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Artifcts is offering a solution to unite the objects in our lives with their stories, connecting people, helping to declutter without guilt, and ensuring our stories—not just objects—live on for generations. Press now turn to Artifcts for a fresh perspective on trends in managing legacy, connecting artists, and upcycling goods with stories.
Artifcts Now a Preferred Provider of AgeWise Colorado

AgeWise Colorado is a non-profit created with older adults, their loved ones, and current and future caregivers in mind, helping them to find the products and services to help older adults stay in their homes and Age Well ... Age Wisely. "AgeWise Colorado is exactly what we need more of in this world. Essential to life-fulfilling services, vetted, and in one place to benefit the local community. We're honored to be a small part of their work." said Artifcts Co-founder Ellen Goodwin.

Artifcts is an agile provider that not only cherishes the value of our personal memories and histories but wants to ensure that's what we carry with us in life, and not the burden of 'stuff.' Artifcts is a fun and powerful website and app that helps you connect the dots of a memory to create a personal collection that you can privately or publicly share. Combine a photo with audio or video to share Mom's story about her and your Dad's first home, remember the details behind all those medals, flags, and uniforms of Dad's service in the Korean war, capture that family recipe for all time, with a video tip from Grandma on that key step.

"We saw in Artifcts a platform that puts people first. Whether in-home care providers spend time Artifcting with your loved one, or together you use Artifcts for estate and end-of-life planning, it's the experience that keeps on giving. It's time well spent. You can enjoy those memories together now and simplify what can be a difficult process at end of life, too," said Bob Brocker, Founder and Board President of AgeWise Colorado.

AgeWise Colorado will provide members with discounted access to Artifcts memberships through its website.

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Glowing Older Episode 11:6 - Ellen Goodwin on Milestones and Lessons Learned after Celebrating Artifcts’ First Anniversary

Artifcts was honored to be invited by Nancy Griffin, of the Glowing Older podcast, to chat about the purpose and realities of starting a consumer tech company that can support more meaningful and connected living. Co-founder and Chief Solutions Officer Ellen Goodwin spoke with Griffin about creating Artifcts to preserve history while protecting privacy, and how the founders strive to grow Artifcts into a household name for all generations.

Artifcts allows people to capture the moment behind their objects and decide whether to share them privately or publicly. Privacy and security are our twin pillars.

Key Takeaways, according to Glowing Older:

  • Artifcts will be adopting biometric options because they found members have difficulty remembering their passwords, so they write them down. (Please don't do that!)
  • To be a trusted site for privacy and security, there is a padlock on sensitive information so certain fields are impossible to share in error. Read more about privacy and security at Artifcts >
  • Artifcts’ diversity of functionality appealed to AARP Innovation Labs. Members can create stories with text, photos, audio, and video and then connect with others.

Listen to the podcast on Glowing Older now by clicking on the image below!

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ABOUT GLOWING OLDER

Hospitality and wellness expert Nancy Griffin interviews a diverse cohort of entrepreneurs, authors, corporate executives, experience providers, and agetech developers, all around the theme of senior living and aging well. Learn more >

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Celebrating 1 Year of Artifcts!

Dear Reader,

We’re celebrating Artifct’s first birthday tomorrow! 

We often joked at the beginning that building a company was a lot like raising a child—it takes a village, with all kinds of people, supporters, and even village elders to guide us along the way. The first year proved this out—we built a highly functional, fun, and powerful platform with the help of our diverse and talented village. It was everything and nothing that we expected.  

Our first year...was everything and nothing that we expected

Launching during a pandemic comes with inherent uncertainties. We had hoped for many more opportunities to interact in-person with our Artifcts community—from Arti Live events to pop ups around the country—that we could not in good conscience pursue. At the same time, we were able to build our company to thrive from a virtual-only standpoint that is not only pandemic proof but recession proof. We focused on local roots and communities to bring them what they needed most—human connection. No risky events or travel required.  

Of the many highs was our participation in the AARP Innovation Labs accelerator program and the partnerships that came out of our local communities and networks. We have a thriving partnership network to ensure all of life's moments and ‘stuff’ are addressed from digitization and preservation to videographies and genealogy research and storytelling. Through our partnership with Unwrapit, we’re even enabling companies to gift sustainably and meaningfully. We also recently announced our “What’s it worth?” feature supported by Heritage Auctions to help our members preserve and share the value behind their stuff. (Have you tried it yet?)  

Our strategic advisory board has been game changing as well, helping as we grow and expand our reach to new markets. We have vast expertise behind us to keep us on the frontline of technology, online community, estate and financial management, and stuff! If you missed our announcement introducing our newest advisory board member Matt Paxton, you can view it here. 

And of course, Artifcts itself is the ultimate representation of how far we’ve come in only one year. We’ve delivered key new features such as audio and video, file sharing from alternative storage sites, building networks, and so much more. All these features are custom designed in our patent-pending platform where privacy and security come first.  

We continue to enable our community to make the choices that are right for them, just as we are redefining Artifcts to be what is valuable to you. We’re calling it Human Media 1.0 and we invite you to join us as we joyfully kick off year two of Artifcts. 

Happy Artifcting,

Heather

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‘Stuff’ Specialist and TV Personality Matt Paxton Joins Artifcts Advisory Board

Artifcts welcomes Matt Paxton to its strategic advisory board. Established in March, the board provides diverse expertise and decades of experience across technology, estate planning, community building, marketing, strategic growth, and now ‘stuff.’ Matt Paxton started his career with his own downsizing and moving business before gaining national celebrity through appearances on the TV show Hoarders and more recently paving a new path with the PBS series Legacy List with Matt Paxton.

“Matt approaches stuff by looking at the humanity, the history, behind the objects and people’s attachments to them. He doesn’t demand a painful dive into a one-size fits all minimalism. We’re kindred spirits here at Artifcts,” said Artifcts co-founder Heather Nickerson. “Matt’s empathy and energy are great match for the passion behind Artifcts. Everyone needs a history and Matt respects that. He sees first-hand daily the need for Artifcts,” chimed in Artifcts co-founder Ellen Goodwin.

Look for the co-founders of Artifcts and Matt to be out and about through special virtual engagements and live appearances this fall. The trio will continue to Artifct-by-example and release tips to help you join in to redefine artifacts one recipe, heirloom, and travel trinket at a time. Heather reminds everyone, “Remember, when in doubt, just pause, look around, and snap a picture of the first object you see with a story or memory to capture. Artifcting is for all of us.”

The full Artifcts strategic advisory board includes:

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Artifcts Welcomes Ex-Bumble Executive to Advisory Board

The Artifcts Team proudly welcomes Georgia Mavrookas to its strategic advisory board. Established in March 2022, the Board contributes incredible depth, hands-on experience, and leadership as Artifcts reaches towards and beyond its first anniversary in late August.

Georgia's experience across regulated industry, HR and strategic alignment, and development and growth of digital communities will shore up the growth strategies of Artifcts. Georgia knows community building, communities that are safe and inspiring and that transcend companies and the services they offer. She most recently served as Global Head of Talent Development at Bumble and previously led Bumble's community marketing and ambassadors program.

"We are delighted—maybe that's an understatement ... thrilled, even!—Georgia has joined to contribute to this next phase of Artifcts as we continue building a unique, fun, and open space for personal and world history to meet through the objects of our lives," said Artifcts Co-founder and CSO Ellen Goodwin. "Our board is a beautiful balance of outstanding professionals with big hearts, deep expertise, and a love for Artifcts' mission." 

The Artifcts Strategic Advisory Board now includes:

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What’s Next… Living Longer Better Smarter: People, Places & Things

Artifcts was invited by Mary Furlong and Fred Fishkin to join their podcast, "What’s Next… Living Longer Better Smarter: People, Places & Things (episode 28)."

Heather Nickerson, co-founder and CEO of Artifcts, led off the discussion sharing insights into how Artifcts has brought to market a friendly, fun, and powerful tool to unite stories and stuff so that our stories can live on, whether or not we hang onto the stuff!

Episode 28 was full of surprises, featuring not only Artifcts, but basketball great Rick Barry, Ancestry.com, and Vitalcy, "Your pro-age guide to living."

You can replay the podcast below or visit Mary Furlong's website to view this and other episodes. 

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Graduation Day! Onward to the AARP AgeTech Collaborative

Wiser and stronger for our time with the AARP Innovation Labs Accelerator, we're now joining the AgeTech Collaborative from AARP!

We announced back in November our selection for the AARP Innovation Labs' Accelerator Program. What an experience it's been. From feedback on our product and marketing to access to the latest research in delivering life enhancing products to the demographics of the 50+ population, we're now better prepared for the next stage of growth for our startup as graduates of the AARP Innovation Labs’ accelerator program. 

"What is next for Artifcts?" you may wonder. So much! As we increase our collaboration with artists, sport enthusiasts, and travel organizations, we're also ensuring that Artifcts can support you as you prepare your estate, share information with your insurance agent, and just maybe find new community and creative outlets for all the 'stuff' in your life. Stay with us. The best is yet to come!

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Artifcts Announces Formation of Strategic Advisory Board

The Artifcts Team is pleased to announce the formation of a strategic advisory board. The Board brings incredible depth, hands-on experience, and leadership and will advise on all matters related to Artifcts' strategic growth, including applications of emerging tech and expansion into niche markets.

Artifcts is developing a platform unlike any other, helping us to connect the dots to capture and preserve the history, memories, and life experiences behind the objects of our lives for future generations. Artifcts' current participation in the AARP Innovation Labs Accelerator Program will provide a launch pad in 2022 for people-first technological advancements that build community and enable individuals and families to better share and understand the value—sentimental and/or market—behind their belongings, all with a fervent bias toward consumer privacy and transparency. 

The introduction of the Board reflects our desire to ensure diversity of thought and experience are represented as we build out Artifcts in our first full year of operations (and beyond). Meet our Board:

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Standing By Our Team

The war in Ukraine is ever present in our daily thoughts and operations at Artifcts. Our global team has been directly affected, their daily lives upturned, new layers of stress and uncertainty a heavy burden on all.  

We have taken steps to provide for the financial and professional welfare of our team members in the region, who through no fault of their own, now live in a suspended state of reality. What's next is unknown. The depth of this global division and its toll on human and economic welfare unknowable.  

We stand by our colleagues. We want to contribute the tiny difference each of us can make in the world by knowing each other has people first, nations a distant second. To all those beyond our team, we hold the wellbeing and safety of you and yours in our thoughts. 

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Artifcts Launches on Unwrapit - Corporate Gifting Ready!

Want to offer employees, business partners, event participants, and other groups experience-oriented gift options to choose from? Artifcts is available now on Unwrapit to meet the interests of any gift recipient from collectors and sporting enthusiasts to world travelers, genealogists, and artists. Unwrapit was created to provide sustainable gifting options, at scale, and no bow required, just as Artifcts cheerfully told you about its own gift subscriptions during the 2021 holiday season!  

"We've come to realize that an Artifct is in and of itself a gift, too," said Artifcts Co-founder Heather Nickerson. "Each Artifct can inspire connection to friends and family in addition to supporting financial and life planning as each Artifct is exportable to your insurance plan and/or will and is ultimately transferable to a friend or loved one.

It's your stuff. Will it be your story? Start your personal Artifcts collection today free here at Artifcts.com, and let your organization know that Artifcts is available via Unwrapit for gifting to your organization and community!

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Live on Cheddar News: Artifcts Platform to Preserve History and Your Memories
Ellen Goodwin, Co-Founder and Chief Solutions Officer of Artifcts, joined ChedHER on Friday, 18 February, to discuss how Artifcts is creating a platform to preserve the history of your belongings. She also shared her experience succeeding in male-dominated government and tech industries. ChedHER is a special program from Cheddar News that celebrates representation and inclusion in business with today’s leaders and shines a light on the women who are making strides in their industries.
 
Ellen Goodwin in the ChedHER's virtual green room
 
 
 
 
Ellen Goodwin hanging out in ChedHER's virtual green room. Smile for the camera!
"We're lucky to have outlets like ChedHER going out of the way to give female entrepreneurs across the spectrum of industries and background a platform," said Ellen. "Maybe I should have been more succint, but it was worth spending more time on the question of succeeding in a man's world than talking about what's in store for Artifcts in 2022."
Curious what the answer would have been? So very much!
"We're five-months young, learning a lot through our workshops with the AARP Innovation Lab's Accelerator Program, making inroads into the travel and sporting industries, along with family history, the arts, and antiques, and frankly having a lot of fun," said Ellen. Artifcts is preparing to announce its first advisory board, which notably includes a powerhouse female ... in tech. The board will support Articts as it expands in niche markets as well as implements the latest in machine learning and computer vision to bring information and more community options, non-invasively, to Artifcters worldwide.
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Meet the Artifcts Partner Network

Embracing the world of 'stuff' and stories, together.

We're delighted to announce our partnership with Didlake, Monocurate, Family History Intelligence, and Whole Story Productions. Each of our partners touches on the history and memories behind objects in people's lives from a different vantage point ranging from digitization and preservation to using objects of our lives to elicit memories and illuminate connections through family histories and video documentaries. We believe our network of service providers can elevate your Artifcts.

Look for us to feature conversations with each partner in the months to come. If you missed it, we already published the first, a discussion with Didlake. You can read it here. We will also bring our partners' expertise into the Artifcting world to help you better manage your objects and histories, including through some of our FAQs, such as how to safely apply QR codes to objects.

Visit Partner Services to learn more about each of our partners.

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