Butterfield was educated at St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, where he specialized in the philosophy of biology, cognitive science, and the philosophy of mind.
Ludicorp and Flickr
Butterfield co-founded the photo sharing website Flickr and its parent company Ludicorp with then-wife Caterina Fake. In March 2005 Ludicorp was acquired by Yahoo!, where Butterfield continued as the General Manager of Flickr until he left Yahoo on July 12, 2008.
In 2009 Butterfield co-founded a new company called Tiny Speck. Tiny Speck launched its first project, the massively multiplayer game Glitch, on September 27, 2011. Glitch was later closed due to its failure to attract a sufficiently large audience. The game world closed down on December 9, but the web site, with most of the content, is still available. In January 2013, it was announced that the company would make most of the game's art available under a Creative Commons license.
Awards and honors
In 2005, Butterfield was named one of Businessweek's Top 50 Leaders  in the entrepreneur category. He was also named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. In 2006, he was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In the same year, he appeared on the cover of Newsweek  magazine.
In November 2008, Butterfield received the Legacy Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria.
- Flickr Co-founders Join Mass Exodus From Yahoo
- Butterfields creative resignation letter addressed to Brad Garlinghouse.
- Kara Swisher. "Flickr Co-Founder Butterfield Talks About His New Game startup, Glitch". AllThingsD. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
- "A Flickr Founder's Glitch: Can A Game That Wants You To Play Nice Be A Blockbuster?". Fast Company. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- "Vancouver’s Tiny Speck puts massively multiplayer game Glitch online". Vancouver Sun. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2011-09-30.
- "Shuttered online game Glitch gets new life in the Creative Commons". BoingBoing. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
- "Glitch developer shares assets under Creative Commons license following closure of game". Polygon. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
- Tam, Donna, Flickr founder plans to kill company e-mails with Slack, retrieved 2013-11-26
- Thomas, Owen, Die, Email, Die! A Flickr Cofounder Aims To Cut Us All Some Slack, retrieved 2013-11-26
- Businessweek 2005 Top Leaders: Entrepreneurs
- "2005 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2005. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- Technology Review's TR35 2005
- 2006 Time 100[dead link]
- Newsweek cover image
- Newsweek cover story 'The New Wisdom of the Web'
- Flickr co-founder makes it big with an arts degree[dead link]
- Love, e-company style, CNN Money, September 12, 2007
- Devin Leonard (July 28, 2010). "What You Want: Flickr Creator Spins Addictive New Web Service". Wired magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
- Silicon Valley’s baby boom, Owen Thomas, Gawker, July 12, 2007
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