December 5, 2011
What would you do with two extra hours added onto your week?
Exercise? Spend time with loved ones? Work? Personally, I would opt for two additional hours of sleep. (I know what you’re saying, but I don’t want to wait until I’m dead).
Why do I ask?
SaneBox, an e-mail software client aimed toward structuring a hierarchy of importance, claims to save their users an average of two whole hours per week. Not too shabby.
By structuring different tiers of importance, in addition to filtering out the e-mail that SaneBox predicts that you won’t read, users can have their e-mail organization done for them automatically. Playing off of the out of sight, out of mind ideology, SaneBox offers a variety of deferred filters, such as “SaneTomorrow” and “SaneNextWeek,” that will pull e-mails out of your inbox only to reappear tomorrow or next week, respectively. By removing everything other than only the most important e-mails, a user is capable of focusing their time on only what’s urgent.
Similarly, SaneBox offers a “SaneLater” filter, which extracts e-mail that its software predicts you won’t find important. A user is then capable of further training their SaneBox system to more accurately decide what is and is not important for future incoming e-mail. One example of this is the daily SaneLater Digest, an e-mail sent to the user reviewing the e-mails extracted into this filter. The user can then indicate if the e-mail belongs in the SaneLater filter or if is inbox-worthy.
SaneBox works with all of the major e-mail clients including Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, and Yahoo!. This e-mail productivity client is so confident in their service’s ability to save you time, that it will waive it’s $55 annual fee if you refer a friend to sign up, even if only for the free trial (editor’s note: SaneBox offers a free month of service for each referral, not a year). Judging by their long list of positive testimonials, their confidence seems well founded.
SaneBox was one of the startups showcased at Tech Cocktail’s Los Angeles Winter Mixer in 2011. For those of you unfamiliar with Tech Cocktail, it is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in over 20 cities in the US and abroad. Startups and tech companies alike can get additional exposure at Tech Cocktail’s events and online with its national following.
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