The platform for your visual media.

Nobody should have to employ expensive imaging scientists and engineers for their business to get the most out of their visual media. This is where imgix has your back. imgix is a platform for managing, processing, rendering, optimizing, and delivering your existing visual assets so that you can meet the demands of your business and your team can stay focused on what they do best. The business demands on web visual media can blindside even the most hyper-aware content teams and developers. Just to be competitive on the Internet, you need your images to be sized perfectly to every device, served in one of any of a half dozen web formats, optimized to the absolute best perceptual quality while maintaining pinpoint performance, and distributed to wherever your users are, anywhere in the world. And that is just the baseline. Next-level imaging concerns like copyright, licensing, accessibility, moderation, illegal or explicit content, "fake news", and more, can threaten your business at any moment if not handled properly. Get any of these things wrong and you are shedding revenue, ceding ground to competitors, and potentially exposing your business to extreme liability. By working with imgix's powerful APIs, SDKs, user interfaces, and integrations, you can rest assured that any demands on your images and videos will always be met, now and into the future, without you having to invest in building it yourself or patching together a mishmash of open source and third-party technologies. Our platform is designed to ensure that your images are always working for your business and never against it. imgix was launched through the famed Y Combinator accelerator program. Its customers include Google, Lyft, Kickstarter, AirBnb, Coursera, Bonobos, Spotify, Vimeo, Bustle, and many others.

Team Size:65
Location:San Francisco

Active Founders

Chris Zacharias, CEO

Founder of imgix. Ex-YouTuber. YC S2011 alumni. RIT New Media. Former web developer. Hockey player, defense.

Chris Zacharias
Chris Zacharias

Selected answers from imgix's original YC application for the S11 Batch

How long have each of you been working on this? How much of that has been full-time? Please explain.

The code for Thumbprint was largely created between late-October and today, with some hiatuses in between. Currently, there are about 3200 lines of Python, 3000 lines of HTML/Javascript/CSS. Those numbers only include files that I created and worked on.

What is your company going to make? Please describe your product and what it does or will do.

Photoshop as an API. ImageMagick as a web service. Pay as you go.

The short term goal is to satisfy basic image manipulation and storage needs. Helping developers generate thumbnails, add logos and attributions, apply Instagram-like lens filters, and so forth, without the need for server code or libraries.

The long term goal is to have a distributed, scalable platform that can perform image manipulations that are otherwise unreachable or needlessly complex to perform on one's own servers, such as sampling from millions of images on the web in order to fill in gaps in images.