Email marketing service provider MailChimp announced last week a new $1 million dollar fund for startups building products that integrate with the service's MailChimp API. MailChimp's program is somewhat unique in that they won't be asking for equity from the companies they fund. It's a pretty attractive deal for prospective partners and a trail-blazing move for a platform in an increasingly competitive industry.
Help Scout, a help desk platform provider, has announced the launch of version 2 of its Mailbox API. The Help Scout Mailbox API 2.0 implements OAuth2 for more user-friendly authentication with the services Help Scout customers are integrated with and contains a number of improvements.