Two former executives from Ancestry.com have been working on a new startup web site, to be called YouWho.com. In fact, they have been working on it for a long time. I wrote about YouWho in the April 25, 2011 edition of this newsletter at http://goo.gl/xFpP0Z and then, in the October 19, 2011 newsletter at http://goo.gl/GnEjRR, I used a title of "YouWho is Close to Launch." That article turned out to be premature. Now, a report by Christina Farr in VentureBeat claims that YouWho is indeed about to launch.
Sound familiar? Maybe this time it is true.
Cofounders Tom Stockham and Andre Brummer say that YouWho.com will be a free and private web site of old family photos and documents, and linking them to family-members and direct descendants of the people in those photographs. By pulling metadata from each photo, and using facial recognition technology, YouWho’s team of engineers will attempt to link each photo to people who are connected to it in some way.
Users can contribute their own pictures and digitized documents and can restrict access to the images or make them visible to everyone. Users can even optionally charge fees before allowing someone else to view the images with the fees being divided between the person who uploaded the info and YouWho. No subscription is required.
These two cofounders do have a lot of experience in genealogy. Tom Stockham is a former Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com while Andre Brummer was a Senior Vice-President at the same company.
The company has already secured $5 million in seed funding from Silicon Valley-based venture firm Lightspeed Venture Partners, and is looking to raise additional capital.
You can learn more in the VentureBeat article at http://goo.gl/sav5Ld as well as from a YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfrcOrDH6_s or you can click on the video player below.