For those of you looking to get on board a fresh company that’s in the mobile game, keep reading. SlideMail is a new application from Vu Tran, who founded the Y Combinator-backed company Framebase. He’s teamed up with the designers from email app Mailbox, which Dropbox bought and is creating an email app to help us with our bad email habits. They want to make going through our inbox a better experience, while also intelligently organizing our messages and alerting us to important meetings and other events. SlideMail’s app tries to figure out what in your email matters to you, it watches your email activity, learning what you read, trash and archive, and then adapts to that behavior over time.
Tran says he initially created SlideMail to help with his own email issues, like overlooking important meeting requests because of the glut of junk emails. SlideMail can look through your emails and seek out dates, times, and other phrasing that indicates an upcoming event, or even a pending flight. The app can remind you automatically about the event and even locate the destination on a map for you, or better yet; when it detects a flight in an email it brings up the latest schedule. Tran says “Our play is to make the email experience more pleasant and more personal, because your inbox is personal, too.”
The app can identify between email receipts, newsletters, or personal emails from people you know, making categorizing a breeze. The coolest aspect is the software can make judgements to help you speed up its own learning curve by recommending which emails to archive. It does this by providing a pop-up that hovers over your inbox when the app opens and ask you whether you want to archive or not. It adapts to you, if there are things you like reading, such as a specific newsletter, it will put it at the top of your list of priorities.
Privacy is also a concern with mobile email clients, all the content is stored on the app locally, if you delete something from SlideMail, it is gone forever, whereas other companies store a copy on the servers. In the future they are thinking about adding encryption as well. The app is free to download on iTunes, no Android version as of yet. They’ve been privately testing prior to the release and discovered the app resonated more with non-technical people as opposed to hard core tech folk. Since this became apparent to the SlideMail team so quickly, they are gearing it more for the mainstream public.
Personally, I love when I hear about mobile companies who are developing semi-intelligent software that tries to learn my behaviors. It’s like having a wife; but on a serious note, if you’re in the market for a company that seems to have real potential, I would find out how to get in right away.