The area of family tree social networks is growing as people move from seeing the benefits of social networking for business and friends through to using it to map their family social graph as well. Ancestry.com is about ancestors and Geni.com is, in the main, genealogy, but few have tackled the issue of mapping and communicating with your living family. Yes, you could do its through Facebook but it’s not a very focused method.
So London-based Kindo, which addresses this area, just won undisclosed seed funding from Estonia-based Ambient Sound Investments. Why are they Estonian based? Because they are formed from Skype’s founding engineers. Also in the seed round is Saul and Robin Klein of The Accelerator Group (TAG), and Stefan Glänzer, first investor in last.fm and executive chairman until the acquisition last year by CBS.
Kindo covers the “next generation” family tree, with communication features, stats and a family ‘news feed’ not unlike a Facebook feed. Perhaps it’s stand-out proposition is that because it is translated into 14 languages including Russian, Arabic and Chinese it will be aimed at groups traditionally associated with a tight-knit sense of family.