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Jonathan Oringer Entrepreneur and CEO of Shutterstock


Jonathan Oringer  is founder and CEO of Shutterstock and a Stony Brook University alum, Class of 1996. At SBU’s 2017 Commencement ceremony, he received a Doctor of Science for his contribution to the tech industry including the invention of one of the web’s first pop-up blockers and for creating and building Shutterstock, the global technology company which disrupted the image licensing industry. Oringer started Shutterstock with $10,000 in 2003 and became New York's first tech billionaire  10 years later . He took the photo service public in 2012. The company started when Oringer noticed that email blasts of new products got more clicks when they included pictures, but stock photos were too expensive for advertisers to use, so he bought a camera, took 30,000 pictures and started a website that sold pictures for cheap. In 2016, Shutterstock announced an exclusive, multi-year distribution deal with BFA, a New York agency that specializes in fashion, events, and entertainment photography.

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