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Memory of the Week part 1: Henry Ian Cusick

"Memory of the Week" Starts Today!

July 10th, 2017

Henry Ian Cusick introduces the first exclusive activity for JamBios' users. In this video, users learn how they can participate and share a favorite memory with the star of ABC's "LOST" and "The 100." What's your story?
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ThinkTech Talks Story with JamBios.Com

ThinkTech Talks Story with JamBios.Com

June 6, 2017

Beth and Ruby joined Jay Fidell of Think Tech Hawaii to talk about JamBios. They discuss storytelling and memories, collaborative writing platform, "crowd-sourcing memories""and more. You can listen to the full 30 minute broadcast here.

Restoring Memories Hawaii Business

Restoring Memories

May, 2017

by Emily Cardinali | Hawaii Business News

The JamBio for JamBios goes a little like this:

An entrepreneur with successful ventures sees ideas everywhere. As she walks down the street, Beth Carvin pulls ideas from her surroundings, her daydreams, and the people and things in her life.

She’d been a part of a family email chain, and one day her dad and his brother swapped stories about how they grew up in their dad’s bar in Boston. Carvin and her family were hooked, clicking through tales of customers and barmaids and histories of a world they never knew.

On social media like Facebook and Snapchat, people post temporary marks of themselves. Carvin asked: Why can’t these be more permanent? So Beth and her husband, Bruce Daly, co-founded JamBios, where a user writes a personal tale and can include others to add their perspectives and memories.

Carvin and Daly are also co-founders of Nobscot, a successful human resources technology company that simplifies the exit-interview process so companies can conduct them online. They thoughtfully established the business and tech side of JamBios, but, as in any good story, there was an unplanned element. Beth and her husband were selling their house in Kailua and, after the Realtor showed two clients the house, Beth wanted to give the homeowner’s tour.

Cue in children’s theater director Annie Cusick and her husband, “Lost” actor Henry Ian Cusick, now a star on TV’s “The 100.”

After the tour, the couple asked Beth what she did. As she described JamBios, “Ian had this little look on his face,” Beth says. He had just finished filming “Rememory,” a movie about a machine that extracts and records memories.

“My ears perked up,” Carvin says. “That’s a JamBio.”

She asked the couple to help build the creative side, and Annie overflowed with ideas for chapter prompts and memory triggers. What was the view from the kitchen window of your mother’s house? What sounds did you hear at night as a kid?

“You don’t have to be a good writer to be a good storyteller,” she says.

The website officially launched in May. Users work on what is called “My JamBio,” where they create and write chapters of their lives. These chapters can cover anything from college to houses to cars. As the user crafts the story, friends and family can be invited to collaborate with their memories and perspectives.

For the Cusicks, this will allow their three sons to help tell the family biography. “We have our realities as parents,” Ian says, “and their perspective is going to be so different.”

Ian likes that JamBios will let him share in stories that he just can’t remember. Recently, he saw a photo of himself and his son Eli playing soccer. He was teaching Eli how to take a ball, and didn’t know Annie had captured the moment.

People often have different memories of the same story. In 2006, Annie and the Cusick boys were en route to emigrate from London to the U.S. and move to Hawaii, where Ian was already living. But on the day they were supposed to travel, international travel from London was stopped because of a suspected terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives in flight. Annie remembers taking calls from concerned relatives, and Ian remembers soothing her over the phone. Their middle son, Lucas, who was 8 at the time, remembers his mom bursting into tears as soon as they saw Ian in Hawaii.

“I was so relieved once it was over,” says Annie, JamBios’ creative director. “And now I wonder who else made it on the last plane out of London with us? Where were they going? We were all part of a much bigger moment.”

After My JamBio, Carvin will launch Our JamBio and World JamBios. Our JamBio is designed for people to tell a shared story and World JamBios is designed for international collaboration on events or topics, whether they are crises like the Cusick family’s emigration story, or common topics like flying.

“It tickles your memory bone,” Carvin says. “And it’s weird, because who would care to read my story about cars? But it does something, the kind of feeling that comes with memory. There’s joy in memory and remembering.”

PRN JamBios Launch

We launched

May 23, 2017

HONOLULU, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JamBios today announced the launch of a new social platform designed to help people remember and share their favorite memories with friends and family. The web platform provides a place to write about the past and enable others to contribute memories of those shared past experiences.

JamBios addresses the challenges consumers face with current social media platforms, where meaningful posts disappear and are hard to retrieve after time has passed. The platform provides a refreshing alternative to the superficial daily posts, such as selfies and food photos, and stressful politically charged content that currently dominate most social feeds.

Using a literary-style structure, JamBios offers Chapters and Sections designed to enable users to enjoy reminiscing with themselves and others about anything from their first car to their first kiss. The JamBios platform includes:

  • Over 100 Chapter topics to choose from including Pets, Houses, Summers, Dreams, Family Dysfunctions, Love Crushes, Greatest Challenges, Recipes and more
  • The ability to illustrate stories with photos and other images
  • An easy method to invite contributors who participated in the memories to add their stories and
  • "Monty," a digital biographer that asks memory prodding questions for each Chapter type.

Unlike other Social Media platforms, JamBios is private by default. Users choose which Chapters and Sections to open to differing audiences based on whom they would like to share and contribute to their memories.

JamBios was co-founded by Beth N. Carvin, a technology executive with nearly two decades as CEO in the enterprise software space. Carvin was inspired by stories about her great grandfather's bar in Boston that were being shared with family via a group email.

"My siblings, cousins and I were on the edge of our seats waiting for the next installment about the barmaids, stolen slot machine and tubs of illegal whiskey, but email wasn't the greatest medium for these memories," said Carvin. "Shortly thereafter I was on Wikipedia and thought to myself, 'why can't we all have a biography to which our friends and family can contribute, even if we aren't famous?' and the idea for JamBios was born."

JamBios is free to use and available immediately. It will be supported by the purchase of JamBios hard copy books for gifts and memory preservation, premium features and corporate JamBios sponsorships to help nostalgic brands connect with consumers through brand memories.

Actor Henry Ian Cusick, star of LOST and The 100 is JamBios' spokesperson and voice of "Monty." He gained interest in JamBios after filming, Rememory, a movie about an inventor who developed a machine that records memories. Cusick, a resident of Hawaii for over 10 years, will help the company promote JamBios worldwide.

Geek Beat Hawaii

Geek Beat Feature

March 23, 2017

Our favorite Geeks, Ryan Ozawa and Burt Lum of Bytemarks Cafe introduce JamBios. Click here to watch it on Hawaii News Now "Sunrise" Morning Show on KHNL.

Pacific Business News Article

Pacific Business News Article

March 17, 2017

By:Anna Hrushka

Beth Carvin, CEO of Honolulu-based human resources technology company Nobscot, is starting a new social media site, and she’s calling it the opposite of Facebook. “Facebook, Twitter and all the social media that is out there right now, feels very throwaway,” said Carvin, comparing the sites to old daily newspapers. “You read it in the morning and you throw it out at the end of the day.” Spurred by the desire to create a platform where memories are preserved and shared in a collaborative way, Carvin is launching JamBios, which will be available on Thursday for 100 select users as part of the company’s soft-launch.

The idea for the site, Carvin said, came after corresponding with family members via a group email about a bar in Boston that was owned by her grandfather. The email thread became a conversation between her dad, uncle and cousins, each sharing memories about the family bar where they grew up. After engaging in the email chain, Carvin said she found herself on Wikipedia, wondering why there wasn’t a similar site for the average person. “There should be something where you can collaboratively have your own biography,” Carvin said.

Carvin says that’s how the idea for JamBios was formed. Similar to Facebook’s “On This Day” notifications, where users are shown a post from the past, Carvin says JamBios will target nostalgic social media users. “While Facebook facilitates this, it is very ephemeral,” she said.

Carvin said she anticipates the site’s main users will be from the baby boomer generation and older Generation X. “Baby boomers in general like to reminisce and talk about the past,” she said. Other demographics the new site is expected to attract are those interested in genealogy and family history, as well as younger millennials who enjoy journaling.

As far as revenue, the company will target three separate avenues, the first of which will be allowing users to turn their JamBios pages or “chapters” into tangible books. “Photobooks are already a huge market,” Carvin said, adding she thinks it will also be the first and quickest revenue stream for the company. JamBios will also target brands for its second source of revenue, by allowing companies to create corporate bios. “Of the top 100 digital advertisers, a great percentage of them are big nostalgic brands,” she said.

“We want to create a platform for them to connect to consumers.” The third and final revenue stream would be premium services for customers. “We are considering different types of premium services that we may add, for people who want to take it to the next level,” Carvin said. “We may or may not need to do that depending on the other revenue sources.”