Ethermail: Web3 mailing service built for privacy & security
Communication is a large part of human existence. From the stone age where humans communicated with natural sounds such as water, sounds produced by animals, their voices, sound from thunder and wood, there has been a constant improvement on how people communicate.
Over time, other systems such as traveling a far distance to deliver a message were used. Then writing came in which preserved messages more than mere word of mouth conversation. Progressively, in the break of the 20th century, inventions such as television, radio, and telephone transformed how the world communicates.
As ideas between nations were exchanged, these tools became more popular and the basics of communication. Then, with the arrival of the internet came another means of communication – the electronic mail. Two earliest records of the email are the 1965 email from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the 1971 email by Ray Tomlinson.
Since then, electronic mail has grown in popularity and usage with as many as 333.2 billion emails sent and received daily.
Problem of email services
Today, after decades of using email as we know it today, there are some challenges users have experienced on these services. Privacy and security on today’s email is not efficient. There have been reports about email addresses being hacked by attackers.
Other concerns for today’s users are censorship by centralized organizations, spamming by marketers, and lack of decentralized email standards on Web3 to allow users to send and receive messages seamlessly.
To overcome these challenges, Web3 based email services are springing up using decentralized infrastructure to provide more secured communication. And Ethermail is one such service.
What is Ethermail?
Ethermail is a decentralized email platform created to provide “anonymous and encrypted wallet to wallet communication” for users. It is based on Ethereum with a high level of privacy and censorship resistant system.
Ethermail rewarded users for using the platform to communicate. Using Ethermail grants access to a unique decentralized identity that cannot be altered.
Founded by serial entrepreneurs Shant Kevonian and Gerald Heydenreich in late 2021. The technology enables automated updating of mailing list for community newsletter distribution using real time smart contract data.
How does Ethermail work
First, a user is required to sign up on the Ethermail platform to receive their Web3 email address. The process requires a simple Web3 wallet which stands as the foundation of the users’ identity on the blockchain.
Once done, the user is given a Web3 email address through which they can send and receive messages from other Web3 email addresses. This Web3 address provided by Ethermail comes with a paywall.
The Paywall acts as a protective layer against spam as seen in Web2 email platforms. Users can configure the Paywall in their inbox to only allow emails that suit their interest into their inbox. Through the Paywall, users are also rewarded for reading these emails in the $EMT token.
There is also a subscription service that acts as an “opt-in email aggregations in which consent is given to advertisers to target” specific inboxes in exchange for $EMT. Ethermail, other companies, blogs and individuals can sponsor such activities.
Ethermail offers users access to their favorite web2 apps (such as Gmail, Safari and Thunderbird) via Ethermail; an auto-pilot contact list that builds a mailing list with less work; campaign builder for communicating with your community; and an affiliate program for inviting more users into Ethermail.
Team and Partners behind Ethermail
The team is made up of: Shant Kevonian, CEO, CTO & Co-founder, an entrepreneur with skills in IT Management, and Project Management; Gerald Heydenreich, CFO & Co-founder, an entrepreneur, Web3 enthusiast, and advocate of sustainability; Marius Vossbeck, Head of Businesses Development, an entrepreneur and real estate economist; Sofia Furlotti, Head of Partnerships, an entrepreneur and expert in business development.
Others are Dmitry Kuvshinskiy, Head of Marketing; Rodrigo Riera Canut, Head of IT; Marc Zamora, Creative Director; Guillermo Del Olmo, Business Development; and Ritwik Chheda, Business Development Associate.
Partners and investors include Fabric Ventures, and Greenfield One.
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