While there may be some value left in Getty-Images, remodeling an “old-house” in this case appears to be much more expensive than building a new one. We just completed a formal business plan to build a real photography marketplace for less than $5M first round (est. $13M total, less than one fiscal quarter of Getty’s capital expenditures, to shed light on Getty’s inefficient business model).
The “body” of the Total Addressable Market is $22B / year, ignoring the size of the Long Tail of photography Getty-Images has no penetration in, we will. So, a $13M investment would yield $600M in annual revenues based on 30% market-share (even if we were to cover “the body” only). A darn good business, and best of all, it will help great new photographers get “free” and transparent access to buyers. So good karma too. The walled gardens of the imaging marketplace will be torn down.