Before I begin, did you see our announcement for Pausing the Inbox, to focus on your Tasks?

As bitterly cold* as January currently is here in Britain, it’s still the perfect excuse to look at the big picture of where we’re headed.

(* I’ve just returned from a weekend trip to Europe where it hit -24c/-11f. Suddenly the office is deeply appealing, as a respite from my skin stinging and cheek bones throbbing. It’s not particularly an everyday productivity tip, but it is effective!)

Looking back over 2016 (shudder), there were 3 polaroid moments…

  • We expanded the team to bring in Olly for astonishing product design, and Remi for coding all the delightful ideas that get discussed in the forum.
  • We beautified and simplified ActiveInbox, because when you’re looking at it every day, it really should bring the tranquility of a Japanese garden (instead of the madcap insanity of a Lego construction, which as a product originally built in 2006, we may have been guilty of…).
  • We launched a fully fledged ActiveInbox experience for mobile, 2 years in the making, on both iOS and Android.

Looking forward into 2017, our main goal is to bring visual sanity to your inbox.

The way we’ll do this is to make email play better with the other tools you love, to get the optimal view of your emails and tasks, where and when you need it. We’ll be starting with GCal and Trello, but anything is possible!


Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be interviewing as many of you as possible to understand your workflow, to see how we can most radically improve it.

And we’ll keep listening to you to refine ActiveInbox

I’m always keeping a watchful eye on the forum for ideas for the team to bring to life.

Do you use Trello or GCal alongside Gmail?

Email me via and we’ll have a quick Skype call, and in return, I’ll give you our prototype to play with 🙂


This was written by Andy Mitchell