Several months ago, my business partner Nick Wilder and I were working on a new website and reluctantly flipped a coin to decide who was going to crack open the dreaded Postfix book and dig back into the painful world of sending email. After 15 years of building on the Web (Webshots, 30 Boxes, and a host of others), it just felt like there needed to be a better way for everyone.
A few days later, I bumped into my friend Jeremy LaTrasse who had recently finished an exhilarating ride from ground zero building Twitter. Just like that, an idea, a project, and ultimately a company was born.
Message Bus has taken shape with two goals in mind. First and most immediate, to be able to easily and reliably send an email via simple API. Second (and more lofty), to focus on an agnostic messaging architecture (at the plumbing level, Twitter’s road not taken).
In recent years, we have seen incredible changes in the evolution of development environments and server deployment. Today, software engineers are privy to the amazing power of virtual servers, open APIs, and most recently the emergence of infrastructure apps. Message Bus fits squarely in this new genre. And we are assembling a technology company that delivers best-in-class services to businesses worldwide who no longer need to build up an entire stack to service their products.
Email is first. It is mission critical and yet suffers from a chronic opaqueness when it comes to data and analytics. We have crossed the threshold where maintaining and administering email systems for companies large and small no longer makes financial sense. Message Bus reduces messaging to a simple API call. That’s it. You hand us a message and we deliver it with real-time reporting. Think of us as your digital FedEx.
During the past few months our team has been growing in size and in intensity. After incubating Message Bus at The Start Project, we are proud to announce that we have completed a $3M Series A financing with True Ventures. Their excitement is shared by our seed partner Polaris, and a great range of individual investors and advisors.
Over the next five years, pieces of the inner workings of the Internet are getting a full upgrade and Message Bus will be ensuring that businesses around the globe will benefit from new economies of scale, simpler methods of implementation, and incredible access to real-time data.
We are looking for visionary engineers who want to build platforms for the next generation. And we are inviting great companies to ask us how we can make their businesses more efficient.