Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight: Mailgun


The Rackspace Startup Program introduces Mailgun, an Email Service Provider (ESP) for developers which allow them to target on innovation elsewhere. The main focus is to make developers’ lives easier and allow them to build applications more efficiently. Mailgun enables developers to tightly integrate email into their apps, giving real email mailboxes to their users, their web pages or any objects in their apps. Tight email integration enables functionality like private user mailboxes for photo uploads from cell phones, email-driven comments, discussion groups and more.

“We created Mailgun to solve our own problem; we were tired of building and maintaining email servers for web applications that we were building.  After doing it several times, we thought it was painful enough to create a service out of it so that developers wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore,” explains Taylor Wakefield, Founder and COO of Mailgun. “As mentioned above, we had actually built kludge versions of Mailgun several times while building other applications.”

Wakefield goes on to say “we decided to do it the right way and make it a standalone service in mid 2010 in New York. We moved out to the Bay Area of California in early 2011 to attend Y Combinator and afterwards we decided to stay out here.” Why do Taylor and Team Mailgun do what they do? “There is a lot of innovation occurring right now and we want to contribute to that movement.  We enjoy building things that help people build other things. We are always focused on making Mailgun easier to use and more powerful.

“We are about to roll out a new version of the API which will be more RESTful and will expose more of the functionality of Mailgun. There is still a lot of functionality that is waiting to be exposed through the API.  Some of this functionality is centered on data and analytics,” says Wakefield looking into the future of Mailgun. “We are fortunate enough to find ourselves in an iterative loop of listening to customers’ feedback and building the things that we think will create the most value.  It’s a great place to be.  Also, we plan to focus more on spreading the word about Mailgun and how awesome it is!”

Enabling developers to tightly integrate email into their apps is how the Mailgun startup was conceived. Listening to customers and building what the consensus wants is how Mailgun will scale and grow. Do you have what it takes to create a startup? If so, the Rackspace Startup Program is looking toward the future for the next generation of great entrepreneurs beginning with you. After all, we’re a startup, too! For more information, questions or comments, visit the Rackspace Startup Program or send us an email.

John McKenna loves startups and is a Space Cowboy with the Rackspace Startup Program. He also crafts customer stories and produces really cool videos for the Customer Reference Program. John enjoys telling stories through his writings…and loves the beach, the ranch, his dog Blue and most of all his three beautiful daughters.


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