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TouchNote is a mobile app for smartphones, tablets and website for sending printed, personalized postcards, greeting cards and other photo products. TouchNote is a creative platform for personal communication. They operate in the $15B worldwide greeting cards and photo merchandise market, and ranked as one of Europe's fastest growing tech companies, in Inc. 5000, Deloitte Fast50 (2015),Sunday Times TechTrack (2017) and Financial Times 1000 (2018). The company is privately funded and based in London and Los Angeles. The Android and iOS apps and website are regularly updated with new features.

TouchNote
Mobile application
Founded2008
Headquarters
London
,
United Kingdom
Key people
ProductsiOS, Android
Websitetouchnote.com

TouchNote was first launched in 2008 and is based in London.[1][2][3]

Company profileEdit

The company was founded by Raam Thakrar and Paul Burdin in 2008, and was launched to the public in November 2008.[4] The TouchNote apps and website convert users' photos into postcards, greeting cards, and other photo products which are printed and posted by TouchNote on behalf of the user.

TouchNote cardsEdit

The TouchNote app and website allows users to send personalised postcards, greeting cards, framed photos, photo canvases and boxes of prints using their own photos. Orders are sent anywhere in the world with a functioning postal system, but are printed and posted from print centres based in the UK, USA, Germany and Australia. The postcards are 6 x 4-inch, and the greeting cards are 7 x 5-inch, printed with a gloss finish.

In 2014, the TouchNote iPhone app was updated to allow photo collage cards to be created, where the user could add multiple photos onto one card.

In March 2009, TouchNote released an API which allowed other sites to integrate into their print on demand system. This included photos from Facebook and from Picasa.[5] This API has since been discontinued.

Mobile applicationsEdit

In May 2009, the company released an application on the Nokia OVI store[6] which allowed users to use photos on their phone to make cards. It was the first application on the OVI store which produced a physical product. The app was voted the must-have entertainment app of 2010 by Ovi users.[7]

The company first released an iPhone application in September 2009 with similar functionality.[8]

In June 2010 an Android application was released with similar functionality.

In October 2010 a Windows Phone 7 app was launched. This included additional features such as photo crop and zoom and ability for users to sign their cards.[9] The Windows Phone 7 app is no longer supported by TouchNote.

AwardsEdit

TouchNote has received multiple awards, including the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 Awards.[10]

Data breachEdit

On 4 November 2015, TouchNote suffered a data breach in which some customer names, email addresses, order histories and home addresses were stolen.[11] In their official statement on 5 November, the company also confirmed that some dates of birth had been accessed, along with some card recipient's names and postal addresses.[12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Touchnote Wants to Bring Back the Postcard". Mashable.com. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ "It's Personal | Everywhere". DailyCandy.com. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Touchnote Wants to Bring Back the Postcard". Mashable.com. 3 November 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  5. ^ Butcher, Mike. "Europe – The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe | TechCrunch". Uk.techcrunch.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  6. ^ Butcher, Mike. "Europe – The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe | TechCrunch". Uk.techcrunch.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  7. ^ [2] Archived 10 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Butcher, Mike. "Europe – The latest innovative tech coming out of Europe | TechCrunch". Uk.techcrunch.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Microsoft News – Touchnote: Hello from Hawaii". Microsoft-news.tmcnet.com. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Touchnote Announced as One of the UK's Top 10 Fastest Growing Technology Companies at the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 Awards". bestmobileappawards.com. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Touchnote postcard app suffers data breach". BBC News. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Touchnote breach: Wrote a postcard with us? Thieves have your pal's name, address". The Register. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Important Update to Touchnote Customers – 5th November 2015". Archived from the original on 3 February 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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