From our founder
“Simply put, I created Kinfo as a way to honor my beloved late grandparents. Upon their passing in 2014, I realized there were so many questions I never got the chance to ask them. I made a vow then and there to try to help other families avoid similar heartbreak. After a lot of brainstorming and refining, and the encouragement of many friends (and strangers!) who said they wished they’d had something like this before their parents or grandparents had passed, Kinfo took shape, and is, I believe, on its way to changing the way we tell, save, and share our stories with the people we love most.” – Janine Iamunno, October 2020
What Kinfo offers
We all say we’ll get around to documenting our life story or family history “someday.” We may capture bits and pieces of our lives across social media, or in journals, photo albums, scrapbooks or audio or video recordings. But years keep passing us by, and even when we do find the time and motivation to collect all of these bits and pieces into one safe, organized place, it can be overwhelming to know how and where to start. And then we’re back to doing it “someday.”
Kinfo will make it easy! If you can record a video on your laptop or tablet, you can use Kinfo to record, save and share your life story for your family to appreciate now and for years to come. It’s that easy. Your videos will be safe and secure, and with a quick click you can share them with your authorized loved ones. Our technology is meant to be as simple as possible, and our commitment to security and personal service is evident throughout the user experience.
And that is how Kinfo helps change “someday”…to today.
Our story so far
With the help of a mentor group at UNCW’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in early 2020, we applied for and won an NC IDEA MICRO grant that spring. (In a touching twist of fate, our founder’s one remaining grandparent passed away just days before we found out we’d won the grant. It was a powerful reminder of why we’re doing this…and to keep working as hard as we can to bring it to life.)
We began working with a fantastic software developer in the summer of 2020, and began to sign up potential test users for our demo – which we anticipate launching in November 2020.
How does Kinfo work?
If you can record a video with your computer or tablet, you already know how to use Kinfo!
Create your profile and sign in.
Visit My Storyboard – your ‘home base’ within the Kinfo site – to choose your story prompts. There are several categories from which to choose; enjoy browsing to find the prompts that most interest you! When you’re ready, click on the red circle to record, and respond to each prompt you’ve chosen. Just hit the red button again when you’re done.
If you’re happy with your response (you can view it to be sure!), you have now already saved part of your life story, and can securely share it with your loved ones via a link we’ll send them! You can also re-record your response, or delete the prompt from your storyboard if you no longer want to record a response.
We will never view your videos unless you reach out for help and we need to troubleshoot with you. Your videos will be stored in a secure Cloud server and accessible to absolutely no one except yourself and your authorized viewers (those with whom you’ve shared your videos). When Kinfo launches:
- users will also be able to authorize a “vault keeper” – someone who can access their videos if they are no longer able to do so.
- users will also receive detailed information on what happens if they choose to discontinue their subscription, and how to download their videos for safekeeping at that point. We will never delete your videos unless you have authorized us to do so.
Questions? Reach us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org!