We want to change how we stock images online
We are a small group of passionate people who are on a mission
to simplify and improve the way we all use stock images online
Meet the team
Founder & CEO
Linda Lægreid Johannessen is CEO and founder at YAY.
"My goal is to create an innovative and driven company that customers love to use, people dream of working for, and partners know they can trust. And YAY is this company."
"When I'm not working, I love to explore new and old music, keep up with the latest news, read real books (like the kind made of paper!), and spend time with my friends and family. I hope to learn cross-country skiing this winter, as I might be the only Norwegian who doesn't know how!"
Founder & COO
Jan Ole Kjellesvig is founder and COO at YAY.
"I'm passionate about innovation and how technology can be used to change the status quo. YAY's edge as a business is that we can collectively decide on a plan and execute in a very short time."
"When I'm not thinking about YAY, I love to spend time with my family, cook elaborate dinners, and keep myself updated on politics and technology. I love squirreling away odd facts. Did you know that giving people something hot to hold, like a cup of coffee will give them warmer thoughts about you?"
Founder & CTO
Oddbjørn Sjøgren, known as Bjorn, is a founder and CTO at YAY.
"I've always been interested in the intersection of technology and business. I'm especially fascinated by how modern technology makes it possible for small groups of people to change the world. Currently this fascination is manifesting itself in my involvement in YAY which is trying to create a better fairer platform for image licensing."
"Playing soccer, biking, running, playing squash or any other activity that raises your pulse is my preferred way of spending any time I'm not working."
UI & UX Designer
Earl Varona is our awesome designer.
Artur Trocki is responsible for the backend at YAY Images. He is also developing the API.
Quality Control Specialist
Irina Gache is in charge of quality control of all our images. Irina studied Psychology but ended up working in the photo industry by mistake and loved it ever since. She has experience in both stock and editorial photo researching for magazines and advertising agencies. Irina is a photographer herself and an avid consumer of visual arts. Amongst her hobbies are long-boarding rides, reading and painting. Her favorite quote is: "Always seeing something, never seeing nothing, being a photographer” by Walter De Mulder.
Geir Ellefsen provides excellent advice on SEO, online marketing and analytics. He has broad experience from ecommerce, online businesses and public websites.
Sarah Von Bargen
Copywriter / Blogger/small>
Sarah Von Bargen has been getting paid to write for 14 years and blogging for six. Her clients include authors, psychologists, lawyers, restaurants, and even a few psychics. Her work has been featured on Forbes.com, Lifehacker, Glamour and Problogger named her one of 15 bloggers to watch in 2013.
Maria A. B. Engesaeth works with our partners to help them find the perfect image solution for their clients. She is a data driven Greek-Norwegian, living in Silicon Valley. She's passionate about UX and design driven by metrics. She's also known as a big sports fan.
"I'm interested in looking at how technology can simplify and streamline operations as well as be a democratizing force by enabling fair access."
Helena Slapø is our summer intern at Yay Images, working on exploring and connecting with potential partners. She is currently studying for her master degree at The Norwegian School of Economics and especially interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Some of her hobby´s are rowing and climbing, and just being as much as possible outdoors.