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Nine Studios is a London based startup helping you to enjoy and appreciate life.

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What we're doing right now

Nine Studios is focused on helping you:

  • Do more in your life.
  • Record those memories.
  • In order to Relive them all over again.

To do this we've built Remember When, a micro journaling site for easily keeping a record of your favourite memories. This site is live so feel free to check it out and start writing memories.

We are currently spending most of our time building Photine, a family of smarter digital photo frames, that connect to your photos on Facebook, Google, Dropbox etc. and helps you to relive some of your best moments in life. We're currently building the hardware using Raspberry Pi's and are looking to get beta versions in customer hands early this year.

Remember When - Nearing a big update

We have been slogging away building a huge update to Remember When. This update is going to contain the ability to have friends, which seems essential but has added all sorts of complications to it. Oh, and it also looks 10 times sexier. We've got some big plans, after this next update we should be able to get back to smaller and more regular updates.

Nineline 0.0.2

We have just released a huge update to Nineline. This version actually works! Hurrah! You can now browse through the predictions and articles, change the date ranges and filter by categories. We also have a new signup list so join now to get the latest exciting updates.

Remember When - Postcards

We're now experimenting with making Remember When Entries look like postcards. Trying to spice of the way we relive those memories.

A short history of Nine Studios

  • Sept 2010 - Charlie founded Nine Studios because he wanted a place where he could further develop the weird and wonderful ideas that come to him.
  • Oct 2010 - Nine Studios is running as a small design consultancy and performs one job, building the graphics and illustrations for the Rainbow Training website.
  • Jan 2012 - Whilst in his final year studying a BEng in Product Design and Manufacture at the University of Nottingham Charlie designs Lumine for Nine Studios, a range of smart colour changing lights.
  • Summer 2012 - After graduating Charlie realises he knows bugger all about running a company and decides to pursue a MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL. A fantastic course where you run your startup as you learn more about what you're doing. At this point the idea was for Nine Studios to be a weird sort of design ecosystem made up of the following:
    • Nine Designs - A design consultancy where our employees could get exposed to a wide range of different projects, gaining new experiences in different industries.
    • Nine - Our in house design team where we build consumer friendly smart home products.
    • Nine Store - Our store where we sell great home design with a focus on smart home technology. Selling both our own products and those from other manufacturers.
  • Sept 2012 - Jan 2013  - It quickly became apparent that this model was way too ambitious to start it all at once, so we dialled it down to just Nine Store. We developed this business idea, closely following the Lean Startup methodology, lots of consumer interviews and the building of Minimal Viable Products (MVP's).
  • Jan 2013 - At this point having been heavily involved in business development and e-commerce, Charlie begun really missing the excitement of designing new and interesting products. The company pivoted, instead of selling consumer friendly smart home products, we were to build them. The problem we tackled was:
    • Digital photo frames are shit, they all look the same and are a ball ache to setup and keep new photos on them. There must be a better way of reliving the best moments in your life.
  • Jan 2013 - May 2013 - After performing extensive product, customer and business development we had developed Photine, a family of smarter, better digital photo frames. We also had a team of six people working on making this happen, and had a lot of fun building all sorts of prototypes.
  • Summer 2013 - We won the London Entrepreneurs Challenge, the UCL Bright Ideas Award and got shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas award and the NACUE Varsity Pitch Competition. We got a small amount of seed funding and started building towards a crowdfunding campaign to validate the market and raise the money we needed for manufacture.
  • Nov 2013 - We had put together a great looking crowdfunding campaign and launched on Indiegogo. Unfortunately we failed spectacularly. However we learnt so much from the experience and I'm sure we'll fuck up in a different way next time we crowdfund.
  • Dec 2013 - Feb 2015 - Nine Studios went through a hiatus, where we didn't know what to do anymore, so we all went our separate ways for a while.
  • Feb 2015 - With Charlie's interest in futurology and mapping trends he built an online timeline tool called Nineline, as a Nine Studios venture, aimed at being a small tool for mapping trends, rather than a main focus for the company.
  • March 2015 - Nine Studios starts a reboot, focussing on building products and tools that make people happier. Our first such product, Remember When, a micro journaling platform aiming to help you record and relive the best moments in your life.
  • 2050 - ...Great success, we've made the world a happier place and we're working from our own private island, sipping cocktails and coming up with ridiculous ideas we can now afford to implement.

Remember When Version 0.1.0

Well it's only been a week an already we've got a slightly significant update. A new home page, register form and a sexy slideshow of posts to make it easier to relive those great memories.

Remember When version 0.0.2

After our initial launch we already have a new and improved version. Check out the improvements below:

  • Edit posts on the front end, rather than through the Wordpress dashboard.
  • You can now use @ tags for people and # tags for locations in the main body of the content, it is no longer restricted to the tags input box.

Remember When version 0.0.1

Exciting times, as we have just launched version 0.0.1 of Remember When, our micro journaling platform that aims to improve your happiness by making it easier to record and relive the best moments in your life. This version is still somewhat of a test, so expect things going wrong, poor design etc. You can sign up here, and start recording those awesome moments in life.

Nineline - Tracking trends and predictions

We now have a name an an initial starting point for the timeline tool we are developing. Nineline is the name and nineline.io is the place to find it. Expect bugs, crashes, infinite loops and some great content starting to emerge as we make it easier for you to track trends, see what the future might hold or explore what has happened before.

Distributed companies

Is working as a distributed company a good idea?  With no office, everyone working in different locations and using online tools for project management, communication and collaboration. 

On the large side it seems to work for Automattic, the company behind Wordpress and it surprisingly works for the London based hardware startup Bleep Bleeps. 

From a bootstrapping point of view it makes sense to lower costs this way and to pull in amazing talent from around the world, not just from those willing to live near enough to your base. On the downside is it harder to be collaboratively creative? Would the brainstorming sessions accross the Internet yield poorer creative results than and engaging physical session. 

All questions that need to be answered but being a distributed startup seems like a good move for us, getting the right passionate people on board no matter where they are is more crucial for us. Also... We don't have an office ;)

Crowd sourcing ideas.

What's the best way to explore crowd sourcing ideas and open innovation? Going to where the people are means going to the large social networks. But continually posting about development and trying to get inspired feedback might appear too spammy on such platforms.

Maybe a better way would be to create an open innovation platform where organisations can create their own forums and users can share their ideas with these organisations. Then the users can follow the companies they are interested in and continually share and comment on ideas and feel like they are part of the design process.