A Peak Behind the Curtain at Fayr HQ

The one thing Fayr has in common with Olive Garden? When you're here, you're family!  

And since you're family, we wanted to let you know about all of the exciting, behind the scenes happenings at Fayr. It's been a big month, so we will jump right in:

1. We've gotten some really exciting love from the media.

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This past month Fayr was:

Whew, what a month!

2. We have the brilliant, incredibly talented, wise, and gracious Gwyneth Paltrow on our team!

In case you've been under a rock, Gwyneth Paltrow is our Senior Advisor! She and Michael hit it off while filming Planet of the Apps for Apple Music and she continues to mentor Michael in the ways of fair divorce and smart tech. We love you, G!

3. We've gotten some killer reviews from our app users (thank you!).

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In addition to the super kind words from from Ed A. (above)–we've been receiving powerful feedback from our app subscribers on Facebook:

"Much needed features for co-parents in an elegant, easy to use app. I can only imagine how much time, money and stress this will save separated parents!" -Carly F. 

"Fayr has keyed into just the right features for co-parenting! This app is a breath of fresh air." -Jesse B. 

"What a great concept! Making coparenting a lot more "fayr" and clearing up any miscommunication along the way! Keep it up!" - Nick S. 

"Fayr is a great app loaded with features that are simple to use. It helps parents manage difficult situations while saving money in court costs, money that can be better spent on a better future." - Joel C.

4. We have a 14 day Free Trial period for all new app users!

We decided to give new Fayr app users a little "peak under the hood" with a two week free trial period. Two of our main tenets at Fayr are to be as useful as possible and as generous as possible.

We know it can be hard to commit to something before trying it on so we're offering up this free period so that as many co-parents as possible can benefit from Fayr's features.

5. We're still hard at work and we want to hear from you!

Our entire company is devoted to finding ways to make Fayr as useful and enjoyable to our community of amazing co-parents.

Our tech team is hard at work updating the app, fixing bugs, and expanding functionality. Lindsey, our CTO, says, "We continue to improve our user experience to make Fayr easier and more helpful than ever. We read and reply to every email, so keep the feedback coming! We're always here at support@fayr.com."

We mean it!

I Created Fayr for You (and Me)

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Early in our divorce, my ex-wife and I were trying to set up a 50/50 schedule for the kids as we worked out a long-term custody arrangement.  

To say that we were both in a really emotional place would be a tremendous understatement. I knew that it would be far better for our kids to be raised in two stable, loving homes rather than in a single conflict filled one. And yet get used to this new way of living was hard on everyone, much harder than I'd anticipated. 

It's plenty hard to negotiate and navigate parenting duties when you are in a relationship with someone; it was brutal to end a romantic relationship and then instantly need to deal with logistics, communication, and compromise. 

It was in the middle of this tumultuous transitional period that our signals got crossed.

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On one of our custody change days, our signals got very crossed. I showed up during what I thought was the designated window to drop off the kids and their mom wasn't there. She, of course, was expecting them at a totally different time.  

This was more than an inconvenience or cause for a fight. When you're still legally sorting out custody, errors like this can have long-term repercussions regarding the time you get to spend with your kids in the future. Luckily, I had a very savvy attorney who was able to match my toll receipts and email conversations to prove that I had attempted to drop the kids on time. (That, of course, cost me thousands of dollars in lawyers fees and bottomless anxiety for weeks.)

In the middle of this chaos, I just kept wondering, "Why can't this be easier?"

Emotionally, divorce or separation takes a long time to process. I still work all of the time, 7 years later, to make certain that my kids feel loved, stable, and secure. But there are so many opportunities for the smaller things to be made easier: scheduling, communication, finances. 

That situation I just shared with you was one of a dozen mishaps that might have been totally prevented by an app like Fayr. So I built Fayr for you, so that you might not have to go through those extra moments of conflict or strife. I also happen to use it Fayr's messaging and geo-tagging capabilities daily: win-win-win!

Gwyneth Paltrow, Apple Music, & Fayr's Big Night

It's been a whirlwind few days here at Fayr!

Michael, our fearless founder and CEO, was featured on an episode of Apple Music's new show, Planet of the Apps. The brief summary: it was the opportunity of a lifetime!

You can watch the full episode here or read our recap below (warning: spoilers!).

The Premise

Planet of the Apps gives app creators the chance to be mentored by four celebrity with knowledge of creating influential, highly successful businesses and brands: Jessica Alba, Will.I.Am, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Gary Vaynerchuk.

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The Pitch

App creators have only 60 seconds to pitch their app while riding down an escalator to get at least one of the advisors interested. If an advisor is potentially interested, the app creator then has a chance to demo the app and answer additional questions.

The Match

Michael blew all the mentors away, with all four wanted to mentor him (see their names in green above)!

The advisors then had their turn to pitch Michael on why they would be best able to help him out and guide the business. He ended up selecting....

The Mentor

....Gwyneth Paltrow

As the massively successful founder of Goop, an Academy Award Winning actress, and the separated mother of two kids who has created a deeply positive relationship with her co-parent, it was Michael's dream to work with Gwyneth and utilize her experience to make Fayr stronger.

With Gwyneth's guidance over 6 intensive weeks, Fayr pivoted from an app to strictly reduce legal fees and provide court admissible information to a lifestyle brand focused on helping make life as easy, amicable and positive as possible for co-parents.

Pitching a VC

Gwyneth introduced Michael and Fayr, and stood by his side as he pitched the venture capital fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners.

While Lightspeed did not invest in Fayr on that day, the episode fades out as Gwyneth promises Michael: "I'm still going to be your partner and I'm still going to help you in any way I can."  

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Fayr's Favorite Partner

True to her word, Gwyneth remains on the team as Fayr's senior advisor and north star. She and Michael recently celebrated the launch of Planet of the Apps at the SoHo house in NYC.

Want to watch the full episode?

Check it out on Apple Music.