Tech startups include one that counts on sharing a long history


Patrick Talley has created an app that he says makes it easy to share and store stories in a sort of digital time capsule. He hopes the app will make it easier for families to capture family history for future generations.

By Purva Patel

February 21, 2014

Houston is known for energy, but the city also boasts a budding technology sector. The world’s oil capital is home to scores of hopeful entrepreneurs developing new websites, software, medical devices, clean technologies and other innovations.

Research at the Texas Medical Center, NASA, local universities and in the energy industry, for example, has given birth to new ventures.Here’s one of an occasional set of snapshots of local tech startups. Time will tell if they take off.

stories etc

Elevator pitch: Making online storytelling easier.

The idea: With the passing of each generation, unrecorded stories become lost family history. The stories etc app claims to make it easier to capture and share personal stories, with prompts to get storytellers started on digital memoirs. They also can simply press record and start speaking. The company will eventually offer a service that will turn the digital stories into ebooks.

Users: Since launching in January, the app has between 100 and 200 users.

The brains: Founder Patrick Talley has spent 30 years in energy technology sales and marketing. He has also authored parenting books.

The competition: Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites let users tell parts of stories. However, stories etc claims to archive and organize stories so they can be easy to find and stored for future generations, not just immediate consumption.

The money: Talley has funded the venture so far 100% on his own.


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