A former Hewlett-Packard executive and a co-founder of Sacramento's American River Ventures today are formally launching a social networking company focused "on the power of inspiration."
Kamere Inc. co-founders Kim Box and John Kunhart say the new firm, based in Granite Bay, will connect people and organizations with inspirational content that can be shared across other social networking platforms.
The startup is not religion-based, but its "power of inspiration" focus aims to involve pursuits that include family, music/art, sports, adversity, health/fitness, leadership, fun, and mind, body and soul.
The company is developing a cloud-computing platform and a mobile application. Initially, Kamere has about a dozen employees but plans to hire accordingly as it grows.
In the coming weeks, the company plans to announce details about its product offerings.
Box, Kamere's president and CEO, said "the ultimate goal is to make a positive impact on the world by changing the way people become inspired and inspire one another.
"The world is full of inspiration, but there is currently no means of capturing inspiration, until now. Kamere will soon become the go-to tool for people and organizations to receive, share and act upon inspiration."
Kamere is a play on the words, "come here."
Organizers offered the example of an individual facing a medical or personal crisis logging onto Kamere and offering details, which would then prompt return information that inspires, advises or offers helpful options.
While Kamere's aims might come off as esoteric, its corporate structure has bedrock star power.
Box formerly served as vice president of HP's Global Solutions Center, overseeing more than 10,000 employees. She currently serves on the board of American River Bankshares, parent of Rancho Cordova's American River Bank.
Kunhart, Kamere's chairman and chief strategy officer, is a co-founder and managing director of American River Ventures, a $100 million venture capital fund targeting early-stage technology companies.
He said Kamere "is being built and managed by experienced executives that have successfully developed startup companies before. We are also pleased to have some of the greatest minds on our advisory board to support Kamere's strategy and growth."
The latter group includes Adryenn Ashley, founder of the California-based marketing firm Wow! Is Me Inc. and Mark Otero, local video game entrepreneur and co-founder of KlickNation.
Kamere officials said the company has already drawn the interest of nonprofits and investors. It continues to seek seed investors. Kamere's revenue-generating possibilities include organization sponsorships, revenue sharing, licensing and advertising.
For more information, see www.kamere.com.
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