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Cobra Chief Joins PictoSo


Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, partners with his cousin to launch photo-sharing app ‘pictoso’ in Cambridge

Lord Karan Billimoria
Lord Karan Bilimoria with his cousin and business partner, Rashid Bilimoria, a tech entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts, and app developer Philipp Reisinger

Entrepreneur and cross-bench peer Lord Bilimoria launches a new photo-sharing app – PictoSo – with his cousin and business partner, Rashid Bilimoria, a tech entrepreneur based in Boston, Massachusetts, and app developer Philipp Reisinger.

While smartphone users were in the minority in 2012, today they represent more than two thirds of users in the UK. The app will initially be launched in Cambridge to coincide with the University’s Freshers’ Week, before being rolled out across the UK, in India, and across the globe.

PictoSo is an instant photo-sharing app for IOS that is free to download and enables groups of users to instantly create shared albums with photographs and 10 second videos, so they can share the moments that matter with the people that matter.

PictoSo also has a number of unique features:

  • Pictures can be edited with filters, effects and stickers, and annotated with captions
  • Users can share 10-second videos
  • Entire albums can be shared via social media, email, SMS and messenger
  • Users can create albums of their favourite photos for easy and instant access
  • Images are stored on PictoSo servers so that they can be shared instantly and received at high resolution without taking up extra space on mobile handsets

The launch of PictoSo sees Lord Bilimoria venture into the technology sector, having successfully built Cobra Beer – a global drinks brand which is currently stocked in 98.6% of the UK’s curry restaurants and thousands of supermarkets and pubs across the UK.

Lord Bilimoria said: “We are witnessing the convergence of a number of trends: smartphone usage rising significantly, broadband access and speed expanding rapidly; and the cost of data storage and digital tools falling. It’s clear that now is the time to launch an app that makes it easier for users to share their photos instantly.

“With an estimated one trillion photos due to be uploaded to the internet annually by the end of 2015, PictoSo is designed for the millennial generation, those who are increasingly living their lives on their mobile.

“The City of Cambridge sits at the heart of Britain’s technology sector, with its cluster of high growth digital companies earning it the name ‘Silicon Fen’. We decided to launch PictoSo here in one of the world’s leading tech clusters, which rivals Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Silicon Valley. We hope to capture the minds of some of the brightest and ambitious young people in Cambridge, offering them a unique experience and enabling them to share important moments instantly.”

Co-Founder Rashid Bilimoria is a tech entrepreneur, Founder of Zyfin and Co-Founder of Boston Analytics. He commented: “Among all of the photo-sharing apps available to download, PictoSo is unique. We have built it with a genuine need in mind – families and friends looking for a simple, fun and instant way to share the moments that matter with the people that matter.

“Whether it’s a gig, a party, a sporting event or a great occasion like a wedding or graduation ceremony, PictoSo allows you to collate your photos into a shared album, where pictures and 10-second videos can be uploaded and shared on social media. This way, users can share life’s moments forever, answering everyone’s picture-sharing needs.”

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Philipp Reisinger, who is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, USA, said: “We have designed this app to have the greatest functionality and an intuitive interface, so that it can be used by people of all ages, from eight to eighty. We want the whole family to be able to get involved, so simplicity and ease of use were essential.

“The end result is a really practical solution which keeps all of your photos in one place, instantly shared with those close to you. But what is most remarkable about the app is how instantly it works. You upload a photograph and it immediately appears on a shared album on everyone else’s phones within the group.”



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