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kkthompson
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:04PM
On 2009-03-23 12:04:03, bitter wrote:

It's been more than nine years since we started iStockphoto. From the beginning, this crazy little experiment has shown the world what happens when people assemble to organize their creativity and business acumen. Together, we changed the way a whole industry works. It's astonishing how far we've all come and how successful this concept has been. Our offices and staff – here in Calgary, Germany, remote teams (inspectors) and at Getty Images around the world – have all worked incredibly hard to become what we are. It's a strong team and we're functioning with fantastic precision. Everyone is prepared for this day.
 
Back when our staff was still just a few dozen people, when we were having a going away party for a co-worker, people were choked. When you're that tight a group, the prospect of change seems really dramatic. I remember telling everybody "Hey, iStock is bigger than any one of us. People come and go, things change, but iStock was built to last. H*ck, someday even I'll leave."
 
This is my last communication as CEO of iStockphoto and SVP Consumer at Getty Images. It's been a difficult decision, but it’s the right moment to move on. I need more time with my family, and time to figure out what I'm going to do next. Anybody who knows me, knows I'm a bit of a workaholic. So I'm finally going to make some time for myself and the people in my life.
 
The day I told you all that we had sold to Getty Images, I assured you we would keep all that was great about iStock and be the same, only better. Thanks to the support of Jonathan Klein and other great people at Getty Images, we have expanded into numerous countries and languages far faster than we ever could have alone. I know that momentum will continue, with many new developments in store in the coming months. I have also learned an enormous amount from my colleagues at Getty Images and will miss them a great deal as I will miss working with all of you.?
Don't think for a minute that I'm going away, though. I'm still a photographer after all, and I'll finally have time to take pictures now. I just won't have one of those Admin badges and hammer anymore. Please don't Wiki my keywords unless I really deserve it.
 
I am deeply honoured to have led this community and worked with all of you. I believe we made the world a more beautiful place. It's been you who has made all the hard work over the years so worth it.



Back in 1994 Bruce and I would jump in his jeep after film studies class at the University of Calgary and head to work at Image Club Graphics. It was a great place to work: we were surrounded by fonts, clipart, photos and everything hi-tech (hi-tech for the time--we were selling CDs). We got to sink our teeth into the industry that really made us excited.

Bruce & I became good friends. We got to confide in each other, learn the industry, and watch each other grow. I was always enamored with him: he was the tattooed, confident rebel who oozed cool--something that still shows in the iStock brand. We were opposites in many ways, which is why I think, even to this day, we work so well together.

I always watched in amazement as Bruce brokered deals for almost anything you could imagine. You had a computer to sell: he always had the buyer. A fridge? No problem. A winnebago? Let him make a call. Should have realized that skill would mean there were great things in store for him.

I would like to be the first to thank Bruce for his leadership, his guidance, and his willingness to go to the mat for things he believes in. It's what makes iStock a great place. He will be missed, but he has worked tirelessly for us, and he's built an organization that will continue to run on his ideas and passion, even if he isn't at its head any longer. Now he deserves the time and space to move on to the next part of his life. We wish him well, and look forward to him coming to many iStockalypses to hang out with all of us.

Speaking of iStockalypses, we'd like to do something special for Bruce. We realize many of you will want to send a farewell message to Bruce. We ask you to do it in this forum, and we'll collect them to add to a commemorative book that will be presented to him at iStock HQ this summer.

Bruce, you changed the world for many of us, and for that we'll be forever in your debt. Now go get 'em tiger.
RichVintage
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:05PM
Good luck Bruce, we love you for everything you have given us. My life will never be the same. This place has made me a better person. That is what counts in my book.
DrGrounds
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:05PM
You've changed the lives for so many of us and I am deeply honored to have been part of this ride with you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
caracterdesign
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:06PM
The first feeling in front of this news is of incredulity and a big sadness.

Istock is a community, with everything that this involves. Bruce, with his virtues and defects is one of us, founder member, contributor, inspector administrator, and much much more. He is so much that it is impossible to define him in a few words, and the main reason is that he has changed the lives of many many people. And he has done it working with the heart, innovating in a market that was many times too rigid, giving free rein to his dreams and being surrounded by thousands of persons ready to follow him against all odds, willing to work in his project, no matter schedules or remuneration. Bruce gave us that alternative and innovative spirit that all the Istockers are proud of. It is his legacy.

Istockphoto has been able to be the leader in a magic revolution in this industry, being ourselves with the perception of freedom that this means. This sensation is today partly trapped by this news.

It's the moment to open the mind and express my full support to who today leads the ship - Kelly thank you for being here -. We will work with you the same way, with the same passion and loyalty that we did for Bruce, and we'll try to make Istock a better community every day, bringing our best contents and, at the same time, helping new talents to develop from any part of the world.

And well, Bruce... Thank you, a sincere thank you from the heart for having changed my life, thank you for allowing us discover a passionate vocation for photography, thank you for democratizing this market, for leading your project without forgetting ethics, and for creating this huge family of Istockers that allow you and all of us have friends in any part of the planet. It's the moment for a well deserved vacation, and yes, dedicate time to your family, although many of us feel to be part of it.

Love and Rock & Roll for you!

(Edited on 2009-03-23 14:03:54 by caracterdesign)
CaroleGomez
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:06PM
You gave us the wings to fly on our own. Thanks for everything Bruce
shaunl
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:07PM
I was stuck in a 9-5 dead end job doing something I hated. In my spare time I shot/uploaded until I reached a breaking point.... iStock gave me back my sanity, my creativity and most of all my own personal freedom to do whatever I wanted to in life. Thank you for everything you have done here Bruce! All of us will keep that spirit alive.

(Edited on 2009-03-29 19:50:08 by shaunl)
Ladida
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:07PM
we'll hold your dream standing and proud Bruce! We'll miiiiss you...... so we hope you'll visit all of us soon smile
All the best to the best Boss in the world!!!!!!!!

huge hugs and a deep heart felt THANK YOU for who you are and for changing our lives. Indeed we are a big family...

(Edited on 2009-03-23 12:14:52 by Ladida)
urbancow
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:07PM
You've made a huge difference to a lot of people Bruce, good luck with the future and thanks for everything!
samposnick
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:07PM

(Nuts, I posted in the losing thread!) Anyways, I'll repeat:


Thanks for the memories and best of luck in your future endeavours (and family life), Bruce!
mecaleha
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:08PM
Thanks for everything Bruce, you can pencil me in into the "life changed because of istock", all thanks to you!
shaun
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:08PM
All the best boss. I'll grow an epic beard in your honour
swalls
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:08PM
This has been an incredible journey so far. I am so looking forward to the next level. Good luck with your future Bruce. To you and your loved ones I wish you the best! Rock on Brother!!
QShot
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:08PM
Farewell Bruce, and good luck for the future in what ever you finally choose to do.   iStockphoto certainly revolutionized the way a lot of people think about stock photos
Sirimo
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09PM
I joined iStock in 2001 and was instantly hooked. Not only with the idea of the place, but with the genuine people who made it what it was. I had to get more involved and Bruce welcomed me in like I'd always been here.


Bruce, you've been the biggest influence on my career and future. I really want to thank you once again for all you've done for me, I truly appreciate it.

You've been the spearhead for our community and the industry as a whole and changed the game in so many ways. I wish you all the best for the future in whatever you decide to do. Rock on man, rock on wink

(Edited on 2009-03-23 12:09:45 by Sirimo)
kkthompson
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09PM

Posted By sposnick:
(Nuts, I posted in the losing thread!) Anyways, I'll repeat:

Sorry about that. Can you guys all repost here please?
JJRD
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09PM
Member bitter, what you and all of us have initiated & created is stronger than words, stronger than any of us and really... thank you. Thanks for being who you are… and thanks for having offered this incredible idea to the World. See you later… and we, as a team, will keep being who we are: the iStockphoto community. Love you man.

(Edited on 2009-03-23 12:10:12 by JJRD)
track5
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09PM
all the best Bruce, and good luck with your future plans.
ImagesbyTrista
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09PM
A very very BIG thank you for this crazy istock dream we're all living.  You will be missed.  Best wishes for the future!
dorioconnell
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09PM
Good luck and huge thanks for istock!
mevans
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Posted Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09PM
I'll post in this thread too.  Bruce, it has been an honour and privelge working with you. You change my life totally. Make sure you enjoy everything life has to offer you with your beautiful family.  We'll all miss you but you can be assured your vision here will continue to grow and be nurtured.
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