Kima Ventures' Jeremie Berrebi says no journalists wrote the true Sparrow story bit.ly/SOLira— Roxanne Varza (@roxannevarza) July 22, 2012
Official Statement from Kima Ventures: "Impossible to build a great and big company when you are looking to sell too fast" #Sparrow— Jeremie Berrebi (@jberrebi) July 22, 2012
It now seems the criticism of and accusations directed at the Sparrow team and their decision to sell seems to be more justified than ever.
All they apparently wanted was to cash-in quick to move on to something else. Earning some extra cash and receiving free PR from excited users, which are left out in the cold.
Which raises the question, should we still congratulate them for their success? As in, should we encourage this type of “entrepreneurship”?
At first I was annoyed mostly to not see Sparrow on the iPad, then I came to terms with the fact it’s their company, but after reading the above tweets, I feel users of Sparrow have the full right to complain and be upset with the Sparrow team and how they handled this.
When the next “Sparrow” of email clients comes along from an indie developer, you can be assured there will be a lot of hesitation from users. Which in turn will make developers hesitate to head down this path.
When asking how to deal with rejection letters, it seems to vary a lot how people deal with them. Some say you should be courteous to show you have no hard feelings for the rejection. Others will tell you to move on.
The golden rule which seems to be repeated a lot is, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.
Most of the time I decide to move on, especially if I get their default rejection letter they send out to everyone. Sometimes I thank them if the letter is personal.
However, on rare occasions I dare to challenge the rejection. Not in the sense of making them unreject me, but more in the direction of trying tell them, in a nice way, the way they worded the reason for the rejection was rather clumsy.
What I see as clumsy is if their reasoning to reject me is clearly based on presumptions, when it should be based on knowledge and experience.
Because when giving a reason to why someone was rejected, they should go, “ah yes, I see what you mean.” Not, “and you know this how?”
Which in itself makes you understand that the rejection wasn’t that bad after all.