Kindaba🎈

Simple private sharing for families

At Kindaba, we’re building a space where you can keep all family communication in one place. Our features are designed to include the whole family. As more of our lives are lived online, and we raise children in this digital age, we want a safe space for them to interact with their private family network.

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Big thanks to Bram for Hunting us 🙏 and to Product Hunt for having us. We’re really excited to share Kindaba with you all today after months of work 😊 Kindaba is a private simple sharing space for your family. I’ve always wanted my family to be more connected. I’d set up shared google drive accounts, make a family Slack team, even toyed with the idea of getting everyone a google apps subscription so we could have one place to store our memories. None of it worked! My family is spread all over the world and we’re all pretty privacy conscious. A few years ago, something weird started happening: it seemed like everyone started procreating 🐣. Every few months it seemed, there was a new cousin popping up and we all were trying to find a way to stay connected. What we wanted sounded simple: We wanted our own version of Facebook that was super simple and absolutely private. We didn’t want any ads, and we wanted it to be easy enough for Caroline and Alan (my parents) to use. Kindaba was made for family, however you define yours ❤️ After about 18 months of trying everything under the sun ☀️ and asking others what they used, we realised there was a common pain point. So we set out to solve it for everyone. The result is Kindaba — we’re at the MVP stage right now and are looking for as much feedback as we can get. It doesn’t do everything we want it to do yet, and we’re working on it all the time, but are excited about how it’s gone so far, and, crucially Alan & Caroline think it’s ’not bad’. High praise indeed 😎 From baby journals, to a toddler-friendly family messenger, to private social network. We have high hopes for Kindaba, and we’re looking to you for advice and feedback. 💬 ✨ Exclusive Offer for Product Hunt Members ✨ We're offering Product Hunt members free lifetime access to Kindaba (valued at over $100/year). This is a big thank you from the whole team here at Kindaba. You are helping us shape the future of private sharing for families. We're looking forward to welcoming you and your family on board!
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@gelb looks like a great product. Although why use Kindaba v's Whatsapp?
@john_robertson Great question! We LOVE WhatsApp - It's a great messenger! We reached out and asked people what was working for them, and what they'd change. We found that many of our users say WhatsApp lets them down on a few different fronts. First, some of them don't like that it's owned and meta-monitored by Facebook. Second, many tell us they find WhatsApp to be a fantastic messenger, but the moment you want to share 30 photos, it starts to let you down. Sharing certain things with certain people is often pretty hard on WhatsApp because you have to make a whole new group or double post. Kids also aren't supposed to use it, and the ability for anyone to be added to group discussions is unsettling to some as well. Finally, going back and looking at old photos on WhatsApp is sometimes very difficult as it's held on the device and treats all updates the same (too much noise). At the end of the day, WhatsApp is a fantastic messenger, but our members tell us that when you try to use it like a social network (which it's not) it doesn't work so well. We find that if WhatsApp works for you and your family, awesome! But if you're looking for something with a bit more control, and designed to preserve and sort your memories and milestones, then something like Kindaba might be another option :)
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@gelb @john_robertson I see that it has a bigger advantage than Whatsapp. You can share photos, etc via Whatsapp, but it quickly clogs up your phone's storage if you have it set to auto-save. It's also very easy for stuff to get lost in Whatsapp chats, especially in groupchats with 15+ people talking all the time. Kindaba has cleaner look and is kind of like the invite-only Instagram for families.
@gelb I am so glad you set out to solve this problem. Your story resonates with me on so many levels! This holiday season is the perfect time to try and get everyone using it. One question, where did the name kindaba come from???
@smithva Thanks so much Vance!! It's still early days but it would be great to get your feedback 😊 The name is a combination of 'Kin' for family and 'Indaba' meaning gathering place. 🎈

Kindaba is still developing, but these guys are SO responsive and so keen to make this a product that really works for people and protects family privacy. Super trustworthy, and I can't wait to see where kindaba goes in the future

Pros:

extremely responsive, helpful team who prioritise your privacy

Cons:

Still working out some bugs, but these get better every day.

How do I copy the messages you provided for sharing? When I press and hold it's only highlighting one word not the whole text. I'm on an android phone.
I 😻 products that put privacy first. Rob and the team are super smart and developing a great product. Excited to see this grow in 2018 🚀
@fredrivett Thanks for the kind words Fred! 🎈😄

Having a place to share with family and friends in a controlled social network gets rid of that constant worry about what you are sharing with your inner circles and one of the primary reasons I like Kindaba. I can choose who I share things with, without being tracked or targeted by ads. I see this as a great option for families and parents who want to share photos or experiences with their extended family members, but don't want their child's photos on Facebook, Instagram, etc.

Pros:

Provides the ability to maintain privacy within your own social network without sacrificing useful and necessary features.

Cons:

Features are currently at their beginning stages, but shows high potential as more users join.

Been looking for something like this forever. Excited to check it out.
@neilparikh Thanks so much Neil!! Let us know what you think ☺️