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December 31, 2013

StampLabel creates fashion with a purpose


StampLabel is a clothing brand that gives, say the company’s 22-year-old co-founders, twins Jeremy and Joshua Mathis, pictured above. The startup’s best-selling “fashions with a purpose” are its Pocket Tees, with fabrics that represent the cultures of the world. It also sells another design -- Graphic Tees.

Sales are increasing every month, but the Mathises, who grew up in Carol City and graduated from Nova Southeastern this year with business degrees, say their primary mission is to make a difference. Ten percent of the profits from every StampLabel product purchased is given to charity, and they also give back in other ways.

For instance, one of the charities StampLabel supports is LifeNet4Families. StampLabel's employees and volunteers  provided  250 families hot meals to eat and boxes of food for later on Christmas Eve. LifeNet4Families, based in Fort Lauderdale, has been making a difference 365 days a year for over 25 years, providing food and other daily necessities to homeless and needy families in the community, says Jeremy.

In the past 12 months, StampLabel, based in Miami Gardens, has helped provide food to more than 3,000 individuals. In addition, the company has taken more than 120 volunteers to the soup kitchen; helping to provide them with a new outlook on life. "Each month, we take company employees and volunteers to give back and feed the homeless,’ says Jeremy. “These soup kitchen visits are always humbling and life changing for everyone that participates.”

StampLabel, like all startups, has been a journey of twists and turns over the past 18 months. The pair started out offering a design-your-own T-shirt product but found interest to be lacking.  Last month the co-founders relaunched their website and company with their Pocket Tees. “What’s remained constant is the giving back purpose,” says Jeremy, adding that StampLabel’s customers also help choose the charities the company supports.  “Throughout our journey in life, a lot of people helped us, and we wanted to start a socially conscious business and give back.”

Posted Dec. 31, 2013


December 29, 2013

A look back on year of green shoots for tech ecosystem

Growing an entrepreneurial ecosystem takes time, but looking back on the year, I saw at least five significant green shoots that have the potential to nurture South Florida’s growing tech hub in a big way in 2014.

Mentorship and acceleration: The nonprofit Venture Hive opened his doors to its first accelerator class in January, providing a structured program, mentorship, free office space and $25,000 grants to 10 companies from Miami and around the world. Interest surged, an incubator was added, and the next accelerator class comes from seven different countries, including India, Romania and Spain. In addition, specialized accelerators and incubators opened up, including ProjectLift for heathcare, and others are in the plans. When the global nonprofit Endeavor announced in January it was making Miami its first U.S. location, it was a signal to many Miami should be taken seriously. Endeavor Miami, funded by the Knight Foundation, focuses on high-growth early-stage companies with traction — and helps them with global growth. Earlier this month, Endeavor chose its first two companies: Kidozen and My Ceviche.

Visibility: SIME MIA came onto the scene this year, and the multisensory conference will be a yearly staple with its heavy-hitter list of speakers and thought-provoking discussions. Most of the 600 attendees — entrepreneurs, investors, tech executives — were from other parts of the world, so it was an ideal time for Miami to shine, and shine we did. Many of the attendees I spoke with, including 500 Startups, have been checking out the scene, and said they liked what they saw. This May, eMerge Americas, founded by Manny Medina, promises to be a high-profile conference for the world’s leading enterprise tech companies, startups from South Florida and Latin America, investors and South Florida’s centers of excellence to mingle, network and learn. And if Miami wasn’t on the map before, eMerge should help put it there.

Funding: This is a controversial one, because we clearly have a long way to go on developing the funding networks needed here. But I see hope on this front for 2014. There were many standout successes this year, led by Open English’s $65 million series D round. Others — CareCloud, YellowPepper, OrthoSensor, Easy Solutions, TissueTech, SafetyPay, Modernizing Medicine and KidoZen — all raised millions of dollars in Series A, B or C funding rounds recently and dozens of startups raised seed financing. Angel groups in South Florida are growing, and investors from the Valley and elsewhere are checking us out.

Maker movement: The first Miami Mini Maker Faire bought more than double the attendance organizers expected, as more than 1,700 — many of them families with kids in tow — packed the LAB Miami and surrounding venues on a Saturday in November to meet makers and see their creations. It was a visible confirmation of the maker movement taking shape in South Florida. Maker spaces are opening up across the tri-county region, maker and civic hacker groups are meeting regularly, and now there is even a Makers Union made up of representatives of all the groups. The hope is that the maker movement will fill an important role in engaging South Florida’s youth to be makers, not just consumers of technology.

Youth education: For high school and even younger students, there’s never been a better time to learn about technology and entrepreneurship. There are plenty of new programs now, such as Code Fever and Black Girls Code, which offer one-day coding workshops such as a Code Fever workshop Jan. 11 at the Miami Innovation Center, Stardom Up, a nonprofit that introduces tech entrepreneurship to middle schools, and CoderDojo, which are coding clubs that meet twice a month in Miami and Pembroke Pines and are run by FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Miami Dade College will be holding coding summer camps, and next summer Girls Who Code, with Knight Foundation support. will be also launching in Miami. Venture Hive and Miami Dade County Schools are teaming up to open Florida’s first tech-entrepreneurship magnet school later in the year. On Jan. 18, Venture Hive is offering am info session about its Saturday workshops for high school students. These programs will help nurture a community of future technologists, help them connect to the greater community and ultimately help fill the talent pipeline.

Will 2014 be the breakout year for South Florida’s tech ecosystem? Let’s find out. Happy New Year to all!

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 Posted Dec. 29, 2013

Startup Spotlight: Appsbar


Headquarters: Deerfield Beach

Concept: Appsbar is a free platform that allows anyone to build a mobile application from their smartphone, tablet or personal computer. No special technical knowledge or training is needed.

Story: With millions of smartphones being sold every week and billions of applications being downloaded from the major app markets, most small- and medium-sized businesses wanted to participate in the largest tech boom in history but were locked out. That’s because until recently it cost thousands of dollars to have a programmer custom-develop an app for your business and that application would only run on one particular device type and typically took months to create. Appsbar (appsbar.com) launched in 2011 and has already empowered more than 600,000 small businesses to build their own apps for free. Its patented technology allowed users to build an app from their personal computer in a couple hours. Earlier this month, the latest version of appsbar took DIY app-building to a new level of ease.

Now you can build your own mobile app for Android, iPhone, Windows, Facebook and more from your smartphone or tablet in less than an hour and it's still free, said CEO and founder Scott Hirsch (pictured above), whose 20-year-old son Joshua is appsbar’s chief developer. After reaching a critical mass of a million users in the appsbar community, appsbar will look to capitalize on app-based advertising impressions and license off versions of its patented technology, said the CEO.

Launched: April 2011

Management team: Scott Hirsch, CEO; Sunny Rajpal, CTO; Jim Salerno, CFO; Joshua Hirsch, chief developer; John Lucas, senior software developer.

Number of employees: 18.

Financing: Appsbar, financed by its founding partners, has spent just over $5 million to date to develop and patent its technology.

Recent milestones: More than 15 million people have downloaded an app created by appsbar. Appsbar recently had its 600,000 user signup and this month launched an enhanced version of appsbar, which the company said is the first and only technology that allows non-tech users to build a mobile app right from their smartphone. Last year, the company won two Gold Stevies at the 10th annual American Business Awards.

Biggest startup challenge: To empower small businesses and individuals to change an existing paradigm that was controlled by corporate giants like Apple, Google and Microsoft. “Once the technology was developed, getting the word out and convincing users they could really build their own apps for free was tougher than it is to build hundreds of apps in a day with appsbar,” Hirsch said.

Next step: Appsbar plans to nearly double the size of the appsbar community to more than 1 million users in the next year. “The vast majority of new users were referred by other users who enjoyed the appsbar experience,” Hirsch said. (Posted 12/29/2013)


December 28, 2013

Entrepreneurship Datebook

TecheggCIVIC HACKING: Join developers, entrepreneurs, civic leaders and others wanting to code for the public good at Code for Miami, 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 30, and every Monday night at The LAB Miami.

GETTING STARTED: Thinking of owning a business? A free introductory workshop by Broward SCORE that covers what you really need to know to get started is Saturday, Jan. 4, 10:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Westside Regional Library in Plantation. More information: Browardscore.org (click on local workshops)

CREATIVE WAKE-UP: Dr. William Murphy Jr., inventor, entrepreneur, owner of 17 patents, and founder of Cordis, will be the featured speaker at Creative Mornings Miami, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at InterContinental Miami. More info: creativemornings.com/cities/mia

SMALL BUSINESS EXPO: Business-to-business networking event, trade show and conference for business owners, entrepreneurs and decision makers, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 16, at Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall B. Free for attendees. More info: www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com

Recent news to note on Starting Gate

Read about startups and organizations involved in bringing the Bitcoin into wider use in South Florida, several South Floridians who are growing their businesses in Gainesville and more startup news and community views on Starting Gate on MiamiHerald.com/business. Follow Nancy Dahlberg on Twitter @ndahlberg

December 26, 2013

Dates set for 2nd FilmGate Interactive conference

FilmGate Interactive, South Florida’s first fully interactive film festival and technology conference presented by the Indie Film Club Miami, emerges for a second year, Feb. 1-5, 2014, throughout various South Florida venues, to engage the community in a showcase of the latest ideas and innovations of modern storytelling and audience engagement.
Based on the power of transmedia (cross-platform) storytelling and its ability to deliver and transform the way stories are told and experienced, FilmGate Interactive will present a host of events that employ various entertainment formats linked together such as film, contemporary dance, theater, music, gaming, mobile, and live events, to tell a single story. Here are just a couple of the tech-focused events:
PBS POV Digital Story Hackathon Story Hack
Friday, Jan 31, 2014 - Sunday, Feb 2, 2014
The Lab Miami, 400 NW 26 St, Miami, FL
FEE: $10 individuals/ $35 for groups

PBS POV Digital, television’s longest-running showcase of independent nonfiction film, will host a Story Hack Workshop. The workshop precedes a two-day weekend Story Hack, where seven creative groups compete for the chance to get funded.
The Interactive New Technology Playground
February 1- 2, 2014, from 11AM to 5PM
Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29 Street, Miami, FL
FEE: Free and open to the public

Curated by Midtown, Video, the Interactive Tech Playground is a new and original way to exhibit new technology, created for the content producers of tomorrow. It is a truly immersive experience for the attendees, including a live set, with actors and art objects.  Includes exhibitors such as Sony, Arri/Alexa, Schneider Optics, Canon, Kessler Cranes, Manfrotto, etc.
The Journal of Insomnia, an Interactive Experience presented by the National Film Board of Canada
Saturday, February 1, 2014, 6:00-9:00PM
O Cinema, 90 NW 29 Street, Miami, Fl

The Net never sleepsA Journal of Insomnia invites insomniacs to collaborate in a web-based reflection on what keeps them up at night. This interactive documentary offers an utterly original encounter with a disorder that affects one in three people in the developed world. In September 2012, insomniacs around the world began sharing their stories on nfb.ca/insomnia. Thousands have contributed webcam testimonies, written accounts and original artwork—material that forms the heart of A Journal of Insomnia. The National Film Board of Canada will summon us to an appointment with sleeplessness that provides arresting new perspectives on contemporary existence and the anxiety that so often underscores our days—and our nights.
Individual tickets to FilmGate Interactive are now on sale with upgrade package options that range from Student ($60), All Access ($125), and a special Pink Kraken ($250) bundle. Package highlights include access to exclusive VIP and industry functions, an Indie Film Club Miami membership, a commemorative t-shirt and tote bag. For package details and restrictions and more event details, visit Film-gate.org.
FilmGate Interactive is supported by the John S. and James L Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Department, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Midtown Video, JTown.tv, Canon USA and Tropicult, to benefit Indie Film Club Miami. 

December 24, 2013

South Florida startups, groups, conference focus on building Bitcoin use

By Lance Dixon, Miami Herald Staff Writer

BitcoinThe U.S. Senate has deemed it legitimate. Detractors dismiss it as unstable and a vehicle for criminal trade. China has banned new deposits on its largest exchange.

Bitcoin, the international digital payment system and currency and one of the hottest technology and finance topics  this past year, could become a widespread vehicle for trade, believe the leaders of a Miami group. To further that view, Miami International Bitcoin will be partcipating in the  North American Bitcoin Conference slated for Miami Beach in January.

said Charles Evans, business professor at Florida Atlantic University and one of the founders of Miami International Bitcoin.  ”

 Bitcoin began in 2009 as an electronic payment system and currency allowing for peer-to-peer payments and financial exchanges without financial regulation or a third party, such as a bank. Users establish an online wallet using their local currency and exchange with other Bitcoin owners. As a payment system, it functions much like PayPal, but there are no charge fees and no credit cards are required. As a currency, Bitcoin allows for a nearly universal system as units can be converted to local currencies, usually without fees.

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December 23, 2013

Some Miami entrepreneurs find fertile ground in Gainesville for growing startups

By Chris Moran

Jared Perlman and Ben Erez began planning their venture in Miami but are building it in Gainesville.

Their startup Shwrüm (pronounced “showroom”) provides a tool for salespeople who work boutique floors to electronically amass histories on their customers and to send them photos of new merchandise to prompt them to come back to the store. The idea is to replace the cumbersome binders salespeople now use. Shwrüm’s product is about to debut in boutiques on Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road as well as in stores in Boston, New York and Chicago.

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Ben Erez (2)Perlman (pictured at left), from Miami, and Erez (right), from Jupiter, met as undergraduates at the University of Florida.  After graduation Erez found work in California and Perlman went off to grad school. That lasted until January, when Erez quit his job, Perlman withdrew from school, and they moved into the Florida Innovation Hub at UF to start Shwrüm.

Perlman has come back to Miami to find customers.

Like other South Floridians who carry the seeds of innovation north with them, they’re finding UF and Gainesville have increasingly fertile soil to grow their ideas, regardless of where the customers are.

“The incubator takes care of a lot of the noise associated with starting a company and let's us focus on what really matters -- creating a great product, finding new customers and, most importantly, having fun in the process,” said Erez, Shwrüm’s CEO.

Matt Herbolich (JPEG) (2)Matthew Herbolich has a master’s degree from the University of Miami and a condo near campus, but he, too, has joined a team of entrepreneurs in UF’s Hub to build their idea into a company. TruVitals has developed a prototype of a handheld device to take vital signs from patients – human or animal – without ever having to touch them. Think Dr. McCoy waving his tricorder in the sick bay on the Enterprise.

“Being in the Hub puts us in a neighborhood of experts. UF’s Office of Technology Licensing is just downstairs from us, and they’ve introduced us to potential investors and customers,” Herbolich said.

You don’t have to be in the Hub to launch a startup in Gainesville, of course. TJ Villamil, who was student body president at Gulliver Prep before becoming student government president at UF, graduated in the spring and has launched his coffee company Gulejo elsewhere in Gainesville.

TJshot (1)He’s the son Tony and Marielena Villamil of the Washington Economics Group (Tony Villamil is also business dean at St. Thomas University), so perhaps he went up to UF with an entrepreneurial pedigree. He’s still in Gainesville because of the blossoming startup community and because his co-founders are UF alums who also stayed past graduation. The concept is to run a coffee company that reinvests some of its profits in the communities that grow the product. Gulejo plans to help fund a UF medical student mission to Nicaragua this month, for example.

He also supports fellow entrepreneurs.

“We consider our coffee "startup fuel" we serve to startups in Gainesville right now. We want to be to startups what Gatorade is to athletes and what Red Bull is to extreme sports,” Villamil said.

Gulejo has also launched the Floridapreneur weekly podcast and plans to highlight some Miami-based entrepreneurs in coming months. 

The Hub has contributed to the creation of 250 jobs and attracted more than $10 million in private investment in the 20 months following its opening. It has more than two dozen startup tenants. It is one of the only incubators in the nation to house a leading university technology-transfer office (fourth among universities nationally in spinning off companies from UF-developed technologies). The Hub also houses UF Tech Connect and the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research to help nurture high-tech companies.

The Hub even has a farm system for pre-startups. In the Hatchery, aspiring entrepreneurs fine-tune their ideas for technology-based businesses until they’re ready to turn them into companies. They have access to Hub-provided seminars, networking, and an experienced entrepreneur who serves as a mentor-in-residence.

“Ideas come from everywhere – Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, you name it,” said Jane Muir, the Hub’s director. “What we do at the Hub is help turn those ideas into products, businesses and jobs.”

Chris Moran is director of communications for University Relations at the University of Florida. 

Startup Spotlight: Fenero


Marlon Williams, founder and CEO of Fenero.


Headquarters: Downtown Miami

Concept: Fenero provides affordable, reliable and easy-to-use cloud-based contact center software solutions for small, medium and large contact centers and call center outsourcers worldwide.

Story: For the past 10 years, Fenero’s founder and CEO, Marlon Williams, had worked in software development and then as director of information services for a large Miami-based contact center that offered call and online customer communication services. Back then, the company was using an on-premise contact center platform, paying more than six figures upfront plus $200,000 annually for support and maintenance, even though the system was difficult to manage and unreliable. Over time, Williams and his team replaced the system with a competitor, but they still had to build their own custom software to integrate with the platform to keep operations afloat. As the company grew, their system could no longer scale across multiple locations and required them to buy additional licenses. That forced them to evaluate alternatives — most of which were quoted $900,000 or higher for software licenses alone.

“That’s when I decided the industry needed a change,” said Williams. “I thought these guys were nuts to think they could continue charging these exorbitant prices for contact center platforms in 2013. Fenero can provide an equivalent solution, and in specific cases a much better solution, with no licensing fees — ever. Our software is essentially free.”

When asked how the company generates revenue, Williams said, “Running a contact center requires companies to pay for telecom usage charges, payroll, expensive upfront or monthly software license subscriptions, etc. We are saying, here’s free software to run your contact center. Just pay us for the telecom usage that goes through it, as you would have to pay this anyway, and a couple cents for each email or chat interaction handled by your agents. Then you will gain unlimited access to every current and future feature of our software at no additional cost.”

Launched: April 2013

Management team: Marlon Williams, founder and CEO; Marcos Marti, chief technology officer; Sareewan Dendamrongvit, chief software architect; Merlyne Docteur, director of social marketing.

Financing: Raised $450,000 angel funding from investor Nizar Lavji of Win Win Solutions. Seeking an additional $750,000 in the next round.

Recent milestones reached: Fenero recently partnered with one of the largest telecommunications companies in Pakistan, an Abu Dhabi Group company, to power its cloud-based contact center services in the Middle East. It has also sealed deals with a 500-seat contact center provider in Broward County; a Belize-based business process outsourcer responsible for nearly 2,000 seats; and an international contact center provider with locations in Manila, Philippines, Nicaragua, India and Ohio. In less than six months after its launch, Fenero also released native apps for iPad and iPhone users, launched a new corporate website, deployed email, chat, and built-in CRM features, and has fully automated the scaling of its back-end infrastructure.

Biggest startup challenge: Longer sales cycles. As an enterprise software-as-a-service player selling to other businesses, larger organizations tend to choose the safer route by selecting more established solutions. “They’re much slower to try the new kid on the block regardless of how cost effective and efficient he may be,” Williams said.

Next steps: Boost marketing efforts. Continue building additional features every contact center needs to run its business — workforce management, social media interactions, video chat for remote workers — and include it free-of-charge for new and existing customers. Use funding to hire additional software engineers and support personnel to expedite development and customer service needs.

Investor/advisor views: “Fenero’s business model is poised for disruption with the pay-as-you-go approach rather than the existing licensing model most companies use,” said Lavji. “And Fenero has proven the ability to execute. Pay as you go is difficult — to me that is their secret sauce.”James Osteen, executive director of the South Florida Digital Alliance and on Fenero’s advisory board, said he was also impressed with the amount of activity Fenero has generated in such a short time but was mostly attracted to Fenero because of Williams and his strong team. “Once he can get businesses to grasp that paradigm shift, they will see the intrinsic value in what he is offering — a solution that creates efficiencies and lowers costs,” Osteen said. Expect Fenero to ramp up marketing and hit the conference and expo circuit hard in 2014 to get the word out, Lavji said.

To read past Startup Spotlights, see the Startup Spotlight category on this blog.

 Some of Fenero's magement team, from left: Marcos Marti, Nizar Lavji, Sareewan Dendamrongvit, Marlon Williams.

Posted Dec. 23, 2013

December 22, 2013

VC outlook improving, survey says

Venture capitalists and venture-backed founders are showing a mix of greater optimism, confidence and measured concern for the venture ecosystem in 2014, according to the results from this year’s Venture View predictions survey conducted by the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource.

Respondents predicted that 2014 will bring greater IPO volume, greater employment opportunities at startups and improved returns for limited partners. However, CEOs and VCs are skeptical that the federal government can pass legislation to address several issues critical to the vibrancy of the startup ecosystem — particularly immigration reform.

A few highlights of the Venture View survey of 300 VCs and founders, which was conducted earlier this month:

* Most VCs (59 percent) and CEOs (57 percent) predict higher levels of venture investment overall in 2014, compared to just 27 percent of VCs and 43 percent of CEOs last year.

* Most VCs predict investment increases in Business IT (73 percent), Consumer IT (58 percent) and Healthcare IT (57 percent). Sixty-two percent predict decreases in clean technology, while 46 percent see fewer dollars going into medical devices and 31 percent see the same for biopharmaceuticals. As with last year, Consumer IT is seen as ripe for overfunding in 2014. with 53 percent of all VC respondents citing the sector. Additionally, Medical Devices was again most often predicted as underfunded, with 39 percent of VCs saying so.

* Latin America was cited by half the VCs as an area of increasing U.S. investment in 2014, followed by Africa, China and Western Europe. India, which VCs predicted would see an increase in U.S. venture dollars in 2013, is expected by 40 percent of respondents to see a decrease in investment levels. Thirty-two percent expect China to see less investment.

Another report released by Cherrystone Management Consultants in Boca Raton analyzed the past 12 months ended in September. It showed that the $318 million in VC investments in Florida businesses increased by 45 percent, ranking 14th in the nation, but on a per capita basis Florida falls to 29th place.

Also last week, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research and Dawson James Securities teamed up to provide a platform to identify and assist qualified startups, expand Florida’s angel investor base, increase early-stage funding and prepare companies for later stages of growth.

Follow Nancy Dahlberg on Twitter @ndahlberg


December 21, 2013

Santa Claus selects mxHero ToolBox to streamline abundant holiday emails

Hot off the presses! The winner of most creative holiday-themed press release goes to LAB Miami member MxHero. Happy holidays to all from Starting Gate.


ThD49XVPNDNOME, Alaska (PRWEB) December 21, 2013 -- After a long and contemplative selection process, the Office of Santa Claus (OSC) is proud to announce today that it has selected the MxHero ToolBox (toolbox.mxhero.com) as its official email communication partner starting this Christmas 2013. Given Santa's unique requirements and demands of Christmas season, the selection process focused on ease-of-use, scalability, availability of key features, and ability of the email platform to integrate with 3rd parties.

When asked what drove the ultimate decision, Santa said, "All I wanted for Christmas was one email platform that provides me all the advanced bells and whistles that I need when I communicate with my millions of fans. With mxHero Toolbox, I finally have that - for free and with unlimited messages!"

MxheromxHero offers a number of features that are perfect for someone like Santa who needs to communicate with multitude of fans individually while keeping up with a very busy schedule. Total Tracking with Read Receipts capability finally allows you to know right away when Santa reads and clicks on your email (which he always does). Private Delivery allows Santa to email many fans individually at the same time without having to use that pesky bcc line. Send Later feature allows him to draft responses at any time and then send them at the best possible moment.

Alex Panagides, CEO of mxHero, said "mxHero has always held Santa in high regard. Fulfilling deepest wishes of our customers in a user-friendly manner is our company motto. We are proud to be able to support an operation as massive as Santa's and we have many more surprises up our sleeve in the New Year."

To stay firmly planted on the “Nice List, “mxHero is also making a number of its Google Apps Marketplace features available to Santa's Elf Workshop as well, including Hero Security and custom Email Footers.

Email Toolbox can be downloaded for free from toolbox.mxhero.com. It is currently available in English, Spanish and Portuguese language translations. MxHero's Google Apps products are available at http://hero.mx/gapps

So give it a try, grab the mxHero Toolbox Chrome Extension and send an email to santa(at)mxhero(dot)com. And be sure to turn on Read Receipts to know when he reads it!

About Santa

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply "Santa", is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on December 24, the night before Christmas.

About mxHero

mxHero is an email enhancement platform and app store that gives companies, service providers and end users powerful new ways to control, use and analyze email. Apps developed for mxHero’s platform work with any email management program, including Gmail and Microsoft Exchange. More than 5,500 companies with 350,000 users have added mxHero to their email capabilities.