By Tom Munro, CEO of Photobucket
It has been a great year for Photobucket and the photo-sharing industry overall. For our company, 2011 has seen the launch of our second mobile app, Snapbucket, a partnership with Twitter, enormous growth in our user and upload numbers, and so much more. For the industry as a whole, 2011 has brought an amazing array of new apps, devices, cameras and companies, all looking to capitalize on the momentum of this hot market.
I am extremely thankful to be a part of both the industry and a fantastic company such as Photobucket, so – in keeping with the theme of the season – I wanted to share some thoughts on things I am specifically thankful for as the CEO of Photobucket and the husband and father to a great family.
First I want to say thank you to our loyal Photobucket customers. We are grateful for your patronage, not to mention your love of Photobucket. Everything I do, every decision I make, is based on what I think is best for you, and you help us by giving us input on new products, site design and more. In fact, we are right in the middle of a significant product redesign of which our users have been the major source of input. I am very thankful to have customers who care enough to spend the time to help us make our site and our products better.
I am also extremely grateful for our employees – it has really been a incredible year. We have grown together, played at the dude ranch and worked hard to drive changes at Photobucket. A big thank-you goes out to them for the late nights, early mornings and continual thoughts on how to make Photobucket THE place for a lifetime of photos and videos.
We also have a fantastic management team from whom I have asked – and continue to ask – a lot. I love collaborating with them and am thankful for their tireless work and friendship. In addition, we have great investors who see the vision of where Photobucket is headed. I appreciate their patience, advice and well-timed reality checks.
Finally, it has been a fantastic year at home. My 10 and 13 year-old boys love to camp, ski, fish, golf and just “hang” with dad. It doesn't get any better than that. Our second oldest daughter headed off to school, which was a sad event, but it is exciting to see her success at college. And, as always, I am thankful to my wife for being the glue that binds our family.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving. While times are difficult, our problems always seem lighter as we are surrounded by family and good food.