Good to see Dean step up… some promises are worth keeping.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Earlier this month a small segment of customers of the former hosting provider TextDrive learned a frustrating lesson about the longevity of lifetime services on the web when Joyent, which had purchased TextDrive, said it would discontinue the lifetime hosting those customers had signed up for. On Thursday those users will learn a different lesson — namely that sometimes people and businesses keep their word and that, yes, their lifetime accounts will be honored with the formation of a new TextDrive.
The second coming of TextDrive is courtesy of Dean Allen, a co-founder of the service who left in 2007 roughly two years after it was acquired by Joyent. His other TextDrive co-founder Jason Hoffman is a co-founder and CTO of Joyent. Allen told me that after Joyent purchased TextDrive he knew that the lifetime memberships that users purchased in order to help fund the growth of the business, were likely doomed, but when the time came to kill them he wanted to step back up and create a hosting company that could still honor them.
“I knew fully well at the time [Joyent bought TextDrive] that one day it wouldn’t be possible to support lifetime subscriptions anymore, and I knew when the day came that it was no longer possible I would step back in and take care of those people.”