Sampa to shut down service

TechFlash’s John Cook reported last week that 4-year-old Redmond startup Sampa led by former Microsofties Paul Gross and Marcelo Calbucci will be shutting down the service next month.

Sampa is a free web-hosting service that enables individuals to create simple, effective websites with minimal difficulty and effort.

Here’s the message Sampa posted on their site last week:

Sampa is closing its service on August 17, 2009. Like many startups, we tried to change the world but didn’t succeed. We tried to make it easy for people to share personal stories and pictures with friends and family, and although the product worked and we amassed tens of thousands of happy customers we weren’t able to pay the bills to keep the service running.

We feel bad for all the people we disappointed, from our avid customers to our investors, including our families that have actively used the service themselves and supported us during this journey.

Sampa raised $1 Million from Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress and others.

Calbucci is also responsible for the tech news aggregation site Seattle 2.0 – the site that inspired our PEER 1 Startup Indexes. Cook also reported that unfortunately Calbucci will not be working full time on Seattle 2.0.