Interviewed: Stocksy’s Brianna Wettlaufer and Nuno Silva on Building a Cooperative Stock Photo Platform
We recently spoke by phone to Stocksy CEO and Co-founder Brianna Wettlaufer and Vice President of Product Nuno Silva about the cooperative’s early success. They talked about why Stocksy was founded as a cooperative, the growing pains associated with the transition from startup to industry leader, and the promise “platform cooperativism” holds for members and clients alike.
Like so many other industries involved in the contemporary “gig economy,” stock photography has become, for many freelance photographers, a race to the bottom. As commercial platforms encourage competition among contributors to offset overhead costs, photographers must choose between an unsustainable wage and no wage at all—and clients pay a price in reduced access to high-quality materials.