is a website dedicated to helping you remove image backgrounds as quickly and painlessly as possible. It is owned and operated by Cedar Lake Ventures, Inc.

Cedar Lake Ventures, Inc is a small software development company based in San Francisco, California. We develop, own, and operate a portfolio of web sites, interactive web-based tools, desktop software, and web APIs.


The people behind Cedar Lake Ventures are:

James Diebel

Born and raised in Wisconsin, James lived in the San Francisco Bay Area from 2003 to 2014 and presently resides in suburban Minneapolis. He holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics, and Mathematics from University of Wisconsin, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.

James Diebel started the research project that led to Vector Magic, Cedar Lake Venture's first website, as a graduate student at Stanford University.

Jacob Norda

Born and raised in Sweden, Jacob has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001. He holds a Master's in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from Linköping Insitute of Technology, one year of which was spent on a scholarship at Stanford University.

Jacob worked as a software engineer at Rosum Inc (now defunct), a geolocation startup in 2001/2002, then moved on to Trimble Navigation, first as a software engineer and subsequently software manager. After four and half years there he teamed up with James Diebel on the research project that led to Vector Magic, Cedar Lake Venture's first website.

Orna Kretchmer

Born and raised in Israel, Orna has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999. She holds a bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biology, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, followed by post-doctorate research at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, where she conducted Bioinformatics research.

Orna joined Cedar Lake Ventures in 2013.


Vector Magic Bitmap to Vector Conversion

Fully automatic bitmap to vector conversion in one convenient website - just upload your bitmap logo and get it vectorized in a matter of seconds.

Great for all forms of printing, embroidery, signage and more.

Clipping Magic Remove Image Backgrounds

Instantly remove image backgrounds online: upload an image, mark some of the foreground green, some of the background red, and the website figures out the precise cutout.

Super convenient for e-commerce product shots, marketing materials, and more.

WeatherSpark Beautiful Weather Graphs And Maps

An innovative weather dashboard with interactive maps and graphs, incorporating the full history, averages and forecasts for any location on earth.

In-depth weather reports give you the full scoop on what the weather is typically like in any location - a great resource for trip and event planning.

AskGeo Location to Information API & Library

AskGeo provides a simple, fast, and accurate Web API and Java & .NET Libraries for getting relevant information based on a location (latitude, longitude).

The flagship API provides an accurate time zone identifier for any latitude and longitude on earth.

Cedar Lake Ventures Billing And Account Management is a billing and account management service for web properties owned by Cedar Lake Ventures, Inc.

This provides a smooth and uniform login and billing experience across our sites.

Statistical Atlas Demographic Reports For The United States

Detailed demographic information presented in charts and maps across all geographical levels of the United States, ranging from the entire nation down to the individual block.

Topics include race, ethnicity, ancestry, income, employment, educational attainment, and more.


The best way to reach us is by email at:

Our address is:

Cedar Lake Ventures, Inc.
4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

Our phone number is:

+1 415 230 2377

For fastest response, please contact us by email.

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