AMP for email is a terrible idea

Google just announced a plan to "modernize" email, allowing "engaging, interactive, and actionable email experiences." Does that sound like a terrible idea to anyone else? It sure sounds like a terrib

Mixmax raises $10.35M to improve email

Hundred of startups have tried to kill it, but email is still alive and well. That doesn't mean it can't be improved upon, though. Mixmax, a startup that aims to make email more useful for businesses,

Front raises $66 million to replace Microsoft Outlook

Front is raising a $66 million Series B round led by Sequoia with DFJ and existing investors also participating. There are now 2,500 companies using Front to manage shared inboxes and collaborate. The

ProtonMail encrypted mail service adds support for Apple Mail, Outlook and Thunderbird

Mr. Robot’s email service of choice just expanded its support for a handful of popular email clients. ProtonMail just introduced a new tool, called ProtonMail Bridge, that could expand its relat

ProtonMail bolts on an encrypted contacts manager and digital signing for contacts

Another neat addition to end-to-end encrypted email client ProtonMail: It's added a zero-access encrypted contacts manager that also digitally signs the contact info you store in it. 

Email marketer SendGrid up 13% following IPO

Marketing email company SendGrid had a decent first day on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday. After pricing shares at $16, the company closed at $18.03, or up almost 13%. The Denver-based comp

Kinder, gentler debt collector TrueAccord raises $22 million

Bringing debt collection into the age of the soft touch, email and text-based world of the 21st century has netted TrueAccord $22 million in a new round of funding. I first wrote about the company thr

Microsoft rolls out LinkedIn integrations in

Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of business networking site LinkedIn is starting to pay off – at least in terms of product integrations that make sense. The company today announced t

Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts

Google wants to make Gmail the place where you check all your email accounts, not just your Google accounts. The company announced this week it’s testing a new version of the Gmail app on iOS th

Yahoo now thinks all 3B accounts were impacted by 2013 breach, not 1B as thought

Internet giant Yahoo’s massive 2013 security breach has dealt the company yet another blow. Today Yahoo sent out a notice disclosing that a further investigation of the  2013 breach has produc

A typical day for researchers on Google’s Brain Team

What do you and researchers on Google's Brain Team have most in common? You both probably spend a lot of time triaging email. In a Reddit AMA, 11 Google AI researchers took time to share the activitie is a robot that can plan your schedule in Slack

Ahoy, mateys! A Columbus, Ohio-based company called aims to schedule yer deck swabbing sessions with just one arrrrrmail or Slack. Ahoy is the brainchild of Jesse Rowe and Alex Ogorek. Rowe is

Geronimo imagines a better outlook for the inbox

It’s a constant refrain. Today’s email is a tragedy and a travesty. There’s no way to sort information in personally relevant ways, few tools that can organize the mass of messages r

Rapportive founder’s new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today

Reinventing the email experience is an area numerous startups have tried to tackle over the years, with some apps focused more on triage, others on making a better desktop alternative to Outlook, and

ProtonMail adds Bitcoin support so you can pay for e2e encrypted email more privately

End-to-end encrypted email provider ProtonMail has added official support for payment in Bitcoin. In a blog about the addition, it notes: "Starting from version 3.11 of ProtonMail it is now possibl

Startup initiatives from Down Under may offer inspiration to the failing US Postal Service

Earlier this week, the US Postal Service reported another dismal quarter of financial results. It’s the latest in a string of bad news for a national service that has been in slow decline since

Microsoft launches a faster, smarter into public beta

Microsoft is launching a new opt-in beta program for today that will give users access to a faster and more personalized email experience, as well as an overhauled design. Over the next f

Outlook’s mobile makeover includes a much smarter search, powered by Microsoft Graph

Microsoft today unveiled a redesigned version of its popular Outlook mobile app for iOS and Android, which most notably includes a more intelligent search feature, powered by Microsoft Graph, along wi

Lyft adds automatic ride receipt forwarding for business profiles

Lyft now makes it easier for business travelers to expense the trips they take for work – rides taken under a Business Profile within the Lyft app can now be automatically forwarded to a number of e

Employee email claims 500 Startups leadership delayed acknowledging McClure’s harassment, as new allegations surface

An email circulated to 500 Startups staffers by its Mountain View accelerator lead and partner Elizabeth Yin makes several claims that contradict the narrative presented by leadership so far. In the e
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