Tripod Ventures Engages Future Image

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Future Image will provide critical market analysis and consultation on features for "Fusion," a new web platform for photo retailers.

Tripod Ventures, a leading provider of unique technology solutions for the retail sector, announced today that it has engaged Future Image Inc. to consult on the development of its next generation web platform, currently code-named "Fusion." Future Image will help to define the competitive landscape, market requirements and unique positioning of "Fusion," and will share its team's vast expertise in the area of technology innovation for the digital photo industry.

Future Image Inc. is a leading digital image consultancy and the operator of the 6Sight® Future of Imaging Conference. Founded in 1991 by noted industry veteran Alexis Gerard, Future Image was created to meet the needs of an industry that was just beginning to transition to a digital platform. Future Image helps clients embrace accelerating technology developments and adapt to changing business models, fierce competition from new players, and shifting customer requirements.

"Developing a strong product that retailers will embrace means staying connected to their needs and addressing their challenges," said Shant Balayan, chief executive officer for Tripod Ventures. "By working with Future Image, we will have this expertise infused throughout the development process."

Tripod Ventures will be working primarily with Paul Worthington, Future Image's lead analyst for consumer digital photography. For the past 10 years, Mr. Worthington has produced The Future Imaging Report, a monthly newsletter read by business leaders in more than fifty countries worldwide. He is a noted author, with published research studies in the fields of "Location Aware" images, User-Generated visual content, digital cameras, web photo services and consumer imaging. Prior to joining Future Imaging, Mr. Worthington was a technology correspondent and magazine editor. He is the former Editor in Chief of MacHome and has worked at InfoWorld, Publish, and Multimedia World magazines.

Future Image's client list features corporations ranging from Fortune 100 to start-ups, institutional and private investors, government and educational institutions, including: Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Cadence Design Systems, the California Historical Society, Canon, Eastman Kodak Company, Eveready Battery, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, Leaf Systems, Minolta, Motorola, National Semiconductor, NeXT, Olympus, Polaroid, Procter & Gamble, Quebecor, Sony, Sprint, Visioneer.

For more information about Tripod Venture's industry partners, please visit: http://www.tripodventures.com/partners/

About Future Image:
San Mateo, CA-based Future Image Inc (http://www.futureimage.com) is the leading independent center of expertise on the convergence of imaging, technology and business. Future Image hosts the 6Sight Future of Imaging conference, and publishes the Executive Information Service with the monthly Future Image Report, which monitors the impact of new technologies on the imaging industry as a whole, and the Future Image Weekly Briefing, a news summary of new products, services, markets, and technologies. Future Image also underwrites and publishes primary research studies on the impact of emerging, imaging-focused technologies or business trends, and provides consulting services to vendors, investors and large-scale users. Future Image is the official information and research partner of the International Imaging Association (I3A).

About Tripod Ventures:
Tripod Ventures was formed in 2007 to meet an emerging need in the retail sector for Web 2.0 technology solutions that combine stellar user experiences with operational excellence. Each of the company's three founders brings a different cluster of expertise to the group: technology innovation, operational excellence, and a deep strategic knowledge of the retail business. The company is dedicated to funding the development and operation of unique technology solutions for the retail sector that enable retailers to manage the order and fulfillment process for user generated objects. The privately held company is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information about the company, visit its web site at http://www.tripodventures.com.

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