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Virginia Tech grads create 'E-mail of the Future' with MailPilot App

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A cluttered e-mail inbox can be frustrating.

That's why two Virginia Tech graduates decided to create a new way to think about E-mail with 'MailPilot.'

"We were always complaining about e-mail and so one week we decided we were fed up with it and there had to be a better way," MailPilot co-founder, Alex Obenaeur says.

It's not just Alex Obenaeur and Josh Milas who believed their product of turning E-mail into a to-do-list where you can categorize everything that comes into your inbox, but more than 1,600 people backed the two young entrepreneurs on Kickstarter.

They generated more $54,000 dollars in 5 weeks from people across the globe. It's more than 150% beyond their goal.

"We started sitting down and talking about what could make E-mail better," MailPilot co-founder, Josh Milas says. "We didn't know there were so many people who were willing and ready to except the fact E-mail could be better."

You can get MailPilott on your I-pad and I-phone. So far, more than 10,000 people have downloaded it and the next step is to bring it to Mac desktops.

The App Store featured MailPilot on the front page and a New York Times writer called it 'ingenious.'

"I don't think we were prepared for the amount of success we saw so quickly," Obenaeur says. "We were incredibly excited and motivated by it."

Both tech-savvy guys say you can make your own Kickstarters more successful by creating buzz about your product before you try to raise money.

Though getting buzz isn't a problem for these two, some are already calling MailPilot 'E-mail of the Future.'

The app is available on the App Store for $14.99.

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