About

Who We Are

We’re two passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to make the world a Kindr place. We think making it fun and easy to brighten someone’s day is a powerful way to do that. We were founded at Stanford University in 2013, and our “office” is still just whatever study room we can get into.

What We're Building

  • Kindr is positive. We think technology should be used to build people up, not tear them down, and we’re committed to creating a tool and a community that does just that.We believe in the power of technology to make the world a Kindr place.
  • Kindr is fun. Finding that perfect Kindr and putting your own creative touch on it is a fun challenge. And even on your worst day, knowing that you made a friend smile can make you feel good.
  • Kindr is social. We built Kindr from the ground up to encourage genuine interactions with specific friends – not abstract audiences. Ultimately these are the interactions that deepen relationships and create meaningful bonds.

To learn more about our mission to make the world a Kindr place, visit our FAQs and PRESS pages.

What We Know

  • Kindness creates happiness: "People who engage in kind acts become happier over time. When you are kind to others, you feel good as a person -- more moral, optimistic, and positive.” – Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • Kindness builds goodwill: “Kindness can jumpstart a cascade of positive social consequences
    Helping others leads people to like you, to appreciate you, to offer gratitude. It also may lead people to reciprocate in your times of need. Helping others can satisfy a basic human need for connecting with others, winning you smiles, thankfulness, and valued friendship.” - Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of California, Riverside
  • Kindness gets easier with practice: “It’s kind of like weight training...we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” – Helen Weng, researcher, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Kindness is contagious: A 2010 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed how positive behaviors can spread through social networks: “goodness spurs goodness; a single act can influence dozens more.” – James Fowler, University of California, San Diego and Nicholas Christakis, Harvard University
  • Check out other interesting Kindness facts here.

The Founders

Matt Ivester, Co-Founder & CEO

Matt Ivester is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kindr. Like every good startup CEO he wears many hats, but he is most passionate about product design and development. Matt is also the author of the best-selling book, lol…OMG!: What Every Student Needs to Know About Online Reputation Management, Digital Citizenship and Cyberbullying, and a guest contributor to the Huffington Post. Due to the book’s success, he regularly serves as a guest lecturer on various college campuses, educating students and communities about the importance of digital citizenship. Prior to founding Kindr, Matt founded a number of successful technology companies, the most notable of which was JuicyCampus.com, where he developed and grew the explosively popular viral college gossip website into an audience of more than a million monthly unique visitors in less than a year. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Computer Science from Duke University.

Josh Beal, Co-Founder & CTO

Josh Beal is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Kindr. In this role Josh is responsible for all technical aspects of the company, from Kindr’s highly extensible database structure to the Kindr UI/UX. His deep technical knowledge and expertise in a number of programming languages allows him to manage full-stack product development. He has worked in engineering roles at Tango and Rockwell Collins, and has built websites and iOS apps for several growing startups. Born and bred in the Midwest, Josh believes in the power of technology to make the world a Kindr place. Josh is currently a sophomore at Stanford majoring in Computer Science.

"Cowboy Cat" photo in screenshot courtesy of flechtnerby via Creative Commons License.