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Merry Christmas From Around The World

Posted by Jason Ephraim on December 22, 2015

How Mailbird Says Merry Christmas     Mailbird has team members all over the world: A fact we are super proud of. That’s why we thought it would be extra special if our team members could show you how they wish our awesome users a Merry Christmas and happy new year in their own native language! Just In Time For The Holidays We’re hard at work on some amazing new features, including account import (which we are planning to have ready Q1 of 2016). But, we wanted to offer our users a little something more out of Mailbird in time for Christmas. That’s why we recently unveiled our new sidebar wrapper options, allowing you to “wrap your Mailbird” like a Christmas present. Read how in our recent post.    A Special Gift, From Our Team To You To help you celebrate this holiday season, we wanted to get you a little something. That’s why we are extending our 1 hour 50% off promotion until Sunday, December 27th. That means, if you have not upgraded to Mailbird Pro (yearly or lifetime) you can get it right now at 50% OFF! We know you will be busy wrapping presents, and visiting family members. By extending this discount, we hope you can enjoy your time with your loved ones and check out Mailbird Pro without having to worry about rushing. Visit our pricing page for more information including the features of Mailbird Pro. Click Here to Get Mailbird Pro for 50% Off!  …

Challenges of Remote Working / Maintaining Productivity

Posted by Andrea Loubier on December 16, 2015

How Does One Maintain High Productivity With A Distributed Team? No one wants to micro-manage and no one likes to be micro-managed. So how do you ensure that your team is working productively, that they are all on the same page, all with the same hard-working expectations and are delivering upon their responsibilities? There’s no easy answer to this however first let’s address the challenges you might encounter if you are part of a distributed team, then we can share how we do it at Mailbird.     Challenges: When working remotely, team members are unable to manage their productivity without a manager constantly overlooking their shoulder, reminding them to stay focused and deliver great results. Some team members are not able to prioritize and manage their own tasks in order to focus on completing one task at a time, rather than doing a little with several different tasks. When working alone and online, there are lots of distractions and team members can struggle with policing those distractions.   No Worries! You know that distributed team culture is something that the world continues to move towards. A technology centered world is peeling away the boundaries of work from a single office to get things done! It’s awesome. Because of innovation and working culture shifts, today, it is much more possible to have the freedom to work anytime and from just about anywhere in the world. That is quite an amazing feat we, as society, have come to realize.    …

The Challenges of Remote Working: “The Importance of Cultural Fit”

Posted by Andrea Loubier on December 7, 2015

Why is cultural fit so important for companies starting up? Well for one, these are people that you’ll be spending more time with than you ever have with family and friends. When you are still early stages of building your company, you have to like these people whether you are working with them side by side or from opposite hemispheres. You have to trust them, you should have an inkling of shared interests and a level of respect that encourages collaboration and productivity. Let’s look at the challenges of finding the right cultural fit for distributed teams and how to overcome them.   Challenges: They don’t work as hard as the rest of your team. They don’t really get along with other team members. Other team members complain about them a lot.   No problem-O! This is something that I don’t take lightly when it comes to finding the great people that just click with Mailbird. It starts on the first interaction you have with the person, whether it be an intro from someone or an email or application cover letter. If they pass that initial screening, then we proceed to the next step, and then the next. The true test is once they start working during the probationary period, when they start communicating with the rest of the team, with individuals on the team and with me.     The next part of this is how does the rest of the team respond to that person, if there is synergy…

Challenges of Remote Working / Hiring the Right People

Posted by Andrea Loubier on November 25, 2015

Last week we looked at how distributed teams are the future of how we work today in the face of globalization and agility. This is part 2 in this 5 part series on the challenges of distributed teams. One of the biggest challenges to overcome is being able to learn and understand how to hire the right people for your company.   “If you can hire people whose passion intersects with the job, they won’t require any supervision at all. They will manage themselves better than anyone could ever manage them. Their fire comes from within, not from without. Their motivation is internal, not external.” – Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Challenges: Hard to tell character and work ethic through a series of video interviews, phone interviews and skills tests. Hiring becomes a longer process. Hard to monitor productivity when a new hire is so far away from you.   Not a problem! The best way to learn how to hire the right people for your company, is to rush the process and actually end up hiring the wrong people for your company. It sucks as you quickly learn when someone is not a good fit and you eventually have to let them go. So hopefully this helps you save yourself the time and heartache of hiring the wrong people. Yes, it’s tough to judge someone’s character and work ethic through a series of interviews and skills tests where they might excel and really look great on…

Mailbird wants you!

Posted by Christin on June 25, 2015

Mailbird is hiring!   The all-star team at Mailbird is looking for a motivated, experienced Rockstar “VP of Growth“ to lead the overall growth efforts of the company by planning and executing the right levers of growth through product and marketing. You will be getting the opportunity to lead Mailbird’s exceptional growth with our passionate team and create great impact on how people use email and online communication every day. Next to bringing our awesome software to every Windows user out there, you will get the great opportunity to work from the extraordinary paradise setting of Bali. The freedom and flexibility to work remotely from anywhere in the world, while also enjoying awesome Bali Mailbird hackathon getaways. Living life and work in perfect balance #DreamJob. You will also be an equal part and play a significant role in our annual Hackathons in Bali where the entire team comes together from all over the world to get a lot done, aggressively push product updates and marketing initiatives in 30 days of intense work. While weekly sportive activities will keep your body in shape, personal development and/or professional coaching sessions can be taken to achieve new goals and to expand your knowledge and expertise.   What is Mailbird? Mailbird is a beautiful communication platform with a big vision to reinnovate the way we communicate in small and medium sized businesses and we already have more than 400.000 signups. We have won multiple prestigious awards and been voted the best email client for Windows both by…

Mailbird Seeking Angel Investors

Posted by Christin on May 6, 2015

We are ready for some serious rapid growth. Mailbird is going into the next round of investment and our entire team would love your support so we can invest more resources into growth and software development. Mailbird is looking to raise a seed round of $500,000 USD. Mailbird already sees +27% Monthly Active User growth. That is month over month, and we are ready to take that even further. Best of all, the first $150,000 USD has already been committed. The capital will be invested into growth for Mailbird as we are taking the business to the next stage. We have a solid complementary founding team and a great product. Any risk related to technology, product/market fit, customers, business model and recruiting have now been mitigated from the founding to pre-seed stages.   How to help? We want to find the perfect investors for Mailbird who are just as passionate about what we are doing for online communication and work collaboration. So, here are ways you can help us reach out to more investors for Mailbird: A. Share the news on your social channels We would like to share our proof of concept with potential investors. Proof of Mailbird’s massive support by an awesome and extremely loyal community of users since the very beginning. “Investors: as situation of Windows universality strengthens it would be a good idea to check in on @getmailbird and founder Andrea Loubier.” – D. Crets Like Mr. Crets, it would be awesome if you could help us spread the…

Mailbird takes your privacy very seriously

Posted by Christin on March 19, 2015

UPDATED: All points mentioned below have been addressed and every user is given the option to opt out of Mailbird’s usage reporting. Mailbird also no longer sends name and email address to the License Management System.   Please note, that any data collected by us has never and never will be used for any commercial purpose, outside of using it to improve Mailbird.   With the rising security and privacy concerns worldwide we thought it would be a good idea for us to share with our users what are we doing about it at Mailbird. We have summarised everything in the form of FAQs which will help you understand how and why things work the way it is.   1. Is my data being encrypted? The data sent from Mailbird to our license server and vice versa is done over a secure HTTPS connection. ‘HTTPS’ is one of the most secure communication channel widely used over the internet by various organizations specially finanical institutions like banks. If you have ever seen a website address like this it is using a secure https connection. This is done to protect your data from eavesdropping or snooping from unauthorized entities.     2. Can the Mailbird team read my mails? We guarantee you that Mailbird can not ever read any of your emails, nor see your attachments, account passwords or anything else. Mailbird works as a local client on your computer, and all sensitive data, such as emails, folders, contacts, attachments, account details etc. is…

Deep into week 3 of the Mailbird Hackathon

Posted by Andrea Loubier on March 19, 2015

Wow that was an intense last couple of weeks. So as mentioned in “The Last Blog Post Before Mailbird 2.0 is Live” we kicked off the next big Mailbird hackathon at the beginning of this month of March. It’s been two weeks of grinding away for the Mailbird 2.0 launch and we are so happy to have finally shipped it. We’ve been received hundreds of emails and requests since Mailbird 2.0 went live, and we are loving it! So great to connect with Mailbird users and to be able to listen to all the wonderful feedback and requests. Keep the feedback coming, and hang in there as we continue prioritization of the development of Mailbird 2.0.   Mailbird Last Week Have you seen the new Mailbird 2.0 video?   The Mailbird March 2015 Hackathon in action.   This is what a hackathon looks like.   All the hard work and long hours, you have no idea…finally Mailbird 2.0 is live! The surge of traffic to our website, once Mailbird 2.0 launched, actually put our website down.  We were able to get it back up and running in no time, and made sure to share via email and social channels an offline Mailbird 2.0 installer link so you didn’t miss out. We are so happy to have brought Mailbird 2.0 to the thousands of people who were waiting patiently, and are so grateful for the tremendous feedback and support. Mailbird users are the best!   Other things we’ve been hacking away at: 1) Bug fixing. 2) Performance improvements. 3) Better…

Mailbird 2.0 is More Than an Email Client

Posted by Christin on March 12, 2015

Are you ready for this? Mailbird has been flying this last year and the team has put every waking hour into making email stress and mismanagement a thing of the past. How did we come to this? Well, it is many thanks to those who gave Mailbird their vote of confidence. Thanks to those of you who held nothing back in telling us how you really feel so that we could take your suggestions into consideration and transform Mailbird into an even stronger productivity tool. It’s more than an email client, it’s an all-in-one communication hub. Mailbird 2.0 allows you to connect all your favorite email accounts with great apps you can choose for messaging like Facebook and WhatsApp, task management like Todoist, Evernote, Asana and Moo.do, calendars like Google Calendar and Sunrise Calendar, and video meetings like Veeting Rooms and a whole lot more. Try the Pro version of Mailbird 2.0 free for 30 days. It’s freaking awesome!   The Mailbird 2.0 Goods 1) Polished Check out the design difference between the old Mailbird 1.0 and new Mailbird 2.0 below.       2) The Help Button It can take some time to learn new software and be comfortable with it, so we thought it’d be super helpful to add a nice “?” help icon to the top right of the main window allowing you quick access without navigating to the support page on our website for assistance. You can easily search for answers to your questions or hit the “Submit Request” button at…

The Date Is Official

Posted by Pallav on February 25, 2015

Mailbird 2.0 Launch Date Is Out The moment of truth has arrived and the Mailbird launch date you were anxiously waiting for has been decided. Mark your calendar for March, 12th 2015, the day you’ll be able to download and experience the awesomeness we have been working towards for so long. We are super stoked for this launch and can’t wait to hear what you have to say about it. Let’s see what else happened last week… 4th Episode of Startup Show Is Now Online In the 4th episode of Startup show all the participants were challenged on their marketing and sales aspect which is the core to grow any business. The judges were looking to understand who are the target customers, how participants are trying to woo them through their messaging and their acquisition channels. For Mailbird the message was simple – ‘An easier way to email’. Email is a form of communication and spending half your day sorting through it doesn’t get your work done which is what Mailbird is designed to combat. It makes a difference in your life by providing a simpler and faster way to manage email so you spend less time in your inbox and more on things you love. Watch how Andrea presented Mailbird and what judges thought of it. Like to say something to Andrea? You can tweet her at @aloubier. Crowdfunding Handstand Remember we promised if we cross $5000 by Feb 16, ‘Mary’ (Christin) in the video will do a handstand for 20 minutes? Even though we didn’t…