Staying In Touch AFTER the Holidays!


Joe Rigney, Co-Founder Assure Technologies

As the founder of a startup, it is no surprise that I am a user of our app – WithMe.

But what was a real surprise to me is how WithMe has made me closer to my family than I have been in years.

I have to admit, I am not the most communicative son. While I know that some of my friends call their Mother every day, for me, every few months would be considered a lot. While I often think I should reach out more, life and time always seem to get in my way.

Then I started using WithMe, and now every day I get a message from my Mom, Dad, even my Sister. And I send them messages too! This lightweight system is easy to use. I don’t have to think of anything specific to say. Just a few taps on my phone and I am done.

How does it work? Every day I am reminded to check-in. I choose an emoji and pre-determined text, and send the message with just a few taps. Everyone who is receiving my check-in gets the message. And if I miss my check-in, my contacts alerted so they know there may be something wrong.

I really enjoy sending my Mom love or virtual hugs! And she enjoys receiving them as well.

But don’t take my word for it. The Holidays are here,  and now is the perfect time to try WithMe with your family. It is made for smartphones and tablets, and is available for free!

– Joe Rigney, Co-Founder of Assure Technologies

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WithMe 2.0 for Android now live in the Play Store!


This Version 2.0 release brings key features to the Android app that previously were only available on iOS, including:

– Emoji/text messaging
– Check-In alerts now allow you to call or send a message
– Improved sounds

WithMe 2.0 in the Play Store (Android)

More information about WithMe is available on our website:

WithMe Website

Please contact us with your questions and suggestions!

Additional Useful Links:

Assure Technologies – Company Website

WithMe in the App Store (iOS)

Assure Technologies Selected as Finalist in SXSW V2V V2Venture Pitch Competition

Very excited for this, announced today 6/15/2015!
– kara


SANTA CRUZ, CA – Santa Cruz based startup Assure Technologies has been selected as a finalist in the Third Annual SXSW V2Venture pitch competition, to be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas on July 22. One of five finalists in the Social Technologies category, Assure Technologies will present their business to a panel of expert judges before a live audience.

“We are excited that SXSW has recognized Assure Technologies as a top innovator in Social Technologies,” said Kara Kytle, CEO and Founder of Assure Technologies. “This is a great event to showcase how we are bringing technology for social connection and support to a much wider audience, focused on older adults and their loved ones.

We’re particularly thrilled that SXSW is featuring a Boomer-focused company in the Social Technologies category. This highlights the importance of this market, which has been largely ignored outside healthcare until now.”

Assure Technologies is a woman-led startup founded in 2013 by Kara Kytle and Joe Rigney, based in Santa Cruz, CA. The company makes technology products for social connection and support focused on the 50+ market, which is traditionally underserved.

WithMe from Assure Technologies is an easy-to-use mobile app for smartphones and tablets based on a Daily Check-In with simple visual messaging. It provides a safety net because if someone doesn’t Check-In, WithMe alerts their loved ones that there may be a problem. WithMe is the easy way to stay in touch every day, and know your loved ones are OK. WithMe connects families and friends around the world. The app is available for iOS and Android.

The newest addition to the SXSW family of events, SXSW V2V is a four-day event for startups and entrepreneurs. SXSW V2V culminates in the V2Venture pitch competition, an energy-packed event where innovative startups compete on stage before a live audience and panel of esteemed judges and emcees. Of the over 200 companies that applied to compete, Assure Technologies is one of just five finalists selected in the Social Technologies category.

For more information:
WithMe Website:
Assure Technologies Website:
Press Kit:
SXSW V2V V2Venture:

SXSW V2V’s Announcement:
The Results Are In: Finalists Selected for V2Venture

Why Loneliness May Be the Next Big Public-Health Issue

lonelinesTime Article: Why Loneliness May Be the Next Big Public-Health Issue

“Living alone is linked with increased chance of mortality

Loneliness kills. That’s the conclusion of a new study by Brigham Young University researchers who say they are sounding the alarm on what could be the next big public-health issue, on par with obesity and substance abuse.”


WithMe is the easy way to stay in touch with your loved ones and combat loneliness. How long has it been since you’ve been in each others’ lives every day? WithMe makes it easy to stay in touch every day.

– kara

Announcing WithMe 2.0 for iPhone and iPad!

I’m excited to announce that WithMe 2.0 for iPhone and iPad is now live in the AppStore!

Highlights of the 2.0 Release:

  • NEW Visual Messaging: Send and respond to messages anytime with just a few taps
  • Enhanced Check-In: Visual Messaging integrates with the Daily Check-In for richer, more dynamic interactions
  • Actionable Alerts: If you loved one misses a Check-In, easily call or send a text to see if they are OK
  • Support for International phone numbers
  • Improved sounds and control over notifications

WithMe 2.0 combines social interaction (simple Visual Messaging) and supportive functionality (alerts are sent if a Check-In is missed). With the addition of Visual Messaging, we feel WithMe 2.0 is both easy to adopt/use and provides a compelling ’sticky’ user experience. WithMe is the easy way to stay in touch every day!

The new iOS v2.0 app is compatible with current versions, and the Android 2.0 version is in the works.

WithMe is a great way to connect with family over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend!

Stay in Touch!

As always, we welcome your feedback, suggestions, questions, and comments. You can contact me directly, or submit a support ticket to

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WithMe Blog

Assure Technologies Blog

Key URLs

WithMe Website

WithMe in the App Store (iOS)

WithMe in the Play Store (Android)

Kara Kytle
Assure Technologies

“WithMe: In Touch with One Touch!”