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Touchnote: The app-based postman simplifying the way we send cards to friends and family

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03 March 2016

Despite being a little older than other Everline Future 50 2016 businesses, Touchnote's growth in the last 12 months has really put it on the map and singled it out as a really disruptive force in the mobile, communication and social media spaces.

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Name: Touchnote
Industry/sector: Mobile
Date founded: 2007
Founders: Raam Thakrar and Paul Burdin
Location: London

Touchnote is a mobile app for smartphones and websites for sending printed, personalised postcards and greeting cards. Touchnote takes users’ photos, taken on their mobiles, and converts them into cards to print and post on behalf of the user.

Founded in 2007 by entrepreneurs and childhood friends Raam Thakrar and Paul Burdin, Touchnote emerged from a simple desire to send photos to family and friends easily, in a way that didn’t require you to travel to the nearest Boots or Snappy Snaps to develop photos.

The company has gone from strength to strength, particularly since focussing on its mobile offering since 2014. As such, Touchnote was confirmed in late last year as the ninth fastest-growing tech company in the UK, having expanded 2,300 per cent over 12 months.

In an era when moments and memories are shared quickly and impersonally via Facebook or Instagram, Touchnote has seized on people’s desire for more meaningful one-to-one communication. Understanding that people rarely receive something in the post that makes them smile anymore, the business has sent over five million cards to date – two million of those being in the last year.

In 2012, Touchnote was chosen to partner Samsung during the London Olympics, offering people the chance to order postcards and send them for free: a proud moment for Thakrar and Burdin. The company’s postcards have been sent to over 200 countries, and the app – the firm’s primary platform for engaging customers – is available for iPhone. iPad and Android, frequently featuring and trending on Apple’s App Store.

Combining the traditional fun of receiving a real postcard or greetings card with the convenience provided by the digital era, Toucnote’s simple concept and easy-to-use app continues to be the reason for its success.

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