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Re: [Hacker-News-DC] [STARTUP] Looking for beta testers and honest feedback

From: Vlad S.
Sent on: Thursday, December 1, 2011 10:27 PM
Look at It is free for two people, $10/m for up to 10 people, and at $50 a month, its unlimited number of users. They also do SVN and GIT hosting and have features that allow you to associate bugs with commits. Also, FogBugz has a free version for startups strapped for cash at 

Your application looks cool and simple. I don't know if i would be able to use it because of the number of other apps that exist which are free and offer more advanced features such as SVN/GIT hosting.

Good Luck,

Vlad Shlosberg
Cell: 443 - 421 - 4456

On Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM, John Mirick <[address removed]> wrote:

Fellow Hackers!

Looking for beta testers, honest feedback, and if you dig our app maybe a testimonial to replace the lorem ipsum on our homepage :)


URL (use the promo code 'kjarbeta' for a free account)


Gist of the Idea: Simple, Affordable, Bare-bones Bug Tracking


Slightly Longer Elevator Pitch:

TheKillingJar was created because we had suffered through our share of questionable issue tracking systems and knew there could be a better solution.

Typical issue trackers we had dealt with could be grouped into a few buckets.

  • Home grown issue trackers. These solutions ranged from rickety Access databases and spreadsheets stored on a shared drive, to handwritten notes.
  • Free issue trackers. Examples in this group would be Mantis, Bugzilla, etc.

    One drawback of these systems is that we had to download, setup and install them. This was a waste of time. Time which should be spent building something rather than setting up and managing an issue tracker.

    However, their main shortcoming was that they are miserable solutions if you have non-technical users. These systems tend to be bloated with features you never use and filled with jargon that makes no sense to anyone without a computer science degree. These kind of people are not our clients.
  • Pay issue trackers. JIRA, Fogbugz, etc would fall into this group.

    Honestly, there are some good applications out there in this group, if you are willing to pay for them. Unfortunately, we ended up at companies too cashed strapped (or cheap) to foot the bill.

We built TheKillingJar to solve the problems listed above. TheKillingJar is affordable enough that any company could justify its cost, simple enough that even the most non-tech-savvy user would feel comfortable using it, and powerful enough to meet a typical projects bug tracking needs.


About the Project:


Coded after our day jobs, thus taking waaaaay longer than it should have.

We hope to be out of beta and launched by x-mas.


About Us:

Two guys (John Mirick and Rajko Ilincic) who like building stuff.  We work in Georgetown and live in the DC burbs.  We just joined the Hacker News Readers of DC group, looking forward to getting your feedback and meeting some of you at the next event.



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