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OtherInbox acquired by Return Path to make email tolerable

Return Path’s winning acquisition

Austin-based startup, OtherInbox, launched in 2008 and has pioneered the reduction of unwanted email, announced today that they have been acquired by Return Path which scores and certifies email senders and is recognized as the leading email certification and reputation monitoring company with over 2500 customers with their certification program covering over 2 billion inboxes, while OtherInbox has already surpassed 2 million users. Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but it is being reported that ReturnPath will double the size of their team in Austin this year and move to new offices, strengthening their presence in the city.

OtherInbox Founder and CEO, Joshua Baer told AGBeat, “Joining Return Path is a big win for our users, our employees, for me and for Austin. Our users get to keep using our products for free with more programmers to build new features. Our employees join a rocket-ship company that is nationally recognized as one of the best places to work. I get to join an amazing executive team and continue to operate independently as CEO. And Austin gets another great company investing its attention and resources into our community.”

Baer not only invested in the first Angel round of OtherInbox in 2008, but again in the Series A round in 2009 ($2.3 million total), becoming a 500 Startups company in 2010 and prior to being acquired raising nearly $4 million.

OtherInbox revolutionized unwanted email years ago with free features that aim to improve productivity and avoid email overload. Free features will remain free and will run in conjunction with Return Path’s Sender Score reputation scoring system for blocking and filtering email, both making the unavoidable business task of email far more tolerable.

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About Return Path:
Return Path makes email work better by scoring and certifying email senders from around the world. We help marketers, publishers and other large-volume email senders increase their response rates by providing the world’s leading inbox deliverability solution. We help mailbox providers and email administrators at ISPs and enterprises block unwelcome and malicious email by providing near real-time IP reputation scores and other data-driven tools. Taken as a whole, these tools and services improve the consumer experience of email by protecting them from spam, phishing and other abuse. Return Path offers free access to Sender Score, the email reputation measure compiled through our cooperative data network of ISPs and other email receivers, at our reputation portal: www.senderscore.org. Information about Return Path can be found at www.returnpath.net.

About OtherInbox:
OtherInbox saves you time and cuts down on unwanted emails. You don’t have to learn anything new or change your email address – we work with what you’ve got. More than 2 million people think that their Aol, Gmail or Yahoo Mail inbox is better with OtherInbox. Automatic Organizer cleans up your inbox by putting receipts, newsletters, and Facebook messages into folders. Every morning you get a daily summary to make sure that you don’t miss anything important. When you get a shipping notice, it automatically shows up on your calendar in Outlook or Google Calendar. Unsubscriber is the simplest way to stop emails you don’t want. Just put the messages that you don’t want into the Unsubscribe folder and forget about them. Unsubscriber will make sure that you don’t ever see any messages from them again, plus it will actually try to click the links and get you off the list. OtherInbox, Inc. is proudly based in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Return Path, Inc.

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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2 Comments

  1. Joshua Baer

    January 11, 2012 at 12:13 am

    It's not just reported, it's true! We're hiring like crazy and are looking for programmers, product designers, system administrators, iPhone and Android developers, and product marketers to join our team and build products used by millions of people.

    Thanks for the interview Lani!

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