Ask us anything!

Tinybeans founders

In honor of our 3 million member milestone, we sat down with our founders Eddie, Sarah-Jane, and Stephen for a Facebook Live Ask-Me-Anything! We invited all of you to tune and ask the questions you’ve always wanted answers to straight from our founders. Here are some of our favorite questions! If you have more questions, let us know in the comment section.

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How did Tinybeans come to life?

Stephen: It came to life just a few years ago before my first son was born. At that time, I had a lot of friends with kids and they used to have wallets with their babies, and I always felt like a bad parent that I didn’t have that. I decided to just make an app and fill it up with photos of my child every day and I had no idea that it would turn into something like this.

What are you most proud of with all of your work here?

SJ: I still get super emotional and cry a couple of times a week reading emails that come in from families that use Tinybeans, especially grandparents. Some grandparents have never met their grandchildren and seeing they use Tinybeans and still feel super close and super connected – that’s what makes me feel proud every day that we’re able to give that to families.

Do you look at members’ photos?

Eddie: No. Everything that is uploaded is owned by the users. The only time we can see your photos is if something comes up and something needs help, and through that request, if there is a need to access the account, we will. Otherwise, no. Everything you upload, you own, and the entire platform is secure.

What’s your best parenting tip?

SJ: I got this product called the Groclock. My son started getting up at 4:00 AM and it wasn’t much fun. [With the Groclock,] you don’t need it to tell the time, but it will just start to glow when the sun is coming up. We slowly got to the point where you should never get up before the sun comes up. The clock was set at 7:00 AM, and from the age of 2 to this day, he does not get up before then.

Stephen: I wanted to teach my oldest son about money, so I introduced these jars. One is a “save” jar, and the other is the “spend” jar. Every week, they have to put some money in those jars.

Eddie: My number one thing is to be present. When you’re with them, just be present. Technology can interfere so much. Time goes so quickly, so it’s nice to spend time and learn what’s going on in their lives and what inspires them. Even if it’s only 30 seconds or 5 minutes, it’s good to spend time with them because before you know it, they’ll be out of the house.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome to find success?

Eddie: Honestly, I think there are just loads of challenges all the time. I think depending where we’re at as a company, where we’re at as a product and in the market, there are going to be big and small challenges. I think we’re challenged every day… from the financial well-being of the company, hiring people, building up the product… there are just so many aspects to building a company. You’re always thinking about tomorrow and the future and how to make Tinybeans there for hundreds of millions of families. I think we’re so ambitious that sometimes we create our own challenge.

SJ: It’s definitely changed over time. In the beginning, we were bootstrapping it – we weren’t making any money and we didn’t have an income, so that was super challenging. I remember I wanted to work part time so I could be with my kids, but investors said they wouldn’t invest in a company that was part time, so that was a huge challenge. Now, I think our biggest challenge is balancing the day-to-day work while we think about where we want to be in the future.

How do you run a business while raising a family?

Eddie: Constant juggling.

Stephen: My supportive wife, without a doubt.

SJ: My supportive husband, in my case. It can be really hard sometimes. Just so much juggling and balancing.

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