PlannedDeparture is a KillerStartup!!!


Who/What is KillerStartups?

KillerStartups is an online publication and entrepreneur community.

They believe Internet Entrepreneurs are stars and aim to be a valuable destination for startup founders, website owners, and other internet entrepreneurs by empowering them to grow their online businesses through the information, tools, and training they offer.

Why PlannedDeparture is talking about KillerStartups

A few days ago PlannedDeparture was interviewed on KillerStartups.

It was a good opportunity to explain in depth what PlannedDeparture is all about.

How we started. Why we started. What we hope to achieve and what we have to offer.

KillerStartups help startup companies by providing a platform for us to explain what we do.

Our digital footprint is growing and becoming important every day. Our digital life has real financial and emotional value associated with it. However, there is no clear and straightforward way to transfer aspects of digital life to the right people after we pass away.”

Read more on KillerStarups.

Why organising your digital assets is a good idea – top 4 reasons (Number 2 is my favourite)


There is a place for everything and everything should have a place. Day in and day out we use the Internet and create a digital footprint with every click. This footprint gets so large over time that it becomes difficult to remember various accounts and digital assets we have. Sometimes, we end up loosing important accounts and assets stored in them as we forget about their existence.

Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to organise our digital assets and get organised in general.

1.Make your device faster

When you keep your digital assets in a separate storage space, you get more space on your gadgets, computers, laptops etc. Products like DropBox, Google Drive etc. have become common place and accessible from all the devices. These products allow you to delete, save, store and manage your digital assets such as music, e-books, pictures and apps from anywhere. These products can help you create more space on your device and that might make your device faster.

2.Reduce Clutter – Know what you have

These days, it is difficult to keep track of all the accounts we have. Our online identity and digital assets are spread everywhere. With a product like Planned Departure, you can create a stock of your digital life. This allows you to reduce clutter by deactivating or deleting accounts you no longer use. Reduced clutter will make you more productive by giving you more time for things you love.

3. Be in control

When you take a stock of your digital life, you get control of your digital life. You control what emails you get and how many of them you get. You delete the accounts you no longer use and find accounts which are invaluable for you. Product like Planned Departure makes it easy for you to spot accounts which are important for you. It also helps you in creating succession plan for those online accounts.

4. Never loose a thing again

If you have ever lost any important document, you would know the importance of keeping them safe. Your passport, driving license, visa, resident permit and other important documents should be kept safe. These documents should be accessible all the time, from anywhere. These important documents should be stored in digital format on a platform like Planned Departure. This will keep your important documents safe from accidents, theft and fire. This will make these documents safe and accessible all the time.

Planned Departure can serve as an organisation tool for all your digital assets. With Planned Departure, you can store everything in safe-n-secure cloud based storage. It allows you to save everything – from images to property deeds, bank accounts. .

So what are you waiting for? Get a stock of your digital life and sign-up for our free trial today.

Digital legacy: The fate of your online soul by Sumit Paul-Choudhury

image003We are the first people in history to create vast online records of our lives. How much of it will endure when we are gone?

NOT long before my wife died, she asked me to do something for her. “Make sure people remember me,” she said. “Not the way I am now. The way I was.” Having spent most of her life as an assertive, ambitious and beautiful woman, Kathryn didn’t want people’s memories to be dominated by her final year, in which the ravages of disease and continual chemotherapy had taken her spirit, vitality and looks.

To me, the internet seemed to offer an obvious way to fulfil Kathryn’s wish – certainly more so than a dramatic headstone or funerary monument. So I built a memorial website to celebrate her life through carefully selected pictures and text. The decision was unorthodox at the time, and I suspect that some in our circle thought it tasteless.

Six years on, things are very different. As the internet’s population has grown and got older, memorial pages and tribute sites have become commonplace. But when you and I shuffle off this mortal coil, formal remembrances won’t be the only way we are remembered. I manage myriad websites and blogs, both personal and professional, as well as profiles on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and more. All of those will be left behind, and many other people will leave a similar legacy.

We are creating digital legacies for ourselves every day – even, increasingly, every minute. More than a quarter of a million Facebook users will die this year alone. The information about ourselves that we record online is the sum of our relationships, interests and beliefs. It’s who we are. Hans-Peter Brondmo, head of social software and services at Nokia in San Francisco, calls this collection of data our “digital soul”.

Thanks to cheap storage and easy copying, our digital souls have the potential to be truly immortal. But do we really want everything we’ve done online – offhand comments, camera-phone snaps or embarrassing surfing habits – to be preserved for posterity? One school of thought, the “preservationists”, believes we owe it to our descendants. Another, the “deletionists”, think it’s vital the internet learns how to forget. These two groups are headed for a struggle over the future of the internet – and the fate of your digital soul is hanging in the balance.

As the internet has become seamlessly integrated with all our experiences, more and more of our everyday life is being documented online. Last year, two-thirds of all Americans stored personal data on a distant server in the cloud, while nearly half were active on social networks.

Today, that data is hoarded by internet companies. Google and Facebook are dedicated to storing as much of your data as possible for as long as possible. Even your “digital exhaust”, such as search requests and browsing history, is often recorded by companies who want to target you with personalised advertising.

All this data will prove fascinating to sociologists, archaeologists and anthropologists studying the dawn of the digital age. For them, everyday life can be just as interesting as epoch-defining moments. Whereas researchers have hitherto had to rely on whatever physical documents happen to survive, our vast digital legacies mean their successors could be spoiled for choice.

Nothing is definite, though: it’s far from certain that this information will endure. “Digital records are more like an oral tradition than traditional documents,” says Marc Weber of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. “If you don’t copy them regularly, they simply disappear.” He is concerned that we are not doing enough. “If we’re not careful, our period could end up as a bit of a Dark Age. Everyone is putting material into digital formats, but not putting much effort into preserving it.”

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About the Author

My name is Sumit Paul-Choudhury. I write for a living, specialising in science and technology, risk management, banking and insurance. I’ve previously held senior positions at Risk Magazine, ERisk and Risk Communications. I’m currently the editor of New Scientist and editor-in-chief of Arc.