The End of Sampa

Redmond, WA-based Sampa, a startup that helps people build family websites, announced it is shutting down on August 17, 2009. Sampa founder and former Microsoftie Marcelo Calbucci, who also leads the Seattle 2.0 startup site, says that the company ran out of money and its business models didn’t work out. Calbucci also has an extensive blog post detailing the ideas behind Sampa and the history of the business. In an e-mail, he said he won’t pursue Seattle 2.0 full-time, and will be looking to launch another startup.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at Follow @gthuang

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  • Brian

    If you are looking for a private social network to replace Sampa, check out They have many more features, and are a family-friendly, private place on the web!