500px, the Toronto-based photo sharing service aimed at enthusiasts and pro photographers, has closed on $8.8 million in Series A funding dually led by Andreessen Horowitz and Harrison Metal, the company is announcing today. Others in the round include Creative Artists Agency, Rugged Ventures, Dustin Plett, and ff Venture Capital.
The startup has long since established a name for itself in the photography community, and has carved out a space for itself nearer the high-end of the market, while something like Yahoo’s Flickr, Facebook, Google’s Picasa (now Google+ Photos) have consistently gone after the much larger consumer space. But with the new funding, 500px has plans to move both up and down in the photo sharing market, company CEO Oleg Gutsol tells us.
The immediate focus, following the funding, will be on executing on 500px’s vision in developing a marketplace where its users can make money by selling their…
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