Essays

Oct 30, 2020
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Listen to an audio take on this essay on the SaaS Radio Hour’s podcast.

Flat-pack Ikea furniture can hardly rival the permanence of an oversized mahogany desk. But the mind’s a fickle thing, and you might value a desk you spent an afternoon assembling more than it’s worth.

That’s what a Harvard…

Jan 24, 2020
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You found new software, it’s free to try for a couple weeks, and it turns out to be perfect. All you need to do is to close the deal and pay.

Here there be dragons. You're signing up for a subscription, something you'll pay for over time. It's something you want to get right. Yet every part of the…

Jan 17, 2020
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Education is expensive. If there’s one tiny bright side to the costs of tuition and textbooks, though, it’s that tech is far cheaper as a student.

It’s not only the regular back-to-school discounts on laptops or Apple Music and Spotify’s half priced student plans that help. You can also get much of…

Jan 6, 2020
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Last week there was a trend on Twitter where people offer one prediction/hot take for each Like their tweet gets. Since we come across so many interesting nuggets on SaaS pricing, I decided to try it out:

https://twitter.com/awwstn/status/1213215748979445761

The response blew me away -- according…

Oct 30, 2019
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Software’s not all that expensive when you buy one app for one person. It saves time and makes you money, and all’s well.

Then your team grows, and by the time you pay for G Suite, Slack, GitHub, and all your other work tools, software’s not such an innocent expense anymore. Pay $75 per person for…

Sep 23, 2019
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Free is a hard genie to put back in the bottle.

When Microsoft charged $999 for Office in 1990, little did they dream that 16 years later, their greatest competitor would be a free office suite from Google—along with dozens of small, often free apps that individually did many of the same tasks as…