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Closing up shop

Today we’re officially announcing that Devver (and our Caliper service) will be shutting down on Friday, April 30th.

This was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make, but, after careful consideration, we’ve decided it is the right one.

Nearly two years ago, we started Devver with the vision of using the cloud to build tools that would change developers lives. We’ve worked hard to achieve that vision, but ultimately we’ve had to face the reality that the services we’ve built will not generate the revenue necessary to sustain and grow our company (although it could be used to enhance or complement another cloud product or service – contact me if you’re interested).

To all of our users – thank you so much for taking a chance by using our tools, for reporting bugs, and for giving us ideas for the future. We deeply appreciate each and every one of you.

While this is not the end we wanted, we know how fortunate we were to be able to take this journey and thank everyone – friends, family, investors, mentors, users, and the Ruby community – who helped us along the way. You’re all awesome and we couldn’t have gone this far without you. Thank you.

- Ben & Dan

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Written by Ben

April 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Posted in Devver

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  1. Sorry to hear you are closing shop guys. You'll get 'em next time!

    todd_sampso5628

    April 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm

  2. Sadly! All are shutting down!

    Amr

    April 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

  3. Sorry to hear about this. Caliper was a great service and you guys have done great work. Best of luck in whatever your next ventures is.

    nap

    April 19, 2010 at 5:50 pm

  4. Could you just turn off the lights rather than close the shop?
    Revenue takes time and marketing, couldn't you find some way for things to trickle along until the demand picks up?

    jamesl

    April 19, 2010 at 5:54 pm

  5. So sorry to hear this.

    Jim Gay

    April 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm

  6. Sorry to hear you are closing shop guys. Best of luck in whatever your next ventures is.

    Satish Talim

    April 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  7. Is there any chance of open sourcing Caliper? I'm going to be sad to remove the Metrics links from Gemcutter.

    Nick Quaranto

    April 19, 2010 at 7:40 pm

  8. Mother's ass! I think my forwarded emails got lost in the mix somewhere – shoot me an email again Ben and I'll try and push it once more, we at least need to have another Skype conversation…

    Durran Jordan

    April 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

  9. You guys have done such a great job with Caliper, I'm really sad to see it go. It is a great resource for measuring the size and quality of a project, and I used it frequently. I wish you the best on your next venture.

    As Nick mentioned, if you do want to open source it that would be a great contribution to the community, and I'm certain many would appreciate it.

    Ryan Bates

    April 19, 2010 at 8:59 pm

  10. I know this is a tough decision – congrats on everything you built and I look forward to seeing what you do next. (And let me know if I can help with that.)

    Best wishes.

    Marc Hedlund

    April 19, 2010 at 9:17 pm

  11. thanks for a great service. +1 for going open source.

    rubiii

    April 20, 2010 at 12:26 am

  12. I'm really sorry to see you guys go, caliper was a very slick app. I know you guys have been through some amazing trials to get to this point, but the lessons learned at this point will no doubt come to be of considerable use in your future.

    All the best you guys!

    Sean Grove

    April 20, 2010 at 1:18 am

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  14. Complete bummer. Good luck next time!

    Flip Sasser

    April 20, 2010 at 6:01 am

  15. This is sad to hear. Hopefully you guys will land on your feet.

    bryanl

    April 20, 2010 at 7:38 am

  16. While this is sad news, there's no doubt you'll both be back on your feet again with a new and even more awesome project soon enough. I'll be looking forward to it!

    ReinH

    April 20, 2010 at 10:10 am

  17. Thanks for all the support everyone. Obviously this isn't the outcome we wanted, but it was an amazing experience and we learned a ton from it. Thanks for everything. Not sure what is next yet, probably a tiny bit of a break and then who knows, as this winds down I am sure I will figure it out.

    danmayer

    April 20, 2010 at 10:40 am

  18. We'd like nothing more to keep Caliper going if at all possible. We're investigating our options, including having another company take it over as well as the possibility of open sourcing it. We'll keep everyone updated via this blog.

    bhb

    April 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

  19. Yeah, removing the ties to the community (Gemcutter, rdoc.info), etc makes us especially sad. We're investigating the possibility of open sourcing it. We'll see.

    bhb

    April 20, 2010 at 11:05 am

  20. I think your emails made it to the right place – and we really, really appreciate it. Let's follow up more via email and I'd definitely be game for a Skype chat.

    bhb

    April 20, 2010 at 11:06 am

  21. Thanks for all your support, Ryan! We really appreciate it. You're a great asset to the Ruby community.

    We're investigating the open source route (along with finding a company that could take over Caliper and continue to provide it to the community). There are some complications, we're not yet sure how feasible the OSS route is, but we are looking for any way that Caliper could continue to live on.

    bhb

    April 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

  22. To everyone I didn't respond to individually – thanks for your words of support! The greatest part of working at Devver has been getting to know and work with so many amazing entrepreneurs and hackers.

    Like Dan, I'm not sure what is next for me, but I do know I'll take a short break to clear my head before moving on to the next thing.

    bhb

    April 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

  23. I am not sorry about you guys going out of business and I am not asking you to open source your code.

    Why? Because I do not want you to close your shop. You deserve to continue with your business. So please don't give up!

    I had never used your service, but I have heard always good comments about it. I just signed a few days ago for your beta program on private repositories.

    I am willing to pay a small subscription fee without asking for nothing in return only for the joy of helping you to continue with your business.

    If hundreds of us open our wallets instead of being just "sorry" I think that you can do it, it is only a temporary problem that will disappear once you have enough paying customers.

    I am struggling on an every day basis to make my business survive at Mexico City, where it is really much much much harder than in your country. We earn less money and everything is more expensive.

    So American and European friends, who live in nicer and more secure countries, if I am willing to pay a small amount every month to help Devver survive, what do you offer?

    So, please tell me where can I sign in with my credit card.

    Hector Sansores

    April 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

  24. Hector – Thanks so much for your passionate support for our business. We appreciate it. However, we remain confident that given our current situation, shutting down is the right course of action.

    We wish you the best of luck with your business.

    bhb

    April 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

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  37. Sorry to hear that you’re closing down, guys. I just referred someone over here and they told me about the news. Good luck with your future ventures.

    Joshua Dorkin

    May 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm


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