After an outcry from the user community, and a quick survey to see how many would be willing to pay for it, they offered it for sale instead, and it was bought, gained a premium component, and continued existence.
I hate seeing promising work like this just eradicated from existence without even considering whether there might be another organization out there willing to take it on and continue developing it.
And surely there's some value in the name, market presence, email list of beta hopefuls, and current work/infrastructure. Despite listing other services that provide cloud hosting for Django projects in your announcement, Djangy is the only one I'm personally aware of. Surely there's value in that.
It's odd to see a competitor give up. We think this is a very promising space and are personally very excited about it. We're in it for the long haul, and welcome any suggestions or questions.
"Flipping the site" might sound cheap, but I imagine the users would be better of with a service that may have a future instead of the one that doesn't (and at least a longer data retention period for their data), and the founders might somewhat recoup their time/money/energy expenses.
(Disclaimer: I'm not a beta Djangy user, nor have I been using other similar services yet, but I am a Django user and find those really interesting).
Ep.io, Gondor.io, DjangoZoom, the list is growing daily.
It will help the python/django community a lot.
I've signed up for at least four, and finally got into one -- just to find that it was like pulling teeth compared to Heroku.
i imagine it's difficult for companies like these to compete with the likes of a google.
That said, I know the founders and they're smart people who will do good things even though this didn't work out.
I think what they just did was awesome. Do what makes you happy, striving for money is utterly pointless in the end.
I'm not clear that one _can_ raise money from investors, and then wholesale just decide to leave as a team. At the very least just to fulfill fiduciary duty, the company should be listed as 'for sale' and go on the block, even if just on ebay.
a) Acqui-hire in the works with money for early stage investors
b) serious, serious, serious team problems / investor problem, so toxic that they can't be solved in the current structure
c) 'investors' is like mom and dad, so no big deal.
Anyway, best of luck to the team, and I'm hoping for something big and exciting next!
edit: feel free to continue down voting, but this was not meant at sarcasm. i genuinely looked forward to using it. i still seek a high quality python app cloud deployment solution. although, now i'd ideally like it to not be tied to any particular frameworks.
Kind of a shame they shut down - they had a good name to help distinguish themselves from competing offerings.
What I mean to simply say is "hand over your legacy". Don't just leave it to be forgotten.
I wish you guys the best in whatever it is you choose to pursue next.
I'll miss djangy. it quickly became my go-to for a quick django prototype. hopefully zoom/gondor take off.
I get that you have to do your own thing for your life, but what a way to let people down. You had two options for supporting existing users, then you say, "No, we're just shutting it down."
Could have given it away, even.
Surely you already knew this principle.