Xoopit Launches Private Beta of First Application for Webmail to Help People Discover, Organize and Share Rich Media in the Inbox; Also Announces $5 Million Series A led by Accel Partners and Foundation Capital

The inbox is the largest untapped social network in the world and has

remained relatively unchanged for two decades, until now

Mar 31, 2008, 01:00 ET from Xoopit

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Xoopit released the
 first product to bring the power of the social web to email by combining
 the benefits of social networks and media management within email
 environments. Xoopit finds the pictures, videos, and files buried in
 webmail's gigabytes of free storage, and allows users to share, comment,
 and post them to their contacts on other social networks and blogs. The
 product was released today in private beta with initial client support for
 Google's Gmail and automatically imports shared media from the top photo
 and video sharing networks such as YouTube, Flickr, Kodak, Shutterfly, and
     "Everyone has tons of pictures, short videos, documents, audio, and
 data files piling up in their inbox as attachments or as links to sites
 like YoutTube and Shutterfly," said Bijan Marashi, CEO & Co-Founder of
 Xoopit. "We got tired of email being about managing messages, so we built
 Xoopit. It's the first in a new product line dedicated to making the inbox
 more visual, useful, networked, and fun."
     The Xoopit beta is available as a Gmail plugin for FireFox, on iGoogle,
 and on the web. Over time, the company plans to expand its offerings to the
 top web mail systems including Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, AOL and the social
     The Xoopit private beta can be accessed at http://www.xoopit.com.
     "Email was designed 35 years ago to function as a messaging tool.
 Today, it's become the de facto media-sharing tool for more than 1 billion
 around the world," said Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, Partner at Accel, lead
 investors in top social network Facebook. "Xoopit is about bringing the
 engagement and discovery of the social web to email."
     "We understand that solving the email problem at Internet scale is
 going to take some serious infrastructure. Xoopit has developed a powerful
 new personal indexing platform capable of making email systems more useful
 and connecting the mail systems to the rest of the web." said Charles
 Moldow, General Partner at Foundation Capital.
     About Xoopit
     Xoopit was founded in 2006 by Bijan Marashi and Jonathan Katzman as the
 first company dedicated to bringing the power of the social web to the
 world's email systems. Xoopit is financed by Accel Partners and Foundation
 Capital along with a slew of strategic angels.
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