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Virginia Tech Grads Create 'Email of the Future' With MailPilot App

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A cluttered email inbox can be frustrating.

That's why two Virginia Tech graduates, Alex Obenaeur and Josh Milas, decided to create a new way to think about email with MailPilot, an app that turns email into a to-do list where you can categorize everything that comes into your inbox.

"We were always complaining about email and so one week we decided we were fed up with it and there had to be a better way," Obenaeur says.

More than 1,600 people backed their project on Kickstarter. They generated more $54,000 in five weeks from people across the globe, reaching more than 150 percent of their goal.

"We started sitting down and talking about what could make email better," Milas says. "We didn't know there were so many people who were willing and ready to accept the fact email could be better."

The App Store featured MailPilot on the front page and a New York Times writer called it "ingenious."

"I don't think we were prepared for the amount of success we saw so quickly," Obenaeur says. "We were incredibly excited and motivated by it."

Both tech-savvy guys say you can make your own Kickstarter campaigns more successful by creating buzz about your product before you try to raise money.

Though getting buzz isn't a problem for these two, some are already calling MailPilot "email of the future."

MailPilott is available on the App Store for iPad and iPhone for $14.99. So far, more than 10,000 people have downloaded it, and the next step is to bring it to Mac desktops.