November 25, 2012
Just in time for the Holidays, Denver-based Birdbox offers one place to keep all your photos and videos. So, take as many pictures and videos as you want at family gatherings, holiday parties, and Santa sightings – Birdbox will help you take back your media and back it up where you want it.
Birdbox Community Manager Kent Riggs gives us a closer look at Birdbox below.
Tech Cocktail: Who does your startup target?
Riggs: “Birdbox targets anyone who is posting photos and videos to more than one location – whether it is to your camera roll, favorite social network, or an external hard drive. Birdbox simplifies photo and video sharing at events or with family and friends without changing your existing sharing preferences.”
Tech Cocktail: What was the inspiration behind Birdbox?
Riggs: “The idea for Birdbox was hatched when CEO Ben Nunez was trying to track down a photo for his mom on Mother’s Day but didn’t recall where, in the scattered mess of social networks, the picture could be found. As an experienced entrepreneur, Ben knew he had an opportunity to tame the chaos that is our fragmented photo sharing as we know it today. The best thing about working on Birdbox is the impact of retaining the memories, some of our most valuable possessions, in a simple way.”
Tech Cocktail: Who is your greatest competitor, and how do you differentiate yourself?
Riggs: “There are a lot of companies attacking the photo archival and organization space, looking retrospectively. Thislife.com is similar in organizing photos across multiple sites but does not address the need of being able to share with various family members or friends across any social channel.”
Tech Cocktail: What is the biggest advantage and disadvantage of starting up in Boulder?
Riggs: “The startup scene in Boulder is amazing! We’re surrounded by so much energy and positivity every day. We’re fortunate to have such a thriving startup culture where coffee shops, businesses, and bars are always buzzing with entrepreneurial activity. Not a night goes by when there isn’t an event to network or share knowledge.
The biggest challenge in Boulder is not one we’re currently faced with, and that is office space. Companies of larger sizes need to worry when they get big.”
Tech Cocktail: Describe a challenging moment Birdbox faced. How did you deal with it, and what did you learn from it?
Riggs: “Getting through TechStars! It’s a beast of a program that pushes you to your limits. It creates lots of challenges along the way, and accelerates (duh!) the process of getting your company going. It’s a startup experience like no other.”
Tech Cocktail: What’s one quirky fact about you, your team, or your office culture?
Riggs: “If anything, the Birdbox team is the definition of quirky. We embody most of the token startup personality types in that we’ve got the fearless leader CEO, the tactful and wise CTO, the brooding designer, the heads-down engineer, and the share-the-love community manager. We’d make a great sitcom!”
Birdbox was a featured startup at our Tech Cocktail Denver Mixer & Startup Showcase.
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