123rf

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123rf
Private
Industry Stock photography, stock footage , stock music
Fate Active
Founded 2005; 13 years ago (2005)
Founder Andy Sitt, Stephanie Sitt
Headquarters Hong Kong, Malaysia
Number of employees
350
Parent Inmagine Group
Website 123rf.com

123rf (part of Inmagine Group) is a stock content agency founded in 2005 which sells royalty-free images. In the past few years, 123RF expanded the portfolio to serve the growing market of the web-based content industry; in addition to over 90 million images in its library, the company also has a large collection of vector graphics, icons, fonts, video and audio files. The marketing is mainly carried out by about 350 employees from 40 offices around the world.[1]

History[edit]

In 2000, the founder, Andy Sitt, had just quit his job at a British company that sold stock images in CDs while showing customers printed catalogues. Andy launched his e-commerce business by setting up Inmagine, which sold premium large-format photo prints. Together with Stephanie Sitt as a cofounder and current CEO[2], Inmagine Group is one of the few technology companies to have bootstrapped globally from Asia.

Inmagine also produced proprietary content which required in-house photographers, graphic designers, make up artists and a sales team to cater to demand; in 2005, Inmagine set up 123RF, which offers royalty-free stock images, videos, as well as audio clips, from just US$1 to US$3 apiece. Unlike the previous business model, 123RF allows photographers around the world to sell their work on the platform on a royalty-free model.[3]

Subsequently, Inmagine Group has expanded by building new businesses such as Stockunlimited.com, Designs.net and has also acquired TheHungryJPEG.com, Craftbundles.com, Pixlr.com, Vectr.com and Storyandheart.com.

Acquisitions[edit]

In March 2017, 123rf acquired TheHungryJPEG, a UK-registered font and graphics marketplace and its sister company Craftbundles for an undisclosed sum.[4][5]

In April 2017, 123rf acquired Pixlr, an online web-based image editor from Autodesk for an undisclosed sum.[6]

In November 2017, 123RF acquired Vectr, a web-based vector editor and Story & Heart, a video education platform.[7]

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