Caterina Fake in 2008
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Alma mater||Vassar College (1991)|
|Known for||Co-founder of Flickr and Hunch|
|Spouse(s)||Stewart Butterfield (2001–2007)|
Early life and educationEdit
Fake was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to an American father, and a Filipina mother who is a naturalized citizen. As a child, she was not allowed to watch television, and her hobbies included reading poetry and playing classical music.
In the summer of 2002, she co-founded Ludicorp in Vancouver with Stewart Butterfield and Jason Classon. The company developed a massively multiplayer online role-playing game called Game Neverending. The game did not launch, but Fake and Butterfield started a new product called Flickr that became one of the world's most popular photosharing websites. Flickr was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005. Flickr became part of a vanguard of so-called Web 2.0 sites, integrating features such as social networking, community open APIs, tagging, and algorithms that surfaced the most popular content. After the acquisition, Fake took a job at Yahoo!, where she ran the Technology Development group, known for its Hack Yahoo! program and for Brickhouse, a rapid development environment for new products. Fake resigned from Yahoo on June 13, 2008.
Fake's most recent venture is Findery, which was originally called Pinwheel, and launched in a limited beta in February 2012. It was renamed to Findery in July 2012. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.
Fake was married to Stewart Butterfield, her Flickr co-founder, from 2001 to 2007. They had one daughter together, in 2007. As of 2015, Fake is in a relationship with Jaiku co-founder Jyri Engeström, and the couple have three children between them.
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