Why hello there, and welcome to ChoreMonster! We’re glad you’re here (and by “here”, I mean here reading this blog post and here as a possible beta user). Let me introduce myself, I’m Paul (Armstrong), co-founder and Chief Creative Officer (yeah, that’s a thing I didn’t just make up this second) of ChoreMonster. Pull up a seat, pour some coffee, and let me tell you a little bit about us, what we’re doing and where we’re heading.
Rather than give you our sales pitch (which believe me, we could say in our sleep, while underwater, fighting off a narwhal army) I would rather tell you about why and how ChoreMonster came about. In March of 2010, my son Elliott and I were drawing in our dining room; just some old newsprint and pencils. He asked me to draw some monsters. So I did. Swirling around in my brain where visions of Mike Wazowski, Sulley and the world of Monsters Inc, the crazy creatures from Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends with a mix of Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. We drew for an hour or so, and ultimately I liked what I had drawn and thought about what I could turn them in to; but nothing really stuck. But I kept drawing them. Almost a year passed and in March (of 2011) my business partner Chris came to me with an idea for creating a way to make chores for kids easier, more fun — “game-ified” (which will be the last time I ever say gamified, gamificiation or anything thereto related to that word — though honestly, the concept fits). He also mentioned maybe we should submit the idea to a local startup accelerator The Brandery. I created a logo and we called the idea ChoreMonster — marrying my drawings with his idea. Two months later we had won Cincinnati Innovates, were a part of the 2011 Brandery class of startups and were on our way to getting funded to create our idea — a simple way for parents to manage chores and have their kids excitedly and willingly do them.
Here we are five months after officially raising our seed round of funding: we’ve hired a full time developer, are putting the final touches on version 1.0 of the Kids iOS app, consistently making adjustments, improvements and pushing forward. We now have over 2,000 parents managing their kids, and kids completing an average of 1,300 chores per week, supporting our mission to create fun and simple tools that help make a positive impact on the lifestyle of families. We are blown away by the response thus far, at such an early stage, and very excited about where we’re going.
What can you expect in the future? If I told you now, there wouldn’t be anything else for us to write from week to week, so let’s just say — many, many things to make your experience more useful, practical and fun (which we’ll be writing about once a week, like I said just a sentence ago, but I think you saw that, if not, go back … I’ll wait).
We are so blessed and pleased that you are using ChoreMonster, giving us your feedback and using what we’ve created. There are many, many more great things coming soon!