Snail Mail: There’s an App for That

Wait … What? A startup in Austin, also serving San Francisco, promises to take its customers’ incoming U.S. mail three times a week, photograph it and bring it to customers via mobile phone app: $4.99 a month. The company, Outbox, provides some value-added services, removing the customer from junk-mail lists and paying bills. Still, Outbox’s unorthodox business model assumes that more people absolutely hate opening, filing or discarding pieces of paper. In February, co-founder Will Davis told CNN at least he doesn’t fear competition: “No one is crazy enough to do what we’re doing.”