My wife and I were at the hospital, and the doctor handed me our minutes old newborn son.
It’s impossible to describe the elation, wonder, and anxiety I felt while holding our baby. There really is nothing to prepare you for having children. Some days are unbelievably amazing. Others are totally exhausting and stretch you to your breaking point.
Many days are both.
Even when you think you know how things will be, you realize you actually had no idea.
One change that really stood out to me was how our picture taking behavior changed. Almost immediately, we were taking more than 20 times the numbers of pictures and videos as we did before having kids. Years later, the situation is unchanged. Before kids, most of our pictures were from vacations, and mostly taken by my wife. Now we both take an equal number of pictures and videos…and we do it every single day.
The result is a whole host of new problems we never had before. For example, every 6 weeks or so my wife brings me her phone and says “I can’t take any more pictures. My phone is full. Can you fix it?” And what I do is copy everything off her phone into a file folder…and then we effectively never see it again.
Watching this process unfold, I noticed we were accumulating tens of thousands of images that we had no easy way to access or enjoy. All these amazing moments and memories in our lives, locked away where no one can see them. Instead of having a physical shoebox with photos in it, we had a giant digital shoebox. In some ways, our digital shoebox is even worse than a real shoebox because it’s virtually unlimited in size. And my wife has often said that if she had to find any of our pictures on her own, she would have no idea where to even start.
What we want is for all these great moments to be part of our lives every day. Without organizing. Without work. Without scheduling an entire Saturday afternoon, and without opening apps and logging in to web sites. Effortlessly. Woven into the fabric of our home, like the artwork on our walls. What we want is simply an easy way to enjoy our videos and pictures.
We searched and searched for possible solutions, but in the end couldn’t find one that does what we want.
We want something that effortlessly brings together all our family’s pictures and videos (from iPhone, Android or any other camera), auto-tags and auto-organizes them, and makes private sharing one click easy.
We want our pictures and videos to be delivered continuously to a beautiful, permanent and dedicated place in our home. Like art or music, creating visual ambience and an emotional tone that fits our mood and decor.
We want a never-ending slideshow, but we don’t want random. We want automated and continuously updated intelligent curation. We want contextual relevance. Is it our daughter’s birthday this week? Over-index for our daughter and her past birthdays. Is it near our anniversary? Over-index for past anniversaries and pictures from our wedding. Is it cold outside? Maybe emphasize skiing and holiday pictures. Hot? Beach vacations. Or maybe the reverse sometimes…
Effortless. Seamless. Without friction.
Memories of our best moments woven into the whitespaces of our life.
And so we created Fireside.
We’ve been surprised at how valuable we find it. How it surfaces amazing moments. Facilitates telling stories. Makes us smile. And connects our family.
Fireside is dedicated to my wife, Katy, to my 3 year old son, and to my 1 year old daughter. They’re the reason Fireside was started, and the reason I pour countless hours into making Fireside better.
But the reason Fireside exists is the amazing team of designers, engineers, beta customers, investors and countless others who believe in what we’re doing and are helping to make it happen. My special thanks to each and every one of you.
If the problems we’ve faced in enjoying our pictures and videos resonate with you, please tell us your story!