ScanDigital Co-Founders: Anderson Schoenrock (left) and Mike Mothner (right)
Anderson Schoenrock and Mike Mothner founded ScanDigital in early 2007. The two, long time friends who met while studying at Dartmouth College, were involved in a number of business opportunities individually prior to starting ScanDigital together.
ScanDigital began with a simple question from the mother of one of our founders. It was the 2006 holiday season and Mike Mothner was at home opening presents with his family. This year, the gift that was the biggest hit was the digital camera Mike gave to his mother. The wrapping paper hadn't even hit the floor before she was busy lining the Mothner family up for picture after picture. Mike's mom was thrilled at just how easy her new digital camera was to use, and by the time she had downloaded all her photos on to the computer she was hooked. Mike's mom had officially gone digital. Later that night as the family sat down for dinner, a thought occurred to Mrs. Mothner. She turned to Mike and simply asked, "So how do I put all the photos in the garage on my computer?"
Little did she know it, but with that innocent question she planted the seed that would become ScanDigital, Mike started searching the internet for a company that would provide quality digitization services for a fair price. Mike knew he didn't want to send his mom's photo out of the country, but was unable to find a stateside company that could deliver the level of service he wanted for a reasonable price. The more Mike looked into it, the more he started thinking that there must be plenty of moms, dads and countless others who were also facing the dilemma of what to do with their old photos, slides and negatives.
Several days later at a New Year's Eve party in San Diego, Mike approached his long-time friend and soon to be co-founder Anderson Schoenrock. Anderson listened as Mike explained the problem his mom faced in converting her photos to digital and how there just wasn't service that combined value, security and high quality. As the two discussed it, something clicked. It was just one of those moments; both Anderson and Mike they were onto something big. Right there on the balcony of the Torrey Pines Hilton, the two began laying the groundwork for ScanDigital.
Getting ScanDigital up and running was no easy feat. The hours were long and work was hard, but both Mike and Anderson knew they were creating a truly unique service. Within three months, they had developed a business plan and hired programmers to build the website and general infrastructure. About six months after their initial discussion, Mike and Anderson officially launched ScanDigital to the public.
Today, ScanDigital is the premier photo digitization service. Its industry leading innovations have created the most user-friendly process available. Combining tremendous value with an impeccable service, ScanDigital is poised to lead the digital conversion revolution. All thanks to Mike's mom.
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"I write you to express my gratitude for such an impressive level of quality ScanDigital provided on my order, both in terms of the service I received from ScanDigital as well as the clarity and depth of the film scans. I did a bunch of research, talking with my pro photographer friends and looking at photo scanning services online, and was wary that ScanDigital's prices were too good to be true. Not only were you the least expensive, but offered a level of image quality (4000 dpi) for which companies charged more than triple your cost. So, I sent in a small sample to test you guys out and have been completely blown away. The depth of luma and chroma is staggering. I couldn't be happier with the results. I loaded the photos in from the DVD you guys gave me while surrounded by my co-workers, all of whom have either shot photos professionally or as a serious hobby, and they were just as impressed as I was. I'm trying to compile a collection of photos for my dad, who is struggling with brain cancer. I was really concerned that there weren't any affordable options out there for me to get my neg into a digital format so I could compile it with all my digital photos into a nice book for him. I was also really worried about losing film forever by giving it to some assembly line scanning factory. Now I know I have nothing to worry about. I can't say enough about how impressed I am that you guys provide this service at this price and level of expertise. You have a dedicated customer for as long as I have film to scan. Thanks!"
- Jon Santa Monica, CA - October 2007 -
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