Circle

An award-winning screen time management and parental controls solution, making families’ lives better online and off

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Description:
An award-winning screen time management and parental controls solution, making families’ lives better online and off
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Founders:
Anne Bryan
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Gwendolyn Smith
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Headquarters:
Portland, OR
Industry:
Home Goods
Tech
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Circle is devoted to helping families thrive with technology and with each other. Circle envisions a world where families find balance, set healthy limits, build good habits, and get the best out of their digital experiences, rather than being consumed by them. Its screen time management and parental control solutions are the easiest and most comprehensive way to manage all your family’s connected devices—everywhere. Circle also collaborates with strategic partners to bring our service to more families. Its features, including content filters, time limits, and the ability to Pause the Internet®, set device Bedtimes and block specific apps, have already served as helpful tools for parents during shelter-in-place. By managing all Wi-Fi devices inside and mobile devices outside the home on any network, Circle is able to offer a comprehensive solution to common screen time woes. Customers can purchase the Circle App from the app stores or bundled with the Circle Home Plus in-home device. Circle features are also available through Circle on Netgear. The Circle website includes resources for parents and caregivers including advice from experts, a space to learn from other parents’ experiences, and a blog with timely tips about topics like screen time during social distancing.



founding story

Jelani Memory is not only the co-founder of a screen time management solution, Circle, but also the Founder and CEO of “A Kids Book About,” with the recent release, A Kids Book About Racism. On top of all that, he’s also a father of six!

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Anne Bryan
CEO

Anne joined the founding Circle team in 2015 prior to launching our award-winning screen time management and parental controls software, to help drive the product concept through to market. Then, after trimming her day-to-day involvement to pursue full-time volunteer work as Chair of the Beaverton School Board (40K+ students and $1B+ budget), she returned to Circle in January 2018 to lead the effort to scale the company to serve more customers. With her leadership and a fantastic team, Circle has pivoted its product offering from a one-time hardware purchase to a software subscription model. Anne is passionate about Circle’s mission to make families’ lives better, online and off.

 

Gwendolyn Smith
VP of Marketing

Gwen is a Senior Marketing and Branding Executive who offers demonstrated expertise in integrated marketing, brand strategy, product positioning, consumer insights, and product development for leading CPG and consumer technology companies. Throughout her career, she has consistently built and managed high-performance teams that create brand-building marketing programs and deliver successful campaign activations. Gwen has vast experience in consumer technology from new start-ups to Jawbone and further FMCG experience ranging from GlaxoSmithKline to Del Monte and Sara Lee Foods.

Products

Circle Home Plus
The Circle Home Plus device connects with your router to manage every Internet-connected device on your home network.

Circle Home Plus

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Description:
The Circle Home Plus device connects with your router to manage every Internet-connected device on your home network.
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Circle Home Plus manages every connected device in your home, including phones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles, and more. You can set and adjust each family member’s settings individually, customizing access to different types of content. A built-in backup battery keeps Circle Home Plus running even if it’s unplugged. You’ll get a notification telling you it’s been disconnected. Circle Home Plus is built for fast networks with a 1GB Ethernet port. This in-home device + app comes in three subscription options: $65 for 3 months, $129 for 1 year, or $299 for a lifetime. In conjunction with the Circle App, parents are able to set age-appropriate filters for websites and apps, time limits for individual apps and categories of content, bedtimes that automatically disconnect devices from the Internet, Pause the Internet to temporarily turn off Internet-connectivity for a single family member or everyone at the same time; and Focus Time to restrict access to certain sites for specific periods of the day.
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Circle App
Use the Circle App to operate Circle and manage mobile devices (iOS and Android) everywhere. You can set and adjust each family member’s settings individually, customizing access to different types of content.

Circle App

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Use the Circle App to operate Circle and manage mobile devices (iOS and Android) everywhere. You can set and adjust each family member’s settings individually, customizing access to different types of content.
Details:
The Circle App lets parents quickly customize settings and features appropriate for each child in the family. With just a few clicks, set age-appropriate filters for different websites and apps (or block content all together); time limits for both individual apps and categories of content; bedtimes that automatically disconnect devices from the Internet; Pause the InternetⓇ to temporarily turn off Internet-connectivity for a single family member or everyone at the same time; and Focus Time to restrict access to certain sites for specific periods of the day—a perfect tool to keep distance learning or homework time on track.
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testimonial

In my household we use tools like Circle. The lure of the screen is just too great and these solutions, when used in combination with traditional parenting, ensure my children stare into the real world - at least for a few minutes a day
TechCrunch
Happily, the Circle controls have just solved this thorny little problem. It's a device you hook into your internet and then control with an app. Nothing is installed on phones, consoles, TVs and computers but it can monitor and control them all.
Forbes
With Circle, you don't have to worry about hearing 'just 5 more minutes' when it's time to turn off the TV, or wonder if your kids are staying up past their bedtime scrolling through their devices.
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