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Company's WebSite (Profile) - Should I put my pic?


I'm planning to self publish software I've written.

Do you think people will think
that I've a HUGE ego if I put my picture on my company web site (in the corporate section)

Right now I'm the sole employee and I do pretty much everything.

Since I'll be selling over the Internet
I thought by putting my picture in the corporate section
people will know that there's someone in charge behind
the company.

What do you guys think ? (Beside that I've got an EGO has big as Peter Norton or Steve Job) ;-)

Thanks in advance for your inputs!

CEO & Lead Software Engineer
Saturday, May 24, 2003

We've all seen the Wrox covers, right?

'Nuff Said
Saturday, May 24, 2003

Lots of companies have photo profiles of their management teams.  Nothing wrong with it as long as you keep it in the corporate info area of the site.

Now, if you slapped a half-screen image of your mug on the home page...that might be a little megalomaniacal.  ;)

Norrick
Saturday, May 24, 2003

P.S.  NOBODY has an  ego bigger than Steve Jobs...












...except Larry Ellison.

Norrick
Saturday, May 24, 2003

Why would you waste any time/space on something that isn't relevant to promoting/selling your product?

It turns me off as a customer to see stuff like that on a web site.

sgf
Saturday, May 24, 2003

>> We've all seen the Wrox covers, right?

Unfortunately yes!  What the heck were they thinking?  There are people who won't buy their books simply because they have scary looking people on the covers.

Somebody
Saturday, May 24, 2003

Do you want to sell your software or yourself? Maybe you want to sell your consulting services and you're a well known person in the industry. In that case, you could put your picture.

But if you want to sell a product, put a screenshot/package instead of your picture. Even if you think you already have enough screenshots on your web-site.

Enjoy
Saturday, May 24, 2003

sometimes you have to sell yourself to sell your software.  would you rather buy a device driver from me or Linus? 

If you're good looking, and you're worth buying, put a picture up.  If you're not good looking, just put a blurb about who you are. 

victim, jr.
Saturday, May 24, 2003

Whenever I evaluate a potential company from which to purchase a product or a service, I always like to see a street address listed (no PO Box numbers, please), a photograph (or photographs) of real live people who work there, and a photograph of the building/offices where the company is located.  Seeing all this builds my trust.

So, to answer your question -- yes, absolutely, include a photograph of yourself.  I would suggest that you consider hiring a professional photographer.  A fuzzy, dark photograph won't help your cause.

J. D. Trollinger
Saturday, May 24, 2003

Put your picture as a watermark on all of your webpages.
That'll bring in the sales :)

Cletus
Saturday, May 24, 2003

"Put your picture as a watermark on all of your webpages.
That'll bring in the sales :)"

With the caption, underneath "buy me or bite me."

Brian R.
Saturday, May 24, 2003

As a surfer, the first thing I look for on a site is anything human: a bio, a picture, a real address - well I guess an address isn't human - but  I hate when a site seems to be hiding from me.

I consider the picture to be a worthwhile courtesy. Most folks do business with people. I'm certainly more willing to do busness with someone who'll show his/her face.

One businesslike picture should do the trick.

tk
Sunday, May 25, 2003

Making fun of the Wrox guys at Barnes and Noble is a favorite past-time for me and my girlfriend.  She often accuses me of secretly wanting to look like some of them.

However, a picture is worth a thousand words though, so why don't you just post your picture up and we'll tell you whether to post it or not?

I'm guessing you probably don't want to do that.

You could always try www.amihot.com ;^)

Wayne
Sunday, May 25, 2003

Do put up a brief biography (general industry experience etc.  See http://www.anarti.ca for examples of this done well.  Avoid large headshots - that's just scary. 

You could put up a small 3/4 shot of you at your desk, shot from above (4-6 feet elevation above the target) to get a good "I'm working but I have a neat desk and I'm not trying to make you look at my pores" shot.

Also, if you show your desk, get some graphs and screenshots or something interesting (perhaps some code) printouts on your desk so there's something interesting to look at.  Headshots in isolation are quite offputting - but seeing how you work, that's something else entirely.

(And no suit please!)

Lou
Sunday, May 25, 2003

Suit or no suit in a professional website portrait?

Pros: makes you look like you're in business and serious about providing a service. Projects maturity, reliability, and image. Any or all of these may be important if, for instance, you provide services in addition to a product.

Cons: mainly cited by programmers who resent anything having to do with style, image and panache. Mainly fueled by apparent resentment on the part of those who do not own a suit purchased in the last 10 years which fits, as well as professional jealousy against those who are more image and marketing minded.

See thread "When programmers attack" for more background. :-)

A LITTLE more seriously now: there is probably nothing the matter with a photo taken of you wearing a neat knit shirt or other business casual wear. But from everything I've heard, suits project confidence and maturity in 99.99% of the cases and can put your image over the top (in a positive way). The few who dislike suit pictures appear to have a personal axe to grind.

Bored Bystander
Sunday, May 25, 2003

If you DO end up going with a picture, make sure you pop open the yellow pages for a local photo studio.

Based on our company's experience, (when we put an employee photo into our "People Behind the Product" section in each of our newsletters) they will be able to shoot a digital image, touch it up, and provide it to you in about 24 to 48 hours.

The worst thing you could do is put an obviously amateur photo on your site. The investment of a hundred bucks or so in the professional photo will certainly pay for itself because of the credibility it will convey.

Dave
Sunday, May 25, 2003

And if you have to choose between the Autumn Evening and Day At The Beach backdrop, go with the Autumn Evening. Unless the beach happens to be in the Hamptons.

Just kidding.

www.marktaw.com
Sunday, May 25, 2003

Make sure you've wearing a pair of those glasses with bloodshot eye balls hanging on a spring.

That'll rake in the cash.

Realist
Monday, May 26, 2003

I think he should dress like this.

http://images.google.com/images?q=agent+smith

www.MarkTAW.com
Monday, May 26, 2003

Just a note about the "No suit" comment I made previously, I have often found that pictures of programmers in suits look horrible - bad suit poorly tailored that doesn't hang right.

Now if you have a well tailored nice suit, go for it - just make sure you wear a non-white shirt (it will make your face fade) and wear a bright blue or red tie (to make it pop).  Pretty simple stuff I think.

Lou
Monday, May 26, 2003

Lou, if the portrait is just head and shoulders as most studio professional portraits are, the image isn't really going to show how the suit hangs on the body all that much. Given the right composition, I think just about any man will look better in a suit than in a casual shirt/jacket.

(re: agent Smith - LOL)

Bored Bystander
Monday, May 26, 2003

I'm a bit of an amatuer photographer, so let me share a few tricks with your portrait project a low-key, professional image:

- For a head and shoulders shot, a suit isn't required - in fact, it may even appear a little too formal. You want to look smart and professional, yet approachable. So I suggest just wearing neatly pressed dress shirt without a tie, or some other collared shirt.

- Go with black and white rather than colour - black and white is generally more flattering (you see this trick used quite often in online personals for a reason). 

- Good lighting makes a huge difference - good lighting will be soft, with no harsh shadows, no shiny spots, no blown out highlights, etc.

- Since the image will be displayed on the screen, you probably won't be able to fit a lot into it and still keep it a reasonable (i.e. non-egotistic) size, so you may not be able to use props as suggested by other posts.

By all means, don't be afraid to try doing one yourself, but make sure you take a moment to educate yourself about what constitutes a good picture. 

There's a lot of work involved in getting the image right so you might want to get the shot done by a professional portrait photographer. Let him know that you want to project a professional business-like image, and ask to see his or her portfolio - you don't want some schmo that wants to just plop you down in the studio, take two passport style shots and get you out the door as fast as possibe. Beware of any that rely excessively on soft-focus (personally I think soft focus only belongs in wedding photos and the like - or should only be an absolute last resort when make-up, lighting, etc hasn't improved the subject sufficiently).

PS: Why not just put a stock photo of a ultra-good looking model on there and pretend it's you? :-)

Rob
Monday, May 26, 2003

I think he should go with:

CEO      [Agent Smith pic]


CIO      [Agent Smith pic]


VP Finance [Agent Smith pic]


etc....

Philo

Philo
Monday, May 26, 2003

And use a long lens. Zoom lenses are flattering.

I saw this picture of Jack Nicholson once that took it so far that the tip of his nose and the backs of his ears were both out of focus - extremely narrow depth of field. the photographer was probably on the other side of the room.

Have you found any websites or photos you want to emulate? Try calling up some corporations and getting their annual report & looking at the photos of the CEO's. What's the composition like? What are they wearing? What's the background (pure white?) Here are some fortune 500 companies executive section... on 3 of the top 5's websites I couldn't find fotos of their executives.

http://www.citigroup.com/citigroup/corporate/businessheads/index.htm

http://www.gm.com/company/investor_information/stockholder_info/corp_gov/

http://www.ge.com/en/company/companyinfo/executivebios/executive_bios.htm

And a couple of tech sites for good measure:

http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/default.asp

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/bod/

http://www.oracle.com/corporate/index.html?exebio.html

http://www.redhat.com/about/corporate/team/

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, May 27, 2003

People screen based on looks. For this reason, putting your picture on a CV/resume is considered A Bad Idea regardless of how you look. May not be the same for commercial endeavours, but if this is a one-man company you are not very far away from a job applicant in terms of getting business.

I would say nay.

Richard
Tuesday, May 27, 2003


What about these ?  ;-)



http://www.dperry.com/images/photos/xcopter.jpg

http://www.dperry.com/images/photos/mhouse.jpg

http://www.dperry.com/images/photos/mhouse.jpg

CEO & Lead Software Engineer
Tuesday, May 27, 2003

> http://www.dperry.com/images/photos/xcopter.jpg

Too glitzy. "Professionals" don't show off their cars.

http://www.dperry.com/images/photos/mhouse.jpg

Put some clothes on. You're not auditioningn for Days or Our Lives.

dperry.com breaks on opera.

www.MarkTAW.com
Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Dave Perry is a computer game designer. Normal rules don't apply to him. :-)

Chris Nahr
Thursday, May 29, 2003

Holy Cheeseballs, Batman!

What look are you going for?

"Dotcom CEO circa-2000"?

The Word
Thursday, June 12, 2003

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