|Founded||Hong Kong (1998)|
|Key people||Yat Siu, CEO|
Tony Basoglu, CTO
Rita Kong, CFO
Outblaze is an application service provider that provides hosted Web applications, Internet messaging and communication services. It was founded in 1998 in Hong Kong and received a lot of media attention prior to the Dot-com bubble. Today Outblaze is reported to provide services to over 75 million users around the planet, with 40 million email accounts operated by Outblaze plus at least 35 million protected by Outblaze's anti-spam solution.
Outblaze has engaged in a number of policy discussions, primarily via consultation and position papers authored by Outblaze executives.
In 2004 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) asked Outblaze Head of Anti-Spam Operations Suresh Ramasubramanian to assist the OECD task force on spam. The result was the 25 May 2005 report Spam Issues in Developing Countries, which alerted governments and organizations to the specific dangers that spam poses to countries with underdeveloped Internet infrastructure.
The Office of the Telecom Authority (OFTA) of Hong Kong put out a consultation paper in June 2004 requesting comments on Proposals to contain the problem of unsolicited electronic messages. The Outblaze response encouraged the government to adopt a range of measures to effectively combat spam, among them: opt-in standards, prompt removal of spammers and hacked or insecure systems, adoption of authenticated email schemes, unequivocal anti-spam legislation, rapid response times at ISPs, and diffusion of better email marketing management techniques. The response was approved and endorsed by the Asia-Pacific chapter of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE).
 References and footnotes
- ^ "How Outblaze Outlasted the Bubble", BusinessWeek, August 19 2002.
- ^ "Economies of Scale in E-Mail Security", ISP Planet, November 17 2005.
- ^ "Exterminating the nuisance of spam", CNET News.com, December 4 2006.
- ^ "Spam Issues in Developing Countries", OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, May 25 2005.
- ^ Response to OFTA consultation paper: Proposals to contain the problem of unsolicited electronic messages, Outblaze, October 2005.