FirstLook is the ultimate, real-time, celeb photo feed on steroids. Founded by digital ... More
FirstLook is the ultimate, real-time, celeb photo feed on steroids. Founded by digital entrepreneur Justin Kahn and renowned entertainment photographer Steve Granitz, both co-founders of WireImage photo service (which sold to Getty Images for $200mill in 2007), FirstLook delivers professionally-shot photos in real time of over 25,000 celebrities, musicians, athletes, innovators and newsmakers from the top celebrity photo agencies including Getty Images, WireImage, AP Invision and BFA, directly to users’ photo feeds. So entertainment enthusiasts can experience every professionally-snalled image of their favorite actor from a red carpet that’s happening right now, anywhere in the world. They’ll get a notification and see the photos in real time as theyre posted through their customizable FirstLook celeb photo feed.
In addition to viewing real time photos of their favorite personalities, users can share any image – current or archival – through their own social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. FirstLook also has contracted relationships for over 25 million archival celebrity images. The free app also features a “Top Celebs to Follow” Discovery engine, an Events feed featuring celeb images taken at major events and noteworthy happenings worldwide, and a Flashback section, highlighting interesting archival images from top celebs over the years. FirstLook also boasts a Featured section, spotlighting professionally captured and captioned #HappyBirthday, #HunkoftheDay and #BAEoftheDay celebrity photos.
The company is backed by investor and board member, David Bohnett, founder of Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Baroda Ventures, which has successfully invested in numerous companies, including LowerMyBills, Stamps.com, MediaVast, Xdrive, and NetZero. Bohnett, who founded GeoCities, which he sold to Yahoo! in 1999, invests in consumer web, SaaS, mobile and digital media services. Current Baroda investments include DogVacay, HelloTech, Healthvana, Chromatik, SteelHouse, Retention Science, SurfAir and Blade.
Last updated 11 Dec 2015
Published 11 Dec 2015
Despite the fact that magazines sell a fraction of the amount that they used to during their heyday, there's one mag category that still seems to be holding its own. The celebrity magazines like People, OK, Entertainment Weekly, Star and Who are the mags that are saving the local newspaper shops from going to the dogs. And what's the first page that people turn to when they buy a new edition? The celebrity photos, of course! Kim and Kanye, Taylor Swift, Brad and Angelina, Nicki Minaj, The Bieb, Stephen Curry and LeBron, Coldplay on stage and thousands of others. Well, now there's an easier way to see your idols without having to head to the newsstand.
Don't get me wrong. There's no way i'm trying to drive a nail into the heart of the celebrity gossip and photo magazines here nor the news stands that sell 'em but, if the main reason for buying one is to look at the pictures, FirstLook is a much more sensible way to go. The developers describe it as the 'ultimate, real-time, celeb photo feed...on steroids' and that's not far from the truth. This iOS app delivers professionally shot, real-time photos of well over 25,000 different celebrities, musicians, athletes, innovators and newsmakers. There's also a contracted relationship with various agencies that delivers up another 25 million archival celebrity images with the photos supplied by all the top celebrity photo agencies including Getty Images, WireImage...