Stewart Butterfield (born Daniel Stewart Butterfield in 1973) is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and businessman, best known for being a co-founder of the photo sharing website Flickr.
Early life and education [ edit ]
Butterfield was educated at
St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia. He received a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Victoria in 1996. Butterfield went on to earn a [1 ] Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in 1998, where he specialized in the philosophy of biology, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind.
Ludicorp and Flickr [ edit ]
In the summer of 2002, he co-founded
Ludicorp in Vancouver with Caterina Fake and Jason Classon. [2 ] Ludicorp initially developed a [3 ] massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Game Neverending. The game did not launch, but the company then started a photo sharing website called Flickr. In March 2005 Ludicorp was acquired by Yahoo!, where Butterfield continued as the General Manager of Flickr until he left Yahoo on July 12, 2008. [4 ] [5 ]
Tiny Speck [ edit ]
In 2009 Butterfield co-founded a new company called
Tiny Speck. Tiny Speck launched its first project, the massively multiplayer game [6 ] , on September 27, 2011. Glitch was later closed due to its failure to attract a sufficiently large audience. The game world closed down on December 9, 2012, but the web site, with most of the content, is still available. Glitch [7 ] In January 2013, it was announced that the company would make most of the game's art available under a [8 ] Creative Commons license. [9 ] [10 ]
In August 2013, Butterfield announced the release of
Slack, a project management tool built by Tiny Speck while working on Glitch. [11 ] [12 ]
Awards and honors [ edit ]
In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek's Top 50 Leaders
in the entrepreneur category. He was also named to the [13 ] MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. [14 ] In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. [15 ] In the same year, he appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine. [16 ] [17 ] [18 ]
In November 2008, Butterfield received the Legacy Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria.
Personal life [ edit ]
Butterfield was married to
Caterina Fake, his Flickr co-founder, from 2001 to 2007. [20 ] They had one daughter together, in 2007. [21 ] [22 ]
According to his Flickr profile, he currently lives in
San Francisco, California.
References [ edit ]
^ "Flickr Co-Founder Among UVic Legacy Awards Recipients" (Press release). University of Victoria. November 17, 2008.
^ Livingston, Jessica (2008). . Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days Apress. p. 257.
^ "The Ludicorp Team". Ludicorp. Ludicorp Research & Development Ltd. Archived from the original on 2003-10-26.
^ Arrington, Michael (June 17, 2008). "Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo". . TechCrunch
^ Butterfield's creative resignation letter addressed to Brad Garlinghouse.
^ Swisher, Kara (August 23, 2010). "Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield Talks About His New Game Start-Up, Glitch". AllThingsD . Retrieved September 17, 2010.
^ Boyd, E.B. (September 27, 2011). "A Flickr Founder's Glitch: Can A Game That Wants You To Play Nice Be A Blockbuster?". Fast Company . Retrieved September 30, 2011.
^ "Vancouver’s Tiny Speck puts massively multiplayer game Glitch online". . September 27, 2011 Vancouver Sun . Retrieved September 30, 2011.
^ Beschizza, Rob (January 25, 2013). "Shuttered online game Glitch gets new life in the Creative Commons". BoingBoing . Retrieved March 4, 2013.
^ Gera, Emily (January 24, 2013). "Glitch developer shares assets under Creative Commons license following closure of game". Polygon . Retrieved March 4, 2013.
^ Tam, Donna (August 14, 2013). "Flickr founder plans to kill company e-mails with Slack". CNET . Retrieved November 26, 2013.
^ Thomas, Owen (August 14, 2013). "Die, Email, Die! A Flickr Cofounder Aims To Cut Us All Some Slack". ReadWrite . Retrieved November 26, 2013.
^ "2005 Top Leaders: Entrepreneurs". Businessweek. 2005.
^ "2005 Young Innovators Under 35". . 2005 Technology Review . Retrieved August 15, 2011.
^ "TR35 2005". Technology Review. 2005.
^ "2006 Time 100". . 2006. Archived from Time the original on May 2, 2006.
^ Newsweek cover image
^ Levy, Steven (April 2, 2006). "The New Wisdom of the Web". . Newsweek
^ "Flickr co-founder makes it big with an arts degree". . November 26, 2008. Archived from Times Colonist the original on November 26, 2008.
^ Chatterjee, Pia (September 12, 2007). "Love, e-company style". Business 2.0 Magazine. CNN Money.
^ Leonard, Devin (July 28, 2010). "What You Want: Flickr Creator Spins Addictive New Web Service". Wired . Retrieved July 31, 2010.
^ Thomas, Owen (July 12, 2007). "Silicon Valley’s baby boom". . Gawker
External links [ edit ]