Collis Ta’eed, founder and CEO of Envato:
Four years ago I had the idea to build a blog network dedicated to reviewing and rounding up apps. We started with Mac apps and then quickly expanded to additional channels covering iOS, Android, Windows and Web apps. While the network has been successful in traffic and audience, reaching some 100m+ visitors over the four years, it’s ultimately not fit within our broader company mission. So I’m here today to announce that unfortunately after four years of app guidance, we’re closing AppStorm down.
As many readers will know, AppStorm is a product of Envato. Our company is dedicated to helping people earn and learn online, and our main products are the Envato Marketplaces, Microlancer and Tuts+. AppStorm has always been a bit of a fringe product for us, and one that loses money. Losses on their own would be OK if the site was a great fit for what our company purpose is. But despite my best efforts for the last couple of years, the fit has been loose at best.
AppStorm has provided a great service and no matter if you were an iOS, Android, Mac or Windows user, it had something for everyone.
I was dismayed to hear that AppStorm was going to shutter several weeks ago. As a regular contributor to both AppStorm and Tuts+ over the last two years, I’m genuinely sad to see such a popular network close. AppStorm had some truly talented writers as well as great editors that made contributing to AppStorm such a great experience. I felt truly honoured to have been a part of AppStorm, even if it was towards the end.