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My Interview on Startups Live TV

Posted by Paul on March 20, 2009

logoTalking with Dennis Lankes yesterday on Startups Live TV gave me some renewed focus on our end goal with arcalife. Our aim is to unite past, present and futures families using memories, experiences and stories as a timeless bridge. To do this, we’ll need support from the genealogy community for their insight and knowledge, as well as a mainstream recognition and groundswell of buy-in to our site.

When you talk with people in the “tech biz” who see start-ups every day, it’s a real boost to hear that our site genuinely offers something new, different and fulfilling in the social networking and genealogy space. Our membership is already expanding rapidly and the team has high hopes for a true explosion of interest. Our Life Cube application on Facebook is one of our steps in bringing our message to the world – your memories and stories are the most important thing you leave as a legacy, arcalife can help you do it right … after all, you only have one shot.

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Interview On Roots TV

Posted by Paul on March 17, 2009

One of the best things about our UK launch was actually meeting many of the people who support and lead the genealogy space. We have been following them over the last few months, but there is no substitute for actually meeting people face to face. We had many nice compliments from fellow members of the competitive community. This, coupled with a warm reception from many well established and well known Genealogists, made the “Who Do You Think You Are Live” show a very pleasurable experience for myself and the arcalife team.

The best thing of all was the recognition that arcalife is genuinely bringing something new to people. Now that I have watched it back, my interview with Dick Eastman and Megan Smolenyak for Roots TV reminded me how nice the welcome was.

Watch the full Roots TV interview here.

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Day One: Who Do You Think You Are Live 09

Posted by Paul on February 27, 2009

It’s been a great if a little tiring day at “Who do you think you are live 09”.

The day started well … with a few technical issues. Luckily, my brother AKA super Dave, was able to run the 3 miles to the store to buy the new cable we needed. It’s kind of hard to show your website with no demonstration screen!

The reception to our site has been extremely positive and it has been a good validation of our vision. We have probably had a couple of hundred people through the stand today and we are hoping for more tomorrow. Even with the hardcore genealogist set, there is a strong understanding of our messages – that their memories, as well as their research needs to live on. We are the only site out there that is doing this, I hope that they take the opportunity to take their research to new place and turn it into a true Digital Estate.

The show itself looks great. No tanks this year, but plenty of other great stuff to see and do. I have been really impressed with the organization of the event, although not sure exactly how many people have attended today, but the educated guess seems to be around the 3 thousand mark.

Tomorrow is another day, as they say. I am looking forward to hearing more great stories and memories from our guests on stand. If you are in the neighborhood please drop by and see us at stand 701.

If you happen to be on twitter, follow my random thoughts of the day.

And I’ve created a YouTube Channel as well and posting the event for you to get an intimate sense of all that’s happening…the man with a plan:

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Set Up Day At Who Do You Think You Are Live 09

Posted by Paul on February 26, 2009

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Your Digital Estate: arcalife Heading to Who Do You Think You Are in the UK

Posted by Paul on February 24, 2009

wdytyaThe coming week is an exciting prospect for arcalife.com. After months of work we finally get to air our wares to a large group of genealogists at Who Do You Think You Are in Olympia, London. The title of the show got me to thinking about just that exact thing.

Who do we think we are as a company, heading into a market that’s is very well established with some ostensibly successful companies ?

At least two clear messages keep coming back at me from the conversations I am having online and face to face, with those engaged in this space:

  • The first goes along the lines of the conversation I had this week with Tamura Jones; while the more established companies are doing well, there is significant room for improvement. It’s not always clear to those immersed in this world what those improvements should be, but as a company and as relative outsiders, I believe that we have an objective to feel as to what those gaps are.
  • The second is derived more from the grass roots or amateur family historian; no-one seems to have yet combined the social aspects of family, with the content richness of life and the ability to do research all in one spot.

arcalife-logo-betaI know that we have the tools, offerings and ideas to become highly successful in this space. Our intention is to build a community that is truly invested in immortalizing its memories and experiences on line, and bring together the idea of family in the past, the present and the future.

It remains to be seen how well, and how quickly our potential members will take to what we have done, and indeed the extent to which we can raise our voices above the cacophony. The opportunity to test our vision with the people that matter, is what makes this such an exciting coming week in the UK. Outside pundits and tech commentators, on shows like Spark, Digital Planet, Click and Get Connected seem to be aligned with the vision of a lasting Digital Estate, to immortalize your memories online, and consequently we are receiving attention from that community.

Hopefully that means that the timing is right for wider support. On a personal level, I cannot think of much that would be more rewarding than realizing this vision ……. and the things I can think of, are all to do with family and friends.

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Room For More

Posted by Paul on February 18, 2009

AmberShortly after making the decision to create a place in my life for a child, I started to consider my own place in the world. All the usual questions about contribution to society and personal success or failure came to mind. One question stuck: what would life be like for my kid when I wasn’t around? What legacy would I leave my offspring?

The obvious answers came first: I’d like for my daughter to be a good person, well educated, financially secure, and culturally aware.  So I built those goals into the long term plan, made a will and was satisfied….. that I had somewhat missed the point.  After that, I added all the precious items and memorabilia that I had acquired during my life and travels to my will.  This improved the situation a little and my mind turned to the important business of bottles and bouncing babies.

It was a short while later that my mother was diagnosed with bowel cancer, and the final piece of the puzzle dropped into view. The only things that really count are the memories, experiences and wisdom that are left behind. Typically when we think about heirlooms, we think about the tangible, but when you peel back the layers it’s the memories that you associate with these objects that bind you to them, rather than their aesthetics.

We have a unique opportunity, (a moment in history if you like), to harness the power of the nascent information age, and apply it to enhancing our emotional wealth. Having access to a family Digital Estate and all the wealth of wisdom and knowledge contained in it, is a powerful asset for our children in understanding and integrating into a complex society.  I, for one believe that in a world where the pace of change is so rapid knowing where you come from is as important as where you are headed.

In a recent interview on the CBC Radio show Spark, I talked with Nora about how the gift we leave to future generations can be a testament to our openness and a true recognition of the importance of a richer cultural and personal life record.

Sound a little cliché? Well maybe it is; but then isn’t life sometimes? with it’s mix “run of the mill” and almost unbelievable variation –  the question asked by Dominic on the Spark blog is, “… are we doing a good enough job at immortalizing our lives online?”   My question is, don’t future generations deserve to receive something that reflects the full range of our experiences from a unique point in our life history?

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