With increased challenges facing independent artists and authors,
reKiosk (http://www.rekiosk.com) --an alternative distribution solution
for independent creatives--opened its virtual doors earlier this season.
It's the first socially networked, turnkey solution to offer individual
creators, labels, publishers and anyone interested in promoting indie
media a free and easy way to sell and market digital media.
Founded by brother and sister Aziz and Darya Isham, reKiosk allows
anyone, anywhere to open an online store to sell music. Not only can
artists and creators sign up to sell their own products directly,
reKiosk also has a one-of-a-kind affiliate model that pays 'reKioskers'
for every sale made from their kiosk, no matter whose product it is.
"reKiosk is a way to sell directly to your fans, and have your fans sell
for you. We believe that the digital age means that writers and
musicians shouldn't have to give their products away - we're solving the
distribution crisis by creating a platform that allows anyone, anywhere,
to open a digital storefront and sell what they love," says co-founder,
reKiosk is wrapped in an ethos geared towards promoting independent
media: Everyone is on a level playing field, no ads and no special
treatment for big companies. Searching is curated by people, not
algorithms, to help you find great products and share them across
integrated social media platforms.
reKiosk has already established relationships with some of the biggest
names in independent publishing and music, including Grove Atlantic, O/R
Books, and PledgeMusic. The platform allows individuals, publishers and
record labels to sell their entire catalogs, no matter how large or
reKiosk is a social media platform in addition to e-retailer. reKiosk
allows community interaction based upon each individual's personally
cultivated digital store, or 'kiosk'. Kiosks allow curators with similar
tastes and passions the chance to discover great new indie bands or
lesser-known authors. Creators can retain as much as 95% of each sale
because the middleman gets cut out. Users sell directly to their
friends, fans and followers through integrated social networks. Any user
who buys a digital file can then become a distributor, selling to their
own sets of friends and followers and retaining 25% of each subsequent
sale. Meanwhile, the file's original creator always reaps 70% of every
About the founders:
Aziz worked for years in the documentary film and television industry.
An executive and VP at JWM Productions, he produced hit series for
History, Discovery Channel, A&E and National Geographic. He directed
Murder Music, (CBS) and also created, produced and directed one of the
highest-rated series for National Geographic Wild. After leaving JWM,
Aziz co-founded Arcade Sunshine Media - a digital publishing and
production company that was recently named one of the 29 companies
shaping the eBook platform landscape. Arcade Sunshine Media productions
have been met with wide critical acclaim and clients include the
Smithsonian, Travel Channel, Grove Atlantic, and numerous non-profits
and institutions. His essays have been published in The Huffington Post
and Digital Book World, and he's been a featured speaker at future of
publishing events at NYU, MediaBistro, DC Week and several others. Aziz
has a BA in Anthropology from Yale and lives and works in Brooklyn.
Darya was just finishing up her Master's Degree in Quantitative Methods
in Social Sciences from Columbia University when her brother approached
her with the idea behind reKiosk. She had just spent a month traveling
in Africa as COO for a startup political risk firm, where she witnessed
first hand the disruptive power of digital media. On her return, she was
eager to build a company from scratch that took advantage of new
opportunities in digital media to focus on sustainability and positive
social impact and she saw reKiosk as a tool to increase creativity and
access to the arts. Prior to obtaining her graduate degree, Darya was
Head of Investor Relations and Chief Compliance Officer at LM ISIS, a
women-run hedge fund, and was an accounting and operations manager at
Rock Creek Group, a $5 billion fund-of-fund in Washington DC, where she
oversaw all accounts and monetary transactions.