About the Guest
Randy dela Fuente
Hello! My name is Randy dela Fuente, CEO of Snapizzi. I first discovered Snapizzi in 2010 as a user of the first iteration of their software. Snapizzi powered the workflow for my event photography business—one of the largest in Washington state.
At the time, I was working to develop a proprietary barcode scanning system to help automate our production workflow—which involved the management of tens of thousands of images per year. I quickly abandoned the project after I tried Snapizzi’s powerful software shortly after they launched in late 2009. Snapizzi offered my photography business an end-to-end, photo-hosting solution familiar to photographers today. And I quickly came to rely on Snapizzi to automate my workflow.
In 2011, I learned Snapizzi would soon be shutting down for reasons unrelated to the efficacy of the software they created. I panicked at the thought of going back to the “old” methods I had used. Fortunately, I was able to negotiate an agreement allowing me the sole use of Snapizzi with the option to re-launch it as monthly subscription service for photographers in the future. Ecstatic at the resolution, I continued to use Snapizzi to power my event photography business for the next two years.
Snapizzi’s platform and underlying source code hadn’t been significantly maintained or updated since it was built. It would have been an enormous undertaking and expense to try and re-launch it as a business in its original state. However, in 2013, I learned that many of today’s photo-hosting sites allowed third-party developer access to their platforms. This meant that rather than competing with them for users, we could essentially “plug-in” Snapizzi to existing platforms. It was then, after spending nearly 25 years in event photography, that I closed my business and began to focus on rebuilding Snapizzi from the ground up.
The quest to revive Snapizzi had begun. After over two years of development, and plunging headfirst into the startup space, Snapizzi officially launched on January 1, 2015 on the Award-Winning platform, Zenfolio. The first of many.
I have a special passion for Snapizzi because of the incredible journey of discovery it has led me on in both my personal and professional lives. Throughout it all, I have come to realize that my best work comes when the focus of my efforts is on helping others—and that is the foundation that Snapizzi is built on.