PowerInbox, the new email platform that lets you run apps for Facebook, Twitter, Groupon and Google+ inside your inbox, just closed an additional $800, 000 in seed funding, bringing its total Series Seed to $1.9 million.
The company had previously raised $1.1 million in August, mostly from AngelList investors.
Today, PowerInbox’s investors include Atlas Venture, Longworth Venture Partners, Correlation Ventures, Egan Managed Capital, Founder Collective, Cloud Capital Partners, Ecosystem Ventures and angels Christopher Lynch, Michael Mark, Praveen Gollapudi, Ted Chan, Alan Phillips, Mike Dornbrook, Peter Bordes, Russ Wilcox, Mark Rose, Eric Scott, Ed Chalfin, Eric Groves, Greg Cangialosi, Leslie Murdock, Philipp Stauffer, Joe Caruso, Mike Santullo, Dan Peterson, Jerril Jacob, Tim Barton and others.
The company plans to use its additional funding to further expand the platform and hire engineers.
For those unfamiliar with Powerinbox, it’s one of the most practical applications I’ve come across in recent months. The service runs on top of your email platform (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and soon, Outlook) by augmenting the messages sent to you by various services, essentially turning your emails into apps. You can follow, message, and @reply Twitter users, like and reply to Facebook posts, add users to Google+ Circles, keep track of the time left to grab a Groupon and more, all from within the email message itself.
After we reported on PowerInbox’s addition of Google+ functionality in September, CEO Matt Thazhmon said the service’s usage jumped by 50% and has remained at that number ever since.
Users have told PowerInbox (via this survey, still active) they want to see LinkedIn added next, but there isn’t an API available that would allow PowerInbox to properly leverage that service. Other apps on the startup’s radar include YouTube, Dropbox, Flickr, PayPal, Netflix and more.
Looks like email was dying for a breath of fresh air, hmm?
PowerInbox, a Boston, MA-based open app platform for email. Powerinbox’s service, which has been made available to the public today, enables users to run apps from inside their email messages. PowerInbox works on Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo Mail with Outlook coming soon. The company’s open app platform makes developers create apps that run on all email using HTML5.