Memories of your little one are now easier to store and organize thanks to Tinybeans, a technology based journaling system that can be accessed via the company’s app, website, and email platforms. Family and friends can view your photos minus the pitfalls of social media. Tinybeans’ can also be used as a virtual measuring stick by helping you keep track of your child’s growth and development.
Tinybeans will be at the 2017 Chicago Baby Show, on August 26 and 27, at Navy Pier, when the nation’s largest show for expectant and new families comes to Chicagoland. A family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler – from top products to trusted parenting experts – the Chicago Baby Show will welcome thousands of expectant and new parents from Chicago, the surrounding suburbs, and beyond!
Tickets to the Chicago Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
To learn more about Tinybeans, we spoke with Sarah-Jane Kurtini, the company’s co-founder and head of marketing.
For someone unfamiliar with Tinybeans, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
Tinybeans is a baby journal app for parents that helps them connect with family and raise their children. Parents use Tinybeans to organise their photos and videos, and track their children’s development. Tinybeans makes is easy to safely share those moments with family and close friends and avoid the dangers on social media. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and close friends and family receive updates and stay connected to a child’s life. Tinybeans is available through apps, the Tinybeans website, and email so it caters for all levels of technology use and is very grandparent-friendly. Many call it “the highlight of my day.” Tinybeans also shares personalised recommendations based on a child’s age and developmental stage to help families nurture their growth.
Tell us about the company’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
Stephen O’Young wanted to find a way to privately share photos of his newborn son with his family. He built Tinybeans as an easy way to share moments with loved ones and keep them connected to his family’s everyday life. At the same time, he wanted to help his eldest son overcome speech delays so developed Tinybeans further as an easy way to track developmental milestones and find the help and support his family needed.
He met Sarah-Jane Kurtini who had just moved to Sydney from the U.K. She completely understood the issue of keeping far away family connected and they launched the very first version of the app together in May 2012.
5 years later Tinybeans is a 5-star app in the App Store, has over 1.7 million users, and offices in both Sydney and New York.
What are the most popular and/or newest services from Tinybeans?
Parents love how private Tinybeans is. They can overshare with abandon knowing that the family and close friends following their journal won’t be rolling their eyes when they see lots of baby pictures. Tinybeans makes it super easy to track developmental milestones and measurements so parents are always on top of their child’s growth.
Our newest feature is Flashbacks which shows parents what their babies looked like on the same day in past months and years. We’ve been told parents have lost hours to Flashbacks reminiscing.
What sets Tinybeans apart from other photo sharing companies?
Our focus on making our users happy! Lots of big tech companies have automated responses and it is impossible to talk to a person. We know how precious moments and memories are so we respond to every email and request we receive. It’s especially important when we have so many grandparents using Tinybeans.
What can parents expect from Tinybeans at the Chicago Baby Show?
The Tinybeans app is free to download in the App Store and Google Play. We also have a Premium service that gives users access to heaps of extra features. We’re giving every parent who comes to our booth to sign up to Tinybeans a free subscription to Tinybeans Family Premium worth $24. We’ll also be giving away some cute merchandise and surprises. We can’t wait to meet the babies and parents of Chicago!
To learn more about Tinybeans, check out tinybeans.com.