Creative Memories Co-Founder Rhonda Anderson resigned from Ahni and Zoe on Sunday, February 23, leaving the girls without a mother. Born on October 22, 2013, Ahni and Zoe have suffered growing pains, including a brief bout with Tourette’s Syndrome and periodic delusions of inawink photo app. Now they are out on their own, looking for success. I hope they find it. Sometimes, a little adversity is all that is needed.
Unlike some mothers, Rhonda Anderson has not disappeared without a trace. Instead, the re-energized Rhonda has joined Youngevity, the parent company of Heritage Makers. She is planning to launch a line of traditional scrapbooking products and hopes to build a consultant network as part of Youngevity.
For more on Ahni, Zoe, and Rhonda Anderson’s resignation see Co-founder Rhonda Anderson Resigns from Creative Memories [Exclusive Interview], Youngevity International (YGYI) Inks Consulting Agreement, and Breaking MLM News.
Two week ago, I asked the question, “Is free still a viable business model?” This week the answer appears to be yes. Flag, which is planning to print and give away photos that have advertisements on the back received funding through Kickstarter. Not only did Flag receive funding, but they received an additional $50,000 to simultaneously develop iOS and Andoid Apps. This funding allows Flag to reach the majority of the mobile marketplace, avoiding the Apple versus Android arguments that inevitably result when an App supports only one platform.
Unfortunately, the desktop version required $200,000 and did not get funded. I guess we’ll have to live with that since phones and tablets are the future, while desktop systems are in decline.
I didn’t realize it, but ID cards can also be art. That makes me an artist, since I am currently working on printing systems for producing ID’s, credit cards, and drivers licenses. I need to update my Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to reflect my new-found occupation.
If you want more details check out The American Worker’s ID Badge as Art and a Sign of the Times Read more: Vintage American Worker’s ID Badge as Art and a Sign of the Times. This exhibit on ID Photobadge Portraiture runs until February 15, 2014 at Rico/Maresca in New York.
Traumatic childhood, bad first marriage, difficult boss? In the future, histone deactylase inhibitors will help you forget your troubles. In a recent study, Li-Huei Tsai and coworkers at M.I.T.’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have found that the histone deacetylase inhibitor CI-994 allowed mice to overcome a fear of sound associated with an electric shock, effectively rewriting their memories. For more details see Could a memory-rewriting drug help treat PTSD?
Good news for coffee and cola drinkers. A recent study from Johns Hopkins University has shown that that 200 mg caffeine, which is the amount of caffeine in about one and a half cups of coffee, in has a memory enhancing effect, possibly because it increases the brain’s production of norepinephrine, a chemical that helps with memory storage. I don’t drink coffee, but I think I’ll have another Diet Mountain Dew.
Kickstarter has a new project listed for Flag – the app that prints and mails your photos for free. This app promises to print and mail you 20 photos each month for free. They are relying on upselling and advertising to generate revenue. I am not sure how well this business model will work, because I will probably get my 20 photos, not order anything more, and ignore the advertising.
Flag makes Costco, with their 13 cent prints, look expensive, and I hope they get funding. So far, Flag has received $26, 423 of the $100,000 needed to start the project.
Note added 1/29/2014: FreePrints is another service offering free prints, with up to 1000 free prints per year. You have to pay for shipping but it seems like another good deal.