Wednesday, February 17, 2010

reMail Acquired by Google

I'm thrilled to announce that Google has acquired reMail! I will be joining Google in Mountain View as a Product Manager on the Gmail team.

Gmail is where my obsession with email started as an engineering intern back in 2004, and I'm thrilled to be coming back to a place with so many familiar faces. reMail's goal was reimagine mobile email, and I'm proud we have built a product that so many users find useful. Still, I feel like we've only seen the beginning of what's possible. Google is the best place in the world to improve the status quo on how people communicate and share information. If you have what it takes to make these changes happen, I encourage you to reach out and come join me.

You might be wondering what will happen with reMail's product. Google and reMail have decided to discontinue reMail's iPhone application, and we have removed it from the App Store. reMail is an application on your phone. If you already have reMail, it will continue to work. We'll even provide support for you until the end of March, and we've enabled all paid reMail features for you: You can activate these by clicking "Restore Purchases" inside the app. reMail downloads email directly from your email provider to your phone, and your personal information, passwords, and email are never sent to or stored on our servers.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the people that helped make reMail a success. Fabian Siegel, Einar Vollset, Sridhar Srinivasan, Paul Bohm, Marissa Coughlin, Erol Koc, Matt Ronge, and Stefano Barbato have all contributed to building a great product. Our investors saw the potential in improving mobile email and took a bet on reMail in the darkest days of the recession. I couldn't be more grateful to YCombinator: Paul Graham, Jessica Livingston, Kate Courteau, and Trevor Blackwell all have provided invaluable guidance. Paul Buchheit and Sanjeev Singh endured my slide deck on our multi-step plan for global email domination, and pointed out that instead I should build something small, simple, and useful. It worked.

44 comments:

christof said...

Congrats! Will google offer a kind of reMail Product or is it gone 4ever?

Frank said...

Congratulations! I'm thrilled to see what you come up with in the future. :)

Allen said...

Congrats on the acquisition! Looks like you are going home which is great. Best of luck inside the Googleplex.

Mr said...

This is great news for you and Google. See, Google is pretty hellbent on destroying the experience as much as possible on the iPhone and that is why they bought your company, so they can remove your app, and possibly incorporate it into the Droid phones.

I loved reMail. Now I wish I had never bought it.

Sudarshan said...

Congratulations!
Are there any plans to open source remail? Would be interesting to see the code behind those quick searches.

Paramendra Bhagat said...

Congrats. Read about the acquisition in Mashable and followed the link to this blog post. Off you go onto my blogroll and a few Twitter lists.

Bob said...

@Mr: "reMail is an application on your phone. If you already have reMail, it will continue to work."

Anonymous said...

This does seem a little odd. "I'm proud we have built a product that so many users find useful. [...] Google is the best place in the world to improve the status quo" --   And so the first step towards improving the status quo is to remove an already-written application which many users found useful? I'm not upset about this in the way Mr seems to be, but I've read this article three times and I keep thinking that I must have missed a paragraph somewhere. Something that would say what the problem is with letting the already-existing app just continue to be available to anyone who might be interested in trying it.

(I don't use email on my iPod touch, so it doesn't make much difference to me. But the article does seem odd)

Robin Lefever said...

I'm sorry but can't help feeling it doesn't reflect well on either you or Google that you would ditch satisfied users of your software so readily.
As a fan of both of your companies I have to say I feel rather disappointed.

All the same, congratulations on your move.

Lars Fischer said...

Seems you're lacking sustainability. I guess one year after joining Google you will do the next big email thing.

reMail just started and now it's over - this doesn't sound like a big achievement.

Tony said...

Dont be evil - just buy and close down ...

Nice move anyway - Glückwunsch! You should be King now at any coffee machine around Gplex. ;-)

Nicolas Guillaume said...

Congratulations Gabor !
Email is still a hot topic and will continue evolving ! (good news not obvious)
Best luck at Google

Bálint said...

Gratulálok!
Remek érzés hallani tehetséges magyarokról, akik felveszik a versenyt a legnagyobbakkal is ;)

Gee-Jay said...

Congratulations, Gabor!

aaronharnly said...

Congratulations, Gabor! I hope that going back under the Google umbrella allows your very good ideas about improving email to get the resources and exposure they deserve.

Yogesh Malik said...

This is great news for you, as well as for Google.

Sachin Rekhi said...

Congrats Gabor! Very excited for you :)

Anonymous said...

I also regret bying remail, too.

So what's about all this "being an entrepreneur" thing?

Have you come to realize that you're an engineer, firstly? More so than a "founder"?

DVR said...

I agree with the others that think this is great for you and the Borg, I mean Google.

But now that you have been assimilated into the collective, where does that leave all the little people that bought your app? Or rather, trusted in you?

Anonymous said...

Let us not forget the name "Gabor Cselle". This is the name that we need to look for before we buy future products. If this name is involved with the product then avoid it because it may not be around in the future.

hisun said...

I think simply discontinuing reMail like this is irresponsible action. Unsupported product and a product not evolving is a dead product. The product will continue to work does not mean anything. Look at what happens when iPhone OS 4.o is out.

I think you should refund our purchase, even though it cost only a few bucks. You made good money in the acquisition alrady.

Regards
Hisun

sherman said...

I have to say I feel used. My faith in reMail, in whatever incarnation it may or may not reappear, is gone. And I'll tread much more lightly in trusting Google.

CJ said...

Congrats Gabor! Curious to see how this all evolves.

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elvinperia said...

This is good news! Congrats.

Hector santos said...

Don't worry Sherman. We decided to take out of the closet an old #1 product line in the 80s 90s, and redevelop it for the new mobile and emerging small device market. The market slowly dead as online connectivity was more feasibility for end user. With AT&T getting its Mojo Back with mobile (charging users more), our products will fit right in again, offering to lower the cost of readin/writing mail with all the offline activity advantages these products gained in their time.

There is will be need to "Learn" anything - just port the code.

OLX - Offline Xpress (tm)

SX - Silver Xpress (tm)

Thanks Google for showing there is a new market here!

Chris said...

Hmmm, yeah, lookin' from over here, the news is not so good. I'm half expecting to see a free version of reMail from Google now, as long as we hand over all our searches somehow. ;)

Anonymous said...

This is completely confusing. It's one thing to replace reMail with something google-made and better; another thing entirely to kill great software just to prove you can.

Well, one less choice in the world.

Thank god you didn't sell to Microsoft; they'd behave the exact same way, but when Microsoft does it, it's EVIL!

Hector Santos said...

If the market continues with the device/providers charging a premium, just like the in the old dial up work, offline applications will be in high demand. In the past, when AT&T was the only phone company around, they charged a premium for being connective. This hugh market, which we were #1 in the commericial market, began to decline as the cost of connectivity declined with the AT&T break up, local toll free charges and flat rates. The Mobile market has helped AT&T (and its off-springs) to once again charge a premium, making the offline data connectivity more marketable. So Google Should not expect to be only company and you got companies with far more experience in this market to give them a run for their money.

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Moritz said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Lese seit den ersten Gastspielen bei Bits und so mit. Du bist eine echt Inspiration für "sein eigenes Ding machen".
Über den Scheck von Google will ich gar nicht nachdenken ;-)

Anonymous said...

Yeah Mr. but see the thing is, Apple is pretty hellbent on sucking ass. So GO GOOGLE!!!

Anonymous said...

How is this different from what Microsoft does?

Mitul said...

congrats Gabor!

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Gabor said...

Congrats Gábor!
It's good to see, that there are Such a clever Hungarian techgurus like u at google!
Keep up the good work!

dizi izle said...

Congratulations, Gabor! I hope that going back under the Google umbrella allows your very good ideas about improving email to get the resources and exposure they deserve.

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Congrats on the acquisition! Looking forward to seeing future work.

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Luca Bernardini said...

Congratulation for the acquisition and the future

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