Dad of Divas' Reviews: Free trial subscription: AboutOne, a new technology replaces family filing cabinet - manages household information

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Free trial subscription: AboutOne, a new technology replaces family filing cabinet - manages household information

AboutOne, a secure online family management system that makes it easier for families to manage daily life, today announced a hosting of new features at SXSW® Interactive, part of the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival that attracts the world’s top web creators and entrepreneurs.

Now nearing 5,000 members after only 15 weeks in beta, and just off the heels of a successful public launch at DEMO, AboutOne will today unveil new features at SXSW in Austin, TX. More than a digital filing cabinet, AboutOne makes information work in the moment for families - it carries the burden of saving essential family information so that 82.8 million busy moms in the US (according to a 2008 US Census Bureau study) can devote more time to what really matters in their lives.

AboutOne enables people to access important household information anytime—at home or away, from any web-enabled device and offers time-saving features like APIs and wizards that make it possible to quickly enter information with a phone, scanner, or computer, within the regular flow of the day. The service is designed specifically for families—currently a market of 173 million[1]. After an initial focus on providing the service to Millennial Moms (Gen Y), AboutOne has expanded to serve caregivers, teenagers applying to college, military families and corporate customers.

New AboutOne features Unveiled at SXSW
At SXSW, AboutOne will unveil new features including a way to automatically create hard copy baby books within seconds from an AboutOne digital scrapbook. Paper greeting cards and invitations that mail themselves are also a new feature.
Customers can also now track information associated with car ownership like they already can with home maintenance and improvement records. It’s now fast and easy to add all details and documents in connection with auto ownership, service and maintenance, insurance, warranty and dealer information – and keep it all in one place.
AboutOne now also makes customers’ information work for them through auto-magically produced family newsletters, babysitter instructions, home maintenance/capital gains summaries, education reports for college applications, and more.
The Story behind AboutOne
AboutOne’s founder and CEO, Joanne Lang, understands first-hand the need for a web-based service that tracks and organizes household information. Joanne is the mother of four young boys and a former SAP executive who experienced the challenges of managing family life. As part of SAP’s original cloud technology team, she’d seen how web-based platforms enabled businesses to eliminate mundane tasks and gain new levels of efficiency, and wanted to bring those same benefits to families and busy moms.

Joanne decided to develop AboutOne after several personal experiences where she needed information she didn’t have instant access to. In one instance, Joanne’s son had to be taken to the hospital for a medical emergency. At the time, she was so distraught that she couldn’t remember his birthdate, let alone provide a list of his current medications to the medical team. All she had with her were her keys and her phone. On another occasion, she had to report the capital gains on the sale of her house, but hadn’t kept track of the home improvement information necessary to minimize her tax bill, and no longer had any of the necessary documentation to complete her tax forms. Finally, Joanne was a frequent business traveler, and often found herself without access to information stored in documents at home while she was on the road.

With these experiences in mind, Joanne set out to create a cloud service that blends the power of business computing tools with the fun, user-friendly nature of popular social media apps.  With AboutOne, she created a service that requires no technical proficiency to install and run; expertly handles data security so that users don’t have to; provides a centralized location from which to manage family information; provides fast and convenient data entry via mobile device and scanners; and seamlessly formats and adds to information so it’s useful in the future.

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