Flickr co-founder joins stealth startup Hunch

Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake is set to join new startup firm Hunch as chief product officer, reports TechCrunch. The move comes a month after Fake left the Yahoo!-owned photo sharing site, following a string of executive departures fromYahoo!.

Hunch is currently still in development and is set for a beta launch this autumn says Fake, writing on her personal blog. Although few details have been revealed about the New York-based startup, Fake describes it as a “consumer internet application” which “will have a lot of user participation”.

Fake co-founded Flickr with husband Stewart Butterfield in 2004. The photo site was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005 for approximately USD35m. In November 2007, the site rolled out a new map interface and a series of geo-specific pages which allow users to find pictures by their geographic tags. In April, the site began hosting user videos.

Both Fake and Butterfield announced their resignation from Yahoo! last month, in the same week that Network Division EVP Jeff Weiner confirmed he was leaving to join Greylock Partners and Accel Partners. At the same time founder Joshua Schachter announced he was leaving the firm, as did Vish Makhijani, SVP and general manager of Yahoo! search, Qi Lu, the EVP for search and advertising technology and Brad Garlinghouse, the SVP for communications and communities.

Butterfield is yet to take up a new position and will not be involved in Hunch, Fake says.

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