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Senior Director of Engineering, Alto Mail @ AOL

My name is Prashanthi Padmanabhan, I am passionate about building products that help organize and simplify our digital life.

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  • Is overload of email a problem being faced more by large organizations or startups? Or is there no such skew?

    Various reports are coming out which indicate that employees are spending way too much of their time dealing with email. Is the problem more visible in large organizations who would have already scaled up the volume of their communication or is it more visible in smaller companies which may not have sufficient archival or anti-spam systems in place?

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    Email/information overload is something all organizations (big or small) face. As teams and organizations expand, it becomes harder to share information in an effective way. But in recent times, a lot of the day-to-day communication has shifted to messaging apps like Slack, which is becoming the primary platform for collaboration. Every communication platform has its own pros and cons. But the tools give users enough options to customize it for their own needs. There is not a one size fits all option.

    Email will still remain the preferred platform for exchanging communication that is confidential in nature, where security and privacy matters. But, a large portion of the inbox is becoming a storage house for transactions (shopping, travel, finance etc.). A lot of 1:1 or 1:many casual/personal conversations are moving to messaging platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, Whatsapp etc.

    We as a team are passionate about making the email consumption experience a pleasure than a chore. Our goal is to build an app with all the smarts and elegance, so you can find the things that matter to you fast. Alto Mail which is available on iOS and Android is the start of that journey. Check it out at