…Writeboard, and Backpack. We also stopped selling our Draft iPad app. We sold Sortfolio, stopped selling the Getting Real PDF (we're giving it away for free now), and pruned some internal non-customer facing tech, too.
But an interesting thing happened. Not too long after we pruned, a couple new product ideas started bubbling up. Before pruning, the last thing we were thinking about was adding more products. Now, with some breathing room, new ideas are getting light, getting fresh …
…look like when there are no projects. We referenced the rough sketch concept we liked from Sortfolio (then called Haystack). And here's a related discussion about what the page should look like when you have a single project, no more, no less.
Here's a discussion we had about a "painterly-style" brush stroke on the blank slates. We saw the blank slate as an opportunity to "smile" at our customers with friendly colors and comfortable …
Prototype Core team member Sébastien Gruhier has an Apple store carousel with scripty2 example up at his site (and of course the code that it took to implement it!).
Plus, there's a second example of how to use it to build a 37signals " Sortfolio" like carousel, with just one line of code. Awesome.
The code & examples [...]
What is Sortfolio?
Sortfolio (the website formerly known as Haystack ), is a website where web design firms (and freelancers) can provide the necessary information about their business to a potential client. Instant information such as location, price and style of work are easily found. Sortfolio makes it easy for a potential client to browse multiple web designers all at once and make an informed choice.
Whether this concept will prove to be effective long term is still …
We're especially happy that Sortfolio's found a new home because over the last week or so we've been getting emails from people saying how important Sortfolio has been to their business. Emails like: ...All of my leads and livelihood flow through Sortfolio. It's how I pay for my health insurance, groceries, mortgage, etc...
and ...I can honestly say that Sortfolio changed our lives. Sortfolio brought in the best leads ever and we were able to crawl out from the financial …
…branding, the code (it's a Rails app), the customers, and the steady cash flow. Since Sortfolio is hooked up to our centralized billing system, you'll need to write your own code to charge customers. Also, since Sortfolio is hosted on our server cluster, no hardware is included (but you can run it on a cheap server or two - the hardware requirements are next to nothing). We'll also be happy to announce the sale here on SvN and on our very well subscribed email newsletter.
Mixergy interview with about Sortfolio and more
Sortfolio deserves a better home
However, we haven't been able to dedicate many resources towards improving it or promoting it. Our efforts are focused on our products and our Job Board . We believe Sortfolio deserves to thrive, but is no longer the best home. So we're looking to sell it to a company that can give Sortfolio — and its customers — the love and attention they deserve.
Revenues and business model
Sortfolio has been holding …
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