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Alison SansoneBy Alison Sansone
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Alison SansoneBy Alison Sansone
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About

The Cherry On Top

"Thank You" is hardly enough to express how grateful I am to those individuals that clicked on that button that says "Back This Project". It felt like a community of like-minded folks joining in a circle around a campfire, eager to hear a story unfold.

Our journey here has come to the end. A tenant I strive to live by is to value the journey itself and not the end result, which tends to reveal the most meaningful experiences in life! It's the marrow of life.

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ~G. K. Chesterton

Our immediate plan is to continue finishing the Storytelling App - after all, I have a 15 month old niece in San Francisco I need to bond with! We'd like to keep our backers in the loop as we move toward completion so email me direct if you'd like me to add you to my personal mailing list!

Questions, comments, creative input. I love it all. Email: Alison@betheremedia.com

BeThereBedtimeStories.com | Facebook | @BeThereCreator | LinkedIn

Hi Everyone!

I'm Alison Sansone and I'm here to talk about my big idea - Webtime Stories. More specifically I'm here to talk about why we want to deliver our video storytelling experience on the iPad. 

The Backstory 

I first launched my website - BeThereBedtimeStories.com - so that I could connect with my nieces, 2000 miles away in Chicago. I was working in video production at the time when I visited my first niece, and it was frustrating that my own family felt like I was a stranger! So that's when I came up with a way to share a bedtime story with her using video. Sure enough, after my first few Webtime Stories, she - and her little sister - were rushing to the door to greet me upon my next visit!

Here's how it works:

First, you choose a book from the bookshelf in my online store.
Second, read the story aloud in front of your webcam and we'll embed that video of you right onto the page of the children's e-book.
Last step, we'll email a link of your bedtime story to your child, so they can watch it anytime - any number of times.

Watch a Video Demo of Webtime Stories
Watch a Video Demo of Webtime Stories

But, like most products these days, we need an app for the iPad. And, we need a marketing budget to shine among the bazillion other apps in the App Store.

So that's where I bring you into my story. We're launching this campaign to help us finish our app and get the word out so we can grow!

Bedtime stories happen every night, and my technology has enabled me to bond with my nieces in a fun and entertaining way that is different from the other kids stuff in the App Store. I have no doubt your family will feel the same way!

Beyond the Bedtime Story

We want to continue to connect grandparents, parents away, military families and other aunties and uncles through the simple experience of storytelling - whether they're sitting at their computer or watching on an iPad in the backseat of a car or the couch. Wherever you want to be, we want your family to 'be there' too.

We have often thought of Be There Bedtime Stories as the 21st century version of the long distance phone call. Remember when AT&T encouraged us to 'Reach Out and Touch Someone'? We think doing it with a story is far more memorable. And since the experience is recorded, now you can reach future generations in your family!

In fact, we're coining the phrase 'Multi-Media Keepsake' so that you can 'be there' for those future generations. I have four treasured storytelling videos of my father reading to his granddaughters, on BeThereBedtimeStories.com, before he passed away last year. It's amazing for me to know that his recordings - and my recordings - will preserve this storytelling experience for future members of our family!

So now it's time to build an app for that...

Storytellers Need Stories

So far, we have over 200 books available in our online store from publishers and independent authors. There are so many great children's books out there and we're SUPER lucky and grateful to have some initial partners on board, offering really great stories for your families. We would not have made it this far without them! By developing an app we can provide a variety of ways for your family to enjoy the amazing content being created by smaller publishers and independent artists.

There's a storyteller in every one of us. Watch this 1 minute roll of sample storytellers from the web experience:

Why Kickstarter. Why Now.

Up until now I've relied on my own personal savings and the generosity of a few close friends and family to create the technology behind Be There Bedtime Stories for the web. Creating this technology to run on tablet devices for multiple households is a completely different project. 

The technology part of our campaign goal starts with the iPad. Every household has different technology and we want to make sure that if gram-ma reads a story on her desktop that her grandchild can watch that story on an iPad - or vice versa. Our platform uses Flash technology, so we are unable to deliver this experience in the Internet browser of an iPad.

What if the household has an Android tablet? Well, that's next. We're just getting started, with one goal at a time.

Marketing is an important follow up step! There are a BAZILLION apps in the App Store. We need a budget that will help us stand out, so that we can reach families that are far apart and let them know there's a new app that can connect them in a special way.

The explosion of tablets is only accelerating. So getting a boost from a source like Kickstarter helps to support our development costs and generates interest from people like you who are keeping a pulse of new, creative ideas in the marketplace.

Stretch Goals

In a galaxy far, far beyond our target goal...

Know this: We have clear goals for the future of storytelling. We have never been short on creative vision. With a moon shot Kickstarter campaign that raises funds beyond our modest goal, we can begin implementing some powerful features that will further enhance the storytelling experience, on our newly designed iPad app.

$50,000
So while our first goal is getting storytelling recordings to work from desktop to laptop to iPad, Android devices are the next step. We can shift our developer focus to take a look under the hood of other tablets and build a plan for Android devices such as: the Kindle Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook and Google Nexus - to name a few.

$70,000:
The LIVE Storytelling experience is the next obvious step in our development. Time zones are not always cooperative - and bath time is never on time. That's why we started with recordings as the foundational technology. But sharing a story with a live video feed will be a great interactive learning experience, as you can take turns reading aloud!

$100,000+:
How about Holographic Storytelling...? Why not! Princess Leia did it way back in the 70's! As you can see, the possibilities are endless when it comes to our goal of enabling your family to 'be there'

Okay, so holographic technology is probably not affordable quite yet. But a $100, 000 budget will enable us to grow our team in a way that will accelerate our vision. 

Publishing our own titles by working with independent authors and illustrators will be closer to reality than fantasy, with the right team in place. Additional product development for storytellers includes options such as sound effects, visual effects, audio only recordings, iPhone recordings, interactive learning, classroom deployment and more!

You might think I'm burying the lead, but growing our team means we can grow our giving. We've already sparked relationships with schools, literacy organizations and military family support organizations. Building these support channels is an important part of our vision to engage kids and families with a powerful form of technology.

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." ~Henry David Thoreau

About the Developers

Our development team has a day job of ensuring enterprise mobility strategies for fortune 100 financial institutions, life science and pharmaceutical companies and sales teams in retail and manufacturing. Meiotic, Inc. is behind the content management platform called vablet - a mobility solution for business

Paul Pacun, Founder and CEO of Meiotic, along with his rockstar team of programmers, are vested in our company with a personal passion behind our concept. Located in Irvine, CA the Meiotic team has been developing complex business technologies for over 13 years now.

The release of the iPad inspired Paul to focus his development resources in mobility, with the following mission in mind: 

"We believe that mobile devices will change the way people work. Our mission is to enhance that experience with more than just files and folders." 

The features of his mobility platform are specifically geared for securing sensitive content in financial systems and enabling seamless video media for enterprise sales teams. This experience in iOS development will ensure the proper handling of published content and the delivery of the rich, digital media connecting your family - as well as the protection and privacy of those special recordings! 

Previously a manager with the Deloitte Consulting Group, Paul subsequently spent more than a decade developing e-commerce sites and telephony projects. Leadership includes CTO positions with both a public and a private company, in addition to serving as Director of Electronic Marketing for over $2B of office / industrial / retail properties managed by CB Richard Ellis.

Paul holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Thanks again...

...for learning about my Storytelling Vision! We really appreciate your support!

About the Pledges

The links below will provide you with more information about some of the items that are provided as a part of your pledge:

To view other Storytellers in the web experience, click here

$67 Pledge

You'll receive a limited edition paperback version of this beautiful story, signed by the author Judy Rubin. It's the perfect rendition of the "Be There" intention, which made its debut on Be There Bedtime Stories. You'll also receive 2 Webtime Stories to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App.

To view When Mama Reads to Me, click here

$77 Pledge

"Grambo", a colorful Grandma character with kick! This will be the first printing of this charming children's book, which made its debut on Be There Bedtime Stories. Each copy will be signed by the author, Beth Navarro. Add to that 2 Free Webtime Stories to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App and Bronze Tier level status on the Cyber-Hugs page. Kudos for your support!

To view Grambo, click here

Be There Bedtime Stories Cast of Characters:
If you like your name represented in the form of an ear-muff donning Walrus or a paper chomping Goat, then this is the pledge for you! Your character will appear in a future marketing promotion, be it Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween or Thanksgiving. Your newly named character will be headlined, along with the rest of the Kickstarter cast of characters, on a Featured Page on our Website. Confetti and balloons to be expected!  All this, in thanks, for your generous pledge of $325. 

Schoolhouse Rockin' It!

With a most generous contribution of $4500, a Storytelling expert from our team will visit a classroom in the community of your choice. We'll provide an entertaining, interactive storytelling experience and setup the classroom with a new 'Read Aloud Lab', complete with a new iPad! This learning experience includes lots of ideas on encouraging students to engage with the text and interact with the story. We'll even stick around for the day and help kids create recordings to share their newfound storytelling skills with family members that are fah, fah away. Turn your pledge into a classroom learning experience. 

We'll cover the travel costs to any classroom within the contiguous US and plan to spend up to one full day in a classroom of your choice. Every classroom and school is different, so you may want to check with  the teacher or principal of the school. If you have questions about our on-site storytelling experience or the 'Read Aloud Lab' then let us know and we can provide you with additional information that your school may require. 

Risks and challenges

We have a seasoned development team with pertinent experience building iOS apps and a track record of working with Apple. Our product development has already started so this campaign will help us accelerate the final steps needed to prepare for the AppStore.

Marketing is our biggest challenge, with so many apps in the AppStore - especially kids apps. Since we have already been awarded the Mom's Choice Award for our website as 'family friendly digital media' this will give some momentum from other reviewers already slated to give the app experience a test drive. We believe that the acceleration of tablets will enable traction of our app experience.

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    We will be extending a digital THANK YOU on the Cyber-Hugs page of our website and our eternal gratitude for jumping on board the storytelling express. You are part of the next generation of storytellers. Welcome aboard! Thank you kindly.

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    With your thoughtful pledge of $15 or more, you will receive one Webtime Story to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App. There are plenty of titles to choose from in our online store to read to any number of your nieces, nephews, grandkids or favorite little tots. You'll be surprised at how much fun you'll have hamming it up or embracing your inner raconteur. Cyber-Hugs thank you coming your way!

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    EARLY BIRD Special!

    We like to reward enthusiasm here at Be There Bedtime Stories. If you are one of the first 50 early adopters we will be giving away 2 Webtime Stories for you to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App for the knockout deal of $22. Your name will also be included at the Bronze Tier level on the Cyber-Hugs page of our website. A big thank you shout out and I click my heels with equal vim and vigor!

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    Double Down Storytelling!

    With a handsome pledge of $30 or more, you will receive 2 Webtime Stories to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App. That's double the storytelling - double the FUN! Your name will be chiseled at the Bronze Tier level on the Cyber-Hugs page of our Website. Much obliged for your generosity!

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    Storyteller Included

    Yessirree, a personalized Webtime Story from 'Aunt Ali' to your child! Maybe your storytellers are camera shy, or you just need a bit of inspiration for yourself - I can help! I will send your child[ren] a video bedtime story of your choosing, complete with a personalized greeting and mention of one of their favorite things. Sharing a story and sparking a child's imagination with magical illustrations is my favorite part of this job. Honestly, this is the icing on the cake for me! Please, oh pleeeeeeze, choose this pledge! You can safely imagine cartwheels of thank yous and listing on the Bronze Tier level of our Cyber-Hugs page, for sure.

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    "When Mama Reads to Me"

    We're going old school with a printed copy of one of our beloved published titles: "When Mama Reads to Me". You'll receive a Limited Edition paperback version of this beautiful story, signed by the author, Judy Rubin. It's the perfect rendition of the "Be There" intention, which made its debut on Be There Bedtime Stories. You'll also receive 2 Webtime Stories to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App. Add to that, our undying gratitude and appreciation on the Bronze Tier level of our Cyber-Hugs page.

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    "GRAMBO!"

    If you kick in a pledge of $77 or more you will receive a limited edition, hard cover, printed copy of "Grambo", a colorful Grandma character with kick. This will be the first printing of this charming children's book, which made its debut on Be There Bedtime Stories. Each copy will be signed by the author, Beth Navarro. Add to that, 2 Webtime Stories to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App and Bronze Tier level status on the Cyber-Hugs page. Kudos for your support!

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    Gift Givers/Family Pack

    10 stories to share in a variety of special ways! Share the experience among many family members or give your stories away to Military Families at Blue Star Families. This is a great package for grammy-bloggers, teachers or entertainers - read the 10 stories yourself as entertaining and engaging content on your blog for any child to enjoy. Love and thanks times infinity from us and Silver Tier level kudos on our Cyber-Hugs page.

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    You're Such a Character!

    We're getting personal at the $325 or greater pledge level. We will name one of our existing Be There characters after you (Nicknames, when fitting, will be applied). If you like your name represented in the form of an earmuff donning Walrus or a paper chomping Goat, then this is the pledge for you! Your character will appear in a future marketing promotion, be it Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween or Thanksgiving. Plus you will receive 4 Webtime Stories to give away or enjoy yourself on our newly designed Be There! App. Super-sized Thank You at the Silver Tier level on the Cyber-Hugs page.

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    You're LITERALLY Such a Character!

    We will name a character after you in a children's book exclusively published on Be There Bedtime Stories. A nickname or a Nom de Plume is optional. You'll receive a Limited Edition hardback copy of the completed book - signed by the author and the illustrator! Unique and fun and fully transferrable. It's our right-brained way of expressing our thanks. We love flexing our creativity and giving opportunities to artists that we love. Add 4 Webtime Stories to give away or enjoy yourself on our newly designed Be There! App. Silver Tier kudos on our Cyber-Hugs page and printed credit on the inside cover the book.

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    Maximum MIni

    Dig deep for a pledge of $1000 or greater and receive a 16GB iPad mini along with 6 Webtime Stories to enjoy on our newly designed Be There! App. The iPad Mini is perfect for mini people - kids! And the Be There! App is the perfect way to connect. Start crafting your storyteller style or turn young readers into storytellers. Puppets, hats with feathers and funny glasses sold separately. Gold Tier level on the Cyber-Hugs page and one thousand and one thanks for your generosity at this level!

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    Your Majesty of Generosityland

    With your GINORMOUS pledge of $2500 or more, you will receive a most honored status of His or Her Majesty of Generosityland, as personally listed on the homepage of our website (Royal entrance, fanfare trumpets implied). You'll receive a Wi-Fi 32GB iPad with Retina Display along with ALL of the benefits of the previous tier! You might give the iPad Mini to the child you want to read to, so you'll both be ready for this new storytelling experience! Gold Tier level regards on the Cyber-Hugs page. Thank you. Thank you. A million times THANK YOU!

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    Schoolhouse Rockin'!

    See important update to this pledge in the main section - we're doubling this offer to 2 classrooms! With a most generous contribution of $4500, a Storytelling expert from our team will visit a classroom in the community of your choice. We'll provide an entertaining, interactive storytelling experience and setup the classroom with a new 'Read Aloud Lab', complete with a new iPad! This learning experience includes lots of ideas on encouraging students to engage with the text and interact with the story. We'll even stick around for the day and help kids create recordings to share their newfound storytelling skills with family members fah, fah away. Turn your pledge into a classroom learning experience. Platinum level status at the top of the Cyber-Hugs page and our undying gratitude for your thoughtful pledge! More info included in our story to the left.

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