RecollectYou

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About RecollectYou

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A product born in the pandemic to share joy and bring people together

RecollectYou is focused on one goal: helping people share joy.

A project created by a husband and wife, RecollectYou started in the summer of 2019 with three life events:
Matt’s dad’s 60th. Matt manually digitized, categorized and put on the cloud every home video his family had (spanning back to the 1950's) as a gift for his dad’s 60th. The joy of reliving these memories, rediscovering celebrations since forgotten and seeing footage that had never been seen got us thinking deeply about how we might catalog or capture memories of ourselves, friends and family better and digitally.
Our wedding. With our wedding we experienced a series of wondrous memories. Family and friends visiting from all around the world, an intimate chinese tea ceremony, and not to mention Will falling asleep on the dance floor! The photos from the wedding are priceless to us, and we tried to collect as many stories from the wedding as possible but we soon realised there wasn’t a good way to re-live them.
Moving to California. In October 2019 we moved 5000 miles away from our family to live in California. As we set up our new lives in the US, we thought back to 2018: we lived apart for a year as Matt moved to Boulder, CO to grow his technology company, whilst Katie-Mai stayed in London to focus on her career and finish her third degree. With a 7 hour time difference and conflicting schedules, for an entire year we survived through daily videos and audio notes. This was the original version of RecollectYou. A relationship maintained through sharing joy and recollections by digital notes, sent and received asynchronously.

In February of 2020 Matt began tinkering with a system of asking questions and cataloging answers from his friends and family. What resulted was a webpage full of rich and hilarious memories from friends. All answering "If I died tomorrow what would your favorite memory of us be?" Matt had inadvertently started building the first version of RecollectYou.

As the pandemic of COVID-19 took hold, it became clear that we were in for a long wait until we could see family and friends again and these notes provided regular relief from the stress that came as the year developed.

With technology, we are more connected to our friends and family than ever before, but still we forget to say the things that matter. Things still go unsaid. We forget to appreciate the friendships, the laughs and the smiles we've had until it is too late.

We built RecollectYou because we discovered the joy of reminiscing about the good times with our loved ones over audio notes when separated by oceans, time zones and a global pandemic, and we want you to be able to experience the same joy.

Take the opportunity while able to send your friends and family a gift of recollections.

If you have any questions, please reach out.

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