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- May 2020: First episode of Bulletproof Live airs May 06 at Facebook.com/CountryGold
- Apr 2020: USpace Support (bit.ly/USonFB), a support community for USpace Members, launches on Facebook.com
- Apr 2020: Business Directory on USpace.co launches to promote Business Members
- Apr 2020: 100 Lifetime Memberships go on pre-sale. USpace is available for the first time to business clients in advance of $36/month subscription. Limited to 100
- Feb 2020: USpace customers and staff work together to create the USpace Vision Statement: Online for the future
- Jan 2020: Startup journal SuperbCrew.com, founded by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, publishes feature Q&A with Tobin at USpace
- Jan 2020: USpace launches public Changelog to track technical issues and submit feedback
- Dec 2019: USpace i2.2 released bringing edit/delete across the platform; image support across all posts and status updates; and refresh advance to chronological Universal Feed
- Nov 2019: Andrews Field Office, 100 miles north of Atlanta in North Carolina, opens to bring USpace directly to small business clients. WKRK broadcasts opening night remarks and demos Live from Andrews on Facebook drawing over 1,800 views
- Oct 2019: Graham Gintz joins USpace as Investor Relations Advisor
- Aug 2019: Tobin joins the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
- May – Dec 2019: Enterprise Services developed by a second team for USpace Business Members
- May 2019: “One unsolvable problem to rule them all” becomes popular Privacy Matters video on YouTube
- May 2019: USpace.co public information website launches
- Apr 2019: USpace closes first round of outside investment; adds partners Greg Morin as Financial Operations Advisor and Tobin Sprout, founder of band Guided by Voices, as Media Strategy Advisor. Yes, there are two Tobins at USpace
- Mar 2019: USpaceⓇ becomes registered trademark at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- Feb 2019: USpace global web browser app launches at www.unpublished.space
- Feb 2019: “4 Reasons Why Social Media Has Become So Toxic and What To Look for Next” by Tobin is published in Entrepreneur Magazine with hundreds of shares
- Jan 2019: First public information website (legacy site at blog.unpublished.space) launches
- Oct 2018: @USpaceOfficial launches on Twitter for platform status updates and official announcements
- Oct 2018: Apple approves USpace iOS app for launch in Apple App Store
- Sep 2018: Google approves USpace Android app for launch in Google Play Store
- Aug 2018: First draft of USpace Mission Statement is completed
- May 2018: USpace becomes incorporated as Unpublished Space LLC, a Georgia Limited Liability Corporation
- May 2018: Tobin invents “Advanced Permission Design,” the proprietary connection protocol that protects every person, and protects every organization connected on USpace. With APD and a user interface (UI) design made to be adopted by the non-technical public, USpace becomes the first viable bridge between enterprise business and the general public since email
- May to Dec 2018: Tobin leads design and development of USpace
- April 2018: A friend from Oberlin College posts to Facebook, “There has got to be another way, personally and professionally, to keep in touch with all you wonderful people besides Facebook.” At that point Tobin was in the process raising seed money for 2018 development; sketching USpace app screens; and hiring professional designers and developers to build USpace on Android and iOS in 2018
- Mar 2018: Research, cost estimates, and preliminary plans are made to determine how, when and who will build a global privacy platform on iOS, Android and web.
- Dec 2017 – Mar 2018: Tobin’s experience as a content marketing expert in Facebook’s sprawling, chaotic publishing environment combines with the social deterioration Facebook was causing in society to transform Unpublished.Space into USpace. Tobin envisions giving valuable content a much better context. This desire merges with the idea of private access blogs and the first version of USpace is born in sketches.
- November 22, 2017: Tobin purchases www.Unpublished.Space for 99¢ with an idea to host unpublished manuscripts by author friends with access controlled by the author – a kind of cluster of private blogs with authors controlling who has access. This is the idea that eventually becomes USpace, where every member can share sensitive and essential content with safety, security, and privacy baked in from the start
- It is our job to make better tools for private communications.
- It is our job to protect your personal space.
- It is our job to make your data available to you in accessible forms.
- It is our job to protect your data from external threats.
- It is our job to keep your data secure on the platform.
- It is our job to tell you what we are doing.
- It is our job to fight nefarious and criminal activity.
- Current server configuration can scale to 10,000 – 20,000 Members (users) right now
- Independently operated U.S. servers/backup
- No third party integration or access
- Provide B2B as $36/mo subscription
- Scaled services based on affordable rate
- In business since 2018, based in Atlanta
- Three global apps on iOS, Android and web
- Strong board of advisors and investors
- We provide enterprise service to businesses
- Free Public Members get top service as part of our service to business clients
- Code and platform is always improving
- Development teams always available
- Founded on principles of data stewardship
- Mission and vision driven company
- Our business is to deliver efficient outcomes, not increase screen time
- Spend less time organizing more information
- “USpace is much safer than Messenger because we want to discuss issues related to voting, go back and compile minutes. Votes need to be recorded. We’ve done it with email before but it doesn’t really work. We need a more private forum.” – Gayle Horton, Andrews Chamber of Commerce President
- “USpace makes me imagine a world without email, and I love it.” – Josh V, Public Member
- “If you can use Facebook, you can easily learn USpace. Honestly, it’s a more intuitive design.” – Sam Agarawal, leading Atlanta app developer
- “Scheduling that took multiple hours, days or even a week sometimes went to about 10 minutes.” – Devon D, Public Member
- “From my work as a lawyer with guardianships and conservatorships, I know this kind of communication is essential for families.” – Jennifer L. Eastman, JD recognized as a Best Lawyer in America 2016-2019 in the practice of Elder Law
- “I use social media for work, but it doesn’t really work for my personal life. When Tobin [Brogunier] first told me about this idea, I knew he was talking about the future of social networking. USpace works for my life because it’s a network and it’s totally private.” – Tobin Sprout, co-founder of Guided by Voices
- “A place where you can be yourself online like you are at a private dinner party…USpace is your private space exclusively for you and your inner circle.” – USpace Private Social Network public website, January 09, 2019
- “People increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room…Privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally.” – “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking,” Mark Zuckerberg, March 06, 2019
- “I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms…I believe we should be working towards a world where people can speak privately and live freely knowing that their information will only be seen by who they want to see it.” – “A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking,” Mark Zuckerberg, March 06, 2019
- “Private websites for your friends and family will be common, allowing you to chat and plan for events.” – Business @ the Speed of Thought, Bill Gates
- “94% of malware is delivered via email.” – Data Breach Investigations Report 2019, Verizon
- “I work at a publicly traded technology firm. We have over 2500 Slacks for 1500 employees. Our CEO hates Slack.” – Anonymous, March 07, 2020
- “As experts in human-computer interaction point out, using Zoom means putting on a show for others without being able to rely on the cues we primates depend on in physical encounters.” – Why we’re getting Zoom fatigue, Scott Rosenberg, April 22, 2020, Axios
- “Companies who adopted technology 20 years ago replaced every company that didn’t…The smartest people I know personally ALL plan to work remotely in the next decade.” – Companies who Adopt Remote Work will Replace Every Company who Doesn’t, Chris Herd, CEO Firstbase, March 03, 2020
USpace vs. Workplace and Messaging Applications
Tobin at USpace, advocate for privacy and business in consumer technology
Tobin Brogunier (Atlanta-based) offers rare insights into what’s coming next to life online. Tobin’s media spans from the online show Privacy Matters (ex. One unsolvable problem to rule them all, May 2019), to written explanatory pieces on Medium (ex. How Facebook rents you out like a hotel room, Jan 2019); to feature articles at leading media publications like Entrepreneur Magazine (4 Reasons why social media has become so toxic, Feb. 2019). Updated 03.08.20
Entrepreneur Feature: 4 Reasons Why Social Media Has Become So Toxic and What's Next
Read, “4 Reasons Why Social Media Has Become So Toxic and What to Look for Next” in Entrepreneur Magazine by USpace CEO Tobin Brogunier. Why is Social 1.0 is so toxic and what is coming next? A concise breakdown of the hazards of our current social publishing mediascape.
Last updated 01.28.20
SuperbCrew.com Q&A: USpace Delivers Discreet Communications Network to the Public
Read USpace Delivers Discreet And Private Communications Network Available To The Public, the Q&A with Tobin at USpace featured this week in SuperCrew.com, the startup journal founded by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. USpace isn’t a messaging service, it’s a safe place to be a human online today and in a dangerous future. This in depth interview touches on other insights as well.