• The Little Secret of Web Startups

    This guest post is written by Marcelo Calbucci, the founder and CTO of Sampa — a personal homepage creator that will be shutting down next month. He’s writing a series of posts about the lessons learned from the venture at He’s also the publisher of Seattle 2.0, a web resource for tech entrepreneurs and startups in Seattle. Consumer startups are tough. Read More

  • SynthaSite Gets A $20 Million Boost For Simple Website Creation Software

    There have been simple, browser-based website creation tools available on the market ever since the WWW turned mainstream, but there’s clearly still a significant demand for this type of services, especially with the way the web is evolving. SynthaSite is one of the players in the DIY website / blog builder field, and they’ve just gotten a huge vote of confidence from their… Read More

  • Sampa Redesigns User Interface, Gets Injection of Cash

    Sampa, the personal homepage creator for families, has raised $1M in Series A financing from a group of individuals including Geoff Entress and former executives from Microsoft, Netscape, and Lightsurf. The Redmond-based company has also rebuilt its user interface so that it’s more intuitive for soccer moms who don’t know any of the concepts behind making websites. The new design… Read More

  • Get Your Family Together At Sampa

    When we covered the slate of companies helping people chronicle family stories and milestones, we left out a quiet but excellent Redmond, Washington startup called Sampa. They aren’t new, and we’ve covered them before. The reason we left them out is that we’ve had some difficulty in categorizing them. In many ways Sampa is a blog platform with a focus on privacy features… Read More

  • Sampa Brings Personalized Pages to Facebook

    Sampa is a personal website creation tool that lets you customize your own freely hosted website. Unlike Weebly and Synthasite, Sampa is not as much focused on layout as it is on content. Site creation is focused instead around adding content to your site through modules. They’ve recently crossed 1,000,000 page views to their site last month on a $4,000 per month burn rate and have… Read More