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Popular email startup Front has just finished a a new funding round to bring in more capital. Instead of choosing the traditional way however Front’s CEO Mathilde Collin decided to take a rather unusual route: a large-sized, later-stage investment group led predominantly by fellow software founders. While this type of funding is not unheard of, it is unusual. For the email startup Front this seem to have been a successful round and they managed to raise $59 million to fund their future plans. The majority of the money in this funding round comes from a small group of already-successful tech executives: Atlassian cofounder Mike Cannon-Brookes and president Jay Simons, Okta cofounder Frederic Kerrest, Qualtrics cofounders Ryan Smith and Jared Smith, and Zoom founder Eric Yuan. This funding will now allow Front to move forward with their roadmap, which I must say look quite impressive. I have used Front myself and quite liked it. It is however a product that really shines when used by teams rather than as an individual. With an affordable pricing starting at just $9/user this is a great choice for small to medium businesses with customer service and group collaboration in mind. 2020 will be an exciting year for email startup Front and i look forward to see their innovation as they move forward.
Spark Email is a popular email app and yesterday they announced their "all-new" version. It comes with a new design, Avatars, Customizable Email Actions, and Dark Mode. Overall it is a pretty nice upgrade that make me take another look at Spark after testing it a while back. "The all-new Spark raises the bar for a modern email experience, introducing a completely Overhauled Design, a personalized toolbar with Customizable Email Actions on iOS, a stunning new Dark Mode for iPhones, iPads & Android devices, and a lot more."