FamilyMatch: Bringing Compatible Families Together
A Webservice To Identify Families Who Would Be An Excellent Match For Each Other To Build Healthy Communities And Go Beyond Playdates
FamilyMatch: Bringing Compatible Families Together
A Webservice To Identify Families Who Would Be An Excellent Match For Each Other To Build Healthy Communities And Go Beyond Playdates
FamilyMatch is currently being developed to be the world’s first Internet matching service for entire families to enhance their family social life and well-being. I.e. focused on providing parents a way to match both their children and themselves with other children and parents in their area who they would most likely develop meaningful bonds and community relations with.
It is a service for all families consisting of either single or coupled parents, along with any number of children, whose ages range from 1 to 13-years old, and who wish to improve the choices they have for socializing with other suitable families. The prototype site is planned to be completed within sixty (60) days after the end of this Kickstarter Campaign before going on to Beta testing thereafter .
Our aim is to have the best service, on and off the Web, for matching entire families with others who would not have otherwise met, in order to help build healthy community relations for children and adults alike. Simply put: Improve family and hence, human relations .
Let’s face it: Many times you will get together with a family who you hope and pray will be good for you and your kids. If you're lucky, the children will get along even if the adults don't. On the other hand, the adults may get along fine, but the kids don't. Then of course more often than not, neither the kids nor the adults are motivated to get back together with "that" family. But perhaps even more bothersome is how we must spend so much time and effort setting up today’s "playdates" and groups, then struggle to drag the father along, only to result in a temporary or superficial outing that no one cares to repeat.
There are other issues such as the time it takes to go through the conventional process of finding and meeting families, and we discuss this in more detail below .
Many of us are finding our families being isolated in our communities, even though there are hundreds of other families around us. On the one hand, we are limited to going on "play-dates" only with those who attend our school, church, mosque, synagogue or extra-curricular activities. On the other hand, even if we had a larger number of families to choose from, how would we know whether they are compatible with our interests and values or not?
What seems to add to the problem is the growing trend of using high-tech devices which appears to cause families to not only become more and more disconnected from other families, but even disconnected within their own. High-tech gadgets and technology are not bad in and of themselves, but the way we are using them, is frankly endangering our social relationships.
FamilyMatch is founded, operated and driven by parents who are confronting the dramatic changes that our modern-day world forces upon us. Parents who have lived, worked and even had their children enrolled in schools located in the United States, Australia, India, Pakistan, Dominican Republic and England. Not only did they find it time consuming and difficult to identify the right families to get together with, but they witnessed that around the globe, parents encounter the same issue.
Technology has changed the face and nature of families more than any other period in history. From children being connected to games and their friends through devices, to adults being plugged into their jobs as never before. These demands are put on us in ways that isolates us from having the healthy physical connections that families in the past enjoyed.
The Founders of FamilyMatch recognize this. Some of them have actually been directly part of the earliest online matching systems since 2010 and have now marshalled their experience and know-how to develop an online service that is designed to dramatically improve a family’s social and community life. So instead of letting technology diminish or eliminate your family’s social life, you can now use technology to intelligently expand or reduce your family’s orbit, versus letting it randomly shrink or grow it
Next, they spent 14 months conducting focus-group surveys of over 2600 parents which resulted in 98.3 claiming that they needed something like FamilyMatch to help them with finding suitable families whom they can be matched with. They collectively agreed that as long as FamilyMatch maintains the best possible security of their family's information that they would readily use and incorporate it into their lives.
The founders' aim is to use technology to give families the control to expand their family's orbit with families whom they would not otherwise be able to connect with. The system is in prototype, pre-Beta stage and is designed to not only more accurately identify those who would be suitable for each other, but to be a safer way for families to get together because they would have been pre-screened by FamilyMatch as well as yourself.
This is why we created FamilyMatch!
Step 1: Create A Profile;
Step 2: Fill Out Values & Characteristics Matching Survey;
Step 3: FamilyMatch's patented algorithm goes to work; and,
Step 4: Browse matching families and start planning family gatherings and events
Parents start by creating a FamilyMatch™ profile. All of this information will be backed by our absolute privacy guaranty. We will never share our users personal data with others, and even within FamilyMatch, only highly classified personnel shall have access to such under Board of Director supervision.
The Profile will consist of basic information such as name, single or coupled parents, number of children and other similar information. Once the profile is completed, you will then be ready to move on to the confidential FamilyMatch Survey.
Next, is the FamilyMatch survey where the foundational pre-screening takes place.
We will ask the parent(s) questions about their family's values, characteristics and qualities that will help our algorithm find the best family for yours. This information is not processed by humans, but our highly secured algorithm which has been developed by some of the best matching experts in the world. Our survey shall allow you to answer a few questions and save others for later, so that you are in control of how much time you spend on it. We also do not make these questions mandatory. You decide what you wish or do not wish to provide.
Note: The more our parents answer during the survey process, the more accurate your matches will be. Once you have made a family profile, our website will begin to analyze other families in your area.
You will never be forced to accept any family or even have your identity known to them. You will always be in control of the process at every stage.
We will present our FamilyMatch recommendations to you for you to make a choice of which families to get together with, or not. Once you have selected a family you will be able to access messaging and other features in order to establish contact. The choices will be to go at the pace that you and the other family is comfortable with. Some may be ready and willing to meet each other right away, others may need to go one step at a time. e.g. text or email each other for a period, before speaking on the phone then meeting at your own designated place or at a FamilyMatch event.
As an additional feature, we are developing a model where there will be FamilyMatch Events in each area that will be exclusive to FamilyMatch Members, which will be focused on family activities, relational work-ships, speakers and more, sponsored by FamilyMatch.
FamilyMatch is a convenient and time saving concept. Our Focus Groups have found that mothers, on average can spend 1 to 2 hours a day emailing, calling, and talking with other mothers to see when and where they can meet for playdates. After you become a FamilyMatch Member, each time that you wish to find a family to partner with will take a few minutes to find. Also, FamilyMatch's pre-screening process filters out surprises and cuts down on time to find families who have similar qualities and values as yours. This helps you avoid the trial-and-error playdates and focus on quality time spend in actual activities.
There are times when someone is more of a indoor piano playing-child and the other child that you "playdate" with, turns out to be an insatiable soccer fan. Ninety percent of the time this arrangement simply doesn’t work. The families end up in frustration with a feeling of wasting their time and resulting in not seeing each other again. Some times they ultimately they give up on the entire playdate scene itself.
Parents clearly need a way to minimize the effort it takes to find the right family and be able to do this at a time that they can control. FamilyMatch aims to encourage families to have more social interactions with great matches and become a family's personal Match-Maker!
First and foremost is the security of FamilyMatch users in general, particularly the children. We do live in a world where some bad-actors prey on children and women. We are guaranteeing that FamilyMatch will deploy the best means possible for preventing those types from being part of our system and if any slip through the cracks, to identify and terminate them right out of the system. We are partnering with national and international security background check companies to stand on the front line, and there will be other things used to identify them as well.
Concerning personal information: We will not sell any personal data about any family, nor will we give such away. Once we begin our Beta testing our system will be housed on the most secured servers in the world except for most governmental ones .
At this stage of our pre-launching into Beta testing, we are currently on open servers where our prototype is being developed. Part of the reason for this crowdfunding campaign is to position this technology to be deployed from one of the most secured Cloud system(s) in the world. e.g. Amazon Web Services (AWS) or google's storage platform.
Either one of these actually touts security that is beyond anything that the U.S. and other governments have for web security. We plan to actually issue a guaranty which will comment the company to paying any user whose data is breached.
Lastly, all of our personal data shall be encrypted within our system so that even if James Bond were to penetrate our system's security they would not have the encryption keys to unlock any information.
There are over a thousand matching services out there, but not a single one is helping families meet new families to build friendships. FamilyMatch is the very first service that is exclusively focused on bringing families together in hopes of improving family relations. Our challenge is to inform and capture the market before competitors arise.
Our founders have a unique background in working with technology to match lawyers and clients who need their services. We are using such knowledge and experience now to bring families an incredible and easy experience with a lifetime of reward through rich experiences.
Dr. Salma Merritt, MD, after spending several years in her medical career, was married to David Merritt and 2005. He was a former electronic engineer turned sales and marketing manager for LegalMatch.com, a site that focused on matching lawyers and clients together. He then launched a private company focused on bringing innovative children products to the market. Mother's 3rd Arm has been one of his greatest successes since 2009. Still selling at motherthirdarm.com and recently taken off of amazon and other retailers so he could put full attention on FamilyMatch.
They authored 20th Century American Struggle, 21st Century Hope, a non-fiction work focused on improving race, gender and culture relations in the U.S. After they completed their National book tour with Barnes & Noble and others--2007-2008--they had their first child and in about 2 more years their 2nd.
Both were novices on raising children, and both were very concerned about nurturing their kids. Salma worked as an in-home mom, prioritizing her children over her medical career. They agreed on finding a nurturing pre-K school for the children, experimented with homeschooling before joining a Parent Participating preschool. Ultimately they placed their kids in different private and charter schools before deciding on a unique, highly prized private elementary school.
The Merritts started with live-in nannies in the heart of Silicon Valley. They then agreed on finding nurturing pre-K schools for their kids, before getting involved in homeschooling which led to joining a Parent Participating preschool. Ultimately they placed their kids in charter then private schools.
In the end, no matter what type of schooling they did, there was always a growing difficulty in finding “the right” families to get together with. It was constantly a struggle. What was telling is the fact that they never met any parent who did not face the same struggles. Then finally, after meeting dozens of families who "wished that there was a better way" they commissioned numerous focus groups, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, who overwhelming wanted a tool which could truly help them.
Salma struggled with setting up “playdates.” it was not only the logistics of getting together with other families but most of the time the children’s were not really a good match for each other. It was also a struggle to encourage David to join her in family gatherings with others, as it was for other women to encourage their husband to be part of it.
The name FamilyMatch itself was obtained more than 20 years ago by co-founder Christina Stanbridge who founded and runs the London Nanny Company located in London and Kensignton, United Kingdom.
She did not imagine that the name FamilyMatch would be making history in the 21st Century as the first family matching web service in the world, but she was "tickled" to join the Founder's team. Her own personal and professional paths lead her heart to focus on providing a service that matched nannies to care for the elderly as well as children.
She and the Merritts met over the phone in 2017 and once she heard and felt the idea and motivation, she decided to join the effort before partnering with them to make FamilyMatch a reality.
For their part, the Merritts were mostly inspired by seeing and understanding how some countries maintain solid family relations among themselves and develop loving bonds with other family groups which are not biological tied to them. Comparing such to the Western countries in general and the United States in particular, they came to believe that a tool for matching the right families together would go a long way in bringing health to community relations .
Where Will The Funds Go?
● 40% Marketing
● 40% App & Web Development
● 10% Event Planning Costs
● 5% Referrals
● 5% Salary
Product Specific FAQs:
1. How secure will my family’s information be?
We live in a world where some bad-actors prey on children and women. At FamilyMatch not only do we understand this and willingly face this challenge, but we will guarantee that FamilyMatch will deploy the best means possible for preventing those types of folks from being part of our system.
If any predators slip through the cracks, we will identify and terminate them right out of the system. We are partnering with national and international security background check companies to work on the front lines to wall out predators from our system.
2. Can we pause our membership?
Going on vacation? Well you can pause your membership, but if you are an Elite Member, you can use FamilyMatch anywhere in the world.
Otherwise, if you wish to suspend your monthly payments, you can pause your monthly payments to fit your time. We understand that other life priorities take hold of your time (money) and you should not have to pay for an inactive subscription.
3. Can we upload photos of our families on our Familymatch profile?
Yes, you can upload photos on your Familymatch profile. Dare to share and let those selfies that consume your phone’s storage see the light of day!
4. How long does it take to build a Familymatch profile?
The profile itself takes anywhere from five to 10 minutes. The subsequent survey is where our algorithm comes alive to matching your family with others. No survey question is mandatory, but the more data you provide, the more accurate your FamilyMatch will be.
So it depends on how much time you’re willing to commit, but you are not required to commit it all in one sitting. You can choose to answer some questions in one sitting, and return later to answer more. Our system will save the place where you left off.
5. How long does it take to match with another family?
Once you have provided our algorithm in with the information you wish to provide, it will just time minutes for it to search our database before showing you who the best candidates are for your family. It is to your discretion whether or not you chose to message them and attempt to become BFFs (or Best Friends Forever)!
6. Why is it important for my children to socialize with other families?
Socialization is a key ingredient for personal growth and development of a child’s individuality. In order to share, set boundaries, and solve problem comes from socializing and interacting.
You can Google it and you’ll find thousands of experts elaborating on the importance of getting your child engaged with others. We as parents are not going to be with our children in all of their future interactions, so just as we provide them the best food to eat when raising them, we must also provide them the best opportunities that we can to equip them for the world which they are going to face.
7. Is FamilyMatch a socially conscious technology?
The whole reason why we created a FamilyMatch is to improve our communities. We know that technology has created separation from each other, so ironically, we are intentionally using technology in a way to bring us back into closer connection with one another.
Just as there are people focused on curing the cancer that cigarettes create, we need folks who can focus on improving the disconnections that technology produces.
Socializing with other families will also improve a personal relationships within the family as well as between each family in our communities.
8. What if I didn't like the family that I met with, but they are inviting us to meet again?
Our system Rules & Guidelines will set the boundaries on how family interactions should take place. One of the Rules will be on prerogative, so that when a family request another family to meet, and the second family declines, the first family will be obligated to respect that family’s space.
You can proceed to select other families that we have suggested for you and your family at any time. You should not have to settle for a family that just not the right fit.
9. What if I want to meet families unlike mine?
Yes, you can absolutely do that. We will match you based on preferences that you provide. We understand that sometimes you want to see what different minded people are like as you try to break from your daily norm. Who knows? They just might spark a new interest in you.
10.What is the best way to arrange the first meeting?
We recommend meeting in a public place, during the day while having a bite or participate in a mutually liked activity.
If you have been touched by FamilyMatch, but can’t financially back us at this time, please take the time to share with your network on your social media pages. It would really help us out. You can reach more people than you think. If you know any families that would like or need FamilyMatch, you can participate and give the membership or other gifts to them or simply let them know about this campaign. Our official hashtag is #FamilyMatchOfficial.
Risks and challenges
We have experience in producing past consumer products.
Even though this web service is not a physical product, we are aware of some of the challenges on delivering a final product to our client base.
In this case, we do have a working prototype which has to be finalized after funding. Good design takes time and experience which we have. We only expect small development delays if any. We have our own development teams who we are ready to contract once funding comes through, the be assured that if there are any delays we will inform all of our supporters of such.
Quality is really the main focus here. We don't want to rush and get an ineffective product completed. Once we achieve adequate funding, the final technical aspects shall be completed and we will launch our Beta testing which shall lead to our official launch.
We thank you for your support.
PLEASE NOTE FOR THOSE CONSIDERING WHETHER TO HIRE INVENTUREX: This was an InventureX project that failed. They promised to really get involved and "invest" inventureX in this project, convincing us that they would handle every aspect of a kickstarter campaign; however, in the end they take the money, use about 20% on the project and use the rest for their profit. Very poor contact and communication after they are paid.
They have been able to keep negative publicity from being reported on internet by other clients. We certainly do not mind spending money to advance our business, but what is disturbing is the misrepresentations and what appears to be fraud that they perpetrated against us. We had to come up with most of the materials, inventure X produces very little, and the stuff they produce is unprofessional from quality of videos down to massive misspelling and grammar errors that our staff had to constantly correct. They're not trying to help start ups get a start, but simply generates revenue from us.
They are very good in getting seemingly third parties to write praises about themselves and others. The third parties never actually checked out our services, but simply accepts money to write a good blog or report. Not an honest review at all. So its certain that they hire these Guns to present rosy picture about inventureX when they are in truth dishonest in what they can provide. So be careful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)