Outbox, a beautiful inbox for your postal mail, launched today into public beta in San Francisco. The company, founded in 2011 in Austin, has opened up a San Francisco headquarters location in the popular SOMA district, and will begin onboarding new customers in a roll-out of the service based on zip codes in the coming weeks.
Outbox collects and manages postal mail on users’ behalf, enabling them to access, organize, discard or completely unsubscribe from any piece of mail from their computer, iPad or, now, iPhone. Features like reminders and to-do lists assure users stay on top of important dates and deadlines. Upon signup and setup, Outbox’s team of Unpostmen will go to a user’s mailbox three times a week to retrieve their mail, then bring it back to Outbox’s secure mail warehouse, where the mail is digitized and delivered via the Web, iPhone and iPad apps. If the user ever wants a piece of mail delivered to them, they can make the request from any of the apps and receive the mail in 1-2 days.
“We are ecstatic to launch in San Francisco and can’t wait to show thousands of people how we can make their lives easier,” said Evan Baehr, co-founder of Outbox. “In Austin we have developed a service and application that delights our customers, and we’re excited to bring Outbox to larger markets so we can continue learning.”
Outbox has been developing and refining their service in Austin for the last year and a half, where the company ran a small pilot with 500 customers, perfecting operations and logistics. Upon completion of the testing phase, the company made the decision to expand to San Francisco as the first step in a broader national rollout that will transform postal mail.
Postal mail is a $900B industry in the United States, and over 168B pieces of mail were delivered in 2011 alone. However, most postal service customers have not experienced any innovation in how the service is delivered. Outbox ushers mail into the digital era by making it social, interactive, and sharable. With Outbox, postal service customers can engage with their mail whenever and wherever they want, without having to deal with any of the irritations of junk mail and simultaneously make environmentally friendly choices about the paper products used for most physical mail.
“This is an exciting time for everyone that receives snail mail,” said co-founder Will Davis. “Mail is an essential mode of communication, but nobody has taken the leap to modernize it and make it really meaningful since, well, Benjamin Franklin ran it. That’s precisely what we’re doing in Austin and now San Francisco, and soon across the country.”
Outbox is $4.99 per mailbox per month, with no additional fees for delivery, mail volume, or anything else.
To find out how your Bay Area neighborhood can be among the first to receive Outbox, please visit http://sf.outboxmail.com. You can also preview the Outbox application demo account here and download the app here.
Outbox is a beautiful inbox for your postal mail.
Outbox ushers postal mail into the digital era by making it social, interactive and sharable through a suite of mobile and web applications. Outbox collects and manages postal mail on users’ behalf, discarding junk mail and enabling them to take action — such as organize, prioritize, unsubscribe — on any piece of mail.
Outbox was founded in 2011 in Austin, Texas by Harvard classmates Will Davis and Evan Baehr. Outbox is currently available in Austin and San Francisco. For more information visit outboxmail.com.