Lockboxer is Live

Jennifer, Kylie and Ionut

By Jennifer Morehead

Lockboxer has officially launched! We’re excited to find out from more people what they think of Lockboxer and how it helps make their lives easier.

We will be reaching out to the media and putting together some comedic videos about Lockboxer. Most of what we’ll focus on for Lockboxer will be fun and light-hearted. Because it’s nice to laugh. And because people do funny things when it comes to their stuff.

Lockboxer helps you do a lot based off the price and information about your things (ie: sell, make a wish list, etc). A key part of our service is letting customers make a home inventory. For a moment I’m going to get a little serious and focus on the home inventory piece.

This weekend our dear friends called at 2 am on Saturday saying there had been a fire in their condo building. They loaded their toddler-aged daughter, dog, and a few clothes into their car to come stay with us for a couple days. Luckily the building was okay for them to move back in. Our friends mentioned how in those few precious moments when they were grabbing the essentials to evacuate, they really did lose track of all that they had. They said how much they were excited about Lockboxer, so they could make a home inventory.

In a day and age when we read about disasters both natural and man-made, it’s nice to have a little feeling of control. My hope is that we offer that to our customers through Lockboxer.

Many people have helped turn the vision of Lockboxer into what you see today. Thanks to the Pixafy team, especially Uri Foox and Emmanuel Etienne. Thanks to Prescott, Ionut, Andy, Hannah, Chris, James, Sam, Tyrone, and Kylie. Thank you to all of our testers who spent so much time and effort giving us feedback. And thanks to my No. 1 tester, Brad.

At the end of the day, though, the customer is the most important person and the one we’d like to thank. We hope to get a lot of these customers. Visit http://lockboxer.com to use it and let us know what you think.

Smile for the Cameras

Chris Chowaniec, photographer

By Jennifer Morehead

The Lockboxer concept is a new take on old ways of managing your stuff. Selling things isn’t new. Making a donation of your things isn’t new. But the concept of pulling a list of items together and then being able to manage your stuff from one place is new. When we first started designing the Lockboxer site we did it all without pictures and realized there is a good reason we all know the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Because it’s true.

There is limited space on a website for words and we’re forecasting even more limited patience from our beloved users to read all those words. We wanted to highlight pictures of things that would resonate with our users, making them think, “Oh yeah, I have one of those at home.” We also wanted to take some pictures of situations where you would use Lockboxer. We will slowly be incorporating these pictures into the website as it evolves and as we get feedback from everyone.

My good friend from college, Chris Chowaniec, volunteered to help out. Chris is a fantastic photographer who does both commercial and lifestyle photography. His studio is Davlin Court Photography.

We converted my sons’ playroom into a temporary photo studio (if you look closely in the picture you’ll see play-area fencing near the windows). We had Lockboxer team members stop in throughout the day to get their photos taken. Our incredible babysitter, Hannah Smith, who’s about to start her graduate studies in psychology at Northwestern University, said she’d be willing to model (or was it me insisting?). And Prescott Tolk, a well-known comedian, came by to lend his funny perspective on people and their stuff.

We hope you like the photos and as always, we welcome your feedback.

What is Lockboxer?

By Ionut Trestian

When Sergey Brin and Larry Page started Google back in 1998 the stated mission of the new established company was in “organizing the world’s information.” The last decade clearly belonged to them as Google has been widely successful at doing so.

At Lockboxer we feel that although web companies have had a great influence on people’s lives by helping them organize digital information, optimize daily activities, enhance their social experience, several aspects have widely been overlooked. Lockboxer is aimed at filling a particular niche as we think that when users take the jump into the web they shouldn’t leave their material life behind. In our vision, users will be able to use Lockboxer to store information about their material items: electronic devices such as TVs and laptops, luxury items such as jewelry and perfumes, clothing items such as jackets, shirts etc. Such lists would have multiple uses: wish lists, donation lists, inventories for insurance purposes.

Before Lockboxer, users would craft their own cumbersome solutions to keep these inventories of their items. Such solutions would often involve spreadsheets or text documents that users store on their own computers or in cloud storage. This is far from perfect as spreadsheets and word documents don’t offer any specific functionality targeted at storing information about user items. It is also hard to integrate them with services such as eBay that users might want to use to sell their items. Second, using cloud storage provides only the reliability that comes from heavy replication and would again not offer any of the flexibility provided by Lockboxer. Lockboxer also provides this reliability by storing the user information in cloud storage.

Lockboxer is easy to use. By constant interaction with our users, we constructed an intuitive interface that helps users price their items, input all required information, and link to valuable services like eBay.

Finally, building on the past experiences of our team, we are committed to providing our users with the most complete and satisfying website experience by addressing issues of usability security, and seamless integration with popular services, platforms, and devices.