Caterina Fake is the cofounder of Flickr, the popular photo-sharing site that helped transform the web into the participatory environment it is today. Flickr launched in early 2004, but she has been involved in web development since 1994, working as an art director at Salon.com and greatly involved in the development of online communities, social networks and personal publishing.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Fake graduated from Vassar College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 2001 she cofounded Ludicorp which in 2004 launched Flickr, acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. While there, she worked on MyWeb and Yahoo! Answers and ran Yahoo’s Technology Development group, known for its Hack Yahoo! program to stimulate innovation and creativity,and Brickhouse, a rapid development environment for new products.
In March of 2009 her new company, Hunch.com, went into private preview, set to launch in coming months. Hunch helps people make decisions and gets better the more people use it.
Fake has earned growing recognition for her success in the field. In 2006 she was named to the Time 100, Time’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and featured on the cover of Newsweek. She serves on the boards of Etsy and Creative Commons, and invests in and advises many start-up companies.