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Introducing Superlinear

After making the hard decision of leaving our day jobs in late 2018 to go all-in on our side projects — more about this in our Indie Hackers interview — me and Francesco were still very confused about our identity as software makers. Almost everywhere, we’ve always been known as the “Boxy Team”, given that our first Mac app “Boxy” sold more than 40k copies, and Boxy Suite is now very popular as well. Even in Bending Spoons, the amazing company where we worked for around 2 beautiful years…

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Goodbye Inbox by Gmail

Unfortunately, the time has come: Inbox by Gmail is shutting down . This means that Boxy, our macOS client for Inbox, will stop working . Inbox was a revolutionary service that reshaped how people think about email and gave us the idea and opportunity to start something together, and for that we will always be grateful. We sold Boxy to more than 40.000 people , and it was featured on The Verge, Lifehacker, The Next Web and more, which will never cease to amaze us. So you can imagine how we…

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Gmail as a Google Inbox Replacement

As you may know Inbox by Gmail, the revolutionary email service launched by Google in 2014, will no longer be available starting from March, 2019. Many of us, myself included, loved Inbox and are now looking for a replacement. While there are some very good email clients out there, I found myself using Gmail more and more and being surprised by how good it is now. In this post I’ll explore using Gmail as an Inbox replacement with a feature-by-feature comparison. Trips One of my favorite Inbox…

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Boxy Suite gets new features and lots of improvements

We’re incredibly excited to release the first updates after we’ve gone full-time on Boxy Suite . We had a huge backlog and a long roadmap ahead, so it feels good to finally have the time to take the products where we want them to be. For example, Boxy for Gmail finally has a beautiful onboarding to greet new users and guide them through some of the main features. We’ve also finally introduced native notifications support in Boxy for Gmail and Boxy for Calendar. It used to be that the only way…

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How we grew to $6K MRR while maintaining our health and sanity

I've had the honor to be interviewed by Indie Hackers ! It gave me a chance to finally go deep into how Boxy Suite was born, how it's growing, and what it took to get where we are now. It really felt like this was a good time to think about all the months (mostly nights and weekends) spent working on Boxy Suite with Francesco, all the struggles we faced and what we've learned so far. It's not easy to put everything together but I surely did my best. You can read the full interview here .

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How we created a customer support system for $0 and with no code

If you've shipped a product and you're growing a userbase, you probably know how hard it is to find the right customer support system . At first, you just reply within minutes to every email you get, but then it gets tiring and if your product is even mildly successful, handling support can become a pain. For years, we used Zendesk to receive reports and comments about Boxy , our classic Inbox by Gmail app for Mac. When building a much bigger product, Boxy Suite , we soon slowly realized that…

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30 Gmail shortcuts to supercharge your productivity

Gmail shortcuts are an essential tool to navigate, organize and compose emails faster and more efficiently. This matters if you process tons of emails per day as each keystroke saves you a few seconds and this adds up pretty quickly when you spend 1-2h per day in your inbox. This article is a rundown of the most useful Gmail keyboard shortcuts, divided in sections by workflows and common use cases. Enabling keyboard shortcuts in Gmail Before starting this article, make sure you have keyboard…

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Life is short. We are going all-in on Boxy Suite

I'll get straight to the point: we’re going full time on Boxy Suite , the best Gmail and Calendar experience for Mac. Quitting our jobs, especially in the Italian economy, has been the scariest decision of our lives — also because we don't have any funding and we're really betting everything on our products — but we finally felt ready to go all-in. After countless weekends and nights spent working on Boxy Suite, we're really excited to finally work on the apps full time. All of this wouldn’t…

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How to make your Gmail account more secure

It's not uncommon to have tens or hundreds of online accounts, so it's increasingly important to be sure that they're all safe. Your Gmail account might be at the center of your online identity, so it might be better to take extra steps to make it safer.. The best way to make your Gmail account safer against malicious access attempts is to enable 2-Step Verification (sometimes referred to as 2FA, for Two-Factor Authentication). It might sound a bit scary if you've never heard about it, but it…

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How to recover your Gmail password

We've all been there. We thought it couldn't ever happen to us, but we forgot a password. The password, the one of your Gmail account. While it's good practice to change passwords constantly, it's easy to forget the last password you changed. Luckily, you can go through a validation process to retrieve your Gmail password. Recover your forgotten password The first thing to do it to click on Forgot password? on the login page. You might be asked to insert your email address again and write…

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A new blog by the Boxy Team

I'm really, really, excited to write this first little post on our brand new Boxy Team Blog . I've actually been writing for years when I had a blog of my own, where I used to write about tech, filmmaking and other things. I even hosted a podcast for some time, when I was still a student. But let's stay on point. A brief introduction in case you don't know us: I'm Fabrizio , the Designer, and Francesco is the Developer. We've started working together after chatting on Twitter about how cool…

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