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Social Media Alternatives Creating a Deeper Connection

If anything positive has come from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been the desire to be connect with our loved ones and friends in a more meaningful way, especially during the holiday season.

November 29, 2022

Death Tech Is For The Living

Death tech is the industry making the process of dying easier. However, the technology is truly built for the living. See how preserving your legacy with CircleIt can help your family members with their grieving.

November 29, 2022

Expressing Gratitude With Digital Greeting Cards

As Thanksgiving approaches, CircleIt invites you to express your gratitude for your loved ones with a card from our extensive greeting card library.

November 23, 2022

Technology Helping Hospice Patients

Hospice care is a sensitive topic. Nearly everyone put into hospice is near the end of their lives, with 90% passing away within 6 months. We spoke with Dr. Simran Malhotra about how CircleIt can bring comfort and be beneficial to those in hospice care and the families that love them.

November 17, 2022

How To Prepare For Death

One harsh reality is that we all die. While we all know this, we tend not to be prepared for the inevitable. And even though we might not be ‘ready’ to die, we can take steps to prepare ourselves and our loved ones.

November 3, 2022

How Technology Can Help With Grieving

Grief & loss are difficult to deal with. Much like every other facet of life, technology is quickly moving to help with the process of grief and handling loss. Death tech platform CircleIt was built to help families preserve the legacies of their loved ones and ease the grieving process.

October 26, 2022

Discovering Your Irish Heritage

Some of CircleIt’s biggest fans are in Ireland. This makes sense when you know the problems with discovering Irish ancestry and how CircleIt supports you in telling your family’s story.

October 17, 2022

Death Tech: How CircleIt is Leading a New Industry

Death tech may sound creepy. But when you think about it, we all die someday. Death is scary, but not being prepared for it is even scarier. Learn how CircleIt is leading the death tech industry with offerings that provide comfort to loved ones when you pass away.

October 11, 2022

Breast Cancer Couldn't Stop This Mom's Love

Breast Cancer Awareness month is all about celebrating recoveries, supporting those still fighting, and honoring those we have lost. Our own Head of Growth lost his mother to breast cancer, but she found a very "CircleIt" way of being there for him, even after she was gone.

October 5, 2022

Connect Across Generations With Future Messages

Future messages are one way CircleIt members are staying connected to their loved ones now and across time. See how one family is using this technology in their everyday life.

September 28, 2022

SaaS Fuel Podcast Features Art Shaikh

Jeff Mains, an entrepreneur and host of the SaaS Fuel Podcast, recently interviewed CircleIt Founder & CEO Art Shaikh. They talk about the creation of CircleIt, how it is connecting generations, and the future of the company.

September 19, 2022

Private Chat: How Safe Are Your Conversations?

Most chat platforms such as WhatsApp, Messenger and Signal claim that their use of end-to-end encryption will keep your chats secure. However, that is only part of the story. Learn how unsafe these platforms are, and what a private chat alternative can offer you.

September 15, 2022

Supporting Families Struggling With Dementia & Alzheimer's

“Fading Memories”, a podcast aimed at helping family caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, recently featured CircleIt in one of their episodes. Learn how a generational platform can help families in these difficult situations.

September 13, 2022

Improving Mental Health Through Technology

In a world that has experienced increased levels of depression and anxiety, there are things you can do to support your friends and family with their mental health. Learn more about the ways technology can help.

September 8, 2022

Technology That Supports Military Families

Veteran U.S. Army Intelligence officer Kevin Milligan spoke with CircleIt recently about how new technologies can help bring military families closer together.

August 30, 2022

The Private Alternative to Social Media

Protecting your privacy means more than simply encrypting your data. It also means having military-grade security and refusing to sell member data to thrid parties. See how social media giants have been violating you and your familiy's privacy, and what the solution is.

August 25, 2022

A Founder's Journey

Art Shaikh, Foudner & CEO of CircleIt, recently spoke to Modern Professional Magazine and BuiltIn about the journey of starting CircleIt and growing the company.

August 23, 2022

How a Family Legacy Gets Lost

Oral family history can be forgotten in just 3 generations, and sooner in many cases. Learn how this happens, and what can be done to prevent it from being gone forever.

August 19, 2022

How Future Messages Help Grandparents Stay Connected

With families spread out across the globe, it may seem difficult to stay connected with your grandchildren. See how future message delivery can keep you connected, even long after you're gone.

August 11, 2022

A Caregiver Shares Her Journey

Donna Garrett shares her story of caregiving for her father and her mother. Donna's father was diagnosed with dementia, and her mother is currently battling Alzheimer's disease. Learn how caregivers like Donna are making the most of their experience and finding joy in the little moments.

July 27, 2022

Bringing Greeting Cards Into the 21st Century

Greeting cards have a long and interesting history. From ancient civilzations to the digital age, let's look at how this cultural phenomenon has evolved, and how CircleIt has taken the next step in greeting card evolution.

July 20, 2022

The Dangers of Social Media For Kids

Keeping your children safe seems much harder these days. Social media giants aren't making it any easier. Learn how CircleIt is changing the way tech companies are handling data to help children and families stay safe online.

July 14, 2022

You Only Have So Much Time

We all have limited time to share with our loved ones. In some cases, this limited time may be even MORE limited by age, illness, and other circumstances. See how those in these situations can begin creating more time with loved ones in the future.

June 29, 2022

Data Privacy, Freedom & Security

Freedom & security are often considered opposing values. Often it is thought that one must be scarificed for the other to be achieved. However, Both freedom and security can be achieved through a commitment to data privacy.

June 29, 2022

The Startup Built & Powered Through Love

CircleIt Founder & CEO Art Shaikh was recently interviewed by Tubetorial, a leading technology publication, about CircleIt. Learn how love and forethought are the main drivers of the technology, and how it is revolutionizing the way families stay connected now and in the future.

June 23, 2022

Do You Know The Healthy Alternative To Social Media?

Australia's Kalkine Media recently sat down with CircleIt founder & CEO Art Shaikh to discuss how CircleIt is the healthy alternative to social media. Discussed in the interview are issues surrounding data privacy, delivering cards & gifts to loved ones in the future, and the new features coming soon to CircleIt

June 21, 2022

Data Privacy Is Your Right

Data privacy is a huge story in the news. With so many tech companies selling out your data to the highest bidder, it is important to keep your information safe. CircleIt has guaranteed that no ads will ever be displayed in our app, giving you assurance that your data is not for sale. See how recent happenings in the tech industry are affecting your privacy.

June 16, 2022

How To Never Miss an Anniversary

We've all been there. We get so busy in the day-to-day hustle of jobs, family and social events that we forget that important date. While it isn't intentional, it can still hurt the ones we love. See how CircleIt is helping people remember important occasions and be there for the moments that matter the most.

June 13, 2022

June Is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer's Awareness month. To help raise awareness, we met up with TikTok sensation @lifewithgrams to discuss the impact caregiving for her grandmother has had. Seeing how it has deepened their bond is inspiring, and learning how CircleIt is able to help families dealing with this illness is illuminating.

June 8, 2022

New App Features For CircleIt

CircleIt may look or feel different when you open it next time. Our generational platform was redesigned with you in mind. Chekc out how much simpler it is to send cards and gifts for any future date or milestone, build your family tree, and chat with loved ones privately.

June 6, 2022

Your Legacy is More Nurture Than Nature

DNA is one piece of who you are. However, does DNA tell your whole story? While companies like Ancestry or 23andMe are busy collecting your genetic information (and providing it to biotech firms), CircleIt believes that your true legacy is created by the experiences, memories, stories and traditions you share with your past and future generations.

May 31, 2022

Norm MacDonald Performs Stand-up After He Passes Away

The beloved stand-up and former "Saturday Night Live" star passed away September 14th 2021. However, he will perform one last stand-up special, streaming on Netflix beginning May 30th. See how a goodbye gift to fans was developed.

May 18, 2022


CircleIt founder and CEO Art Shaikh sat down with Authority Magazine to discuss what a data-driven culture is and how to create one in a business. In the interview, Art discusses how CircleIt uses data to make business decisions and also how to use data responsibly.

March 22, 2022

More Privacy Concerns From Social Media

More evidence that Meta (formerly known as Facebook) does NOT respect your privacy surfaced recently, as the Texas Attorney General announced a lawsuit against the social media giant. Read more to see how Meta has been violating the privacy of their users.

February 16, 2022

The Healthy Alternative to Social Media

With Meta's recent report that their flagship Instagram platform is causing anxiety and depression among young users, it is time for a private, family-based communication tool to step in and help. See how CircleIt is the healthy alternative to social media.

February 10, 2022

True Love Lives On With Gifts From Heaven

Stories showcasing the love spouses have for one another highlight the fact that true love is forever. CircleIt provides spouses with the ability to showcase their love long after they're gone. See how two couples solved the forever problem with gifts from heaven.

February 8, 2022

Former Chicago Police Officer Connects Generations With CircleIt

Former Chicago Police Officer Sadik Patel is a CircleIt member and shares his story. From his upbringing in a small village in India to raising his children in the Chicago area, Sadik, like most CircleIt users, wants to preserve his family legacy and be there for his future generations.

February 2, 2022

Valentine's Day Is A Celebration of Love

Valentine's Day is a day we take time out to make the one we love feel special. Do you know the history of Valentine's Day? Do you know how it is celebrated around the world? CircleIt helps couples celebrate Valentine's Day by offering free card creation & delivery, and the ability to send cards and gifts to any future date.

January 22, 2022

Send Holiday Flowers With CircleIt

Holidays are always a great time to share memories with family and friends. There are many traditions and symbols associated with holidays, and some of the most popular ones are flowers. Learn about the different traditional flowers for major holidays and see how you can easily send them with CircleIt.

December 10, 2021

Breast Cancer Affects Everyone

We all know that breast cancer doesn't discriminate. Almost everyone is touched by this devastating disease in some form or another. Celebrities, politicians, professional athletes and others are all affected, as are the rest of us. See how some are showing support for their loved ones that have been diagnosed with the disease.

October 14, 2021

New Technology Shapes the Way We Support Breast Cancer Patients

Technology has impacted every facet of our lives. Even the way we show support for our loved ones stricken with breast cancer. See how the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society have used technology to modernize the way we help those suffering, and how CircleIt is helping families support each other through this devastating disease.

October 7, 2021


Jane Karasin was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2001. When she passed away in 2009, her son Joe found a letter that she left for him. See how this message from heaven has driven Joe to spread the message about CircleIt to the world.

September 28, 2021


WGN 720 host Steve Bertrand interviews CircleIt founder Art Shaikh. Discussing how this fast-growing Chicago startup is building a free, private and secure generational platform for the world to use to stay connected to family and friends. Learn how cards, gifts and messages can be sent to any future date.

September 23, 2021


When it comes to connecting to your loved ones across generations, there is no platform out there that does what CircleIt does. Sending messages, cards, and gifts to any future dates gives you the ability to be there, even after you're gone. See how using the world's first generational platform can help you.

September 21, 2021


Being connected to family and friends is important to everyone. Being connected to ancestors and future generations has never been possible in the way CircleIt does it. Learn how you can use the world's first and only generational platform to remain connected across time.

September 16, 2021


CircleIt received its Series A funding, for our patented generational platform. See how this new technology is shaping the way families communicate across time by giving them the ability to send cards, gifts and messages to any future date.

September 7, 2021


Be there, even after you're gone. What does that mean? Imagine being able to deliver a personalized message to your grandchild on their wedding day, even if they are only a year old today. Or if a terminally ill parent wants to ensure they can celebrate the birth of their first grandchild, a card can be delivered to their child on that day.

September 7, 2021

Fast Growing Chicago Startup CircleIt Lands $5.1M in Funding for Groundbreaking Generational Platform

CircleIt, a fast-growing Chicago startup, closed their series A funding round. See what the future holds for this innovative generational platform as they rapidly expand in downtown Chicago and globally.

September 2, 2021

Rediscovered Latke Recipe Links Generations

Recipes are one way families are bonded. The secret family chili recipe, or the special way grandma prepares a Thanksgiving turkey. This story showcases how a long-lost recipe, when rediscovered, unlocked family history in a unique way. Be sure to use CircleIt to share family recipes with future generations.

August 9, 2021


When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is always a devastating situation. For Ben Thomas, the one thought he couldn't escape was that he wouldn't be there for his daughter. So he found a different way to stay present in all of her future milestones. Join CircleIt and start to explore how you can be there, forever.

July 16, 2021


Delivering a message to the future might sound like something out of a science fiction novel. But it is in human nature to want to transcend limitations like time and even death. Learn how a generational platform can help you send messages to the future, and so much more.

July 7, 2021

Death Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

Milennials have been declared the first "death-positive" generation. With this has come a variety of startup companies in the afterlife services and death tech industry. Learn about these services and how CircleIt helps members prepare for the afterlife in innovative ways.

June 25, 2021

Grieving Son Receives Father's Day Message From Beyond The Grave

Little Gino Valentine lost his father much sooner than any boy should have to. So to see a special message from his dad on Father's Day was a thrilling surprise. CircleIt members are having these experiences every day. Join the millions already using the world's first and only generational platform.

June 18, 2021

Study Shows Mom's Voice is Therapeutic

What most of us already know has been confirmed by science: a mother's voice can be therapuetic. Children of all ages find their mom's voices to be a source of comfort. CircleIt gives moms the ability to prepare recorded video and audio messages to be delivered to their children at any future date and time.

June 8, 2021


Fox 32 in Chicago interviewed CircleIt founder Art Shaikh on their "Good Day Chicago" program. Interviewer Sylvia Perez asked questions potential CircleIt members want the answers to and highlights some of the groundbreaking app's features.

May 4, 2021


The concept of a generational platform has never existed before CircleIt. Understanding just what a generational platform is and what it can do for you and your loved ones will help you see how you can be there forever.

May 3, 2021

How To Preserve Your Legacy

We all want to keep our family story alive. We know that it is the traditions, wisdom and stories that give us our roots. Sometimes we want to create a legacy for future generations, but don't know where to start. Check out these starter questions to ask your family members so you can preserve your legacy.

April 27, 2021

Mom Connects Past, Present & Future With New Technology

CircleIt member Lauren Doerr sat down with us to discuss how she's using CircleIt to connect her past and future generations. Lauren talks about the importance of providing her kids with a place to learn about their ancestry, and also a safe, private place to share important family moments with loved ones.

April 8, 2021

Son Receives First Beer From Dad After He Passes Away

Matt Goodman lost his father before his 21st birthday. So imagine his surprise when he was able to share his first beer with his dad. CircleIt members are having experiences like this on a regular basis by connecting with loved ones on our patented generational platform.

March 12, 2021

Mom Celebrated Children's Milestones After She Was Gone

As a mom, Karen Richardson experienced the most joy in watching her children grow into adults. As Karen learned she wouldn't be around for their future milestones, she took action. See how Karen, like CircleIt members around the world, learned how to be there forever, even when she couldn't.

February 16, 2021


CircleIt achieved a milestone of 1 million global downloads. As the technology grows and more users start to uncover the power a generational platform has, they are starting to solve the age-old problem of being there for special moments, even after they're gone.

February 10, 2021

CircleIt: Like Hallmark for the 21st Century

"A Hallmark for the 21st century" is one way to describe CircleIt, the world's first and only generational platform. By disrupting the greeting card and gifting industry, CircleIt has created a new global phenomenon that has plenty of surprises in store.

January 26, 2021

True Love Is Eternal

When Tracey and Richard Cox exchanged wedding vows, they were more than words. This was proven to be true after Richard passed away, and Tracey started receiving gifts from her late husband after he was gone. CircleIt makes moments like this possible for married couples around the world.

January 4, 2021


Family bonds can extend outside of our families, as the story of Ken Watson shows us. Ken wanted to play Santa Claus to a special neighbor, so he found a way to do just that, even after he had passed away. See how CircleIt makes miracles like this happen for millions of users every day.

December 12, 2020


The bond between a father and a daughter is unbreakable. The story of Bailey Sellers and her father, Michael, shows us that even death can't break it. See how Michael kept his bond with Bailey strong, even after he was gone. CircleIt makes moments like this possible for parents and children every day.

December 2, 2020

A Heavenly Valentine's Day Surprise

Love is a forever commitment, at least for Randy and Debby Tenney. Debby's beloved husband passed away after a long battle with cancer, and she was grief-stricken. However, Randy found a way to surprise her and provide some joy. See how this wife was given the gift of a lifetime, and how CircleIt makes this possible for millions all across the globe.

February 12, 2020