Jim Clark, the founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape and Healtheon, is about to launch his second new company this year.
Silicon Valley based Shutterfly.com is developing ways for consumers to share and print photos using digital cameras based on a digital process developed by Dan Baum, Silicon Graphics' (SGI) former engineering manager.
Baum will serve as vice president of laboratory operations, while Eva Manolis, another former SGI engineer, will become vice president of Web systems.
George Zachary, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a venture company that helped get Shutterfly.com off the ground, claims that the new technology will produce better prints at lower prices, while Clark said the start-up will print photos and mail them to consumers itself.
He explained that owners of digital cameras can transfer images to Shutterfly, which will keep them in a digital form until the final print is made.
But the startup will face competition from both established firms such as Eastman Kodak's PhotoNet Online Web site and Hewlett-Packard's Cartogra site, and startups such as Zing Network, which have either launched or announced similar services.
In addition to his position as chairman of Shutterfly.com, Clark, also serves as chief executive (CEO) of financial management services start-up, myCFO.com, which is just getting off the ground. Tom Jermoluk, AtHome's CEO has agreed to join Shutterfly's board as have James Barksdale, Netscape's former CEO and Cisco Systems' John Chambers.
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