July 20, 2009
There has been no technological advancement that is as awesome or versatile as the creation of the internet. What is the most amazing thing about the internet is that it is such a powerful engine for many entrepreneurs and more innovative technologies and services have been spawned by the internet. The latest evolution on the internet is an online invitation publisher, Anyvite. Anyvite is a privately owned corporation that was founded in 2008 with the goal to publish a free invitation service. The slogan at Anyvite is that “an event creation should be simple, easy, and produce a quality result.” In the About segment of Anyvite’s website, the creators of Anyvite state that the purpose for creating Anyvite is to allow for people to create invitations for all sorts of events ranging from weddings to birthdays to graduations, or practically anything else that you would like to invite a few people to.
How Anyvite works is very simple and the user-friendly interface allows you to create a quality invitation with relative ease. When you first come to the website, you will see a large green button that will ask you to try Anyvite. The first thing that you need to do is to choose from the thousands of themes and images available on the Anyvite website. If you do not see an image that fits the event that you are creating, you can even upload your own picture in JPEG format. A tip for uploading your image, make it small, there is a size limit. The next step is to enter the details of your event. This is done by typing in your name, address, RSVP, and other information that you would like to have on the invitation. For those of you in foreign countries or speakers of foreign languages, Anyvite does accept the text of non-Latin alphabets, so you can do invitations in Russian, Ukrainian, or any other language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet. You can even use Georgian, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, and Japanese script in writing your event invitation.
The third step is inviting guests. Anyvite has several different kinds of options on how to approach this. Some people like to invite everyone, others want to invite only a select few. Anyvite allows you to do just that. You can import email contacts, Evite contacts, or you can even import emails manually to invite a select few friends. Sending the invitation is also rather easy. All you need to do is to type in your name, email, and password. That’s it, and it’s all free.
Well if the service is free, how does Anyvite make a profit? Anyvite makes a profit with advertisements powered by Google.
The one known investor of Anyvite is the Y Combinator, which invested an undisclosed amount in seed funding. The Y Combinator is a new kind of vc firm that is there for startup tech companies who need to get over that first step, obtaining the necessary capital to get off the ground. The Y combinator also cares about how the entrepreneur gets started and will help him all the way through that first tough step. Along with providing that necessary capital, the Y Combinator also provides new entrepreneurs with the knowledge and resources to get started successfully
Anyvite does have a few competitors, however the two major competitors are Evite and EventElephant.
Evite is one of the major online event invitation generating services serving over 15 million registered users. Evite is a corporate subsidiary of Ticket Master and is based in Los Angeles, California with seven people on its management team.
Based in the United Kingdom and Ireland, EventElephant is another online event invitation generator which has a platform that can allow the user to easlily organize events and generate quality invitations and send them to their online friends. EventElephant has two people on its management team and is a privately owned LLC, which was founded in 2007.
For more information about Anyvite, click here.