Springpad end, worry about other apps

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Kapybarus, May 24, 2014.

  1. Kapybarus macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2014
    So these days Springpad developers are shutting down bussiness which bring back my concerns about other apps which could be ditched.

    I think it s not about money, this could happened to any paid app for several reasons.

    The most secure way to stay as long as possible with good, quality app seems to use either stock apple/google/microsoft/facebook/etc apps or bigger names and companies like evernote, spotify, instapaper.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Based on this article The company was owned by venture capitalists. From what what I read, it seemed they were not growing to a degree that made financial sense so while they and 5 million users it was not enough to eek out a profit (my assumption).

    That risk is for any app, if a developer is not making a profit, he'll have to find something else to do to pay the bills.
  3. Kapybarus thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2014
    I think this could happen to paid apps to, only future proof developers are with paid subscriptions which sucks
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I've used iOS since the beginning, and it has happened numerous times, and it does suck, but being afraid to even give a company a chance is even worse. Just keep your stuff local on your computer, sync/update often, and you should be okay.

    Springpad wouldn't have survived even with a paid subscription. When they relaunched a few years ago, a lot of people didn't like it and left, and tech websites stopped talking about it. It became a fancier social bookmarking site more than a productivity tool to rival Evernote.

    Evernote is a lot of things to people, and that's why it has lasted so long. It's not just a niche product for plain text notes or todo lists.

    It has little to do with money, and more to do with how some of these startups are run. Every time I see a lot of them hiring, the perks are things such as a cozy office, free MacBook Pro, and other outrageous things that would otherwise pay a few months to keep their servers alive for their customers. They simply don't use their investments wisely - Which is a very common reason why a business usually folds.

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