In spring 2017, an idea grew in the back of my head. Why should any website owner manually check his/her pages for availability and errors? After talking to many people about this idea and only receiving positive feedback, I decided to give it a go.
In January 2018 I started the "Smest.it UG (haftungsbeschränkt)" with the target to support any website owner in making sure that all his/her pages stay available. The feedback was very positive. At its peak, Smest.it became finalist as Tech Start-up 2018 in the Innovation World Cup Series.
But all this was still not enough to get the business properly up and running. Even with the support of many specialists, I was not able to find the correct marketing channels. On top, providing more and more features to verify websites, didn't convince people to become paying customers. So the profit stayed behind expectations.
As I have had set clear targets which didn't get met, therefore I have to go the next steps and close the chapter of Smest.it. These steps I take not lightly, but everything else doesn't make any sense.
I want to thank every supporter again for the great brainstorming sessions, your advice and your help. I have learned a lot. After "Smest.it UG (haftungsbeschränkt)" is completely closed, I'll give me some time to recharge the batteries. You can be sure I'll keep looking for good business ideas. I will never give up finding the one good idea.
Smest.it's service was available 24/7 except 1 outage of 38 minutes.
There are more than 2 1/2 years of coding involved.
Finalist as Tech Start-up 2018 in the Innovation World Cup Series
I met a lot of bright people and learned a lot. Thank you!
Smest.it UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Registry court: Lübeck HRB 17550 HL
Managing Director: Sebastian Thoß
The following privacy statement contains information on the type of data we (Smest.it UG (haftungsbeschränkt), Ostpreußenweg 14 , 22926 Ahrensburg, Germany) collect and also for what purposes and to what extent said data is made available to third parties.
In the server statistics data that are transmitted to us are stored automatically. for the efficient browsing of the site (so-called „logfiles“).
The following data is stored:
- Browser type/version/language
- Operating system used
- Referrer URL (the previously visited website)
- Host name of accessing computer (IP address)
- Date and time of the server request
- Time zone difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
- Contents oft he request (concrete page)
- Data volume transferred
- Access status/ HTTP status code
Normally, said data cannot be attributed to a certain person. The data is not merged with other data sources. Furthermore, the data is deleted within two weeks after a statistical evaluation.
We use this data only for statistical analysis to ensure operation, security and optimizing our proposals.
Your personally identifiable data provided by you such as name, address or email address is only used internally to answer your requests, process your orders and provide access to certain information.
When you contacting us via email or contact form your data provided will be stored in order to answer your questions.
By submitting the form sheet, you accept that we may use your personal data in order to answer your query and to get in contact. We will not pass on the data to third parties, unless this is justified by applicable data protection regulations, or if we are obliged by law. You are free to revoke your permission anytime with regard to the future. In this case, your personal data will be deleted immediately.
Other than that, your data will be deleted as soon as we have finished processing your query or if the reason for storage ceases to exist. You are free to query which of your personal data we store at any time.
Your data will only be passed on to third parties if this is necessary for the fulfilment of contract or if we are obliged to do so by legal provisions.
We sometimes make use of external service providers to process your data. Insofal as these service providers are located in the USA, we will inform you of this in connection with the respective function.
If your data is to be used for other purposes, we will inform you beforehand and use the data only if you have explicitly declared your consent to this.
We are happy to provide you with personal data stored on our website, as well as its origin, recipients or categories of recipients to whom this data is passed on and the purpose of the storage. You may exercise this right at any time, and, if you so wish, a right to the correction, blocking and deletion of your data. Please send a request by e-mail to this end, and use the subject heading “Privacy” in the subject line.