Why not putting this on one Linode instance or Amazon Cloud, pay $50 a month and keep free users by offering premium $1/mo package to some of them?
But no, its easier to shut down.
Less hassle, right?
Edit: And I got downvoted. I guess armchair quarterbacking is the right thing to do around these parts.
While it's 'trivial' and 'not hard', the time it self is priceless.
Yeah, that's not how it works.
Committing time and money to a failed venture is the biggest mistake an entrepreneur can make.
Committing time and money to enhance your reputation is never a mistake.
This is pretty typical. Every single business owner out there knows that the non-paying users generate more noise and complaints than an average paying customer.
The bullshit 'reputation' angle you are playing is a total non-sense.
Tell that to Max Levchin and 99% of other entrepreneurs that had to fail and fail hard prior to actually making it. I'm sure their 'reputation' is ruined.
TLDR: You live in a bubble.
I wonder when majority of people will dislike Startup folks like they did dislike Stock Brokers thanks to thinking like yours.
Greed is good. Right?
Honour is just a myth?