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TMCNet: Miomi Makes History; Time browsing site tipped to be 
Britain's YouTube

[December 07, 2007] Miomi Makes History; Time browsing site tipped to be Britain's YouTube

(M2 PressWIRE Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)

Named as one of Microsoft's five UK tech companies to watch in 2008 and
heralded as the UK's answer to Skype and YouTube, has
launched with the ambition to democratise time and history by capturing
the entire world's memories online.

Born over a late night student conversation, Miomi is a web-based
reflection of time, stretching from the dawn of time into the distant
future. For the first time people will be able to browse through time
to find out exactly what happened on any given day, where and to whom.
The site allows users to access information from the private and public
sphere to get the official and unofficial take on the world's memories.

As well as the virtual timeline to find historical content from
partners such as Wikipedia, Encarta and others, people will be
encouraged to upload their own personal memories and experiences - in
the form of photographs, video, audio and text - which they can choose
to share with the world or their own private group of friends.

How many children are being born right now?

The brainchild of three German post-graduate students, Thomas Whitfield
(25) of Oxford University, Charly Toni (26) and Richard Schreiber (26)
from the Technical University of Munich, the original concept for Miomi
was dreamt up during a late night university conversation.

Toni explains: "It all started with a simple question - 'how many
children are being born right now?' Then we realised that if we could
capture as many of the millions of real life events that occur every
day as possible - from big international news to people's private
moments such as the birth of your first child - then we'd be able to
create a huge memory bank for the world. We decided then and there to
build a site where people could record their memories and experiences
so that they could be preserved, shared and seen in the context of
world events to create a truly democratised reflection of history and

The idea was then pitched in the Oxford University "Idea Idol"
competition in February this year, where it was voted the winning idea
by a panel of judges including Dragon's Den stars Theo Paphitis and
Peter Jones and eventual backers Dan Wagner and Shaa Wasmund of
Brightstation Ventures. Instead of being handed the GBP5,000 winning
cheque, Brightstation presented the Miomi team with a cheque for
"whatever it takes" to turn the idea into a reality.

The next big thing on the internet?

Within eight months of securing funding the team have relocated to
London, recruited Jonny Crowe as CEO and have a product ready for
launch. During that time Miomi has already been named one of the UK's
top 25 web 2.0 start-ups (The Register) as well as being selected as
one of only five British tech firms on Microsoft's inaugural
Accelerator Programme.

Claire O'Halloran of Microsoft UK, says, "It was clear to us that Miomi
was one of those truly great ideas. It is the kind of idea that, whilst
simple, has the ability to capture the imagination of the whole world.
We believe Miomi has the potential to be the next YouTube or Skype."

Notes to Editors

About Miomi

Miomi is a new website that enables you to browse through time and make
a personal mark on history. It offers a completely new way of viewing
and sharing content on the internet and captures the world's memories
online. Miomi combines world history from official partners such as
Microsoft Encarta and Wikipedia with user-generated content. Users can
add to their perspectives on history or create their own personal
timelines. All information is displayed together in an interactive
global timeline of the world's moments stretching from the dawn of time
into the distant future.

Miomi is funded by Brightstation Ventures and was chosen as one of only
five UK Startups to join the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Programme.
The technology used is proprietary to Miomi and patent pending.

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