Today we are thrilled to celebrate Oceanhouse Media’s 5th birthday! The past five years have taken us on an incredible journey, and today we reflect on how much we have learned and grown since our first app release in 2009. Oceanhouse Media has been true labor of love- endless hours of hard work, late nights, and creative problem solving from some of the best minds in business have helped push the company to where it is today. Of course, we have had TONS of fun along the way and are happy to say that we are just getting started.
But before we blow out our candles, let’s take a little walk down memory lane and recap how it all started…
January 2009- Oceanhouse Media was founded by Michel & Karen Kripalani with the goal of creating apps that uplift, educate and inspire. The company was initially run out of the Kripalani’s home in Encinitas, CA.
March 2009- 51 days after the official formation of the company, Oceanhouse submits its first app for iPhone and iPod touch- Bowls. In less than a month, the app makes it to #10 in sales of all paid apps on the App Store.
—This was before the advent of the iPad and there were only 30,000 apps on the App Store (and we thought that was a lot!)—
June 2009- Oceanhouse Media partners with Hay House Publishers to bring their line of self-empowerment card decks, calendars, and more to the digital world.
September 2009- The company announces its second major license deal, partnering with Chronicle Books to adapt many of their fantastic products for the iPhone.
November 2009- Oceanhouse Media launches the first official Dr. Seuss app- How the Grinch Stole Christmas!- just in time for the holidays. This is just the first of an entire collection of Dr. Seuss apps!
January 2009- The company celebrates its first birthday with roughly 20 apps on the App Store.
April 2010- Apple releases the first iPad, and Oceanhouse Media creates its first four iPad apps: The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, and Bowls HD.
July 2010- Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham is released as Oceanhouse Media’s 100th app.
September 2010- The company partners with Zondervan to release a line of Berenstain Bears Living Lights apps, beginning with The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers, The Berenstain Bears Go To Sunday School and The Berenstain Bears And The Golden Rule.
November 2010- Oceanhouse Media partners with Mercer Mayer to bring the timeless Little Critter books to the App Store.
December 2010- Oceanhouse Media releases its first apps for Android devices- The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!.
December 2010- The company partners with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to introduce a series of Tacky the Penguin digital book apps.
January 2011- Oceanhouse Media celebrates its one million paid app downloads on the App Store!
April 2011- The company releases It’s Tyrannosaurus Rex!, the first omBook in the Smithsonian Institution Prehistoric Pals Series.
April 2011- Oceanhouse Media begins releasing apps on Barnes and Noble’s NOOK Color.
May 2011- Oceanhouse Media secures a licensing agreements with Andersen Press to bring the classic Elmer the Patchwork Elephant books to the digital market.
May 2011- Oceanhouse Media introduces Once Upon a Potty: Girl and Once Upon a Potty: Boy apps from Alona Frankel’s toilet learning classics.
July 2011- A new licensing partnership with Kidwick Books kicks off with the release of Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman.
July 2011- The company moves into a proper office space in Encinitas, CA.
August 2011- After a year of successful releases from the Berenstain Bears’ Living Lights series, Oceanhouse Media partners with HarperCollins Children’s Books to release more Berenstain Bears book apps, starting with The Berenstain Bears’ Bedtime Battle.
November 2011- Oceanhouse Media, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Random House Children’s Books announce plans to bring Random House’s best-selling series The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library to the App Store.
March 2012- The Lorax reaches the number one spot on the overall iPad Top-100 paid chart.
March 2012- The company partners with Byron Barton to create a series of beginner, transportation-themed omBooks.
September 2012- Oceanhouse unveils the new “Record and Share” feature in omBooks, allowing users to record a customized narration of a story and share it with family members.
September 2012- Oceanhouse Media releases a free Dr. Seuss Bookshelf app.
October 2012- Five Dr. Seuss book apps are launched for Windows 8. This marks the first time the company developed apps for PCs.
May 2013- Oceanhouse Media launches Hay House NOW on the App Store, providing customers with instant access to motivational lectures, courses, video and audio from best-selling authors such as Louise L. Hay, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Doreen Virtue and Dr. Christiane Northrup.
August 2013- The release of On Beyond Zebra! marks the final classic Dr. Seuss title adapted as a digital book app.
August 2013- Oceanhouse Media is recognized as the 114th fastest growing company in the United States by Inc. 500’s list of Fastest Growing Private Companies. The company was also recognized as #9 among the Top 100 Software Companies.
October 2013- Oceanhouse Media wins its first Parents’ Choice Gold Awards for the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library “Ice is Nice!” and “On Beyond Bugs!”.
November 2013- Oceanhouse Media partners with reggae icon Ziggy Marley to adapt his children’s book I Love You Too for iOS and Android devices. This marks the company’s first time partnering with a celebrity.
November 2013- Oceanhouse Media introduces a new line of Chicken Soup for the Soul apps with Angels Around Us.
Today Oceanhouse Media has more then 350 apps, with 1-3 new releases every week!
Thank you to all our customers who have supported us throughout our journey. We cannot wait to see where the adventure takes us next!