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Publisher / Editor @ CloudAve and Enterprise Irregulars. Industry Observer, Blogger, Startup Advisor, Program Chair @ SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs). In his "prior life" spent 15 years immersed in the business of Enterprise Software, at management positions with SAP, IBM, Deloitte, KPMG and the like.

5 responses to “Free is Dead, Long Live Freemium”

  1. fredwilson

    i don’t think freemium is dead either

  2. Svetlana Gladkova

    The fact that some people don’t think we should expect ad-supported economy to collapse completely does not mean that we don’t agree that freemium is a better business model than ad-supported. But the posts you linked to for those opinions are actually about media more than startups providing service. Of course when it comes to choosing a business model for a startup, it will be much more advisable to focus on something that provides value that you can charge for.

  3. sam

    Thanks for the link….this is a great roundup of posts and I’m working on a couple responses

    http://leveragingideas.com

  4. Jott Wants Your Lunch Money and it’s OK | CloudAve

    [..] The genius in theFreemium modelis that it allows new services to gain traction, essentially using us, free users as the marketing vehicle, then is we get hooked, we’re likely upgrade to enhanced services for a fee.  This is neither “free” nor “bait-and-switch” – a completely acceptable, normal business model.  In fact I think – especially in bad times like now – a switch by a popular service after their beta period to a [..]

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