Show me the money! (lol)
Yesterday I blogged about disgruntled employees, made some Jerry Maguire references (I am NOT stopping until someone tells me to), and mentioned the possibility that Glassboard is moving towards a freemium model.
This last fact got quite a bit of attention yesterday, because folks found it refreshingly honest to have us admit that we’re still exploring how we’re going to
take over the world make money. The truth is, we’ve built Glassboard from the beginning as a freemium service, modeled after other well known freemium services like Dropbox or Evernote. And in the spirit of a freemium model, we believe that you need to be able to use the service for free to get an appreciation for what the service does for you. Where we’re undecided is where to draw the line between freemium and paid.
Its a tough line to draw. We want to encourage everyone in the world to use our service, but as soon as we draw that line, we are, by design, alienating users. So how do you draw the line for only those users who are willing to pay and not push away others?
Sure, we could take the stance that anyone who uses the service should pay. But the value of our business is defined in part by Metcalfe’s law – which simply stated means: more people on the network benefits everyone.
We could take the stance that no one should pay and serve ads in the app. But as we’ve stated before, we’re not fans of that model.
So we’ve got some other ideas, but nothing formalized yet. But given the reaction to yesterday’s post, we be sure to keep you posted. If you have ideas, let us know in the comments!
Now if there was only a button in the app that said, “I’m willing to pay for this service”… wait, that gives me an idea….
Posted by Jenny Blumberg
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