Forced Email Bankruptcy

Sometime yesterday morning between 5am and 7am all the mail in my inbox that had come in but had not been responded to in the past ten days disappeared. It appears that it is in my archive (along with a ton of mail that came in the past ten days that I have responded to and archived). Somehow I auto archived ten days of mail in my inbox.

In any case, I am not going to go through the laborious task of fishing out all that unresponded to email out of my archive and put it back in my inbox. So if you sent me an email in the past ten days and I didn't respond, there is a good chance your mail got auto archived. I'm sorry about that. Feel free to send it again.

The good news is for about three minutes I was at inbox zero. It felt good.

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Emi Gal

    I think Larry Page just wanted to show you a bit of Gmail love. 

  2. RacerRick

    Auto Inbox Zero – a new feature from Google Labs.

    1. fredwilson

      and a damn good one!

  3. William Mougayar

    I know that feeling, lol. Out of sight, out of mind is a good thing, but being digital is like a drug.   

  4. Joe Yevoli

    I’m sure this post will prompt a sudden surge of email to your inbox at some point today :)Have fun!

  5. JimHirshfield

    I’ll just report here: Please transfer $10M to my account in Nigeria in order to help me claim the king’s inheritance of $100M. I’ll share $30M with you.

  6. gorbachev

    Which stage on the five stages of grief are you in now? Acceptance?

  7. Kasi Viswanathan Agilandam

    Off-the topic.Zero is a good number. Empty is a good measure.Selfless is a good soul.Maya is a good realization.Even death i believe is a good experience (never seen a dead body unhappy … except for accidental and suicidal cases).Then how is this so called bankruptcy is so bad??Have a great day.

  8. falicon

    With all that new found free time…maybe you’ll have time to watch this really interesting (and lengthy) documentary on the current state of education ->… (found this via of course and made me think of you and how much the need for disruption in education really is!)

  9. JLM

    Put your chips on Divine intervention and take the rest of the day off.  Everything happens for a reason.

    1. Matt A. Myers

      It cleared up his inbox so he can get my end-of-day reply; It’ll be at the top of his inbox on top of the emails everyone else re-sent this morning – BOOYA!

  10. Matt Hooper

    Hey Fred,  a colleague forwarded me this post.  Sorry but I had to laugh, this is the kind of crap that made me start SMAK.  So don’t mean to be spammy here, but would love to get you on the beta program.  We feel your pain, and hopefully are fixing it, and would love to get your feedback.  

  11. RichardF

    …..can’t believe you deleted that Groupon email I sent you inviting you to play Augusta.  I can’t resend an invite either…

    1. fredwilson

      I turned down a round at Augusta last year

      1. RichardF

        yeh but this was a round with Jack….

        1. fredwilson

          I’d drop everything for that. I love that man

          1. RichardF

            My Dad took me to the British Open in 81 and I followed him for the four rounds, just in awe. Even though one the rounds he shot was the worst of his professional career, you wouldn’t have known it he still had a smile on his face for the crowd.

          2. Rich Ullman

            Nicklaus or Nicholson?  Or both?

          3. fredwilson

            Nicklaus but I’m also found of Nicholson

  12. LE

    In response to this post, couldn’t help but register this domain:…available to the startup, pivot, production extension, fb app, that solves the problem of notifying people of what  we could call either voluntary (AVC’s) or involuntary (hardware failure, theft etc.) Email bankruptcy notification for the masses. (You see not everyone has a blog..)

    1. Kevin Ebaugh

      What about

      1. LE

        Nice to have both, agree. But the .com is the one that is really needed.I’m actually not a big fan of the “ly” bandwagon but wanted to make a point, float an idea, and thought that was the quickest way to do that.To add to this idea there is also a problem with mail that ends up at the wrong place and doesn’t bounce because of typo domain names or sent to the wrong TLD. We have a customer with a domain that is a typo of a VC firm and the customer gets the mail addressed to members of that firm. As an aside there is a startup which deals with tracking email that is sent via an embedded image.

  13. Jeff Jarvis

    Not a bug, a feature. 

    1. fredwilson

      yeah, i just need to find out how to replicate it

      1. Andrew

        1. “Select All”2. “Mark As Read”3. “Archive”4. Deny.

        1. fredwilson

          Replace 4 with “blog” and you’ve reverse engineered my mo

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  14. dsjoerg

    To all AVC readers: I will be happy to empty your mailbox periodically.Think about it!Will charge a reasonable fee and give you plausible deniability.   It will be sporadic, 4-6 times per year and will come without warning.

    1. ShanaC

      Sounds interesting for a business model.

    2. Matt A. Myers

      This was discussed awhile ago. Fred didn’t like the idea of charging people to contact him … it becomes about bank account size then; I don’t overly remember if that was a / the main reason.

  15. Frank Fernandez

    That is great! Sometimes I feel like I spend more time responding to email than getting work done.You know I’ve been thinking about email lately and using Google+ at the same time, though it may seem a little controversial, I think if Google plays their cards right we could replace email with a service like Google+.  In case you are interested…

  16. Josh Kirschner

    LulzSec strikes again! That will teach you to turn down participation in their Series A!

    1. fredwilson


  17. JamesHRH

    I don’t buy that zero felt good. It was fleeting and unusual, so it felt different. Better I don’t buy…..

  18. leigh

    it’s like going on to twitter at a completely different hour than you normally do.  all of a sudden you see a completely different view and stream of interesting thinkers.  I’m sure in your inbox that would be a fascinating experiment in deed.

    1. leigh

      no idea what happend here on disqus – tried to edit spelling error and i got object Object hum….)

  19. leigh

    it’s like going on to twitter at a completely different hour than you normally do.  all of a sudden you see a completely different view and stream of interesting thinkers.  I’m sure in your inbox that would be a fascinating experiment in deed.  

  20. ShanaC

    Actually, I’m more concerned by email etiquette that makes you want to reply to everyone “right now.”  I kind of want to go back to old physical mail standard of 7-10 days, unless it is super-important.  I feel like it would lift some of the stress about getting through emails!

    1. Donna Brewington White

      As you can see I do not suffer from that need.  ;-)Although some emails more than others I regret not being able to answer immediately.

  21. Matt A. Myers

    I sent one to you July 9th – I’ll resend it in case. 🙂

  22. Donna Brewington White

    Did you take a screenshot?

  23. Chris Johnson

    And I thought all this time my pitch just sucked.  Now, I have a faint glimmer of hope again, thanks, Fred. Maybe you should post this once a quarter or so so people can remain in the gentle bosom of hopeful delusion.

  24. Cyndi Stivers

    I have had the same experience when going through Gmail on my iPad–seems to be a glitch somewhere. It’s happened more than once. One difference from your experience: My iPad seems to trash most of the mail, not archive it! Perhaps it knows that’s where most of it is going anyway.

  25. Peggy Dold

    Love this from @fredwilson.  A bit jealous, actually!