ClusterShot Achieves Profitability

By Deane Barker on October 10, 2009

How a Startup’s Pet Project Became Profitable : We mentioned when ClusterShot first launched about a year ago.  Apparently our friends at silverorange have turned it into a profitable business.

When Canada’s Silverorange started developing ClusterShot, a web site through which people can upload and sell their photos online, in May of 2008, it was nothing more than a side project members of the 14-person web development firm worked on in the evenings and on weekends. Today the service consumes up to 25 percent of Silverorange’s development time and is profitable.

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  1. Profitable is a funny word. Yes, ClusterShot is making us just a little bit more than it’s costing us to operate. By no means would we be able to stop doing our day jobs and jump over to it. It’s doing well to cover its costs and is growing slowly and steadily.

    I hasn’t been too hard to make clustershot “profitable”. We invest our time in it – so we don’t get paid, we chose smart and cost effective technical options (EC2, Cloudfront, S3, etc), and have built simple tools that people don’t mind paying a little bit of money to use.

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