“You can replace all the other stuff you do with email.”
In the age of agonizing over our bulging inboxes, Amol Sarva’s email philosophy is pragmatic, bright-eyed, and music to this writer’s phantom chime-prone ears. For if Sarva, who presently runs, funds, and mentors about 10,000 startups , including the intriguing email startup Knotable and the brain-boosting Halo Neuro, and previously co-founded Virgin Mobile USA and the wonderful cellphones4all company Peek, can rule by inbox, so can I. I think.
I met up with Sarva at his bustling new coworking space/incubator/salon (more on that here).  Amidst neuroscience experiments, freecycled skateboards, and pumpkin ale, we talked tools, stats, and why green by any other name would be red. 
Email service: Gmail is primary; Yahoo, Aol, Outlook.com as test accounts
Email interface—desktop: Gmail web browser
Email interface—phone: Mail app on the iPhone; Gmail and Yahoo apps on the Android (“Android’s mail client is awful, like Eudora”)
Phones: iPhone 4s, Nexus 4
Third party apps/tools: Rapportive, Cloud Magic, Cue, Sunrise, Brewster, Xobni, Contactually, Linkedin Contacts+.
Unread count: Main account is at 32, but was at 0 an hour ago. One of his company accounts is at 16, and his AOL account is at 7.
Work emails received in a given weekday: a few hundred
Work emails responded to in a given weekday: ~100
Desktop vs phone: Phone
First checks email: No more than five minutes after waking, though the wake-up time varies.
Last checks email: Right before the sandman.
Email overload level: green.
Want more day in the life's? Peruse the following:
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- Allen & Gerittsen SVP @SchneiderMike Is Not a Fan of Terse Communications
- Boston Globe Columnist Scott Kirsner Takes His Subject Lines Neat
- Reporter Taylor Dobbs Thinks Email Is the New Snail Mail
Want your inbox profiled? Email me: clairew [at] skimbox [dot] co.
1. Maybe closer to 50.
2. Where, I'm excited to say, I myself wil be shacking up, starting next month
3. Not read.