Upcoming Event - The Founders of Photobucket to Speak

Photobucket Founders Alex Welch and Darren Crystal

On May 21st the DaVinci Institute will host the now infamous dual of Alex Welch and Darren Crystal, the two founders of Photobucket, who will tell the story of what it took for them to launch what is now the World’s number one photo site on the Internet. Details after the jump.

In 2003, Denver entrepreneurs Alex Welch and Darren Crystal joined forces to launch Photobucket, what would later become the Internet’s most popular site for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos, and graphics.

To give you an idea of the influential position that Photobucket has carved out on the Internet, here are some of their most recent standings:

  • 20 Million unique site visitors/month in the US, and over 39 Million unique site visitors/month worldwide
  • #1 most popular Photo site in the US
  • #3 most popular Entertainment/Multimedia site in the US
  • #7 most popular Entertainment/Multimedia site in the world
  • #29 in Top 50 Sites in the US
  • #45 top 100 Global Sites*
  • 18th Largest Ad supported site in the US (comScore Media Metrix, January 2008)

Last year in July, Photobucket was acquired by Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corp. but Alex and Darren have remained in their roles as CEO and CTO to guide the company through the years ahead. The company is headquartered in Denver, Colo. with offices in Palo Alto, Calif.

Join us we hear the inside story and some of the hair-pulling moments that were involved in launching this instant success story. The details will most certainly surprise you.

EVENT: Startup Junkie Underground
DATE: Monday, May 19, 2008


LOCATION: MADCAP Theater, 10679 Westminster Blvd, Westminster CO 80020
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions
WEBSITE: www.startupjunkieunderground.com


COST: Members – Free, Nonmembers – $25
REGISTER – Click Here
PHONE: 303-666-4133
TOPIC: “Launching the #1 Most Popular Photo Site on the Internet – The Photobucket Story”

SPEAKERS: Alex Welch and Darren Crystal – Co-Founders of Photobucket

SPEAKER: Alex Welch is Co-Founder and CEO of Photobucket. As CEO, he is responsible for developing the overall vision, strategy and product roadmap for the company. In 2003, Alex and his Co-Founder Darren Crystal observed that e-commerce and social networking users were in need of an easy-to-use centralized “hub” to store and publish images. Alex and Darren have spent three years building, tuning, and enhancing the application and core infrastructure of Photobucket. Prior to founding Photobucket, Alex was a software engineer at Level 3 Communications where he was responsible for developing advanced networking software and services. Alex received his BS degree from Colorado State University, with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems.


SPEAKER: Darren Crystal is Co-Founder and CTO of Photobucket. As CTO, Darren is responsible for developing and maintaining all architecture and technology infrastructure at Photobucket. Darren’s work has led Photobucket to be one of the most reliable and dependable networks of its kind. Prior to co-founding Photobucket, Darren was a software architect for Level 3 Communications. Prior to that, Darren was a network engineer at Dell Corporation. Darren has been working in the IT industry for sixteen years; he has experience designing, developing, and maintaining large Unix and network infrastructures in companies like IBM Global Services, Maxserv, and Eaton Semiconductors. Darren studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.



CO-HOSTS: Steve Baker and Allison Taylor are co-hosting the Startup Junkie Underground and as serial entrepreneurs, both will be on hand to help solve your startup related issues.


Allison Taylor is a Business Consultant specializing in relationship selling, referral marketing, customer and employee retention and non-traditional sales training. Through her business, Paravox, she offers innovative marketing and performance tactics to significantly improve business growth and profitability.

Steve Baker. As a founder of successful businesses and a business advisor, Steve Baker has taken companies from startup to millions of dollars in revenues in such diverse industries as international travel, financial software, casinos, manufacturing, cosmetic surgery, and ergonomics. Always the entrepreneur and Startup Junkie, Steve is now Vice President of Advanced Headache Intervention Inc., a new Colorado medical device company whose mission is to eliminate migraine headache pain for 28 million Americans. Steve is a well known speaker and author of the award winning book PUSHING WATER UPHILL With A Rake.

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