Oakland Startup, The History Project, Raises $2M To Fabricate Digital Time Capsules of Household, Private Histories

After years of working in cell advertising and marketing, founder Niles Lichtenstein realized a field of data from his late father.

That compelled him to launch placing together recollections and online histories earlier, by documenting his mother’s lifestyles history and the very best doubtless arrangement he first met his spouse.

That developed into an interactive timeline the put he gentle songs from when he started relationship his spouse to sigh recordings of the couple recalling what it became once desire to sit down down all the very best doubtless arrangement throughout the desk from every completely different for the first time.

It became once a kind-of digital time tablet that he’s now changing proper into a firm called The History Project. The startup correct closed $2 million in investments with backers consist of The Fresh York Conditions apart from to Topic Ventures and Altpoint Ventures.

Lichtenstein acknowledged social networking web sites like Facebook are correct at surfacing what’s occurring for the time being. but they don’t fetch historical depth. Moreover shooting what’s occurring now, The History Project also specializing in digitizing offline thunder and rising a cloud storage product that lets customers uncover and curate private reports.

“A ton of our offline sources are vanishing,” acknowledged Lichtenstein.

These are reports that are multi-layered and present quite a lot of views. Lichtenstein’s legend of his first date alongside with his spouse has every of their narratives.

“Of us would love to leave quite a lot of reports so that you might presumably presumably be in a difficulty to fetch confirming and conflicting experiences of what took space,” he acknowledged. “Here is de facto about what’s your legend, no longer what’s your situation. The focus is on storytelling rather then placing in bits of media or thunder here or there.”

Along with his mother, he started pulling together the history of her early lifestyles, including what it became once desire to flee a pre-arranged marriage. Her total history incorporates the time in her formative years the put she frolicked with people of the Beat poets within the East Bay to how she met her husband.

“She called going through this course of — my revival of spirit. She even wrote herself a letter,” Lichtenstein acknowledged. “We’re in a difficulty to offer individuals who moment the put they’re in a difficulty to articulate.”

To procure distribution, The History Project has partnered with movie makers. They’ve a History Project fable going for an HBO documentary in regards to the lifetime of Richard Holbrooke.

The firm has a freemium mannequin. There’s a self-carrier fraction the put you might presumably presumably be in a difficulty to place a timeline together yourself. Or there’s a paid model the put they’ll digitize a total bunch of sources for you starting at $295. An a long way more top class model will keep together a photobook, video and time tablet for $995.

Welcome to The History Project from Niles Lichtenstein on Vimeo.