No one expected Evernote to explode the way it did, integrating with apps across the board and becoming the go-to productivity app for millions. Springpad tried to do what Evernote did, but sadly never managed to make its userbase reach anywhere near Evernote's millions.
Springpad was much better at creating template-based notebooks, proving especially popular with people who kept recipes or various lists, than Evernote was. But a better interface and more interesting designs did not help the app gain more traction.
The company behind Springpad managed to raise more than US$7 million in investment but it wasn't enough to keep the app alive. It didn't help that the app had no real revenue model unlike Evernote's Premium account options.
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