An Inbox for Snail Mail
That idea - a way to organize, in the cloud, every aspect of your physical mail - is the crux of the two men's venture, called Outbox, that is opening up to public beta in San Francisco on February 26 after a 6-month test in Austin, Texas, in 2012.
Seems too little too late to me as I wouldn't invest in it.
While I can see where this might've been a good idea 10 years ago it seems a bit late in the cycle to me as almost everyone offers electronic delivery of bills (eBills) and online catalogs thus bypassing USPS altogether.
I'd suspect many young green people get almost no snail mail at all while it's still the older 40+ landfill generation getting most of the USPS mail.
Always being ahead of the nay-saying foot dragging herd, I've got all my important mail on electronic delivery already so the only thing they would be scanning is garbage and I'm not paying $4.99 to scan stuff I toss in the trash. I live in a condo and for some reason our mailman isn't clever enough to figure out which of the 12 boxes belongs to the right person so I sidestepped the mailman years ago when their ineptitude almost cost me my credit rating and my wife, slower to adopt all paperless, had the same thing happen to her Amex this year. Therefore I've already trule moved my snail mail to the digital age, went all electronic, and it cost me nothing and saved me a lot of headaches.
Replacement credit cards are about the only other thing that comes in the mail and you most certainly can't scan those ;)
What would make more sense at this point in the digital age would create a service that can deliver electronic mail to an email address associated to a physical address.
For instance, sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org