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… how can I ensure that I do not loose them ?
This question has been bothering me for a long time. With the advent of digital cameras and smartphones with cameras the number of photographs taken has exploded. According to this slideshare the number of photographs taken has exploded from 86Billion in 1999 to 380Billion in 2011. Every second 26 photos are uploaded to instagram.
But what impact does it have on their importance?
I remember when I was a child each photograph had an emotional or sentimental value attached to it. We took photographs of all the memorable and precious moments of our lives weather it was festival time or marriage or birth. I still want to look at those photographs to relive those precious moments that made my life. I want to look at those photographs to remember all the important people who meant a world to me and are no more around.
Are we losing the value of memories or precious moments because of digital explosion?
Just because we ‘can’ we are taking photographs of every tiny little thing. The emotional value of that photo is short lived. Out of thousands of digital photographs that I have on phone, laptops or external hard drive, I would definitely like to pass on some rare and precious moments to my son or to my grandchildren. These photographs are my precious digital assets. I came across this interesting article that explains how insurance firms and courts establish a ‘market value’ to an object of sentimental value to the owner.
So how do we ensure that these precious moments are not lost in time?
Exactly for this reason we have PlannedDeparture to pass on our precious moments, our emotional legacy to our family. We can store and preserve the memorable or copyrighted photographs to protect and safeguard them at the same time ensure that these photographs are transferred to our family.
I would like to protect my digital assets and transfer my emotional legacy to my family, would you?
“Believe in your idea, believe in your dream because if you will not believe in it no one else will. It is you and only you who can make it happen”
A few weeks back,our venture Planned Departure was selected by Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the founders award. The above quote was my tip to budding entrepreneurs. The first time when I talked about my idea and product in front of a group of people, some of them found it interesting ,others discarded it and the rest found it morbid. But we believed in it and worked relentlessly to address some of issues , concerns and created our product video and relaunched our website with new design.
Fast forwarding a few months, we were covered in the Deccan chronicle , interviewed in National Public Radio, Cincinnati(US) branch and then finally selected by London Business School Incubator program. We are awarded the founder’s award by Deloitte. This is possible only because of our belief in the idea. No doubt we have a fare share of failures and challenges but we need to overcome them.We have worked hard to bring Planned Departure to a stage where it is now and it our belief that is going to take it to a stage we envision. This will be a long and hard journey but every moment, every learning will be worth it.
I would like to mention another inspiring quote from the founder of Flatclub and LBS alumni “This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time”.
I will end this article by extending this quote to state that
“Your life if ending every minute, it is you who decides what to do with this passing minute. I choose to believe in my idea and follow my dreams. What do you choose?”
Wishing everyone a very happy new year!!
Identity theft is growing in the US and will soon become a problem everywhere. When we are around it easy to safeguard our information by tracking our online accounts regularly but what happens if we are not around?
Like you, I never thought about my digital afterlife or what would happen to my data after I die? Then I read about Mr Johnnie Salter, whose identity was stolen after his death, to buy cars and apply for different credits. It was terrible for grieving Crane,73 to find out that her brother’s identity has been stolen.
Mr Salter’s case is just one of the many cases of ghosting – identity theft of the deceased. According to a study, every year the identities of at least 2.5 million Americans are stolen. These identities are used to apply for tax refunds, opening new credit lines or applying for new telephone services.
Most of the times this identity theft takes place because credit card companies and other organisations do not get information about the deceased. In many cases family members are not aware of different accounts, policies, credit cards and online services used by the deceased.
When the family is grieving over the loss of their near and dear ones , the last thing they want to hear about is – identity theft of the deceased.
I would like to ease the pain of loss by planning well and ensuring that I leave instructions in place for my family members to take care of all my accounts, policies, cards and assets in one place.
That is why we created Planned Departure, to ease the pain of loss. Planned departure can help prevent ghosting – by providing timely information and instructions to your family members. Would I risk loosing my identity after I am gone? No, I will not. Sure it will not matter to me – but hey it will matter to people I will leave behind – Isn’t it?