billFLO is dead. Most of you probably never heard of this startup – I admit I did not follow them, just met the Founder at a few conferences, liked him as “nice guy”. Ben covered them here, in fact he even became an Advisor for a while, his last post reporting the sale of the company. And today Dennis Howlett reports thew new owners will shut the service down.
What happens when a Cloud App dies? You take your data and move on. Or. Not. Says billFLO:
Yes, you can download your bills and expense reports in pdf format as usual.
Ouch. Double Ouch. Yes, I understand, using PDF was the cornerstone of the billFLO service, while it lived. But now it’s dead. As someone who lived through days of nightmare discovering a year’s data was gone from my Mint account ( this should be a separate story itself) and having to comb through dozens of PDFs to be able to file my Tax Return, I must say: PDF is not data. It’s dumb print. I’m really sorry for billFLO’s failure as a business, but dumping PDFs on their users is yet another failure. Too bad.