Storiaverse launches a short-form storytelling app that mixes video and written content material

Agnes Kozera and David Kierzkowski, the co-founders of podcast sponsorship market Podcorn, right now launched their latest app—Storiaverse, a short-form leisure platform that gives a multi-format studying expertise, combining animated video and written content material.

Out there on iOS and Android units, Storiaverse caters to graphic novel readers and grownup animation followers who need to uncover unique tales in a short-form, animated format.

“Our mission is to make Storiaverse the largest storytelling platform and to make studying extra immersive and fascinating,” Kozera instructed TechCrunch, who additionally co-founded YouTube advertising and marketing platform FameBit (which Google acquired in 2016).

“We imagine our format not solely caters to current followers of literature and animation but additionally has the potential to draw wider audiences which can be searching for new types of leisure…Even individuals who have shied away from studying as a result of they’re extra [visual readers] can take pleasure in studying by means of our patent-pending read-watch format,” she stated.

Picture Credit: Storiaverse

Storiaverse’s “Learn-Watch” format is strictly the way it sounds. Customers swipe up on a narrative to look at a sequence of animated clips, then faucet on the display to enter studying mode. There’s additionally an choice to skip the movies if they like studying all of the chapters first after which going again to view the animation. Tales vary in size, from 5 minutes lengthy to 10.

At launch, Storiaverse presents 25 unique titles spanning genres comparable to science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, and comedy. Creators who launched tales on the app embrace animator Josh Ryba, who has contributed to initiatives comparable to Netflix reveals “Raised by Wolves” and “One Piece;” animator Jonathan Fontaine, who has labored on the Disney film “Descendants;” and author John M. Floyd, who has been featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s Thriller Journal, amongst others.

Notably, ebook writer HarperCollins can also be partnering with the corporate to adapt titles like Madeleine Roux’s horror novel sequence Asylum and Joelle Charbonneau’s new fantasy sequence Dividing Eden. Moreover, TikTok star and unbiased animator King Science (Science Akbar) is teaming as much as create an unique story on the app.

There are at present over 100 creators working with Storiaverse and greater than 100 tales in improvement.

Co-founders Agnes Kozera and David Kierzkowski. Picture Credit: Storiaverse

Storiaverse launches at a time when many creators are panicking about the way forward for TikTok, the ByteDance-owned short-form video app the place many storytellers have constructed a large viewers (like King Science and his 13 million followers) and use the platform to indicate off their work.

Like TikTok and YouTube Shorts, Storiaverse presents a further income stream for creators.

“There’s a huge neighborhood of unbiased writers who typically wrestle for recognition and compensation. We imagine their content material could be invigorated in a extra trendy format to achieve new readers,” Kozera stated, including that Storiaverse compensates each writers and animators for his or her contributions to the app. “The [compensation] payment varies based mostly on components comparable to size and complexity of the story,” she defined.

The corporate may take different pages out of its competitor’s playbooks by bringing in adverts, merchandise, and subscriptions. One other concept on the desk is including product placement to movies, Kozera instructed us.

Storiaverse says it has already acquired 1000’s of submissions from writers. Creators can apply on Storiaverse’s web site. When writers are accepted, they’re related with an animator who helps carry the phrases to life.

The corporate can also be constructing a Creator Suite for creators to collaborate with one another, entry story efficiency insights and discover “extra monetization alternatives,” Kozera stated.

Storiaverse has raised $2.5 million in pre-seed funding led by 500 World.


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