StoryCloud was a tech startup that I joined in its infancy. I helped build several different products at the company as it pivoted between different ideas that leadership believed the market would embrace.
StoryCloud’s first product was an app where users could control their content, entitled “Minder.” Creators controlled who saw what, and where, and for how long.
TechCrunch wrote about Minder in 2014.
Share By StoryCloud
StoryCloud then pivoted in order to build another product, “Share By StoryCloud.”
Share By increased content control immensely, offering the following “permissions” for uploaded content:
- Reveal content for a duration of time
- Release content in a geographic radius
- Limit number of views
- Require a user to purchase content
Share By also offered an in-depth analytics dashboard, revealing which users viewed what files, how many times, where and for how long.
FastCompany wrote about Share By in 2015.
Read By StoryCloud
StoryCloud pivoted again to focus on developing “Read By StoryCloud.”
Read By reinvented online publishing by making a traditional experience interactive. For the first time ever, the reading experience could be shared with others. Users could share specific pictures and text from magazines and books on their favorite social networks.
Read By served as a tool for publishers to enhance their online offerings. Partners could customize the Read By interface with their brand logo, colors, and content. (Marie Claire featured their “Shoes First” issue in the below screenshot.) PDF and EPUB file formats were supported.