A new startup, Inbox has launched a new email platform or “next-generation email platform.” The Inbox sync engine is open source, and works with Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook.com. It will also expand to all IMAP providers, soon. The company is planning to release a hosted SaaS version of its platform later this year. In the meantime, developers can get started on building apps and clients with their own installations.
Inbox is founded by MIT alumni. CEO Michael Grinich worked as an engineer at Dropbox and a designer at Nest, while co-founder Christine Spang previously worked on the Linux kernel at Ksplice. The company’s seed investors include Fuel Capital, SV Angel, CrunchFund, Data Collective, and Betaworks.
“Email is the database of your life. It’s the digital home for your conversations, memories, and identity,” said Grinich. “But for developers, working with email is incredibly difficult, and requires learning archaic protocols and formats. The Inbox API solves that, and lets you focus on building your app.”