[DC’s Hottest Showcasing Startup] BestBequest Wants to Be Your Online Legacy Vault

May 16, 2013

10:37 am

What happens to your important documents and information after you die?   The ones that your family and close friends need to access.  It’s an uncomfortable question, but also a topic that needs to be confronted.  Odds are you don’t have a good answer.  The winner of last night’s Hottest Showcasing Startup at our DC Mixer, wants to change that.

BestBequest.com is a service that helps you prepare for life-changing events by storing your docs, photos/videos in world’s first digital LegacyVault.  Unlike Carbonite and Dropbox, BestBequest.com provides personalized encryption of data and does not allow third party applications to access the site.  The site operates on a freemium model, with their most expensive package costing $350/year.

Tech Cocktail caught up with Lauri Tamney, director global sales & marketing at BestBequest, to learn more about their service, her top startup advice, and to learn what it’s like starting up in DC.

Tech Cocktail: What common startup advice do you completely disagree with?

Lauri Tamney:  You can make it work on a shoestring budget is not the best advice. If you want to do it right the first time around make sure you have the proper funds in place.

lauri tamneyTech Cocktail: What trend are you excited about as a user or consumer?

Tamney:  Instant-Era’ is the latest tech term defined as the ability to require on-demand information quickly. The search evolution is quickly becoming a behavior of the past. We want the search done for us and receive that instant gratification and at the same time we have established the mindset ‘forget it, I’ll do it myself.’

Tech Cocktail: What keeps you motivated on the hard days?

Tamney:  We have developed a unique platform giving our users a way to privately and conveniently store details of their personal life, business affairs, last wishes, important documents, guidance videos, family history and digital media. Our users now have a place where all their data is safe from being lost, damaged or destroyed, and their digital legacy will be delivered to the people they have designated at the time they have determined. Knowing our technology is able to make a difference is what keeps me motivated.

Tech Cocktail: What do you wish someone had told you about startup life?

Tamney:  Get plenty of rest now because you’re going to need it working in the startup world.

Tech Cocktail: What’s the most encouraging sign of success you’ve seen so far?

Tamney:  When people sign up for the service, they suddenly realize how beneficial the platform is for them now and down the road for their families and loved ones.

Tech Cocktail: Why should I use BestBequest, in 140 characters or fewer?

Tamney:  BestBequest.com is a Private Digital Life Tech Company developing unique, cloud-based products for today’s digital world.

Tech Cocktail: What is the biggest advantage and disadvantage of starting up in DC?

Tamney:  Advantage – DC has established itself as a huge tech hub in the United States. The tech environment is extremely supportive. There are non-stop brainstorming, networking and other tech related events daily in there area which is beneficial to those of us who need or would like to help.

Disadvantage – There’s never enough time in the day making it tough to be in two places at once.

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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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