Everyone says they’ll get around to capturing their family history and life stories “someday.” We don’t mean just names on our family tree, or who was born when. We mean the stories our family tree would tell if it could talk. People share glimpses of their lives across social media, or capture their personal history in journals. But these glimpses remain scattered, disorganized, and not easily accessible to those who would most appreciate them. 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.”
This is where Kinfo comes in. Once you’ve created a profile, it’s just a few steps to tell, save, and share your life story. It’s that easy. (Not ready to tell your life story? Use Kinfo just to help your family and friends get to know you better!)
And that is how Kinfo helps change “someday”…to today.
How does Kinfo work?
If you can record a video on your laptop or tablet, you can use Kinfo to tell, save and share your life story for your family to appreciate now and for years to come. Don’t believe us? Check out the nifty infographic here to get a sense of the process.
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. (As it happens, 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, we felt, a sign to keep working as hard as we could to bring Kinfo to life.)
In mid-2020, we began working with a fantastic software developer and signing up potential test users for our demo. Very quickly we had more interest than we’d planned! The demo will run through December 13, 2020, and we expect to bring Kinfo to the marketplace in mid-2021.
From our founder
“We are so excited to be launching our first round of testing this fall! Simply put, I created Kinfo in 2019 as a way to honor two of my grandparents, who had died a few years prior. At the time of their passing, I realized there were so many questions I never got the chance to ask them – and it broke my heart when it hit me that I’d lost that chance forever. 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, grandparents, or other people they loved had passed, Kinfo took shape. And here we are! Thank you for being a part of our journey. It’s an honor to help you save and share your stories, in your own way, for your loved ones to appreciate now and cherish for years to come.” – Janine Iamunno, November 2020