The Founders Story – Meet the real Marvee

You may notice we tag our notifications and messages with “Powered with by Marvee”. This is for a very specific reason. The inspiration for our solution is a real person, the founder’s mom. Her name is Marvee.

Marvee (94yrs old) has raised six children, was an active tennis player well into her late 80’s and overall has been blessed with good health. However, several years ago Marvee began to lose her vision due to macular degeneration, a common eye disease among the aging. Marvee became legally blind and had to deal with the loss of her visual independence and the increased isolation and dependence that has followed. It is a journey of adjustment for Marvee, and for her children growing into the ever-changing role of family caregivers, local and remote.

Marvee’s children, always on the hunt for gadgets to help, discovered the newly-launched Amazon Echo back in December 2014. The Echo is a hands-free wireless speaker you control with your voice. “The Echo was an immediate hit with mom. She didn’t need to see the device, feel for a button to get something to work or even touch it! She quickly was asking Alexa for her favorite music, the news, and to listen to her Kindle books. It’s fantastic! A wonderful thing to watch her increased feeling of independence. We just want mom to stay safe, connected and happy”.

Over time Marvee began to ask for certain things that were unique to her and her limitations. Thus an idea was born. “Let’s build a companion app for mom and the millions like her with vision, mobility or aging challenges. And for us to manage what she needs all in one place. We’ll name it after her and call it Marvee!”.

The idea was mapped out, services defined with input from the real Marvee and we moved from idea to reality. Through the process we became even more aware of how “mom” is not alone. There are over 100 million people with vision, mobility or aging challenges, many desiring to age-in-place as long as possible. There are 45 million family caregivers looking for ways to care for a loved one with ease and awareness.  This drives our passion to help!

Our initial integration is an app (Alexa Skill) integrated to work with the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and other Alexa-enabled devices. Marvee begins from the voice of the user, to an easy-to-use web portal, and extends to family with the Marvee Family News mobile app. We’ll integrate in the future with Google Home, Apple’s Siri and other voice service platforms. But first, welcome to the Marvee Alexa Skill!  Marvee is a companion care solution that gives those hindered by limited vision, mobility or aging challenges an easy way to communicate with family and caregivers just by using their voice! Specific needs for both the senior adult and family caregiver all managed in one centralized location and “Powered with by Marvee”.

Let’s meet our loved ones wherever they are and help!

Heidi Culbertson

Founder & CEO

Voice-first designer, caregiver and daughter of the real Marvee

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Update: With sadness but knowing we were greatly blessed, Mom (the real Marvee), 94 1/2, has joined the angels leaving behind an everlasting and marvelous legacy. Mom led a full and adventurous life with early jaunts of international travel, young adulthood lived through the WWII years and exposure to greats in sport, music and the arts inspiring her passions.   Yes, that is mom in the picture above. She was loved and we miss her.

Meet the Team

We design and develop voice-first solutions for the over 55+ population. Marvee was born from conversations on how we’re helping our aging parents, how technology can make a difference, and our desire to combat social isolation and improve quality of life during the aging journey.

We’re here to make a difference to impact aging care as we’ve all been or are currently caregivers. Our backgrounds in mobile apps, software, the Internet of Things, Alexa Skill and voice-design development all point us to providing voice-driven apps to help those with vision, mobility or other typical aging limitations. We’re building Marvee – a senior living care companion and concierge platform – just ask Marvee for quality of life for loved ones and easy management and insight for caregivers.

Heidi

Co-Founder & CEO

Dan

Co-Founder & COO

Drew

Developer

Jared

UX/FE