Today is April Fools’ Day and as you should know by now, we at Cooliris never let a holiday go by without commemorating it! Instead of celebrating April 1st with pranks like foiling each other’s desk or putting tacks on office chairs (so mean!), we decided to put our spin on April Fool’s and make today about something positive.
We tied balloons attached with positive, inspirational quotes to everyone’s desk! Everyone smiled about the pleasant surprise when they came into the office and the outcome of our April Fools’ was fun and happy.
Happy April 1st from all of us here at Cooliris. Hope your day is filled with laughter!
Last weekend, some of us participated in the Color Run in San Francisco.
The Color Run, also known as “the Happiest 5K on the Planet”, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Given how amazing that sounds, we immediately decided to set up our own team, named “CoolRunnings”, inspired by the eponymous movie.
Bright and early at 7:30am, we met each other at the starting line, armed with colored headbands, “happy-tattoos” and white shirts – ready to run the happiest 5k ever! Once the start signal sounded off with the DJ counting down, the energy was amazing and we couldn’t stop smiling.
At different stations along the course, every runner was blasted with colored powder, so at the end our originally pristine white shirts were beautifully colored. Our faces, arms and legs were also covered with blue, green, orange, pink and purple powder. It was a (literally) colorful experience!
When we crossed the finish line, we were greeted by a giant party where all the runners danced together and threw bags of colored powder in the air - it was a truly unique and fun experience that we can’t wait to take part in again!
It’s that time of the day again, when we all huddle together to get our creative juices flowing!
We at Cooliris have been having some fun brainstorming sessions over the last few days. It’s amazing to see how the ideas generated in our brainstorming room can grow into something really great!
To get the best results we always start with little games, to get everyone into the right mood and to stimulate the creative thinking. For example by throwing a ball randomly to one team member, we encourage them to think in new and unexpected directions. Everyone has to think on their feet as the ball gets tossed towards them. Hence creating an environment, where all ideas - even the craziest ones, are more than welcome, making the session more fun and productive.
To come up with great ideas, we encourage each other to think out of the box, while having fun and with no pressure at all. And before you know it, instead of one there will be ten good ideas to choose from.
We love how our room looks like after such sessions. Post-its and happy faces everywhere.
Stay tuned, if you want to see what we came up with during our brainstorming sessions at the new HQ… ;)
We’ve been rocking out to the energy of this awesome new space in San Francisco!. Our team-mates worked super hard last weekend to get this space in order. Here’s a time-lapse gif of how they did just that!
Special thanks to our teammates Gosia, Alec, Myyen, Scott, Adam, Alex, Howard, Sebastian, Hamon and many others who were the engines powering the move-in process and did a fantastic job of setting everything up.
We at Cooliris have some big news to share - we are bringing our “cool” to San Francisco!
Cooliris HQ has moved up north to the new epicenter of tech innovation and creativity, the beautiful fog city of San Francisco. Our stunning new office (check out the video below to see for yourself) has put us amidst the robust start up environment the Bay Area is famous for. Shoutout to our new neighbors Apportable, Twitter, Square, Uber, and many more.
Goodbye Palo Alto - thanks for the good times, and hello San Francisco! Stay tuned to see what the combination of our innovation and the inspiring energy of SF will result in.
Have you noticed pink hues and heart shapes gradually taking over shop fronts and restaurant interiors over the course of the past week? Flower stands popping up on busy streets, chocolates galore, and images of plump-winged cupids drawing attention wherever one goes.
All this comes as no surprise, as today, all the build up and excitement culminates in the most romantic day of the year, Valentine’s Day. Here at Cooliris HQ, we celebrated February 14th in a way that let everyone partake. Today, some of our teammates volunteered to be cupids (wings and bow included!) and gave out beautiful flowers and yummy chocolates to everyone at the office. Fun ensued and the photographers from our team got some great shots for us to share.
Special thanks to our cupids, Alex and Hamon!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone, and may Cupid find you too!
Cooliris already lets you view your photos from 20 sources. But what if you want to share photos you discover more privately, with a select group of people? Well, the Cooliris groups feature is perfect for that. You can create a closed group with a customizable number of participants, all of whom can contribute their unique media and message content.
It’s easy to start a private group
Just launch the Cooliris app and you’ll find the “Groups” window right there on the homepage.
1. Start a new group by tapping the pen and paper icon at the top righthand corner. When the group window appears, you can add members to it by typing their email addresses, selecting them from your Facebook friends list, or a combination of both. Optionally, customize your group with a title.
2. To capture photos or upload those from your device, just tap the camera icon. Drop in as many photos as you like and even type a comment to describe to your friends what you’re sharing.
3. Just tap the “done” icon in the top right corner and you will have created a group. It’s as easy as that. Your new group will appear in the list of groups you are a part of.
Sharing between groups and sources
With groups you can share photos from any source to anyone you wish. For example, say you want to share multiple photos you found from multiple sources like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, all to one small subset of friends.
1. Go into any source within Cooliris and select your desired photos from the 3D wall by tapping them.
2. Tap and select the photos you want to share from that source
3. Select the group you want to add these to, and they will immediately appear there! Add photos from another source to same group, just repeat the steps above.
Sharing via Cooliris groups is tons a fun and saves you time. Play around with it and you’ll discover the amazing ease with which you can now share from any of your sources with those close to you.
Download Cooliris to begin sharing your photos privately in groups.
Today, Cooliris announces a partnership with Aibotix, the world’s leading innovator in autonomous aerial vehicles, to bring a brand new consumer sharing experience for drone photography. This partnership opens a new lens for immersive photo experiences and redefines “Selfies from the space”.
While drone photography is in early stages of its evolution, the partnership creates a new era in the history of photography. Cooliris will be the first consumer photo application to integrate with drones, enabling consumers to gain a unique perspective in real-time and share the drone-captured photos and videos to private groups on their iPad and iPhone.
“Cooliris loves to be at the leading edge of customer-centric innovation. We’re excited to partner with Cooliris and introduce their beautiful and fast mobile photo experience to our customers,” said Joerg Lamprecht, Founder and CEO from Aibotix.
Using Aibotix’s next generation multicopter, which has a built-in camera mount, and Cooliris Groups, consumers will be able to capture otherwise inaccessible aerial angles of landscapes, such as the Grand Canyon, or close-up action shots of surfing, skiing and other immersive activities, and share them with private groups of friends as the moment unfolds in real-time.
“Drone photography just got a higher dimension with the partnership of Aibotix and Cooliris,” said Soujanya Bhumkar, Cooliris CEO and co-founder. “What we will bring is a very accessible and enriched way for the everyday consumer to capture and privately share amazing aerial photos and videos with their close groups of friends.”
Consumers would also be able to use the Aibot X6 to easily capture photos at a party, an event or even a recreational activity, instead of being preoccupied with taking photos themselves and missing the action. With the private Cooliris group experience, the photos could be automatically shared into private groups so that those not in attendance would be able to gain a shared experience of the event and feel as if they were there.
Join in the action and download the new Cooliris here.
Just in time for the holiday season, we’re excited to announce the brand new version of Cooliris, now available for you in the iTunes App Store.
This is one our biggest updates yet. Easier private messaging for groups, faster access to your camera, slideshow mode, deep integration with Sina Weibo, and more—it’s all in there.
The new Cooliris makes it super easy for you to share photos and private messages with groups of friends and family, create your own personal collection of photos, and save photos from one source to another, such as Dropbox and Google Drive. You can now access your camera and start a new group virtually from anywhere in the app, making it a breeze to share on the go. Just tap the profile of any friend from an existing conversation or even select multiple new members from your contact list to add them to a group. It’s hassle-free private sharing.
To expand the vast collection of sources from which you can browse, we’ve also partnered with Sina Weibo, China’s microblogging platform akin to Twitter, with over 500 million user and counting. You can endlessly discover new content from Sina Weibo by tapping any username in the metadata panel, pivot to new walls of content from different users, and even follow people, all from within the app.
Finally, you’ll love our new clean, modern look and feel of the home screen, which even lets you personalize your browsing experience with a customizable background. What’s more, our new slideshow mode allows you to play any of your photos from any source in our signature 3D wall. Sit back and enjoy your favorite photos without moving a finger.
With the new Cooliris, you can now access your photos from 20 photo sources, share them privately or publicly with whomever you want, whenever you want. Check out Cooliris for yourself.
For our users in Japan, Cooliris is also now available in Japanese in the Japan app Store.
Our app works on iPhone and iPad, and is free to download in the iTunes App Store.
Our CEO Soujanya Bhumkar will be speaking at TechCrunch’s inaugural “The Red Web” event in Shanghai today, November 19. Soujanya will participate in a roundtable forum aimed at helping Chinese companies build up their brand in the international market.
Cooliris has a unique experience in growing our brand internationally, with over a third of our app users located in Asia. Soujanya will be sharing his insight about what it takes to grow overseas, and will be joined by other panelists from Strikingly, World Startup Report, and Dolphin Browser.
In August, TechCrunch collaborated with TechNode, a popular Chinese high tech blog, to launch their China edition. In this week’s “The Red Web” event, TechCrunch is bringing together investors, leading entrepreneurs, and other professionals in the region.
November has been a really exciting month for us so far. Soujanya served as one of the keynote speakers at MobCon in Minneapolis and has partaken in SYNC 2013. And just last week, we had the honor of hosting a vigorous discussion panel about trends in the mobile tech industry with the Chicago Booth School of Business at our HQ in Palo Alto.
If you are attending TechCrunch Shanghai come by the panel on November 19, 2013 at 4:40PM (Beijing Time) for a first hand experience. TechCrunch Shanghai (http://tcsh.technode.com/en/) runs November 19-20 at SIFC, #2866 Yangshupu Rd, Yangpu District.
For all those who will not be attending you can watch him live here