A new kind of mobile app for private household management
Our team in a few words
We are a young San Francisco Bay Area-based startup called Kindred, Inc., and we make an app called Kindred. We are using technology to build a product that makes life easier for the people that we care about.
Kindred in a few more words
Kindred is private central hub that allows you to connect and collaborate privately and productively on a daily basis with your family, roommates, or whoever makes up your household.
Kindred is accessible from anywhere with a data connection, allowing you and your family or roommates to be at home virtually everywhere.
Each feature within Kindred works harmoniously with the others to maximize daily planning, communication, and coordination efficiency. Use the vote to make daily decisions democratically; use tasks to assign and delegate daily chores and responsibilities openly; use the shopping list to coordinate on daily household needs effectively; and use the fridge door to post pictures, messages, locations, and art work intimately.
You can download Kindred on the App Store℠ today know what you think by giving it a rating and some feedback. We want to hear about features you would like to see improved, or maybe some that don't exist yet. As it stands, the app is very fundamental. As our Kickstarter campaign progresses, we hope to improve on it including releasing an Android version. Please keep reading for more information.
Kindred was founded on the premise of creating a diverse culture of collaboration. We aim to foster an environment where artists, technologists, and anyone with an interesting backstory and passion for the unconventional can come and contribute their expertise.
In a given 5-day work week, the average working American adult spends 58 hours away from the home.
If that same adult gets a generous 7 hours of sleep per night, that means that the adult has only 27 hours of other time during the 5-day work week, or 5.4 hours per day, to do things like commute to and from work, eat meals, go to the gym, or other leisure activities (A lot of time? No).
There are over 110 million households in the US with an average of 2-3 people per household.
We spend virtually no time during the work week together with the members of our household. Our schedules simply do not allow it.
Most planning, communication, and coordination done in American households isn't even done in person at all. Typically, we'll leave notes for each other or send texts and emails, or literally nothing at all.
What about the household? The people with whom we live and coexist? The temple in which we live? How high can we stack the dishes and let the garbage pile up? How long can we stare at an empty fridge and put off paying the rent? It seems that when we do encounter these things, there's almost always no one around to take responsibility. Do we constantly have to struggle with fairly fundamental tasks and go so far as to sometimes sacrifice those glorious two days during the weekend for household management? If only we could have organized, delegated, and chipped away at them during the week! If only we could find the time for even that!
The intuitive solution
It's time for a centralized solution for everything household-related that's simple, useful, and convenient. Since the American smartphone user already spends an average of one hour per day on their device, wouldn't it be possible to address the household's needs for at least two minutes of that time? With Kindred, we can monitor the household easily through delegation; all that is required is each members' participation. 1-2 minutes on Kindred per member per day can lead to up to 20 minutes of household-related productivity per member per day. If there are three of us living together, then we have already collectively done 5 hours of household related things--chores, shopping, anything--by the time the weekend rolls around.
20 minutes per day can mean two minutes here and 10 minutes there, and maybe 8 minutes before we go to bed. Those are minutes that we do have. If it's delegating who does what, there's a feature for that. If it's deciding on something important, there's a feature for that. If it's sharing a photo, picture, or location, there's a feature for that, too. If it's getting your money back for expenses like rent and groceries, there's a feature being built for that right now.
Kindred is a private household management tool, or intranet. It consists of a collection of fundamental daily use features that eliminate daily planning, communication, and coordination inefficiencies. Intranets exist for companies and businesses, but not necessarily for households, and certainly not on mobile. If a major corporation can benefit from private internal dialog, brainstorming, and productive interaction, then so can a household. There is every bit of room for a product like Kindred. It has the potential to be a keystone piece in the time management puzzle. We hope that as Kindred grows, we can make it more and more effective.
But it's not all about being productive
Not every moment should be spent trying to maximize efficiency. After all, we are human. The household certainly is a productive unit, but it is also a private and personal temple. The people we live with, be it our families or roommates, are people that we trust, love, and care about. That's why Kindred at its core is just a private space to have open and honest interactions with the most important people in our lives.
We've experimented with this and found that people trust Kindred because they intuitively understand it. For example, they are able to be entirely themselves on it because they know each and every person who will be seeing their information, but reluctant to share that same information with none-household individuals.
Family members and roommates have a special bond, and our homes provide us with the greatest sense of security that we will ever know. That's what we call the phenomenal sensation of being at home, and that is what we are striving to recreate each and every day with Kindred.
fridge door: The fridge door is a fundamental digitalization of your fridge door at home, with the extra advantages of being much lighter and much more versatile. The fridge door is divided into four subcategories: posts, shopping list, tasks, and vote.
Within the posts, you have the ability to add photos, drawings, your location, and text. Future additions will include the ability to add video and see integrated map view thumbnails of other household members' locations when they check in.
The shopping list allows users to add items that they need for the household. Everyone can add anything at anytime, and there's even a favorites feature for the most frequently purchased items. Future options will include the ability to add photos of items, as well as an "I'll get it!" feature.
Tasks is an event/chore/task list hybrid. Whether you have an appointment, a roommate owes you rent money, or the lawn needs to be mowed, add and share tasks with the entire household and get things done! In the future, tasks will incorporate photo options and the ability to sync with your Reminders and Calendar apps on your phone.
Vote is a way for household members to coordinate on daily decisions--yes, we are democratizing the household! Things like, what movie should we watch, where should we go to dinner tonight, etc. are all examples. Future features will include the ability to create multiple votes.
Kindred is equipped with push notifications, which keeps everyone in the household up to date and reminded about things at all times. Push notification settings can be changed within the application itself.
members: In the members feature, individual users are able to edit their own information and create their wish lists, a list consisting of up to three daily wishes.
iOS = the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads
Android = the operating system that powers Android smartphones
Objective-C = the programming language used to write iPhone/iPad apps
Java = the programming language used to write Android apps
Cross-platform = the ability to seamlessly span from iOS to Android and back.
What we'll do with the money
We will use the funds that we raise on Kickstarter to perfect the existing iOS version of Kindred by improving performance and adding new features, and then translating the entire app onto the Android platform. There is nothing more important than having a seamless experience, and that includes cross-platform compatibility. After all, there is no promising that everyone in your home or dorm room (or wherever you call home) has the same kind of smartphone.
We are mobile application developers ourselves, so we will be using these funds in order to commit ourselves to Kindred full-time (days, nights, weekends, however long it takes to get the job done). Our expenditures will include funds to feed ourselves, software, hardware, office space, and other goods and services that we do not yet own that will be necessary for further developing the application and our website landing page. With various cost estimates of the rewards that we are offering, we have concluded that any amount of $25,000 or above will be sufficient to complete the job and do it right. Our team is following the lean startup methodology, and we've accepted the challenge of trying to prove that it actually works. So far, we have exceeded every single one of our benchmarks in terms of product and performance delivery, and we intend on keeping that streak going. All in all, we are only asking for what we need, and nothing more.
Step 1: iOS - Initially, we plan to complete the remaining necessary improvements to the iOS version of Kindred. These improvements include application performance and enhancements on all existing features. Additionally, we are incorporating a peer-to-peer payment system that allows household members to reimburse each other for expenses via direct bank transfer. This feature, dubbed "piggy bank," is currently in the design stages. With the integration of a peer-to-peer payment system, the application must first be submitted for review by the third-party payment partner (we are leaning towards PayPal at this point). Once the app is approved, we will then need to submit it for review by Apple. This process can take up to two weeks.
Another feature that we will incorporate will be called "cookie jar," a new take on how you receive daily deals and discounts for products. Inviting household members will also get easier by allowing household administrators to access their Facebook accounts and phone's contacts during the invite process.
Another part of perfecting iOS will also include localizing the application to Spanish and German, and universalizing the application for use on iPads. iOS development will be done by Dexter and Steven, and art direction will be done by Emma (see our bio for more info).
The estimated time to complete the "perfection" of the iOS-based Kindred, including field testing, is approximately 8 weeks (and 10 weeks until it is available on the App Store℠).
Step 2: Android - Upon completing the iOS build, we intend to switch gears and focus on building out Kindred for the Android platform. Unlike iOS applications, which are built predominantly using the Objective-C programming language, Android applications are built using Java. Given that we will have an existing, fully-functioning iOS version, the design and flow will already exist. However, the code will have to be translated into Java and modified to fit Android-powered devices. This process is very timely, as we will want to mimic the features and functionality of the iOS version as closely as possible so as to create a seamless cross-platform user experience. Android development will be completed by Dexter and Steven, with the possible addition of a third developer. Art direction will continue to be done by Emma Rytoft. We will submit to Google Play and expect to deliver an Android version of Kindred by late November/early December.
Step 3: The web landing page - Our web page is under the domain, getkindredapp.com. Right now, there's nothing there! Although we will not be creating a web/desktop-based version of Kindred, we will be using our website to offer more information about our products and services. Web development will not be too difficult of a process, and we'll again do it ourselves (Dexter and Steven both started writing for the web before mobile). The construction of the landing page will occur simultaneously with the iOS and Android builds and will be launched once the Android build is complete.
Thank you for reading!
We appreciate you taking the time to look through our project profile. If Kindred is something that you think you would use, we'd love for you to download the application and give it a try. We are always looking for feedback on how to improve the experience of Kindred for you. If you believe in the concept as we do, we'd be very grateful for your contribution. Thank you in advance!
With mobile application software development there are always hurdles, including seemingly impossible bugs and design quagmires. During the production of our existing iPhone version of the app, we went nearly 6 weeks over our allotted build timeline. We learned a great many valuable lessons and have been able to improve our process dramatically
After our project is successfully funded, we intend to allocate all of our time to perfecting the Kindred concept and translating it to Android. Potential challenges that we may face include those similar to challenges faced before. Nevertheless, we are determined to see Kindred succeed. Thank you for your support!
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