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Podcast on Living and Running a Global Bussines from Bali

Posted by Pallav on November 26, 2014

TC..what? There may be a few things that you don’t know about the Mailbird CEO. Andrea Loubier is half American, half Filipino, born in France. She lived in Africa for the first four years of her life, then Thailand the next two years, then Indonesia for next nine years before heading to the U.S. She is obsessed with travel and has a slight addiction to spicy food. As a third culture kid, Andrea gives some insight on what it’s like to build a global tech startup from exotic Bali, Indonesia. That’s right, after 13 years in the U.S., it is as text book  as a TCK (“third culture kid”) can get, Andrea made her way back to Indonesia where she spent the majority of her life from childhood through young adulthood.   How we are changing the world today. In this podcast Andrea explains how her diverse, multi-cultural background and upbringing influences her business practices, interactions with people, her general outlook on life and overly hospitable attitude and open-mindedness that celebrates both our differences and similarities. Our world continues to evolve socially and culturally the more people travel and break outside of the status quo and norms. A world famous TCK that you may not know until now is….you got it…the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but grew up in Indonesia and Chicago. What is it about these multi-cultured kids?   Listen to This You’ll love this piece. Tayo Rockson interviews Andrea to…

What’s Happening At Mailbird?

Posted by Pallav on November 14, 2014

Last year has been really exciting for Mailbird. Our team implemented lots of new features, improved the user experience and continued the effort in building the most productive email client ever. This blog post will take you through the major developments of Mailbird in the last year (2013-2014) and also dive into the future of Mailbird with our roadmap.   What Do You Get In Mailbird Today? Support for 18 Languages We hope to build Mailbird into the best home for all your emails and have translated it to 18 languages including English (default), Danish, German, French, Italian etc. LinkedIn Lookup This feature allows you to easily look up anyone’s profile on Linkedin. Simply right click on any email address or name in Mailbird and you’ll find this feature. More details here. Account Settings Made Easy for Multi-Accounts When using any email client the biggest issue users face is to enter their server settings to connect their email to the client. Managing email is a task in itself and we didn’t want our users to waste any time in entering server settings so we devised a way to auto detect your server settings when you enter your email. This makes adding a new account painless and even more awesome for those of you who really like to utilize the multi-account support in Mailbird. Swipe Feature For touch screen users archiving email becomes simpler by swiping an email from left to right. From a survey we did with university students we found that users using swipe feature…

Biggest List of Email Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make

Posted by Pallav on November 11, 2014

While dealing with numerous emails everyday it’s not uncommon to make a few mistakes. However, if you’re making these mistakes unknowingly, it’s time to brush up on your email etiquette. We’ve complied a list of email mistakes that’ll come handy when you’re sending out an important email and want to make sure you’re not committing a serious email mistake. Take a look and bookmark this page (Ctrl + D) for future reference.   Replying to an email without reading all the messages in that thread: It makes you miss important points/answers that you should already be aware of before replying. Forwarding useless messages, chain emails etc.: It’s not early 2000s, forwarding useless message wastes other people’s time and decrease your credibility. Always think twice before forwarding such emails and do it only if you think the other person would benefit from it. Hitting the send button before you intend to: Prevent it by adding recipient’s email once you’ve finished drafting the email. Including your signature in every email: Adding same long signature in every email becomes annoying in a threaded email. A good way is to add your signature in the first email and then using just your first name or initials in next replies. Mistakenly replying to all: This generally happens when you reply back in haste. It’s always a good idea to take your time while replying to an important email. Forgetting to add the attachment: Most of the email clients alert you when you’re about to send…

Do Me A Favor And Change Your Email Signature

Posted by Pallav on November 4, 2014

107.81 billion emails are sent everyday and while 10% of it is spam other 90% serious communication is sometimes converted to spammy looking email due to certain bad practices. A few days ago we received an email from one of our team member Leo and his signature was awful. It was way bigger than the email text itself which made him our running gag for the day. Before that I got a cold email in which I was CC along with 30 other senior management people from different companies. Emails like these leave a bad reputation and negatively impacts the communication with the senders and this article will try to address one such disastrous problem of poor email signatures. Let’s look at some of the annoying practices of email signature and if you do it too, maybe try to tone it down a bit – Listing Out All Your Contact Details The main aim of signature is to let others know who you’re and how to get in touch with you apart from email. This does not mean you list out every single contact detail and slap it at the end. Don’t be this guy, Instead make it look good so it reflects your personality, like this You can also keep signatures simple and add 2-3 other contact details like phone number, skype id or even one of your social media profiles where you’re most active. Listing down 5-10 contact details will only confuse the other person and may jeopardize your privacy. Alternatively, if…

How Do Successful Tech Influencers Manage Email Overload

Posted by Pallav on October 16, 2014

According to a poll conducted by McKinsey Global Institute an average office worker spends over a quarter of his day dealing with emails. Assuming an average of 8 hour work day a person spends 2 hours every day or about 30 days an year managing his emails. So what? Out of 100 creative things you could learn in less than 30 days you chose to spend it in your inbox which is not your job (unless you’re a VA). Email is the most commonly used online communication medium so it’s impossible to avoid but remembering it is a means to the end helps focus on the important work rather than living life in the inbox. Good part is that report also indicates there is an increased productivity scope of 25-30% when it comes to email. Conquering inbox is never easy. Pending emails turn into a pile which we keep sorting for days and when we lose patience, email bankruptcy is declared. Becoming an email ninja requires persistence, patience, discipline but with increasing number of emails it is just getting tougher. For experts and influencers who are bombarded with 200-500 emails on a daily basis reaching Inbox Zero is a pain. Since there is no best way to organize inbox, overtime various factors have helped experts in coming up with smart processes that allow them to clear most of their inbox in shorter span of time. We reached out to top tech influencers who are constantly under email overload and asked…