Y Combinator alum Kicksend started life out as a way to share large files — another file sharing app, if you will — but has since put the focus on making it easy to get photos taken on your smartphone printed. Photos ordered via the app are either printed and sent to you through the post or can be picked up at one of its “photo lab” partners. In the U.S., in-store printing spans every state, thanks to partnerships with Walmart, Target, CVS and Duane Reade.
Now the app, which is also available in Mexico and India, is launching in Europe. Specifically, photo printing now covers the U.K., France, and Germany. However, for the time being, Kicksend is providing the print-to-home service only. I’m told that in-store partnerships are in the works, but the first priority was to get the basic printing infrastructure in place.
In the U.K., a prime candidate might be somebody like high street chemist Boots, PC World, or one of the major supermarkets. I’m purely speculating here, but they’d be the equivalent of the startup’s existing U.S. partners, and, in most cases, already provide photo printing facilities.
Kicksend’s mobile app is available for Android, and iOS. It also has a Windows 8 offering. Along with the photo printing feature, it lets you share photo albums through the app or send as many full resolution photos as you want to anyone’s email address. Photo sizes supported include regular aspect ratios (4×6, 5×7 and 8×10), and Hipstamatic-styled photos (4×4). The Mountain View-based startup is currently generating over $150k in revenue a month, apparently.
In late 2011, Kicksend raised $1.8 million in seed funding from True Ventures, Digital Garage, SV Angel, Start Fund, and Milo Founder and CEO Jack Abraham.