn’t meet their standards. We, however, publish the art of enthusiastic and deserving photographers thus providing them an exclusive platform to share their talent at the international level. This unique feature of Photodilse can and will help us rise to the top
The prime focus of Photodilse.com is to help promote the art of amateur and ‘learning’ photographers as we believe that they are ‘Stars of The Future’.
Since you guys do not charge for uploading photos/maintaining business profile – what is the memory size allocated to each member? [Flickr as you would know has a 1TB space for its free membership]
As I said, Photodilse is more of an interview featuring site, and with the interview the photographers can submit 25-30 photos of their choice.
Building a platform for uploading photos is one part, however attracting a community and retaining its attention is probably the more challenging part of your venture. What are your thoughts on this?
Marketing is the most important part of any business, but we do not follow a dedicated marketing strategy. We use the social network to spread our website.
Our only way to market our product is through what we term as ‘Auto-marketing’. We feature the work of others thereby helping them spread their wings and they in turn help us to spread our website. Each time a person shares the link of his images or interview he or she is indirectly marketing our website. In this way we turn people into ’Stars’ and they turn us into ‘Superstars’.
A lot of our readers are solely here because of the fabulous art displayed on Photodilse.com.
By this type of Auto-marketing we are already famous among 106 countries.
Can you share the number of users on Photodilse and the growth that you are seeing?
Photodilse since its inception has been able to publish photographs of more than 100 photoartists from all over the globe. Our club of photoartists range from amateurs to those who are renowned all over the world for their work. Some of the elite photographers on Photodilse are Mr. Sudhir Shivram (Wildlife), Mr. Shikhei Goh (Macro), Mr. Ginetom Gomes (Fashion), Mr. Rohan Reilly (Monochrome), Mr. Caras Ionut (Fine Art), Ms. Elena Kallis (Underwater), Mr. Osman Ghani (Wedding) and many more.
Photodilse has amassed over 10k photographs, 50k visitors, and 100k page views in just over 2 months.
Apart from the figures, the fact that we are creating a club of photographers is what gives us utmost pleasure. A community where a German photographer is mentoring and guiding a Delhi based amateur artist and an artist from Israel is sharing his work and gaining fans and followers from India and Indonesia.
Could you give a brief background about your team, and the reason behind choosing the photography theme for your venture?
Photodilse is owned and managed by its 2 co-founders Mr. Sudeep Samanta (CEO) and Mr. Shailesh Lad (COO). We both have been childhood friends, classmates and now co-owners of a successful startup. We both have worked in unison for several assignments including organizing college events to developing commercial websites but Photodilse has certainly been the most special thing so far…
Talking of our team, photographers from all over the globe are a part of our team who contribute with their photoart. Photodilse takes this opportunity to thank them and their efforts.
Photography is a hobby that both of us practiced since a few years. This hobby later turned out to be the founding stone of Photodilse.
The beginning of Photodilse was not a result of a ‘Eureka Moment’. It was a casual thought which came to our mind while having a casual conversation in our college canteen. It was a mere thought and had to be refined several times. Once we believed that the idea had enough potential, we placed it in front of several photographer friends. Initially, they all loved the concept and agreed to contribute with their photographs. However, the agreement didn’t last long and most of them bailed out at the last moment leading to the delay in launch of Photodilse. Two of its co-founders (Mr. Sudeep and Mr. Shailesh) then decided to start it from scratch once again and finally the founding stone of Photodilse was laid. The actual website went online on 25th May, 2013 and has received a fabulous response ever since.
What is the one tip that you would like to give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Trust your ideas and get started. It’s the toughest thing to do
More details can be found at http://www.photodilse.com/