I'm so sorry to hear about WatirCraft.

I really thought it would take off and hoped it would.  I think it
would have been a great help to companies interested in test
automation and to the Watir community.  It's a shame the the
conditions weren't right.  :(


On Jun 4, 7:25 am, Pete Dignan <p...@watircraft.com> wrote:
> Z* - sure, it's ok to ask.
> When Bret and I started WatirCraft, we believed there were things that
> needed to be
> done for open source Watir (like support for Firefox, and a standard
> framework), to
> make the tool more attractive to a broader group of users than the
> innovators and
> early adopters who were already using it.
> It took a while to do those things, and by the time they were done, we
> didn't have
> enough time/money to build a product, get it to market, and become
> cash flow
> positive. We changed our strategy and began to offer training and
> consulting services;
> but we were not able to find enough companies to buy these services
> (soon enough).
> We had made a decision early on not to raise VC or Angel investment in
> the business,
> which in hindsight might have been a good idea.  So, we ran out of
> money.
> I want to thank you, Z* the Watir Journalist, and Charley, and
> Alister, and all the
> many many members of the Watir community who welcomed me and
> encouraged
> us in trying to make a go of WatirCraft.  What an amazing, remarkable
> group of people!
> By the way - Bret and I are in the process of quickly shutting down
> all the bits and
> pieces that make up a company; so if anyone reading this is thinking
> "Wait! I would
> like to take over WatirCraft!" please contact us right away.
> Soon my WatirCraft email will be disabled, but if anyone wants to
> reach me, you can
> use pdignan at prototest dot com, or petedignan at gmail dot com.
> Thanks again to
> everyone for all your support, good ideas and encouragement.
> Pete
> On Jun 4, 6:37 am, Željko Filipin <zeljko.fili...@wa-research.ch>
> wrote:
> > On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 5:45 AM, Bret Pettichord <b...@pettichord.com> wrote:
> > > Pete Dignan and I have decided to shut down WatirCraft LLC.
> > I am really sorry to hear that. Is it polite to ask why?
> > > I will begin working full time for Convio in July.
> > Good luck on your new job.
> > Željko
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