MONTAJ App Launches as Social Community to Share Life's Greatest Moments

New iPhone App Revolutionizes Consumer Video Sharing, Creating High Quality Content

Jan 24, 2013, 12:00 ET from MONTAJ

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, MONTAJ brings the mobile community an application that makes high quality video content accessible to everyone. Creators Demir Gjokaj and Dan Long have set out to redefine video content in social networking. MONTAJ is a revolutionary iPhone application that combines a sharable social feed with a video tool that is easy to utilize available NOW on the Apple store. MONTAJ breaks through the barriers of mobile sharing apps, combining everything consumers love about creating and sharing content. It has captured the hearts of some of the most creative minds in music and film, including actor Adrian Grenier and music industry veteran, Jason Flom.  


By design, MONTAJ is the new method for the mobile video medium: it streamlines editing decisions that block the creative spark. The innovative "Shake-to-Edit" feature surprises and delights creating a new movie with your clips at the shake of a wrist. Apply soundtracks directly from your personal music library, visual filters to create the perfect look, and share directly to YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. MONTAJ is uniquely an iPhone app, taking full advantage of the iOS's built-in capabilities, and pushing them to new limits. Many features, such as voice-over, sound mixing, Shake to Shuffle, and the rendering engine, are a triumph of software engineering in the Apple environment. To simplify the editing process, MONTAJ makes editing decisions for the user by allowing them to take only 5 second clips that can be randomized by the simple "shake" of the iPhone creating the perfect "MONTAJ."

The revolutionary app is the brainchild of a talented and forward thinking duo, Demir Gjokaj and Dan Long; two California natives passionate about breaking down barriers to creative expression and savoring life's greatest moments. As adventurers and creative minds that have an innate love for art and expression, Demir and Dan sought to expand the way we appreciate, capture and share memories.

"MONTAJ isn't about video editing; it's about storytelling. We wanted to create a tool where the technology takes a back seat to creativity," said Dan Long, Co-Creator of MONTAJ. CEO and Co-Creator Demir Gjokaj adds, "We've spent our entire lives watching TV and film, but this generation wants to tell its own stories. We hope MONTAJ can help accelerate this exciting cultural moment and unlock the creativity in us all."

"I look to invest in companies that I can relate to, that make the world a little better, and a little more creative. As an investor, MONTAJ is a perfect fit. As a creative, I admire their singular focus on making the world a more creative place," said Adrian Grenier.

Music industry veteran, Jason Flom elaborates that "The MONTAJ team understands how critical music is to the future of the video space, which is something a lot of people don't seem to get. Their smart management and particular focus on unlocking creativity made me want to invest."

MONTAJ provides a tool for the everyday consumer to the creative professional. The app offers its users inspiration through a network of founders that thrive as influencers in music, art, film, culture, and other verticals that explore artistic expression. These founders are part of the main video feed that give users access to explore the world of video—and of course, users can follow all their friends on their personal feed. MONTAJ is our generation's premiere tool to unleash creativity and capture life's best moments all in the palm of your hand.

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MONTAJ is the creative tool for our generation. It's an iPhone app that turns life's moments into amazing, fully edited video with a simple shake of the wrist. Shoot clips, shake to edit, & share with the world. MONTAJ cuts through tedious decisions that block the creative spark, and proves once and for all that anyone can make incredible movies – in real time. The MONTAJ social network effortlessly shares these stories, and brings you the best moments that your friends, family, and favorite personalities share on video. As its mission, MONTAJ revolutionizes mobile video by putting the user in control of their story.

Demir Gjokaj / Co-Founder, CEO & Storyteller
Demir Gjokaj (pronounced joke-eye) is an adventurer and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, NY.  At various turns a stock analyst, actor, policy wonk, and news pundit, Demir is first and foremost a storyteller. Demir graduated from UC Berkeley and found inspiration traveling the world, video-blogging his experiences for family and friends. Back in America, Demir worked as a policy advisor to the Governor of Hawaii, continuing to travel the world when possible. Innovating the use of data forensics in real estate analysis, Demir made his mark on Wall Street by creating the first real-time home price index. In that role, Demir also appeared as a frequent television personality, expressing his perspective on Bloomberg, CNBC, and Fox Business News. As the CEO of MONTAJ, Demir has returned to his roots and true passion for storytelling.

Dan Long / Co-Founder, Chairman & Storyteller
Dan Long is an entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, and strong advocate for the arts. Dan is also an avid art collector, as well as a trained academic. Graduating from UC Berkeley with dual honors in Math and Philosophy, Dan became a PhD candidate in Math at the Universite Paris Diderot – Paris 7. In addition, he holds a MA in Philosophy from Stanford where, in a prescient moment, he wrote an Aesthetics paper contrasting the nature of photography and film that greatly informed the creation of MONTAJ.  Following his formal studies, Dan ventured into the world of finance, holding various structuring and proprietary trading roles at Barclays Capital, where he was part of an elite deal team responsible for managing the Lehman Brother's acquisition. After Barclays Capital emerged strong from the financial crisis, Dan set off on his own to launch a structured credit hedge fund, but he has never strayed far from his intellectual and artistic roots. His enthusiasm for philosophy and art, coupled with his entrepreneurial zeal, gave blossom to his latest co-creation, MONTAJ.

Investor Information
MONTAJ is a privately owned company that has attracted investors in a number of verticals who share the creative and strategic vision of the MONTAJ team. These investors include actor and musician Adrian Grenier and music industry veteran, Jason Flom, founder of Lava records. MONTAJ is also supported by T-Ink, James Corcoran, Joseph Jaffe, and William Bloomquist.