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A Revolution for Gmail on the Desktop, and the most seamlessly fluid email client you’ll ever use. We’ve built it. Help us launch!
A Revolution for Gmail on the Desktop, and the most seamlessly fluid email client you’ll ever use. We’ve built it. Help us launch!
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We love Gmail for all it does to make email friendly and more human. But Google hasn’t built an app for Gmail on the desktop like it has on iOS and Android.

Apps like Outlook and Mail wipe away all the unique power of Gmail, leaving many of us to do on the desktop what we’d never want to do on our phones - use it in the browser, buried in the chaos of web browsing.

We’d dreamed of turning Gmail into a powerful, fluid email client that not only makes Gmail easier to use, but goes way beyond and makes a beautiful statement about what email itself could be like.

After 18 months, it’s now almost here. We just need your help to launch.

In building a humanized email client, we wanted to acknowledge basic truths -- like that many of us have more than one Gmail account (personal, school, work, etc). We wanted you to avoid having to sign in over and over every time you close your browser or restart your computer, and we wanted it to work all the time, flawlessly.

Google has struggled to make this work well at all in the browser, where you frequently get signed out at random and generally have a poor experience. We spent months developing and refining a new technology that allows it to "just work" work all the time, without sign-ins or typing or any extra effort on your part. 

USE YOUR EMAIL WITHOUT BEING BURIED BY IT

A huge piece of what we wanted to do with Gmail for Mac was to radically simplify the effort and "cognitive burden" of using your email. It's something we do all day long, all the time, and it should be as easy as breathing

We've made radical new ways - entirely unique to our client - for filtering out the noise of email alerts and unread counts that come at you all day long. We've also honed the user experience so that nearly everything you do constantly can be reached in a single click or gesture (navigating your email, writing a new message, opening your inbox, etc). This is the kind of iOS-like focus & simplicity that has liberated us all on mobile. We wanted to do that for email on the desktop

AND...

SIMPLE. POWERFUL. BEAUTIFUL.

The difference between using Gmail in the browser and Gmail in our streamlined and powerful app is enormous, and ultimately one we feel will make your email life easier and more friendly. 

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ABOUT US

The guys behind Zive are Eric Shashoua and Ryan Shetley, but we've been joined by an amazing team of designers and developers who share the same idealistic dream of beautiful, simple, and obsessively designed software. We believed we could make a real difference in some of the tools people use most often by making them beautiful, seamless, and effortless on a level that’s encountered too seldomly outside of Apple. We wanted to build a company where the work itself mattered more to us than the bottom line or any traditional goal of business. And ... we wanted it to be human. 

Our team brings to Zive 10+ years of experience designing and developing software and consumer electronics, as well as developing for iOS and the Mac. As the former CEO / Co-Founder of Zeo, Inc., Eric raised $14M in venture funding and had a chance to work with the leaders of Bose and iRobot in learning how to design products that are truly focused on the user. Zeo’s products have been marketed and sold throughout the US and Europe, and have led to being called out to Cupertino in connection with being featured in Apple Stores. Ryan brings to our bold and scrappy team a novel approach to technology, where engineering effort is focused intensely on the user experience rather than the usual product development approach. The rest of our team consists of awesome and intensely passionate designers, a couple artists, and folks who've spent years developing for and falling madly in love with the Mac.  

Disclaimer: Though we love Gmail and we love the Mac, Zive is not affiliated in any way with either Google nor Apple and is an independent third party. Gmail for Mac, by Zive, is a product made entirely by Zive, Inc. and no other company. 

We need your help! Where the funds go:

We already have a polished alpha, but we've started this Kickstarter to get to launch. What that means:

  • Beta testing phase before launch
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite upgrade completion
  • Possible Inbox by Google integration
  • Community to help us test, give feedback, and ... well, we just think you guys would be awesome even if you do none of that. 
  • Marketing funding to help get the word out at launch

So, we're after supporters, a few enthusiastic folks to help us beta test, and launch funding to help kick off the product launch. Please join us and become a part of our bold dream to elevate Gmail to a whole new level!

For your support of us, we've lined up what we think would be really great rewards for anyone who joins on -- starting with a copy of the full version of Gmail for Mac! Take a look at our rewards right on this page!

And thank you for supporting Gmail for Mac, by Zive!

Risks and challenges

While most kickstarters launch with a concept or prototype, we feel that most of the risk in our project has already been mitigated by having moved far beyond that stage to an alpha version of Gmail for Mac, by Zive.

Launch Timing: With any software development, there are potential risks in unforeseen variables causing delays in launch. While this is always a possibility, we don't expect this to play a significant role given the stage we're at. We have already made a tremendously detailed effort to create a streamlined and extremely reliable application.

We feel confident that we could launch Gmail for Mac not long after the conclusion of our Kickstarter.

Experience: We've done this before successfully a few times over, and our team has extensive experience designing, building, and selling software through Apple's app and retail stores.

This is the only project we are running, and has the undivided attention of our team.

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    EARLY BIRD GMAIL FOR MAC: Get a full copy of Gmail for Mac, as soon as we launch in the app store! (50% off of retail price!)

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    PLUS, GMAIL POWER SEARCH VIDEO COURSE: Learn How to Search Gmail to Find Anything in Under 10 Seconds - and get the most out of Gmail for Mac's powerful email search. ("PLUS" - in addition to rewards above).

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    PLUS, 15 TOP EMAIL TEMPLATES FOR GMAIL + THE PERFECT GMAIL SIGNATURE VIDEO COURSE: Get the most out of Gmail for Mac - Executive secrets to writing quick responses and mastering your email communication, tailored for Gmail.

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    PLUS, THE GMAIL NINJA COURSE: The top 10 Gmail features you should use, but you don't. Perfect guide to harness the unique power of Gmail for Mac over typical email clients.

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    THE NO-BRAINER LEVEL + EARLY ACCESS TO NEW FEATURES: Everything and the kitchen sink. You get ALL of the Gmail bonus video courses PLUS the full copy of Gmail for Mac as soon as we launch in the app store, PLUS early priority access to new features to support popular Gmail plugins & add-ons like Rapportive and Boomerang. Early access means you'll get priority access to these special features before they come out.

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    THE SIX PACK: Everything above, plus five more licenses to give to your best friends and family. Holiday shopping? Done!

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    THE TEN PACK: Everything from the NO BRAINER level, plus NINE more licenses. Give them to friends and family, your startup team or your favorite officemates. Holiday shopping done in November? Done!!

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    PLUS, EARLY ACCESS TO GMAIL FOR MAC + ALPHA INSIDER TEAM: Want to get your hands on Gmail for Mac now? Get early access to the app very soon, before it even launches, and become an optional part of our alpha product insider team.

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    PLUS, ONE HOUR STRATEGY CALL WITH FOUNDERS - All of the above, plus a video call with the Gmail for Mac founders; the CEO and CTO. Ask us about raising venture capital, selling a company while still in your 20s, getting featured in the Apple Store, a burning passion for software design -- or anything else!

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    PLUS PERSONAL GUIDED SETUP WITH FOUNDERS - We'll help you personally setup and optimize Gmail for Mac, including full setup of the app, optimizing your settings, labs, contacts, and accounts, and helping you build your perfect email signature. Let the experts help you master Gmail, once and for all.

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    THE STARTUP MASTERCLASS - Bring your whole team. The Zive team will meet with you or your team for one hour a month for 6 months, helping your startup think through marketing, growth, fundraising, product design, and development. We'd love to help you do awesomely with your startup!

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