Prepare Your Pocketbooks

“Launching a paytoplay service in the midst of free alternatives makes little sense…But there’s a lot more to the conversation.” – Aaron Mentele

Heh. That’s why the next web app I launch, I’m charging. A pile. Get ready cause, I’m looking at your pocketbook.

Seriously, if you want to get in on the action early, show me the money. At least 3 digits. I’m not so much looking for angels as lifetime account holders.

4 comments for “Prepare Your Pocketbooks

  1. August 15, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    I hope it’s an app with an onboard social network. Those are always my favorite.

  2. August 15, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    While charging may make sense for some web services, if the value of the service correlates with the number of users, or if there is a possibility of market domination, providing a free product may be a solid option. Actually, FeedBurner’s model worked well: provide a free and nearly free product, corner the market on the service, then build an ad model for the real revenue on top of it.

    PS: This is either a really small text box or I write too much.

  3. August 15, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I’m not crazy ’bout YAAN* – say it out loud – they seem like cop-outs. If AdSense has taught us anything – inventory is a magnitude greater than ads sold. That’s great for buyers and crap for both sellers & audience.


    @ed kohler – As I wrote previously, I’m not convinced Google bought Feedburner for their revenue model.

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