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GOOD 100: Meet Nate Westheimer, Keeping Your Memories Safe and Sound

Nate Westheimer is the Executive Director of the New York Tech Meetup, a nonprofit with over 28,000 members. By connecting members of the city’s...

Nate Westheimer is the Executive Director of the New York Tech Meetup, a nonprofit with over 28,000 members. By connecting members of the city’s technology scene, NYTM hopes to build sustainable companies that leaders in innovation and create positive change. Once a month, several startups present their inventions for feedback and to test their products.


This year, Westheimer will focus more on Picturelife, a company he founded to give people a single, secure place to back up their lifetime of photos, made accessible from anywhere. The Picturelife team is a group of software engineers and designers working to solve a frustrating problem: keeping pictures safe and secure. As the Picturelife website describes, it takes a fraction of a second to capture one memory, and the same amount of time to lose them to a thief, data corruption, or natural disaster.

“Our company's mission is to give people a home for all of their most precious memories, and an easy way to access them anywhere,” Westheimer says. “So, 2013 is about growing Picturelife from small startup to full-fledged company.”

No matter what, Westheimer says, he urges people to keep taking photos.

“As life goes on—as people leave our lives and new people join them—our photos are the best tools we have to retell stories and remember those we love,” he says.

In early January, Westheimer and partners launched Picturelife for Windows, and they now support Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android. By summer, Westheimer will add support for Windows 8 phones.

Follow Nate Westheimer here.

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