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Privately held company (AS)
Industry Email Service Provider
Founded 2011
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Key people
Dag Asheim, Chairman of the Board;
Geir Thomas Andersen, Managing Director
Services Runbox Mail Manager

Coordinates: 59°56′43.92″N 10°46′40.96″E / 59.9455333°N 10.7780444°E / 59.9455333; 10.7780444

Runbox Solutions AS is a company that provides e-mail and web hosting services worldwide. Runbox Solutions was founded in March 2011 and is headquartered in Oslo, where the Runbox services were launched in 2000. Mainly employee-owned, Runbox Solutions works closely with, and is partially owned by, Copyleft Solutions AS.


  • 10 October 1999: Runbox AS founded
  • 16 August 2000: the free e-mail service Runbox Mail Manager launched, pioneering online storage of e-mail with offering of 100 MB storage space and e-mail consolidation tools
  • March 2001 Runbox Mail Manager reached 130,000 registered accounts, increasing by 1300 per day
  • 7 October 2001: Runbox Mail Manager was converted from a free e-mail service to a subscription-based service, three percent of free users converted to paid service
  • 1 July 2004: e-mail storage space increased to 1 GB[1]
  • 21 January 2005: e-mail hosting services launched[2]
  • 28 September 2005: e-mail storage space increased to 10 GB[3]
  • 25 March 2011: Runbox Solutions AS founded by former employees and key people in Runbox AS[4]
  • 1 June 2011: Runbox e-mail services acquired by Runbox Solutions AS from Runbox AS, now renamed to Internet Upside AS[5]
  • 14 June 2011: e-mail servers moved to a facility provided by Digiplex and Copyleft Solutions, the company now managing the Runbox servers

Financial status[edit]

The company is backed by Dag Asheim, former and current employees, and Copyleft Solutions AS.[6] Runbox AS lost money for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 financial years.[7] In May 2011 it was bought out by staff and key personnel, and a new company, Runbox Solutions AS formed.[8][9]


The core Runbox e-mail service consists of open source components and a web application developed by Runbox and Redpill Linpro with funding from The Research Council of Norway.[10] Being located in Norway, Runbox attracted renewed attention in light of the surveillance debate of 2013[11] and subsequently experienced substantial growth.[12]


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