Services like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have established themselves as the leading platforms for sharing photos, but they are pretty standard in presentation and lack a bit of creativity. Dutch startup ReSnap, which launched in 2013, intends to fill this gap with a service that allows users to create online and offline photobooks, in order to jazz up their photo albums.
One of the features that ReSnap highlights is the platform’s simplicity. Signing in, users are able to have the platform automatically select their best photos and create an online or offline photobook, all within a minute. At the moment, the company is offering the ability to create albums made from photos posted on Facebook or Instagram. The company offers the books for free online, but generates revenue by charging either 25 or 35 Euro on each physical album that they sell. Some startups are open about the number of customers or users that they have, but these guys have opted to keep this information private.
Thomas Beguin, who co-founded the startup, tells me that the $450,000 that they raised from an undisclosed investor was their first round. The funding, which they obtained a year after launching the beta of their service, will be used to continue to develop the platform. Beguin tells me that the platform currently only allows users to create albums based on photos that they have posted to social-media accounts, but they are working to allow users to create albums from photos located on any device or source.
Just a few months ago, we wrote about a Dutch competitor in this market, 36pics, which launched early last year. That startup takes a different approach, keeping prices down by allowing customers to simply order the photos that they would like to hold (and leaving them to create the album, if they choose).