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TELL - a storytelling app for families

Narrate and share stories with the kids you love. Treasure them forever.

TELL - a storytelling app for families

Narrate and share stories with the kids you love. Treasure them forever.

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The FIRST app to bring families closer together through revolutionary storytelling and digital voice interaction! TELL allows you to record and share incredible stories with the ones you love at the touch of a button.

Tell app screenshots

From narrating children’s bedtime stories like ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ to send to the kids, to sharing your own personal memories – like the day your child was born – TELL records your voice and places it alongside beautiful illustrations for your family to see and hear. With TELL, these treasured memories are kept safe forever to pass down through the generations.

Imagine the kids being able to hear how granddad met grandma, listening to their voices after they’ve gone, or connecting with them by reading a bedtime story when you’re stuck away on a business trip. TELL creates real, lasting connections in a way no other app can.

We turn screen time into family time.

Tell is so simple to use yet has so many benefits.

  • Simply download the App which comes pre-loaded with tons of beautifully illustrated children’s stories.
  • Choose a story, hit record and the app will capture your voice alongside beautiful illustrations. Or, you can also choose to tell a special memory of your own.
  • Share the story with the touch of a button - send it to your family anywhere in the world
  • The recipient will receive a notification saying that you have ‘sent a story’ – they open this and can listen anytime, anywhere and connect with you as if you are right there with them. 

For kids, nothing can beat a good story in the comfort of mum, dad or a grandparent's lap. We created TELL for all those times that’s not possible. When dad is stuck on a business trip, when mum is stuck in the office, when grandparents are living too far away, when kids don’t get to see their favourite aunt or uncle quite enough ...and instead spend too long on video games and useless apps. TELL creates real memories and builds a lasting connection between you and your family.

What if parents could feel good about the time their kids spend using apps? and be able to see what they're learning and reading?

Controlled screen-time is the key to children thriving and we built TELL as a family-friendly, parent-approved app that brings family members closer together, especially when they’re physically far apart.

Turn your kids' screen time into story time.

RECORD

At the press of a button, TELL helps you to create your own, unique library of stories for your kids and whole family to enjoy. The app is pre-loaded with the following:

  • Classic, timeless fairy tales
  • Contemporary classics
  • Ideas to tell your own creative stories, either made up, or your own special memories you want to share

You can give each story endless variations and we’ve worked with amazing illustrators from all over the world to create unique visuals to bring them to life. We’re even working on creating TELL Originals – stories created exclusively for the app.

At launch, 20 of our stories will be accompanied by amazing illustrations and with your help, the app will continue to get enriched with more illustrations as we go.

CREATE

The creative stories are the ones you tell yourself, and you can even invite others to tell them with you! All you need to do is tap record and ask questions like “tell me about when you met grandma”, “who is the most important person in your life” or “what are you proudest of”. Tell app helps you with suggestions and guidance.

You’ll be amazed at the wisdom and poetry that you’ll find in your family’s words.

Most people love to be listened to because it tells them how much their lives matter and TELL is built to preserve those memories.

Turn old photo books into living memories

Turn those old photo books into living memories with audio narration by the people who were there! Take the time to have conversations with people you care about and record them for posterity.

LISTEN

Bonus: out of the box, TELL app comes with a fantastic built-in audio-book library. All of the stories in the app already come narrated by Kara Tointon & a cast of friends that she's assembled specifically for the app.

Kara Tointon - on screen and on stage


In the app, you can create a storytelling circle for your family that includes grandparents, parents, siblings, kids and cousins, so everyone can record and share stories within the group. Create multiple circles for in-laws, friends, or even your kids’ class at school.

Everyone who’s invited into a circle can record and share stories with each other.


Every time someone likes a story you’ve sent them, they can record a short “thank you” video message to show their appreciation. Try to get the most likes in your family and be the storytelling champion!

You’ll love receiving your kids’ heartwarming thank you’s, love, and laughter.

Stories that you create and stories that you’ve been sent are yours to treasure forever and will always be available in your TELL library. This is not the last stop for stories. Stories in your library are meant to be shared with future generations. Make memories that will live on.

Love, Thank You’s. Laughter. And memories that will last forever. Guaranteed.

Tell app is really high-tech made simple, for any age, on any device.

 With native apps for iOS and Android, you can record and listen to stories anytime, anywhere, even on the go. Story time is no longer just a bedtime moment. Plug your phone or tablet to the car sound system and road trips will never be the same again listening to Grandpa’s old stories or Grandma singing songs!

Having a mobile app means being able to interview grandpa after Sunday lunch at his house and treasure the recording forever.

You’ll be amazed at the recording power packed inside your mobile device - clean audio to last a lifetime.

 We’re launching the English version of the app in November 2019 and hope to expand in 2020 with the versions in French, German, Scandinavian, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Arabic, each with their unique storytelling history and culture. We’ll make these stretch goals available as we reach our targets.

We are tirelessly working on gathering more stories -old and new- and working with the writers and authors to publish them to the app and bring them to your phone.

We need your help to bring our marvelous app to the world and make this a reality.

TELL also makes for a great gift, whether you’re gifting a one-off story to your grandchild or god-child, niece, nephew, or if you’re considering getting a subscription for a family-member. Give the gift of storytelling and create memories that will last for generations.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be the favorite uncle? The coolest aunt? The greatest dad? Just send a TELL story to a child you love or create a family group within the app to start sharing stories together.

We're all still kids deep down and love a good story!

Kara Tointon is an English mother and actress, with an extensive acting career on and off stage, from British soaps to Mister Selfridge and the Halcyon to Sound of Music Live and Man in the White Suit. She’s also the voice of dyslexia in the UK, including her work in the BBC documentary “Don’t Call Me Stupid” and with Dyslexia Action, and now co-founder of TELL.

Marius Jensen is Kara’s husband-to-be, father of their son Frey, a health industry entrepreneur and the visionary behind the TELL idea. He’s TELL’s main storyteller and CEO.

Christopher Esclapez is an engineer and holds an MBA degree from INSEAD. He’s built successful media companies and now manages everything operational in TELL, getting this show on the road!

Victor Asafov is a seasoned technical director, from building big companies' IT systems to mobile apps and websites in startup mode, he’s done it all. He manages TELL backstage, and is our trusted CTO.

In collaboration with our great team of app developers, writers and illustrators we've created an app that makes it extraordinarily easy for anyone to record a great story and send it to a loved one. This is an app that is for the entire world – whether you’re a child listening or someone telling.

We're nearly there and we need your help to put the finishing touches on the app itself and the story illustrations, to get this app out of development and onto your phone

Even a pledge as low as £5 gets you advance access & a trial month in the app, and we've included some really great rewards, some of which make you a real part of the TELL founding story. Look for them on this page.

Thank you for considering supporting our project, with your help we can bring storytelling to your family, on all devices, and we can inspire many more children to engage with stories in an exciting new way.

ONE MEMBERSHIP FOR EVERYTHING

Tell is free to try a few stories, but subscribers get unlimited access. Tell as many stories as you want and send them to as many people as you want.

GET IN FIRST, PAY LESS, FOR LIFE

By backing this campaign, you get membership for less than anyone ever will and you get access to the TELL app months before everyone else.

Best of all, if you go for the lifetime membership, you lock in a lifetime of recorded stories for yourself and family members for generations to come.

Risks and challenges

Upon successfully reaching our goal, TELL app will launch in December with about 50 stories, at least 20 will include illustrations... and so many more in the years to come. More funding means more stories, more illustrations, more languages! Thanks for your support.

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