Shelf believes that the way teams manage information is broken--that content is scattered, disconnected, and disorganized. They ask:
• Have you had trouble finding an attachment in your email sometime in the last month?
• Have you ever been frustrated trying to find a document deep in a folder on a shared drive or dropbox?
• Have you ever lost a link to an important article and couldn’t find it in email or in a chat thread?
Shelf believes that these small events add up to a huge impact across industries and sectors. When teams can’t find content because those resources are lost or buried, it can waste time, money, and halt progress.That’s why they created Shelf: to revolutionize the way teams share knowledge by giving individuals the power to manage their digital work life and find the content they need, when they need it.
Shelf is a knowledge hub platform that enables teams to capture, organize, and find different types of content, from tiny emails to large videos. It is a single place to curate an organization’s most valuable resources, making it possible to find what users are looking for within 3 clicks. Shelf enables people to capture almost any type of content from across the web into a single place: presentations, documents, email attachments, webpages, web articles, youtube videos, podcasts, and facebook posts, among others.
By capturing and centralizing a team’s most important content into one place, Shelf seeks to make it easier to organize and find everything, since users can search by keyword and inside of documents; can filter by date, location, tags, and groups; and can use folders to locate curated content.
When users add new content to Shelf, the technology standardizes, structures, categorizes, and connects this content to its AI Engine. Like having a virtual librarian, this enables users to find content that they might not have even known existed and get content recommended to them. Admins can also get deeper insights into what information is truly valuable to the organization through Shelf's Analytics.
Shelf enables users to import and sync files from common places where information is stored, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive, which allows users to continue using the platforms they love while ensuring that content is accessible and organized. They believe that this ability makes their product sticky, and that once content is structured and findable there is a high switching cost associated with going back to simple folders and search.
Shelf has filed a provisional patent on its process of standardizing, structuring, and categorizing data, which they believe will enable them to have a proprietary AI engine for autosuggestion, recommendations, and categorization.
Beta users include departments and individuals from Google, Microsoft, Techstars, BCG Consulting, Harvard Business School, Intercontinental Hotel Group, MIT, Hewlett Packard, Congressional Management Foundation, Sloan Kettering Cancer, among many others. Shelf is in the process of building a reseller network with organizations such as: CTL.net, Cellar Door Media, WisdonEdge, Contango IT, and Vertika6.
- Current: Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, Google Chrome, and Firefox.
- In progress: Gmail, Slack, Box and Trello.
- In discussions for future integrations: Salesforce and Blackboard.
- Web Clipper for Chrome and Firefox - users can now include the capture of youtube videos, twitter feeds and LinkedIn profiles
- Search Inside of Documents - users can search inside of documents, presentations, PDFs, spreadsheets and other files
- Optical character recognition(OCR) technology - words inside of photos/images are searchable. Users can now create Google Docs and Microsoft Docs inside of Shelf.io. Shelf believes this enables their customers to remain on the platform for longer periods of time and for more tasks
Key Planned Product Releases in September
- Gmail Integration - enable users to grab documents, links embedded in messages, and email messages and save them directly to Shelf
- Slack Integration - enable Slack users to set up a Shelf channel inside their Slack application
Sedarius, the CEO and Co-founder of Shelf, personally felt the pain of poor knowledge management both as a practitioner and as a software executive. While working for the World Bank as a consultant, he saw dozens of instances where critical project knowledge in the field, ranging from waste water management to sustainable farming, got completely lost, causing costly (and preventable) mistakes. As a manager of a software company, he noticed that the company used 8 different cloud platforms and were constantly wasting time searching for information across them.
This is what inspired Sedarius to bring the Shelf Team together to solve this problem. Shelf's founding team has known each other for over 5 years and have worked together in previous companies. Collectively, they have 25 years of executive level software industry experience. Sedarius is the Visionary. Tobias Jaeckal, a former Accenture IT manager, is the Tech Guru and Colin Kennedy is their Marketing Maven.
Shelf's board has Charlie Wetmore, the former solution architect and VP of Software for search engines like excite.com, askjeeves, and ask.com; John Rogers, a three-time tech CFO with 30 years of experience at companies like Autodesk and softdeck; and Ameer Rosic, a digital marketing expert, three-time founder and considered one of the Top 100 growth hackers in the tech industry.
Frequently Asked Questions
When you complete your investment on SeedInvest, your money will be transferred to an escrow account where an independent escrow agent will watch over your investment until it is accepted by Shelf.io. Once Shelf.io accepts your investment, and certain regulatory procedures are completed, your money will be transferred from the escrow account to Shelf.io in exchange for your shares. At that point, you will be a proud owner in Shelf.io.
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- Personal information such as your current address and phone number
- Employment and employer information
- Net worth and income information
- Social Security Number or government-issued identification
- ABA bank routing number and checking account number (typically found on a personal check or bank statement)
Until a closing occurs, you may cancel your investment at any time, for any reason. You will receive an email when the closing occurs and your shares have been issued. If you have already funded your investment and your funds are in escrow, your funds will be promptly refunded to you upon cancellation. To cancel your investment, please go to your portfolio page.
Currently there is no market or liquidity for these shares. Right now Shelf.io does not plan to list these shares on a national exchange or another secondary market. At some point Shelf.io may choose to do so, but until then you should plan to hold your investment for a significant period of time before a “liquidation event” occurs. A “liquidation event” is when Shelf.io either lists their shares on an exchange, is acquired, or goes bankrupt.
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This investment is highly speculative and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to risk the entire investment amount. In addition to these risks, you should carefully consider the specific information and risks disclosed in Shelf.io’s profile.