Daily Tekk, 10/1/2013
Most people would agree that consumer software is tricky, thus one of the biggest attributes to succeed in this space is a reasonable level of personal detachment. Obviously, you must have vision, passion and a deep understanding of your market and customer, but you must also know how to take yourself out of the equation so that your own opinion, and the opinions of an entire team, do not skew the outcome towards one’s self and not the market as a whole.
Younity is one of my favorite apps. It addresses a need I recognized—a cross-platform, mobile, connected need to have access to my data without having to decide up front which files I might want access to—and it has been a lifesaver for me on a couple occasions. I decided to dig a little deeper, and pull back the curtain on Younity by interviewing Erik Caso, the co-founder and CEO of Entangled Media (the company that develops Younity), to learn more about what makes him tick and what led him to where he is now.
Built in Los Angeles, 8/27/2013
Tell us more about what Younity brings to the consumer and how this idea came about? In a nutshell, Younity makes all of your devices work as if they were one device. You can access every file you have: photos, music, playlists, videos and documents, from any device you own. The idea was really born out of necessity. Like most people, I am a multi-device user. If you think about it, over the last 10 years, virtually everyone has become a multi-device user. We used to compute for certain reasons right? You had to write a proposal or do something from a productivity standpoint, which drove people to use a computer for that specific reason. But it’s not like that anymore, you compute all day every day for all reasons now. We have these new mobile devices because computing is really something that is contextual. When you’re on the street you aren’t going to get out your laptop, and when you’re at home editing family photos and videos you don’t want to have to use your phone. You want to use the biggest computer you have with the biggest screen and the most horsepower and storage, so you use a desktop computer. Each of these devices is totally relevant to what we are doing at different times, but while we have all become multi-device users at the same time operating systems just stayed single device operating systems. They were built around what you do on a specific computer only.
The Next Web, 8/14/2013
File storage is a mess right now. Cloud storage services have stepped in to help, but the NSA’s surveillance programs has eroded much of the trust in the cloud just as users were starting to overcome their fears.
Entangled Media, the startup behind the Younity app that lets you access all your content across multiple devices, has raised $3.54 million in funding from a star-studded syndicate of investors.
Recently, my husband and I got a Slingbox to watch our TV from our laptops while away from home. Why would we do this if most television shows and films are accessible online? Well, firstly - not everything is accessible (like local sports games) - which is why we have a Slingbox.
I went on a vacation to Iceland earlier this year, and took a ton of photos — it’s a beautiful country, and the light there is really unique. But to date, I haven’t showed them off to anyone. That’s because my Iceland photos are on my home computer’s hard drive, and I’ve been too busy (or lazy) to upload them all to the web. So when friends and family ask, “How was Iceland?” my response is, “Amazing. Someday I’ll get around to uploading those damn pictures.”
As we’ve become a more mobile society—working from virtually anywhere on our smartphones and tablets—we’ve also embraced various cloud storage and file sharing tools, so we can access and collaborate on our data. Younity has an entirely different approach, and it could make cloud storage obsolete.
Back in December, I informed you of the awesome capabilities of Younity and how utilizing its services can make your digital life easier. Younity, in case you missed the previous article, is a service much like Dropbox but removes the requirement of needing to place your personal data on a third party server. Well today, Younity strikes back with an update that provides plethora of useful new features to help you access, maintain and share your data.
Younity makes its limitless personal cloud service social, unshackling the files stored on all your devices
Five months after launching its personal cloud service to the public, younity is back with a version 1.5 update that adds two highly requested features, as well as general performance upgrades. Younity gained popularity for its ability to sync an unlimited number of files between a user’s multiple connected devices for free. For example, the 100GB music collection on a user’s home computer can be streamed from their iPhone from around the world, as can the photos on their smartphone be viewed from a laptop while on the road.
Fast Company Labs, 4/25/2013
Migrating into the cloud is great--but which one? In an increasingly segmented, silo'd storage landscape, where is a developer team supposed to put their users' files? Younity believes they have patented the answer: A storage protocol that lets users forget about which file lives where.
The Crosby Press, 3/11/2013
Apple has iCloud, but younity thinks it can convince you to make it your cloud and yours alone. The platform operates under the belief that you shouldn’t have to share a large puffy white mass with the rest of the Apple universe, and has just wheeled out an iPhone app that allows you — by some sort of wizard magic — to enjoy all the benefits of cloud-sharing, but without syncing.
We’ve all been there: You get to the office only to realize you left the document you were working on all night at home. Enter Younity, a service that attempts to make all of your files available on all your devices whenever you want them, with no need to intentionally sync those files to make them available.
The cloud has a dirty little secret: It is expensive.
These days, it seems as soon as some new technology begins to gain traction, VCs and journalists herald the arrival of a new technological order. While these predictions often end up being true eventually, many of us are left aggravated that the status quo sticks around for so long. Perhaps no such case is as true as with the cloud. The cloud has, without question, resulted in truly revolutionary benefits to enterprises and consumers, but it always seems to be presented in a very autocratic way: Stop what you are doing, and do things a new way.
A business idea starts simply enough: You identify a need, and then you fill it. It seems that a number of innovative entrepreneurs have identified the need to access data from mobile devices no matter where it’s stored, and we’re seeing an explosion of solutions designed to address that need.
If you're like the typical device user today, you've got a smartphone, laptop, desktop, not to mention a dozen cloud accounts where you're storing your documents, music, video, and other files. How do you track where those files are? And how do you make sure you can access those files from anywhere? How about if it didn't matter where you stored those files, and they were available from anywhere?
Entangled Media has released their public beta to Younity, a new utility that provides spontaneous access to your data across devices. As mobile devices become both increasingly common and just as increasingly diverse, many are finding that keeping data synched between them to be a daunting and time consuming task. Younity’s new mobile product lets you bypass that hassle while offering several other benefits.
Santa Monica based younity announced today the beta launch of it's unique personal cloud storage service designed to eliminate device to computer syncing and storage limitations for iPhones and iPads. Today marks the public beta launch of the app, which allows iPhone and iPad users to access all their music, videos, photos and other files from all laptops, desktops without any plugin, plugging in or syncing.
PC World, 12/4/2012
Move over iCloud, there’s a new app in town. Younity, a personal cloud service, launched a public beta today of its mobile app that enables iPhone and iPad users to access data seamlessly from Mac OS X or Windows PCs.
When I converted to a Mac in 2006, I did so in the future I could acces my content across all my Apple devices. But today, that's not really a reality. I still have content that resides solely on my iPhone or my iPad or my MacBook. I know there's ways to get around this. There's syncing my devices. And, there's the iCloud option, which has already hit max capacity. But those options, if not complicated, are time-consuming.
Software startup Entangled Media today released a new app, Younity, that lets iPhone users access all their files from any device without storing files in the cloud. It's like iCloud, which syncs all your Apple devices so you can access the files from any device, but without the syncing or the cloud.
Despite all the cloud storage and syncing solutions out there, most consumers still struggle with accessing all of their files across multiple devices. A big part of the problem is that the average user is said to have roughly one terabyte worth of files across all digital life (aka 1,024 gigabytes, or the equivalent of 250,000 standard digital photos or 128 video DVDs), a number that’s increasing rapidly. Even the best consumer-grade solutions to date have been best suited for a few dozen gigabytes of data at most.
The Next Web, 12/4/2012
Entangled Media, a company founded by Foundstone and Jabber alumni, has announced the public beta launch of its personal cloud service Younity, which is currently free of charge and does not store any of your files online.