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A Letter from Our CEO

Heather Nickerson, Artifcts
August 26, 2021

Dear Readers, 

I am very proud to announce the launch of Artifcts, our web and app-based platform that enables users anywhere and everywhere to capture, preserve, and share the stories (and meaning) behind the objects in their lives. 

Why Artifcts? My mother was the initial inspiration for Artifcts. She passed away unexpectedly several years ago. Like most of us, she had a lot of stuff.  

Following her death, I was frustrated because I had her stuff, but what I really wanted were her stories. The who, what, when, where, and why behind the objects. Why did she have a certain item? Where did it come from? When did she get it? What was the story behind her beloved softball glove? What did it mean to her? Why did she love a specific piece of jewelry? Who gave it to her? Was it for a special occasion? What occasion? Sadly, the objects could not tell her story. Only my mother could have done that, and she was no longer here.  

That was the genesis of Artifcts—an overwhelming desire to ensure that anyone anywhere would have a safe and secure way to pass down stories, not just things. To ensure that others would never have to be in the same situation I found myself in one January morning, sitting in my mother’s closet fighting back tears, pondering what to keep and what to rehome.  

That was the genesis of Artifcts—an overwhelming desire to ensure that anyone anywhere would have a safe and secure way to pass down stories, not just things

As with any idea, Artifcts has evolved over the months to be more than just a place to document the who, what, when, where, and why behind the objects in our lives. We’ve created and enabled a variety of features that allow our community members to capture small (and big) moments in time, connect with loved ones, and preserve the meaning behind the objects that speak to who we are and where we’ve been. 

I invite you, dear Readers, to join us on our adventure. Share an Artifct with a friend or a loved one. Tell a story that hasn’t been told before. Create, connect, inspire. (Or if you want to make your insurance agent very happy, export a copy of your Artifcts to your homeowner’s policy.) It’s all doable here. 

Go ahead. Give us a try. Tell us what you think. We’d love to hear from you. 

Happy Artifcting, 
Heather

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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. 

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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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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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