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- Smilebox Brings Smiles to Mums in the United Kingdom, Announces Photo Sharing Service in Collaboration with Hallmark U.K.
Redmond, WA (MarketWire) March 11, 2010 –- Smilebox Inc.(www.smilebox.com), a global photo services company, announced today it has entered into a partnership with Hallmark U.K. to offer a unique photo sharing and preservation service targeted toward the needs of U.K. families.
- Smilebox Receives $2 Million in Series B Follow-On Funding to Launch European Expansion
Redmond, WA (MarketWire) Feb. 24, 2010 –- Smilebox Inc.(www.smilebox.com), a global photo services company, announced today it has received $2 million in follow-on funding to its Series B round in December 2007. The funding will be used to drive the company's expansion into the European market.
- Smilebox Helps Bring Innovative Hybrid Paper/DVD Greeting and Digital Scrapbook Product Lines to Hallmark for Holiday 2009
Redmond, WA (MarketWire) Nov. 24, 2009 –- Smilebox Inc., a leading photo services company,
announced it has collaborated with Hallmark Cards, Inc. to deliver two new innovative product lines
to customers at Hallmark Gold Crown stores this holiday season.
- Smilebox Adds Direct-to-Store Printing to Walmart and Sam's Club in Time For Holiday 2009
Redmond, WA (MarketWire) Nov. 23, 2009 –- Smilebox Inc., a leading photo services company,
announced today its customers can now print directly to any Walmart or Sam's Club in the United
States from within the Smilebox service, then pay and pick up prints at their local store in as little as
- Smilebox and Sam's Club Announce Partnership to Give Customers Creative
Photo Sharing and Printing Options In Time for the Holiday Season
Monterey, Calif. – 6Sight Conference - Nov. 12, 2009 –- Starting this week, Sam's Club members nationwide will be able to
select from more than 900 Smilebox designs and order prints of their Smilebox creations
from the comfort of their home. They will be able to pick up prints in as little as an
hour from more than 550 Sam's Club locations.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media and Smilebox Partner to Offer Engaging Photo
Sharing and Preservation Service
NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 11, 2009 –- Hearst Magazines Digital Media and Smilebox today
announced a partnership to provide CountryLiving.com and GoodHousekeeping.com
visitors with a unique way to celebrate, share and preserve life's special moments.
Smilebox Inc. Announces Acquisition of Preclick Corp. as Cornerstone of its Print-to-Retail Strategy
REDMOND, WA, Sept. 9, 2009 –- Smilebox Inc., a leading photo services company, announced today
it has acquired Preclick Corp., a leader in print-to-retail software for retailers such as Walmart,
Costco, Walgreens, Sam's Club and Meijers.
Smilebox Inc. Announces Retail Availability of Its Leading Photo Service
REDMOND, WA, Mar 5, 2009 -- Smilebox Inc., a leader in photo sharing and preservation, announced
today the immediate retail availability of its popular service at select retailers nationwide.
Smilebox DVD Maker™ Launches for Windows Customers
REDMOND, WA, December 11, 2008 -- Just in time for holiday gift giving, Smilebox, Inc. announced
today the worldwide availability of Smilebox DVD Maker as part of the company's popular photo
service. With Smilebox DVD Maker, subscribers can now burn Smilebox creations such as personal
digital scrapbooks and slideshows directly to DVD from their home computer for quick and easy
viewing on a television.
Digital Halloween Greetings and Scrapbooks from Smilebox Make Frightfully Fun Memories Easy and Affordable
REDMOND, WA, October 29, 2008 -- For an affordable alternative to paper Halloween greetings,
invitations and scrapbooks, busy moms can turn to Smilebox to creatively share Halloween
photos and videos with friends and family.
Leading Photo-Sharing Service Launches Smilebox for Mac
REDMOND, WA, June 24, 2008 -- Smilebox, Inc. a leader in photo-sharing technology, today
launched Smilebox for Mac giving Mac customers an easy and compelling way to share their
photos and videos.
Panicked Procrastinators Can Send Smilebox Photo EGreetings and Gift Subscriptions in
Time for Holiday Giving
REDMOND, WA, December 20, 2007 -- Last minute gift givers can turn to Smilebox for holiday
photo egreetings or a gift subscription to the online service that will arrive to the
recipient's email inbox in time for Christmas morning.
Smilebox Secures $7 Million in Series B Funding Led by Bessemer Venture Partners
REDMOND, WA, December 11, 2007 -- Smilebox, Inc., the leader in multimedia expressions
technology, today announced it has raised $7 million in Series B financing. Bessemer Venture
Partners led the round and was joined by existing investor Frazier Technology Ventures.
Consumers Can Go Green This Holiday With Eco-Friendly Digital Photo Greetings, Newsletters
and Invitations From Smilebox
REDMOND, WA, November 15, 2007 -- This holiday season, Smilebox gives consumers an easy way to go
green and send environmentally friendly digital photo greetings, photobooks, newsletters and
invitations to friends, family and business colleagues.
Smilebox and Lifetime Television Promote Breast Cancer Awareness With Multimedia
Designs for Sending Mammogram Reminders and Celebrating Courage
REDMOND, WA, October 2, 2007 -- Smilebox Inc., the leader in multimedia expressions technology,
today released two multimedia greeting and scrapbook designs in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Smilebox Signs Distribution Partnerships With Leading Media and Blogging Service Companies
Lifetime Entertainment Services and Six Apart
REDMOND, WA, August 29, 2007 -- Smilebox Inc., the innovator in multimedia expressions technology,
today announced distribution partnerships with Lifetime Entertainment Services, the parent company
of Lifetime Television, basic cable's most-watched women's network, and Six Apart Ltd., the
creators of Vox, a free blogging service for friends and family, and Live Journal, a free online
community of passionate and prolific journalers.
Smilebox Inks Distribution Partnerships With Drugstore.com and Corel
REDMOND, WA, May 9, 2007 -- Smilebox Inc. today announced distribution partnerships with both
drugstore.com, inc. and Corel Corporation, further broadening the availability of the Smilebox
service to millions of new users.
Smilebox Makes It Easy to Surprise Mom This Mother's Day With Personal Photos and Videos
Inside Unique Digital Designs
REDMOND, WA, April 24, 2007 -- For those who want to surprise the moms in their life this
Mother's Day, Smilebox offers a multimedia option that's more personal and touching than a
traditional card. Smilebox makes it easy to email a Mother's Day tribute that includes
personalized photos, videos and music and can be created in minutes for less than the cost
of an average printed greeting.
Smilebox Selected as Finalist in Red Herring 100 North America 2007
REDMOND, WA, April 9, 2007 -- Smilebox Inc. today announced it has been selected as a finalist
for the Red Herring 100 Award, a selection of the 100 private companies based in North America
that play a leading role in innovation and technology.
On2 Technologies Enables New Generation of Social Network Video With Smilebox
TARRYTOWN, NY, March 21, 2007 -- On2 Technologies, Inc., (Amex: ONT), a leader in video-compression
software and solutions, announced today that its Flix(R) DirectShow(R) SDK is utilized by Smilebox's
new Video Clips service, providing consumers with the ability to combine video with other digital
media such as music, photos and other graphics in order to create personalized multimedia expressions
for sharing through email and social networks.
Smilebox Revolutionizes Personal Video Sharing
REDMOND, WA, February 12, 2007 -- Smilebox Inc. today announced Smilebox Video Clips, a new service
feature making it easy to import, personalize and share personal videos in a matter of seconds.
This breakthrough technology is the easiest way to share personal videos with friends and family.
Smilebox and Hallmark Partner to Deliver Photo Expressions to Consumers this Holiday Season and Beyond
REDMOND, WA, December 13, 2006 -- Smilebox, Inc. today announced a distribution and content partnership
with Hallmark Cards, Inc. With the holidays quickly approaching, this partnership will enable
customers to access an online catalog of seasonal e-cards, animated scrapbooks, slide shows and
interactive postcards that can be customized with their own photos, messages, music and backgrounds.
Smilebox Introduces Photo Expressions Service for Instant Creation of Digital
Scrapbooks, Greetings, Slideshows, and More
NEW YORK, NY, June 28, 2006 -- Today, Smilebox, Inc. announced that its new photo expression
service is available for download at www.smilebox.com.
This revolutionary new tool allows anyone with a digital camera to create and share their personal
memories through customized digital scrapbooks and photobooks, e-greetings, slideshows, and postcards.
Beyond Scrapbooks - Easy, Personalized Ways to Share Photos
REDMOND, WA, April 14, 2006 -- The Smilebox service has hundreds of quality multimedia designs
including digital scrapbooks, photobooks, greetings, slideshows and postcards. Users can
personalize the Smilebox designs with their photos, words, music and embellishments, and then
email their creation to family and friends or print it as a keepsake.
Smilebox, Inc. Releases Internet's First Creative Messaging Service
REDMOND, WA, April 3, 2006 -- Today, Smilebox, Inc. launched the beta version of its
category-defining Smilebox service. The Smilebox service creates a new category called
"creative messaging," which draws from related categories including photo services,
scrapbooking and electronic greetings, delivering a new medium for communication unparalleled
in its ability to convey mood, thought and emotion.
Smilebox, Inc. Unveils Internet Service Making it Easy to Connect with Friends
and Family in a Creative and Compelling Way
REDMOND, WA, February 6, 2006 -- Today, Smilebox, Inc. previewed its one-of-a-kind service
that makes it easy and fun to connect with family and friends in a creative and compelling way.
It enables people to choose from hundreds of unique multimedia designs, easily customize them
with their photos, music, words, and style and then share them via email or print.
In The News
- Parade Magazine, January 10, 2010
"Treat your partner to a romantic stroll down memory lane by creating a photo slideshow. Websites like Smilebox.com let you do the job for free."
- New York Times, December 16, 2009
"Smilebox is far from the only option if you want to add photos or videos to your invitation, but nobody integrates them as spectacularly."
- Huffington Post, December 19, 2008
"The EPA estimates that 2.6 billion holiday cards are sold each year in the U.S., enough to
fill a football field 10 stories high! The best solution is to send tree-free wishes using one
of the many great e-card services such as smilebox.com."
Washington Post, December 7, 2008
"After downloading the program, you'll have access to hundreds of traditional to cutesy cards,
including nearly 70 holiday cards. For about $3 you can send a card to as many people as you
want that has no advertising, it fills up the entire computer screen and can include a long
holiday letter, as well as photos of you and the fam. I found the service super easy to use."
Mac|Life, October 9, 2008
"Smilebox will get you back in the scrapbooking groove—without the contact high from too much
glue. Best of all, sharing your vacation shots with family and friends is just a few clicks away."
School Library Journal, July 1, 2008
"With all the frills of a sophisticated video editing program but the ease of a word
processing package, Smilebox can be used by students, teachers, and librarians without detailed
instructions or sophisticated equipment. Smilebox deserves a strong A."
Macworld, June 25, 2008
"As Apple moves to retire iCards from its future Mobile Me service, Smilebox lets users mix
photos, videos and music with hundreds of interactive designs including scrapbooks, greetings,
slideshows, photobooks and postcards."
PCWorld, June 24, 2008
"Smilebox integrates with iPhoto, iTunes and Photo Booth, according to the developer, so you
can easily import and drag and drop media. It manages media compression to reduce upload/download times."
New York Times, April 17, 2008
"There are also a number of crossover tools that straddle the line between printed works and
multimedia presentations. Smilebox.com, for instance, specializes in scrapbooks and photo
albums that can be sent by e-mail or printed on paper."
Seattle Times, March 31, 2008
Interview with Andrew Wright
Scholastic Parent & Child, December, 2007
"Create animated e-cards from your photos, as well as photo albums, scrapbooks, and postcards,
set to the music of your choice. We like the neat little trick after you've created a digital
photo album - roll your mouse over a shot and it enlarges."
TechCrunch, December 10, 2007
"Smilebox, a site where you can create a variety of media presentations (such slideshows,
ecards, scrapbooks, photobooks, and postcards) by loading your own amateur photos and videos
into designer templates, has raised $7M in Series B financing. The round was led by Bessemer
Venture Partners and joined by Frazier Technology Ventures."
Seattle Times, December 11, 2007
"Smilebox is the modern-day Hallmark of sorts. It allows you to upload your digital photos,
and then make slideshows, electronic cards, scrapbooks and other stuff."
Seattle P-I, December 10, 2007
"Smilebox tomorrow plans to announce a new $7 million venture round, led by Bessemer Venture
Partners and including participation from Frazier Technology Ventures."
Yahoo Tech, November 28, 2007
"Smilebox makes easy work of putting together a unique, creative photo and video
slideshow, set to music."
PC Magazine, November 12, 2007
"With more than 1.3 million unique visitors worldwide and at just over one-year-old,
Smilebox.com combines software with a service for creative messaging, which lets you do
scrapbooking, share photos and video, make photobooks and postcards, and send ecards."
Globe and Mail, September 18, 2007
"Andrew Wright took what he learned at RealNetworks and started a combination greeting
card and photo-sharing service called Smilebox."
Parents Magazine, May 2007
"If you want more inspiration, check out Smilebox.com. This site is full of photo books,
short slide shows, cards, and keepsakes you can personalize and e-mail to friends."
About.com Parenting K-6 Children, May 20, 2007
"We've been having a great time creating photobooks and greeting cards from our digital photos
with Smilebox. The designs are so cute and they keep adding new ones all the time."
Savannah Now, May 10, 2007
"iMovie is great if you have the time, but with this little program, it took me about four
minutes to build a present for my Mom."
Seattle Times, May 9, 2007
"Smilebox is continuing to forge online partnerships to distribute its greeting
card-meets-scrapbook service for photos and videos."
Seattle P-I, May 9, 2007
"Smilebox, the Redmond developer of interactive online greeting cards, said today that
it has inked distribution partnerships with drugstore.com and Corel. The deals follow a
partnership that Smilebox launched with Hallmark last December."
PodTech.net, March 23, 2007
"This is a really cool service that lets you create online fun greeting-card-like experiences.
Lots of fun, with lots of personality, and you'll see why if you watch this tour."
Scobleizer, March 23, 2007
"I love a company that puts its developers right in the middle of its office.
That tells me it's a different kind of company right off the bat."
Red Tricycle, March 21, 2007
"You have ton of photos and video of Little One to share with your far-flung family,
but you never seem to get around to pulling it all together. Enter Smilebox, an online
service that packages photos, videos and music into cool templates that allow you to
deliver personalized online greetings in a snap."
Boston Globe, February 19, 2007
"Smilebox.com is a nice website and photo-sharing service for creating fancy digital photo albums."
Red Herring, February 12, 2007
"Just in time for romantic couples, photo-sharing site provides video valentines."
PC Magazine, February 12, 2007
"Smilebox users can continue to upload their favorite photos to create digital scrapbooks,
slideshows, and other template designs, with the additional option of uploading personal videos."
Seattle P-I, February 12, 2007
"There's plenty of activity in the online video arena. And now Smilebox - best known for its
interactive greeting cards - is jumping into the mix."
Cookie Magazine, February 12, 2007
"Smilebox launches a new video capability to go along with their much-lauded application that
allows parents to share pictures of their kids, and to craft inventive e-cards - without the
annoying hassle of requiring your friends to register before viewing the photos."
Seattle Times, January 22, 2007
"Smilebox ... is focused on personal greetings and experiences focused on digital photography.
It's a great company. It turns your photos into the coolest consumer experiences."
Int'l Herald Tribune, January 3, 2007
New York Times, January 1, 2007
The kicker is that, in a market cluttered with free services that have struggled to produce
profits, Smilebox is actually attracting paying customers."
Seattle P-I, December 13, 2006
"Today, the two companies will begin touting a service called Hallmark Smilebox that draws on the
technical innovation of 22-month-old Smilebox and the brand recognition of 96-year-old Hallmark."
Seattle Times, December 13, 2006
"Redmond-based Smilebox is partnering with Hallmark Cards to power a new photo-based service
on the Hallmark.com Web site, the companies are announcing today."
Money Matters Today on Comcast Network, November 15, 2006
"When they say it was easy to use, it really was."
PC Magazine, November 10, 2006
"Unlike traditional scrapbooking, which can be a long, tedious (and expensive) process,
Smilebox lets you produce results in minutes."
Stacy Julian, Founding Editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine, November 8, 2006
"Check out Smilebox"
Savvy Mom, October 16, 2006
"The best of digital scrapbooking and on-line greeting cards all rolled into one, with your
choice of photos, text, background music and background designs."
PC Magazine, October 15, 2006
"Smilebox, a very fun way of creating personalized electronic greeting cards
based on your own photos."
Family Fun Magazine, October, 2006
"Am I Super Scrapbooking Mom? No, my secret is Smilebox."
Fast Company, October, 2006
"Smilebox [is] ardently focused on friends and family."
Cosmogirl, July 14, 2006
"It's a huge upgrade from cheesy electronic cards. And I find it more fun than adding
comments to Facebook photo albums."
Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2006
"We found Smilebox simply enjoyable. It jazzed up our photos with fun designs, gave us
the ability to see the final product during any stage of our creating process, and
didn't take long to use."
DEMO 06 Conference, February 8, 2006
Smilebox presents at the DEMO 06 Conference.
FlashForward Seattle, March, 2006
Interview with Andrew Wright and Yannis Dosios.
Seattle Times, February 7, 2006
"Smilebox focuses on new creations using digital photos."
Seattle P-I, February 7, 2006
"Smilebox hopes to offer new kind of personalized greeting."
Seattle P-I, September 10, 2005
"Former RealNetworks Vice President Andrew Wright is trying to keep a low profile
around his new startup technology company."