Inbox Messenger Raises $three.9 Million For Its Design-Targeted Personal Messaging App

A cellular messaging software referred to as Inbox Messenger, which mixes consumer privateness options with a minimalist design, has raised $three.9 million in seed funding, the corporate introduced in the present day. The funding, although larger than the typical seed spherical, comes from a gaggle of unnamed angel buyers and is designed to assist the corporate develop its engineering and product groups, broaden its customer support, and improve its function set.

The NJ-based mostly startup was based final yr by Maher Janajri, beforehand a progress technique advisor at Accenture, whose background additionally consists of cellular funds; and Hani Shabsigh, whose formal coaching is in chemical and biomolecular engineering, however who taught himself to code throughout his free time on nights and weekends.

Shabsigh initially had the thought of a messaging app with a “privateness display” which he delivered to a Startup Weekend hackathon the place he met Maher. The 2 then developed the messaging app expertise collectively, with a heavy give attention to design – one thing they each felt was missing within the area at current.

Inbox Messenger competes in what’s now a massively crowded cellular messaging market the place giants like Apple, Google, and Fb have staked claims – the latter with a few messaging apps, in truth – its personal Fb Messenger and its document-breaking acquisition Whatsapp. As well as, the class consists of dozens of different massive names, like Kik, Viber, Skype, Tango, LINE, WeChat, GroupMe, Telegram, KakaoTalk, and extra, plus quite a lot of area of interest apps targeted on courting, native networking and chat, “ephemeral” messaging, encryption, and extra.

Inbox Messenger’s get together tips embrace the power to “un-ship” messages, together with texts, pictures, voice messages and movies, that are additionally deleted from the corporate’s servers, plus the power to “cloak” a message after which be alerted if a screenshot is taken. Whereas popularized by Snapchat, the screenshot-alerting function is one thing that’s now widespread to quite a lot of competing apps.

As well as, Inbox Messenger additionally contains a easy, muddle-free design, help for group chats, the power to ship drawings, and extra. All of that is packaged right into a clear and trendy interface that’s straightforward to make use of. To get began, customers create a username, password and supply an e mail tackle. They will then check the app by messaging the @teaminbox account to study concerning the options, or seek for associates on the service and start chatting with them.

The issue, nevertheless, is that by merely placing out an amalgam of the perfect options from its greater rivals (albeit in a reasonably package deal) isn’t essentially sufficient to beat the challenges that newcomers face right now on this market. Specifically, how do they compete when there are already so many decisions on the market? And the way can they interact customers to repeatedly come again to the app, once they’re already unfold so thinly throughout so many others? These are the questions the corporate will quickly need to face as its strikes into its subsequent part.

The corporate declined to offer consumer numbers or progress metrics, however says it’s been seeing rising traction within the U.S., in addition to in different nations together with Brazil, Spain, and China.

App Annie, nevertheless, stories the app is simply reasonably profitable – #217 in Social Networking on iOS, and never ranked on Google Play. (Google Play reviews 5,000-10,000 downloads up to now.)

The app is free on iTunes and Google Play, and has no plans to cost customers within the close to future because it’s nonetheless exploring enterprise fashions.