US mail startup Outbox shuts down mail digitizing service

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Jan 21, 2014 11:35 PM EST

US mail startup Outbox announced that it is quitting its mail digitizing service, according to TechCrunch.

The San Francisco-based company sent people to a customer's home to pick up their physical mail. The mail is then digitized for a monthly fee of $4.99, the report detailed.

Outbox underwent a pilot phase in Austin before launching in San Francisco last year. Over the summer, the startup secured $5 million in Series A funding. This round was led by Floodgate, the report said.

The firm itself is not shutting down. According to the blog post, Outbox will focus its team and resources on developing a new product. The company says they did not have enough clients signing up and paying for the service, the report explained.

A portion of the announcement said: "After several months of testing and refining, we reasonably concluded that we were executing well and collecting good data-it told us that there wasn't enough demand to support the cost model."

According to Outbox, current customers will be able to download a copy of their digital files until the end of February, TechCrunch reported.

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