Sending gifts and messages to loved ones from beyond the grave isn’t exactly new. Whether it’s a wife receiving flowers on Valentine’s Day each year after her husband’s passing, or a daughter getting flowers from her father years after he had passed, families have long looked for ways to connect with their loved ones after they’re gone. With CircleIt, there’s now a centralized place for people to preserve their memories and facilitate gift and flower deliveries for years to come, Shaikh said, which is something you can’t find from traditional social media and other communication platforms. “Every technology of today is bound by time. Everything is now, now, now. It’s for the likes,” he said. “There’s not a single technology out there to safeguard your legacy for generations.”
Through patented technology, CircleIt enables the creation and scheduling of chat messages, cards and physical gifts to be delivered at any future date. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Art Shaikh and his team have big plans for future releases of CircleIt. “We want our users to grow with us. Our goal is to become the global go-to platform for legacy planning, preservation and fulfillment.”
This one-million milestone comes in the wake of a recent press surge surrounding the Chicago-based startup’s unique solution to a global problem. Chicago Inno quotes Shaikh comparing CircleIt to a North American greeting card giant, “we’re [like] Hallmark for the 21st century.”1 With media requests coming in daily, Shaikh has recently made appearances on various podcasts and radio networks such as the Dougy Center’s Grief Out Loud Podcast and Chicago-based WGN, continuing to tell his touching story and spread the gift of CircleIt to families around the world.