Juergen Specht is a Berlin based former professional photographer and a consultant to the international photo and Internet industry.
Prior to starting Shakodo in December 8th, 2010, he founded and successfully sold 3 Internet companies, been CTO at a top Fortune 500 company and started the first forum dedicated to digital photography, D1scussion, in 1999.
In 2005, he opened the eyes of many professional photographers and camera makers by spearheading the OpenRAW initiative. OpenRAW conducted the largest photographer survey about RAW usage to-date, creating a major shift in the attitude of camera makers regarding interoperability with software developers and triggered the ongoing development of a universal RAW format.
Some of the major photo related consulting projects he has done include a global B2B service for automatic collection, transmission and distribution of photos for a leading photo restoration company, as well as creating the technical concept and managed as CTO the launch of the entire photo sharing and printing business for Japan's biggest online retailer and their 50+ million members.
Over the years, Juergen's techniques, concepts and workflows have been and are widely
used in the international photo industry and beyond. His solid understanding of cutting edge
technologies and methodologies have given him the ability to advise various startups and
small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Along with his technical abilities, Juergen is brimming with a wonderful creative side. He is internationally known for his imaginative and exciting photographs together with his serious documentary photographs, which have been shown in several exhibitions and published in hundreds of magazines and books worldwide.
As Juergen's history shows, the free exchange of information is the most important aid for
the working photographer and this is especially true in today's extremely competitive photo
industry. Juergen created the Shakodo concept and managed and supervised
the design, programming and development of the service.
He is certain that Shakodo will play a positive role in reviving the photography business.