Chptr is an innovative app designed to share and preserve memories of lost loved ones. This startup has also recently secured $1.5 million in seed funding, marking a significant milestone in its mission to revolutionize the way people encapsulate the lives of those they’ve lost. The app offers a platform for individuals to invite others to share and store diverse forms of memories, including stories, images, audio messages, videos, and more, creating a centralized space for commemorating a person’s legacy.
The startup was founded back in 2020 by Rehan Choudhry, as Chptr was born out of a poignant experience when Choudhry, alongside his wife, a news anchor at CBS New York, was involved in crafting video tributes for the initial victims of COVID-19 in New York City. Engaging with families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, they sought to paint a vivid picture of the lives lost.
A big thing Choudhry realized after talking to so many families was that these memorial videos served as almost a reunion point for people that they will continue to grieve around. Their team noticed that the grieving process that would typically take around 90 days was extended out to months because they had something to rally around. So the big question Choudhry asked himself was “why doesn’t everyone on the planet have access to this because we all have smartphones and social media?” So, after much thought, he decided to go down the rabbit hole of discovery and it brought him to starting up Chptr.
Chptr serves as a means to stay connected with the friends and family of the departed, fostering the discovery of unknown aspects of their lives. Users can collect and store memories, record stories on-the-go within the app, and ensure that the conversation about their loved one continues over time. With almost 4,000 users across 900 memorials, Chptr is experiencing a 20% month-over-month growth, reflecting its resonance with users across various timeframes, from one week ago to 25 years ago.
Unlike traditional obituaries and funerals, Chptr democratizes the sharing of memories, allowing anyone with a positive recollection to contribute. The app aims to be both consumer-centric (B2C) and business-focused (B2B), exploring partnerships with news organizations, TV networks, nonprofits, and medical centers to support their memorialization efforts. By providing a platform for the efficient collection of stories, Chptr envisions becoming a valuable resource for organizations to share compelling life narratives.
The recent $1.5 million seed funding round, led by Grit Capital Partners and featuring participation from Singularity Capital, Ganas Ventures, Tubbs Ventures, Gaingels, Lucas Venture Group, and Accel Starter, will be channeled into product development and marketing. This follows Chptr’s successful $2.4 million pre-seed funding round in the summer of 2022.
Rehan Choudhry outlined the future aspirations of Chptr, stating his mission to build 100 million memorials with over a billion people contributing to them. They want to create more of a Wikipedia of life, but rich in content, so that the ripple effect of somebody’s existence never ceases to end. Some would say you die twice. Once when you physically pass away, and a second time when your name is spoken for the very last time. Chptr wants to ensure that the second one never happens. And, that’s possible now, since the provide the easy to use technology to do just that.
Available on both iOS and Android, the Chptr team envisions building the largest central database and learning resource for life stories, ensuring that people and their stories live on forever in the collective memory of those who cherish them. With the holidays approaching, now is always a good time to create, store, and share memories of you and your family with family and friends.