RIP Springpad

The demise of a startup venture is always disappointing. In the case of SpringPad, it was continously compared with it’s large competitor EverNote. Even today (July 7, 2014) it’s domain no longer responses to pings. ping: unknown host springpad.com

OneTreeFrog_1stPostThe announcement was made on May 23, 2014 (See below). Within hours, there were regrets and rumors. Days later, list of alternativesacquire-hire, and Five (5) Pre-morteum lessons (list below) were in writing. 11 days later, multiple alternatives were available on a public spreadsheet, and Microsoft had tools to port data off of Springpad. On the last day of official operations, June 25, 2014 – warning notices were re-issued by the press.

With all this noise, you’d think users would have gotten the message. No, some in the press did not. Odds are handful of the 5 million users did not.

Announcement: Springpad is Shutting Down on June 25th
Posted on May 23, 2014, by Katin
https://springpad.com/blog/2014/05/announcement-springpad-shutting-down/

We are very sorry to let you know that Springpad will be shutting down on June 25th. At that point Springpad.com will no longer be available, all online and sync features of the mobile apps will stop working, and your personal data will no longer be stored on our servers.

Please know that it is our top priority to help you during this transition. Amidst current rumors we wanted to confirm the news and give you all of the information possible at this time. We are putting the final touches on a new export tool that will allow you to take your data with you. This will include an improved backup file that you can save and use to reference your notes in the future in addition to the option to migrate your data.

In the coming days, we will make the export tool available to all users and developers and will communicate more news about our shutdown on our blog, via email and on Springpad.com. You will then have until June 25th to export or migrate your data.

 

RIP Springpad. We will miss you
May 23, 2014
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/7463/20140523/evernote-rival-springpad-shutting-down.htm
Springpad, a productivity app similar to Evernote and Pinterest, is planning to throw in the towel as it admits defeat against its cloud-based notes rivals.
Google might be acquiring Springpad in acqui-hire deal | BetaBoston
May 23, 2014
http://betaboston.com/news/2014/05/23/google-might-be-acquiring-springpad-in-acqui-hire-deal/


springpad_Postcard61Springpad App Alternatives: Boston Startup Springpad Engineers and CPO to Join Google | BostInno
May 27, 2014
http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/05/27/springpad-app-alternatives-boston-startup-springpad-engineers-and-cpo-to-join-google/
Five Springpad engineers to join Google as Boston-based personal organizer app shuts down – Boston Business Journal
May 27, 2014
http://m.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/startups/2014/05/five-springpad-engineers-to-join-google-as-boston.html?r=full
Five Lessons for Consumer Tech Startups in Springpad Shutdown
May 28, 2014
http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2014/05/28/five-lessons-for-consumer-tech-startups-in-springpad-shutdown/
  1. East Coast vs. West Coast
  2. Product-market fit
  3. Revenue model
  4. Business issues
  5. Distribution and user acquisition
This Spreadsheet Is a Definitive Guide to Springpad Alternatives
Jun 3, 2014
http://lifehacker.com/this-spreadsheet-is-a-definitive-guide-to-springpad-alt-1585070602
Microsoft releases OneNote Clipper for Chrome, Springpad-to-OneNote migration tool
Jun 9, 2014
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2360753/microsoft-releases-onenote-clipper-for-chrome-springpad-to-onenote-migration-tool.html
Today’s the last day to download your Springpad data
June 25, 2014
http://www.itworld.com/consumerization-it/424590/todays-last-day-download-your-springpad-data
8 unwritten rules of job searching
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/01/6526642/8-unwritten-rules-of-job-searching.html
These people did not get the memo.
springpad2This Startup Had Over 5 Million Users And A Great Product. Then It Folded
The (somewhat) surprising demise of the popular organizing app Springpad–and what happened next.
Published June 29, 2014
http://www.fastcompany.com/3032341/most-creative-people/this-startup-had-over-5-million-users-and-a-great-product-then-it-folde
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