Stewart Butterfield

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Stewart Butterfield

Stewart Butterfield (born Daniel Stewart Butterfield in 1973) is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and businessman, best known for being the co-founder of the photo sharing website Flickr.

Early life[edit]

Butterfield was educated at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where he specialized in the philosophy of biology, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind.

Ludicorp and Flickr[edit]

Butterfield co-founded the photo sharing website Flickr and its parent company Ludicorp with then-wife Caterina Fake. In March 2005 Ludicorp was acquired by Yahoo!, where Butterfield continued as the General Manager of Flickr until he left Yahoo on July 12, 2008.[1][2]

Tiny Speck[edit]

In 2009 Butterfield co-founded a new company called Tiny Speck.[3] Tiny Speck launched its first project, the massively multiplayer game Glitch, on September 27, 2011. Glitch was later closed due to its failure to attract a sufficiently large audience. The game world closed down on December 9, but the web site, with most of the content, is still available.[4][5] In January 2013, it was announced that the company would make most of the game's art available under a Creative Commons license.[6][7]


In August, 2013, Butterfield announced the release of Slack, a project management tool built by Tiny Speck while working on Glitch.[8][9]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek's Top 50 Leaders [10] in the entrepreneur category. He was also named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.[11][12] In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[13] In the same year, he appeared on the cover of Newsweek [14][15] magazine.

In November 2008, Butterfield received the Legacy Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Butterfield was married to Caterina Fake, his Flickr co-founder, from 2001[17] to 2007.[18] They had one daughter together, in 2007.[19]

According to his flickr profile, he currently lives in San Francisco, California.


  1. ^ Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo
  2. ^ Butterfields creative resignation letter addressed to Brad Garlinghouse.
  3. ^ Kara Swisher. "Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield Talks About His New Game startup, Glitch". AllThingsD. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  4. ^ "A Flickr Founder's Glitch: Can A Game That Wants You To Play Nice Be A Blockbuster?". Fast Company. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  5. ^ "Vancouver’s Tiny Speck puts massively multiplayer game Glitch online". Vancouver Sun. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Shuttered online game Glitch gets new life in the Creative Commons". BoingBoing. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Glitch developer shares assets under Creative Commons license following closure of game". Polygon. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  8. ^ Tam, Donna, Flickr founder plans to kill company e-mails with Slack, retrieved 2013-11-26 
  9. ^ Thomas, Owen, Die, Email, Die! A Flickr Cofounder Aims To Cut Us All Some Slack, retrieved 2013-11-26 
  10. ^ Businessweek 2005 Top Leaders: Entrepreneurs
  11. ^ "2005 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2011. 
  12. ^ Technology Review's TR35 2005
  13. ^ 2006 Time 100[dead link]
  14. ^ Newsweek cover image
  15. ^ Newsweek cover story 'The New Wisdom of the Web'
  16. ^ Flickr co-founder makes it big with an arts degree[dead link]
  17. ^ Love, e-company style, CNN Money, September 12, 2007
  18. ^ Devin Leonard (July 28, 2010). "What You Want: Flickr Creator Spins Addictive New Web Service". Wired magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  19. ^ Silicon Valley’s baby boom, Owen Thomas, Gawker, July 12, 2007

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