Benji Lanyado is the Founder of Picfair - an alternative stock image library that sources a new generation of images from thousands of emerging photographers across the globe.\r\n\r\n \r\nWHAT LED YOU TO START WORKING IN DIGITAL\/MEDIA PUBLISHING?\r\nIt was working as a travel journalist for The New York Times when I was consistently frustrated with the homogeneous, inauthentic stock images that were my only choices, every day. I wanted to build an open-to-all marketplace that helps publishers and businesses access the millions of incredible images being produced every day on social media and beyond - most of which aren't getting to market. Four years later \u2026 Picfair now has over 5 million images uploaded by over 28,000 photographers in 132 countries! We\u2019re gradually introducing ourselves to publishers across the globe, and the initial response has been really exciting.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s no such thing! One of the most exciting things about running an early-stage startup is that every day is different. So, in no particular order, a day might include planning new products with my engineers; working with the sales team on new strategy and target verticals; liaising with investors on progress; interviewing for new open roles in marketing and engineering; planning distribution strategy with our library manager; managing social media campaigns around our Women Behind The Lens competition; coordinating trade shows and PR campaigns; making sure there\u2019s plenty of food and drinks in the office for the team \u2026 I could go on and on! And the personal bits: when I\u2019m not working, I like to agonise over West Ham\u2019s terrible form, go out to dinner (Indian and Portuguese, ahem, Nandos) with my fiancee, go to the gym, or go to the pub.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT\u2019S YOUR WORK SETUP LIKE?\r\n\r\nI use a MacBook Pro plugged into a big monitor. For work, I\u2019d fall apart if it wasn\u2019t for the Clear app synced between my phone and my Mac - I frequently wake up with half a dozen ideas\/things I need to do that I\u2019ve written on there in the middle of the night and totally forgotten. For basic productivity, Slack and Trello are crucial for managing my team and processes.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT DO YOU DO OR GO TO GET INSPIRED?\r\n\r\nGo to the gym - the energy makes me want to do more stuff. Also having drinks with clever people - a glass of wine and a good mind usually yields some good ideas.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT\u2019S YOUR FAVORITE PIECE OF WRITING OR QUOTE?\r\n\r\n\u201cTomorrow we\u2019ll run faster\u2026\u201d from the Great Gatsby.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nWHAT'S THE PASSIONATE PROBLEM YOU ARE TACKLING AT THE MOMENT?\r\n\r\nMaking the image industry fairer. The image licensing industry is the most exploitative industry you\u2019ve never heard of. The rake taken by licensing middlemen stands alone in global online business - on average, they take 74% of the royalties they generate away from the photographers whose images they are selling. Yep, 74%. Picfair is reversing this, creating the world\u2019s only open-to-all image marketplace, where the photographers set their prices and get what they ask for. If we pull this off, in the face of multi-billion-dollar incumbents, we\u2019ll have transformed an entire creative sector. We believe in a future where creativity is rewarded, not exploited.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIS THERE A PRODUCT, SOLUTION, THAT YOU THINK IS A GOOD MATCH FOR YOUR DIGITAL PUBLISHING EFFORTS?\r\n\r\n\r\nWe use Cloudinary for our digital image hosting, CDN and transformations. Worth a look.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nANY ADVICE FOR AMBITIOUS DIGITAL PUBLISHING AND MEDIA PROFESSIONALS JUST STARTING OUT?\r\n\r\nOptimise for happiness, and don\u2019t let yourself be frustrated. If your current job is inhibiting your ambition, leave that job.