We’re a small team of people who are passionate about our photos, the memories they bring up, and the connections they foster between the people we care most about. We built Smile because we wanted a better way to store all of our photos, find our favorite memories, and share them with the people we love.
Before Smile, our photos were all over the place, on CDs and laptops and phones, not to mention on services like Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and Shutterfly. Some were backed up in the cloud; some weren’t. If we wanted to find a particular photo from a memorable event, we never knew where to find it.
That’s all changed now. Our collections of thousands (or tens of thousands) of photos are now safely stored in the cloud in a photo library that we can access from a computer, tablet or phone. We can sit down for brunch with a friend and, within moments, show off photos from a child’s first birthday, a family vacation or a weekend in Santa Cruz. Then, we can even snap a photo of that friend and instantly stream it to anyone who we’re sharing with on Smile.
Mike Sitrin is a successful entrepreneur with 20 years of business experience. He jumped from traditional publishing to the consumer web in 1999 to join startup Spinner (acquired by AOL) and never looked back. After gaining experience in larger business operations under AOL, Mike co-founded user-generated video site Grouper, which was acquired by Sony. Until recently, Mike was co-founder and CEO of FYI Living, the “mythbusters of health information.”
Narendra Rocherolle has been involved in consumer web development since 1994. Chairman of the Board of Directors, he is one of the original co-founders and onetime CEO of Webshots. He is the founder Serendipity Series, a monthly speaker series celebrating the interactions and experiences that transform everyday lives. A pioneer and contributor to the social web, he has a knack for knowing what is coming next.
Josh Fraser is a versatile technical executive with over 15 years of professional experience in many technical fields, such as Systems and Network Operations, Software Development, and Database Administration, while maintaining an emphasis on performance, availability, architecture, and the bottom line. Having held management and leadership roles at Twitter, AirPlay Networks, Adteractive, manageStar, and Netcom, he excels at building technical teams from the ground up.
Diana Donovan launched her digital marketing career in 1996 when she left her studio manager position with a commercial photographer to join a travel site on AOL called Lost In America. She worked as a freelance writer for companies such as iVillage and Pottery Barn, and held a number of product and marketing positions with companies such as CNET Networks, Excite@Home, American Greetings and Oodle. Her expertise includes all aspects of brand development and marketing.