Look mommy, I made a picture of you! – your five-year-old smiles and runs towards you to proudly show his little artwork. You glance over it to see something that looks like a chubby orange dinosaur in a skirt, wearing a pair of glasses. Then you probably live through a few moments of inner questioning and doubting, wondering just how poor your self-perception is and how does your son actually see you.
Are your eyes really that tiny? Have those gym results been just an illusion? Why do you have only four fingers? Why the awkward haircut?
And what’s with the tail?
That’s your cape, mommy! – your offspring explains before you even ask. Then you look at your kid’s excited face and start laughing while being overwhelmed with love and joy. And while daddy thinks he got away with it, your little rascal proves him wrong: another artwork is brought to dad’s feet and he is surprised to find out he is indeed a walrus wearing a top hat.
Kids are really something. The way they perceive the world and develop their imagination is truly extraordinary and these moments of brilliance are exactly the things that make childhood memories so precious you want to keep them forever.
So, you’ve ended up with another piece of ingenious art to put on the fridge. But is it getting a bit crowded there?
As a parent, you are put in an unenviable position where you have to decide which art crafts and pictures created by your kids are worth keeping and which are those you need to throw away. It’s only rational as you simply don’t have enough space to store them all. But if you’re even slightly sentimental, you know this process can be heart-breaking and the chances of your home getting cluttered are pretty high.
Luckily for you, back in 2013 – one startup from California came up with the perfect solution. Introducing Keepy.me, an app that lets you save, organize, and share your kids’ memories in a fun way.
The New Level of Digital Scrapbooking
Keepy.me is much more than a simple app that enables you to store all your kids’ artifacts such as artwork, school papers, photos, A+ tests you’re proud of, etc. If you look at it from the right perspective, it is a unique way of watching your kid growing up through documenting the little things that matter.
As the team behind the idea explains,
Keepy is a guilt-free way to reduce the piles of your kids’ artwork while still capturing those special moments, so you can look back on them for years to come.
Technology has your back on this one as you can safely keep as many mementos as you like digitally, and forget all about messy storage rooms inside your house. In addition, all of the saved keepies have a date of the upload attached to them which creates a unique timeline of your kids’ creative moments and their progress. Once you go through the posted ones, you can actually relive those moments and use them as a time machine to travel through different years of your kids’ lives. Keyword tagging enables you to easily find a saved memento you’re looking for thanks to the effective filter search.
The mission of Keepy.me is warm and humane because it focuses on families and offers a simple and fun solution to a common problem. Not only that, but it also cherishes and uplifts the idea of socializing and communication as all family members can participate. Talk about underlining the well known saying – it takes a village to raise a child.
The app does not diminish the value of real-life photo albums and other material stuff we tend to get sentimental of. In fact, there is even a feature (Keepy Store) that allows you to print the memories you like the most as photobooks, canvases, magnets, or even order mugs, lunch boxes, and stuffed animals. It is simply a new way to keep track of your child’s important milestones or creative moments in life.
Special Features That Will Make You Say “Awwww”
Initially, Keepy.me launched an app as a tool to save different kinds of images and media of kids’ artwork but it soon became much more than that: a virtual album that can be shared with grandma and grandpa, or any other family members. It was built as a multi-generational platform that connects grandparents, parents, and kids.
My toddler makes at least 20 pieces of art on a daily basis, so after months of that, it was beginning to become a burden. But rather than throw it out, I’d put it on the fridge. I’d then get attached and be unable to let go. When the fridge got full, I moved some of the art to a “secondary location” for safekeeping.Writer and blogger Jessica F. Hinton, about the problem of hoarding her kid’s artwork
In case you’re a bit old-school and can’t seem to distinguish how Keppy.me beats traditional scrapbooking, we’ve got four words for you: video and voice recording.
While going through a regular photo album certainly makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside as you sigh with a nostalgic smile, Keepy.me allows you to save a voice recording of your kid explaining how he felt when he nailed that test in math class or a video of him scoring a winning goal at the first important soccer game.
It enriches the act of saving memories with various media formats and it doesn’t really aim to replace basement boxes filled with memories. It actually helps you sort things out and curate them more effectively. The app enables you to
- Save and organize your kid’s artwork, awards, and precious moments within a private timeline
- Use video and voice narration to enrich the uploaded content
- Share the content with family and friends while allowing them to comment and admire the mementos via comments in video, audio, and text format
- Save every piece of your kid’s childhood by auto-syncing to Dropbox so nothing gets lost in case of unfortunate events such as phone failures or thief
- Create a timeline for every family member so kids can learn the story of their lives too
Of course, we are all well-aware of the problem of online safety, especially when it comes to sharing the moments from your kid’s life. With Keepy.me, you can have a peace of your mind: you have your own private network and a web page where you’ll enjoy the highest level of safety. In addition, this is pretty useful if not all of your family members are smartphone users. Within the private network, you can easily update your extended family, friends, and all your loved ones (they are categorized as “fans” within Keepy.me) about the newest events in your kid’s life.
Reviews, Pricing, and Current Position of the App
Keepy is available for free download for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire users. However, the basic free version limits you with the number of uploads you can post per month to only five. Monthly and yearly plan give you unlimited number of posts for a reasonable pricing ($5.49 for monthly plan, $9.99 for yearly plan), and there are in-app purchases offered.
I talked to parents and found out that when you take a photo, it doesn’t have enough emotional feeling around it because the picture is blurry or unframed, or it’s just a piece of paper on the table. What we’re doing is taking tech into one place to build their family emotional timeline.Offir Gutelzon, CEO at Keepy.me
The app has great reviews along with an admirable rating of 4.2 on Google Play and 4+ on iTunes. With a friendly interface that enables easy navigation through the app, it is perfect for users that are a bit less tech-savvy too (like grandma and grandpa). The app is being regularly updated (e.g. bug fixes) for the smoothest user experience.
Reviews are extremely positive and what parents seem to appreciate the most is how extremely user-friendly and super organized the app is, along with all the lovely features that bring the family together. The newest generation of kids simply love the idea of getting their artwork and mementos digitized, which is not a surprise given the fact the technology plays such an important part of their upbringing.
Word of Advice For Startuppers From the CEO of Keepy.me
Back in the days, Keepy.me managed to raise $1.1 million from a group of angels across Silicon Valley, New York City, and Israel. According to the statistics on Google Play, it has been installed between 100.000 and 500.000 times!
If you’re an aspiring startupper wondering does the world really need your startup and you have an idea lurking in the back of your mind – it’s definitely time to take action. Your breakthrough-moment can happen when you least expect it, you just have to learn to listen and take advantage of it. After all, Keepy.me was inspired by artwork CEO’s son brought home.
Soak in the wisdom Offir Gutelzon shared with the Founder Stories:
The best advice is to fail fast. Usually, people are afraid to tell their stories, to tell their ideas to other people because they are afraid they will actually do it. What I say to people is – go ahead and talk it with as many people as you can. Because for sure, at least five or ten other people around the world are working on your idea right now.
This startup has made quite an impact and showed how we can use technology to bring people together, despite the negative opinions we’re getting allianted in the digital world. It’s another proof that it only matters how you use the given tools of the 21st century.
With the Keepy app, childhood memories can be saved in different formats and brought to life through both image and sounds. Family members that live abroad can be a part of one youngster growing up as they communicate with him, comment on posted content, and enjoy the miracle of life changes.
We pride ourselves that .ME has been a part of this startup’s online identity as this choice of domain gives the whole idea a more personal feel. A website is like a mandatory business ID in today’s digital world: when will you bring your startup online?
Dare to dream, brainstorm your domain name, and check if it is available by typing it in the .ME search box!