GitHub has announced a new pricing structure today. Instead of charging by the number of private repositories, they'll start charging by the number of users. They're making it sound like a huge win for their customers, but at Cleanshelf we've immediately recognized it for what it really is - a price hike.
Did you know that the majority of businesses are overspending when it comes to online services. The main reason for this is that they don’t actually know how many services they use and how much the services cost them. To help you out we have developed Cleanshelf - the first step towards reducing overspend currently associated with online services in most companies.
At first glance, backing up GitHub repositories sounds like a trivial operation. Git is a distributed version control system, so each of the team members already has the full copy of the repository on his or her local machine. All one needs to do is to backup files somewhere safe, the same as is the case for other stuff on user’s hard drive. While backing up is relatively easy, the real nuisance is restoring files. You must create a new repository on GitHub, restore files locally, and then push everything to GitHub. And you lose all the threads discussing issues, pull requests are gone, and information about collaborators on the project is lost. All these issues (and more) are handled automatically by BackHub for just about three dollars per private repository backup per year, which is ten times less than what it costs to host a private repository on GitHub.
Jane is the office manager at a growing startup. Sally is an external bookkeeper making sure expenses at the startup are in check. Each month they get together over coffee and they comb through credit card statements trying to identify what each of the line items on the statement mean and who made the expense. Most of the line items are travel expenses, but these are easy. The startup is using Expensify and Sally can resolve all credit card items involving travel expenses with just a few clicks. What's left are mostly charges of online services in use at the startup. This is where Jane steps in.
The alarm bells have rung loudly in startup-land: public stock turmoil and other factors have caused investors to pull back. The investors are cautioning their companies to cut burn and conserve cash so that they can weather the storm. The mandate is straightforward: minimize cash burn to give your company as much time as possible to capitalize the business from a position of strength. OK, but where to start? We present several strategies for the major expense categories of a high-growth technology company:
In most start-ups hiring involves collective decision-making. But except for hiring managers, the hiring process is for most people get-in-get-out activity that interrupts their regular programming, customer support, or product management work. Workable does great job at providing all the relevant information about the candidate so that the interviewer doesn't need to bother anybody as he or she prepares for phone screen or on-site interview.
Starting today, Cleanshelf customers will be getting a monthly summary report about usage and costs of online services they use. Instead of receiving 30 emails with the invoice and usage report from every service provider individually, they will get a single email that includes just the important information about increase in cost, drop in usage, top services by spend, and employees most active at using services.
In September of this year, we launched Cleanshelf to help high-growth businesses better manage and optimize their software spend. We’re excited to tell you about it; but first, a bit of context.