Zumbox Takes On Postal Mail

Westlake Village-based Zumbox, a new startup, said today it has launched a service which the firm said will deliver regular mail to users via an online system. Zumbox--which is headed by Maury Friedman, who has been involved with such firms as RiverOne and Academy123--said it will allow business, governments, and non-profits to send content to street addresses, online. The firm said it has created a "digital mailbox" for every street address online, where people can send electronic versions of financial statements, bills, direct mail, catalogs, and other correspondence. The service relies on recipients at a postal address to actually sign in and create an account to read their mail, and will charge advertisers and marketers to use the service.