For the curious: Yes, Slicehost is one of our strongest competitors for sure. But, more than simply competitors they’re also our colleagues, friends and even more imporantly, we value how they helped shape the market we see today. This is a tribute to them for their contribution and great work.
When Slicehost started selling their VPS product back in 2006 I was starting my first company where we did a ton of hosting for enterprise customers, which is no doubt is a very different world from the world that Webbynode exists today. This world was started to get defined by companies such as Slicehost.
Slicehost was one of the first to actually come out and challenge the rules of the “all you can eat” hosting providers by offering a concise and very well focused product, for developers. In reality, they did great a great job, Matt and Jason were smart enough to work together in order to make Slicehost a very ‘personal’ company that you could work with and get all your answers not from some boring guy in a tie, but you’d get an answer from a person just like you, a developer.
Some great stuff from Matt & Jason:
- Hacking Cashflow
- What’s up with the wait list?
- 3 way handshake Ep1
- Slicehost Podcast
- 10k slices and more
Earlier this year I met Matt, and since then he’s become basically an advisor to us. He and I see very eye to eye about what a hosting company for developers should be. In general, we understand the same principles of offering more than simply a barebones product, and offering a service along with it and in general doing the extra steps to get stuff done for customers. This all falls into the same concept of how the small Italian Restaurant is gonna care more than the big ‘brand-chain’ restaurant and usually give you a better quality product.
What’s Matt and Jason up to?
I never personally met Jason, but from what I know he moved to Texas to work with Rackspace after their acquisition. Matt is doing some rad work doing his own investments and also some very cool projects such as DevStructure, its a tool that lets you reverse engineer the setup in a server and generate configurations for Chef and Puppet.
We want to offer our best wishes to the Slicehost founders, and all the guy who worked there to make it to the great successes they had.