Ancestry.com for the living
Internet Software & Services
Lifeblink makes it easy to capture, organize and share life’s most memorable moments.
Currently, no platform exists for documenting a person’s legacy and preserving their family history.
Social networks are conversational and not historical, so important memories are buried amongst a bunch of meaningless posts, making them impossible to find.
Mass storage platforms are missing many important social features, charge storage fees, and important photos are difficult to search for.
Historical websites are focused on connecting with the past lives and are not concerned with documenting the living.
LifeBlink is creating a new industry called “Personal History.” It utilizes the best features from social media and mass photo storage platforms to document life.
Lifeblink is a free platform that allows users to easily import photos from their computer or capture memorable moments directly from the company’s phone app.
Moments are chronologically organized and categorized, making it easy to find and share. Lives can be created and managed for kids or for deceased family members.
Its proprietary software automatically builds a person’s family tree and connects them to their ancestors and decedents.
Some people consider Lifeblink the Ancestry.com for the living. The company itself thinks it’s the modern version of Wikipedia, but with content that’s chronologically organized, photo driven, and first person curated.
Lifeblink generates revenue through advertising. Its users create an endless stream of content and because of its focus on important moments, it believes that its user content is higher quality and will produce a stronger value for advertisers. As it states, “Knowing when someone is graduating from college, having a baby, or getting married is a lot more important than posting a quote or sharing a cat video.”
In addition, it plans on charging a fee for a premium version of the platform in the future.
Dave Girgenti – Founder & CEO
Dave has more than 20 years of marketing, advertising and design experience in both B2B and B2C industries.
He has 10 years of experience in technology development and UI/UX for desktop and mobile applications.
Formerly, he was the Founder of Hero Network, one of the first crowdfunding websites; and the Founder of the Wish Upon A Hero Foundation, a wish granting non-profit, where he has raised $1.5 million in donations.
He was also Partner and Chief Creative Officer at Izzia/CramerSweeney, where he focused on business development and client relations for Fortune 500 companies including JCPenny, Toys “R” Us, and Intel.
Dave has received many accolades in his professional career, including over 60 awards in marketing and advertising:
He is a NJBIZ Forty Under 40 recipient. He was awarded the “Hero of the Year Award” by the National Association of Women Business Owners. In 2009, he was recognized by ABC World News with Charles Gibson as the “Person of the Week”.
Dave had the pleasure to return to his alma mater, Rowan University, as the 2009 commencement speaker. In 2012, the university honored Dave with its “Distinguished Alumni Award.”
Dave was recognized by the State of New Jersey as a “New Jersey Hero” during the inauguration of Governor Chris Christie. In 2011, Mr. Girgenti was an American Giving Awards recipient and was featured on a 2-hour prime time special on NBC, hosted by Bob Costas. Dave was the recipient of the “Circle of Excellence Award” by Smart CEO magazine.
In 2013, Dave spoke at Tedx Cape May and returned the following year as the host event.
He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design / Advertising from Rowan University.
Ryan Rendfrey – Co-Founder & President
Ryan brings more then 13 years of business experience to the team.
He previously worked with Dave Girgenti at Hero Network, a technology platform that help crowdfund more than 200,000 wishes for people in need.
Formerly, he was Director of Business Development for BeatCancer.org.
He earned his B.S. in Finance and Marketing from Philadelphia University.
Curtis Curtis – Co-Founder & CTO
Curt is a veteran of two software based startups: Octopus Technologies and Ripple Technologies.
At Octopus, Curt was involved in creating one of the world’s first Microsoft Windows File System Filter Drivers and in this venture, his team acquired 15 US patents. Octopus was eventually purchased by Legato, and Legato by EMC Corp.
At Ripple, Curt was employee #6 and became CTO within 2 years. Ripple grew to a staff of 50 before the technology was sold.
Most recently, Curt built and managed a mixed team of near-shore and off-shore developers creating enterprise grade storage management software. The software is currently in use by more than half of the Fortune 500 and a third of Global 2000 companies.
He earned his BS and MS in Computer Science from Drexel University.