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.
Mailgun added a slew of new features to its email validation API including target mailbox validation, role-based address check, disposable mailbox, reporting, and rate limits. Additionally, Mailgun added the API under its existing SLA and has transitioned to a tiered, usage-based pricing model.
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