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. The photos ordered via the application are either printed and sent to you by post, or can be collected from one of its “photo lab” partners. In the United States, in-store printing spans all states, thanks to partnerships with Walmart, Target, CVS and Duane Reade.
The app, also available in Mexico and India, is now launched in Europe. Specifically, photo printing now covers UK, France and Germany. However, at this time, Kicksend only provides home printing service. I am told that in-store partnerships are underway, but the first priority was to put in place the basic printing infrastructure.
In the UK, a prime candidate might be someone like the Chemist Boots, 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.
The Kicksend mobile app is available for Android and iOS. It also has a Windows 8 offer. In addition to the photo printing function, it allows you to share photo albums through the app or send as many full resolution photos as you want to the e-mail address. -mail from anyone. Supported photo sizes include normal aspect ratios (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.