Haute 100 San Francisco Update: Stewart Butterfield

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Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Having sold Flickr about year ago, its creator, Stewart Butterfield, has been free to create what some are calling the greatest revolution in social gaming.

Caterina Fake & Stewart Butterfield

Category: Power Couples

Company: Flickr

Industry: Technology

What Made Them Haute: Fake is an art director; Butterfield is a Web designer. The two of them are hailed as Web 2.0 geniuses, thanks to their photo-sharing site Flickr, which they launched in 2004 without a dime of investments from venture capitalists. Just 16 months later, Yahoo! wrote a check to the power couple to the tune of $30 million. More recently, gamers are holding their breaths in anticipation of Glitch, Butterfield’s collaboration for a new online game, and Fake launched Hunch.com, a site that will offer a recommendation to a dilemma after the user answers 10 questions or less. Is that haute? Yes.

What Makes Him Haute Now: Having sold Flickr about a year ago, Stweart Butterfield has set his sights on social gaming, collaborating with previous Flickr team members to form a game development company called Giant Speck. When he spoke to VentureBeat recently about his latest project, planned to launch next year, the response was a wave of excitement from people hailing what might be the next revolution in social gaming.

The goal of this game is to get it on as many platforms as possible; although they don’t appear to have their sites on Facebook, the many platforms they do have their sites on include websites and portable platforms like iPhone apps. It is due to launch this spring.

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