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VP Enterprise Marketing for PBworks,  first investor in and previously interim CEO of Ustream.TV.  Chris is an active angel investor and the founder and Chairman of the Harvard Business School Technology Alumni Association (HBSTECH). Chris earned two degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His personal blogs are Adventures in Capitalism and Ask the Harvard MBA.

2 responses to “How To Fix The Inbox”

  1. Michael


    good points, fully agree with your analysis, but:

    the solution is already out there -> gmail with labels and prio inbox
    i solved it that way…


  2. Dave Livesey

    Yep, I do EXACTLY what you have described. Priority inbox set up as follows:
    Top inbox is : all starred (need to make sure it is ALL starred rather than just “starred”. Middle one is “important”, bottom one is “everything else”.
    So if I read an email and it becomes a “to do” I simply click tloathe star and it jumps to the top. If I don’t need it, I either just leave it ( in which case it will just organically float downwards, or I hit the archive button to remove it immediately while still leaving it searchable.
    That way, I am only really ever needing to manage the starred items – my to do list