HipHip.app is off to a pretty good start, having just completed its 100th celebration video! So many fun graduation videos — it really is a pleasure, as a side-benefit of this project, to see so many terrific celebrations of people and important milestones.

I began this project in late April. So far, we’ve had surprise videos for graduations, US citizenship ceremonies, anniversaries, baby showers, kids and adult birthdays, employee appreciations and more. Over 1,000 people have signed HipHip cards.

The signature and video upload process has been greatly streamlined. I’ve added a quick “How it Works” page, complete with a sample celebration video, used with permission.

If you’re interested in giving it a whirl for your grad or June/July celebration, it’s still 100% free while in beta, and I imagine that beta will continue for another few weeks. I will likely be adding the pay-wall in a couple weeks, making it $19.95 to create a video/card. There are several more ideas on our public roadmap.

We’ve also launched a new blog, and in the future will be putting HipHip-related articles there. It’s available off the main menu of https://hiphip.app, or directly at:


Thanks friends for lots of great input and ideas!


Steve's an entrepreneur and software leader. Most recently, he founded HipHip.app, a way to create celebration cards easily. He also founded bigthanks.org, helping people discover and share productive ways they can respond in times of crisis. Steve's worked on consumer apps, online travel, games, relational databases, management consulting and telecom. He launched Alignvote in 2019, which helped Seattle voters find their best-match political candidates. Steve founded BigOven, the first recipe app for iPhone, now with more than 15 million downloads, which was purchased in 2018. Steve served as Chairman of Escapia Inc., the leading SaaS solution for the US vacation rental industry, sold to Homeaway, now part of Expedia. In 1997, Steve was cofounder, President, CEO and Chairman of VacationSpot, a pioneer in the online reservation of vacation rentals, bought by Expedia in January 2000. At Expedia, Steve was Vice President of Vacation Packages, leading the vacation package and destination services teams, helping to create two patents on the first-ever dynamic vacation packaging system on the Internet, which now represents billions in annual transactions for Expedia. He has keynoted on several occasions at the Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA), and taught a graduate level course on the strategic management of innovation at the University of Washington Foster Business School in Seattle, Washington. Steve worked for Microsoft from 1991 to 1997 in a variety of senior marketing and executive positions, and led the creation of the internet games group, helping develop several products and patents related to online multiplayer gaming. He helped launch Microsoft Access and was involved in the acquisition of Fox Software by Microsoft in 1993. He's worked for IBM, Booz-Allen Hamilton and Bell Communications Research. He holds an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University in Symbolic and Heuristic Computation (AI), an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar (awarded to top 5% of graduating class), and a dual BS in Applied Mathematics / Computer Science and Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) with University Honors. Steve volunteers when time allows with Habitat for Humanity, University District Food Bank, YMCA Seattle, Technology Access Foundation (TAF) and other organizations in Seattle.

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