Kicksend, the first mobile photo printing app, crosses the pond to the UK, France and Germany – TechCrunch
Y Combinator alum Kicksend started life as a way to share large files — another file-sharing app, if you will — but has since focused on making it easy to print photos taken on your smartphone. Photos ordered via the application are either printed and sent to you by post, or can be picked up from one of its “photo lab” partners. In the United States, in-store printing covers all states, through 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 UK, France and Germany. However, at the moment, Kicksend only provides home printing service. I’m told in-store partnerships are on the way, but the first priority was to get the basic print infrastructure in place.
In the UK, a prime candidate might be someone like Boots chemist, PC World or one of the major supermarkets. I’m only speculating here, but they would be the equivalent of the startup’s existing US 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 email. e-mail from anyone. Supported photo sizes include regular image formats (4×6, 5×7, and 8×10) and Hipstamatic-style photos (4×4). The Mountain View-based startup currently generates over $150,000 in revenue per 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.