Rumr Inc, a Cellular messaging focused startup which remaining year raised an $ 800,000 seed, led via Khosla Ventures‘ Ben Ling, to fund a series of initiatives, has now launched its third app — known as Stichy — this one taken with sharing multimedia Content within Groups.
Rumr’s founder is James Jerlecki, who brings a historical past in messaging to the trade, having previously labored for textPlus. Jerlecki kicked off Rumr Inc with an eponymous, anonymish crew messaging app rumr, launched in March this yr. The group followed that with the Slingshot-esque Shotclock, launched in August, which grew to become picture sharing into a reputation contest by the use of gamified ephemeral antics.
Their 1/3 effort, Stichy, feels as if it has a little less zeitgeisty buzz and somewhat extra substance to it than either of its predecessors, given it’s addressing what’s — as a minimum moderately talking — a bit of a pain-level: sharing photos of the identical experience, similar to a Celebration, taken by using totally different folks at the event. Albeit it’s competing with Fb on the team social picture sharing front, However with a tighter body — making an allowance for More Uncomplicated sharing within smaller Teams.
“Collaborating on Cellular sucks,” writes Jerlecki in a Medium put up asserting the launch of Stichy. “I was at a chum’s birthday a number of weeks ago and on the finish of the night time, the fifteen of us spent 20 minutes seeing who had midway respectable photos and determining the right way to send the photographs to each other just so lets look at them. What’s your telephone quantity? Email them to me. Airdrop works better — it used to be a multitude!”
Stichy’s fix for this social sharing “mess” is an app that lets multiple folks make contributions multimedia Content Material (i.e. pictures and/or movies) to the same in-app interactive slideshow for More Straightforward group sharing.
Everybody who has been introduced to a particular Stichy can add stuff to the Stichy, and also comment, like, share and so forth. Content within a Stichy is ‘performed’ (i.e. displayed) in the order it was brought, very like a slideshow. Or users can swipe thru manually at a quicker speed. A Stichy may also be left open-ended for extra Content to keep being introduced, or closed off by using its creator — which means no extra new Content Material can also be introduced, However any current Content Material remains viewable and downloadable.
To ease media sharing outdoor the app, collaborators can save all the media within a Stichy, in spite of whether or not they took it themselves, so the pooled Content does now not remain locked up throughout the Stichy app’s Amazon Net Products And Services’ primarily based cloud storage locker. However possibly Stichy’s prepared contributors are waiving any copyright claims on their very own Content Material, given it’s shared by way of default with any others which can be delivered to that very same Stichy.
Although the primary use-case for Stichy is simplifying workforce sharing of media between family and friends, Jerlecki points out the app may be utilized by people trying to create a visual report of a particular job or factor, such as tracking their gymnasium progress, week by week. Or recording a seasonal view of their garden.
Requested how Rumr’s other apps are going, Jerlecki says greater than 100,000 photographs have been sent by the use of Shotclock because the app launched in August, with total views exceeding one million so far. So it’s evident that Rumr’s prior apps have not been viral smash-hits but. The crew will be hoping it’s onto something a bit of more in an instant sticky with Stichy.
As Well As Khosla’s Ling, Google Ventures‘ MG Siegler, who — disclosure alert — has been a columnist for TechCrunch (However had no input into this text), also participated in Rumr’s October 2013 funding spherical, together with Greycroft Partners, LA-primarily based angel investor Paige Craig, and Scott Lahman, textPlus founder and CEO.
Stichy is available as a free download on Android and iOS. It continues to be to be considered how Rumr could monetize usage, But most likely — if it may possibly build a high-quality Stichy group — there could be scope to monetize round paid cloud storage for greater resolution Content Material.
“While we do plan to maintain the carrier free, with the ability to retailer and share things at even greater resolutions in the case of pictures and videos is high of mind,” Jerlecki tells TechCrunch, once I ask about future earnings streams.
“I indisputably would no longer rule out charging or partnering with a cloud storage provider for one thing like that if we see customers beginning to have massive amounts of data saved on Stichy, But again vital to see how the community evolves and uses Stichy,” he provides.
“Right Now our center of attention is on making it straightforward for folk to collaborate on Cellular. There’s now not a whole lot available in the market that is really simple or enjoyable to make use of. We’ve considered the instrument used each methods by creating threads like foolish selfies and memes or like how I used it with my family on Thanksgiving to seize and create a story of a meaningful time in my existence.”