Email · Apps

Google apps for startup

George Diab Co-founder & CTO at WorkingOn

May 21st, 2013

after 10 users the cost seems too high. Is there better options for business email?

Wesley Lorenzini

May 21st, 2013

I've used for business emails once Google Apps started to charge.  

David Albrecht -

May 21st, 2013

Do you really want to leave google? Best spam filtering available, huge quotas, great search functionality, good UI, rock-solid uptime, and zero management burden for your team.

I run an ops group at a big data company, and at $50/user-year, I wouldn't think twice about outsourcing that.

Eric Anderson President at Anderson Creations

May 21st, 2013

Get your own domain with web and email, FTP, etc.  services out there for $5/mo with unlimited email...

Thomas Knoll I get to help people build their ideas and their teams

May 21st, 2013

The money saved doesn't begin to compete with the benefits of google apps, for calendars account management, availability, IT support time, self-support of the team, etc. 

Rob G

May 21st, 2013

we went through the same debate. We've used 1and1 email,  I have a personal preference for exchange/outlook/office, our dev team was partial to gmail.  we looked at email from Rackspace and godaddy too. We've landed on google apps for business and thus far we are pleased. you know that Google and MS will continue to battle for market share and keep each other's prices in check.   I personally still use Exchange and outlook to consolidate various email account and calendar, contacts, etc.).   For system level emails (contact@, test@, admin@, etc.) use what google calls "nicknames" - you can have i believe 35 nicknames per email account and thus keep costs down. 

Louis Hatzis

May 22nd, 2013

Google Apps is the best option, even at $50/user/year. I started to use it 2006 and its been great ever since.

Joanan Hernandez CEO & Founder at Mollejuo

May 22nd, 2013

Have you tried Microsoft Bizspark?

I think Bizspark member get Office 365 for free.

In our case we use the mail provided by our web hosting. Is a POP and we're happy with it. But, should the case of moving to something better, I would really consider Office 365. No M$ its not paying me.

I wrote more about it here.



May 22nd, 2013

For Mailbox/Contacts/Calendar, use  

It's amazing what it can do, it's the swiss army knife and will migrate you in a day. I've used it multiple times on different mail systems and it always "just works". It supports every mail platform (public or private) and does a cloud-based pull/push method where all you do is enter an account that has admin access to all mailboxes on both sides of the transfer and it does the rest.


May 21st, 2013

There's O365 email-only at $4 a month

There's (tucows) for basic email services. Much cheaper but you pay per year I believe. (not used their email service but I trust them and use them for DNS)

IMO O365 or Google Apps is the way to go unless you use none of the colab features or calendar/contacts, etc. in which any cheap email hoster out there will do ( if you just want IMAP but then you'll likely be dealing with more spam and issues.

You get what you pay for.

Brent Goldstein

May 21st, 2013

Try Zoho email. It's free for up to 5 users even with a custom domain name. Then they've structured their pricing model to compete with Google after the free tier was eliminated. -Brent