InboxPro is an effort to 'fix' your inbox. Right now you might receive hundreds of emails per week. Some are short, some are long, some are 'For Your Infomation' only. Unfortunately the subject line hardly ever gives you insight into how much time will be involved in answering the message.
Likewise, the sender is left in the dark too. Why aren't you replying quickly? Is your inbox empty or overflowing? How long does it generally takes before I can expect a reply?
Inbox Pro solves both problems by making it easier for the receiving person to manage email and by giving the sender more insight in the 'Average Response Time' and the current queue in the receivers inbox. The system is currently in closed beta and fairly limited in its functionality but people who use it already report being significantly more efficient in handling their email.
There is a more complete description of how the service works over at The Next Web:
A ‘frighteningly ambitious’ way to improve email
What We Need & What You Get
We would love to raise some money to be able to expand the team and get this to market as quickly as possible. The only thing this money will be used for is people. The founders won't take money out or receive a management fee, we will pay for the servers ourselves and we will handle all other costs ourselves too. We just want to hire two extra developers and hope that by doing some pre-sales here we will be able to delay having to raise funding, and maybe even prevent ever having to raise funding at all.
- If we raise €50.000 we will use that to pay two developers €2300 a month.
- The remaining money will be used to hire free-lance designers, interaction designers, and iOS/Android developers.
- If we won't raise the full amount of funding that will just mean we have to work harder.
The current version fo InboxPro.com was built by Boris and Jeffrey. Boris is a serial entrepreneur and has (co-)founded TwitterCounter.com, V3.com, TheNextWeb.com and a range of other companies that have done well. Jeffrey is a college student who took on this (so far) unpaid job because he wanted to learn how develop awesome stuff.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you don't want to contribute money we would still appreciate your help. This is what you can do:
Get the word out about Inbox Pro via Twitter, Facebook or email. Here is a simple pre-formatted Tweet that might help:
Click to tweet this: I ♥ http://inboxpro.com! Help it get funded: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/inbox-pro-a-revolution-in-email/x/1057104
What others say about us:
Rich Rines - @richrines: "Can't wait for this to be a reality"
Cedric Franz - @CedricFranz: "This just might solve my inbox problems"
Anthony Domanico - @ajdomanico: "Mailbox is pretty decent and everything, but I'm kind of more excited about what @Boris is cooking up"
Mark V. McDonnell - @TriExpert: "Flat-out Brilliant"
Global leadership - "@HumanistExec: "WOW! this needs to happen!!!"
Whisperstream - @Whisperax: "Probably the most interesting email optimization I've read for quite a while"
Search for 'inboxpro' at Twitter to see hundreds more tweets like it.