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Jun 29, 2021
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Inflation's back.

After decades of relatively low inflation rates—averaging 1.2% a year in the US since 2000—suddenly prices are rising again, especially in the US where consumer goods, on average, cost 5% more this year and inflation is predicted to hit 3.4%. That's been illustrated most…

Apr 15, 2021
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I’ll get right to the news: Capiche has been acquired by Vendr!

20 months ago, we set out to make software a bit more transparent, to make it easier to find out what software costs and if software really works the way it says it would. We knew if everyone shared what they knew about software, we…

Dec 7, 2020
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Listen to an audio take on this story on Capiche's SaaS Radio Hour.

“Software is dead,” declared Salesforce’s original marketing at the turn of the century. It was “the end of software,” software as we knew it anyhow, as the hopes and dreams of a generation went up in dot com bubble smoke. Maybe…

Nov 25, 2020
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“It’s a feature, not a product,” said Steve Jobs of Dropbox, after approaching founder Drew Houston about acquiring the file sync software.

Everything could be a feature, to Jobs. Cameras, alarm clocks, calculators—all features in the iPhone. Even Apple’s other products weren’t immune. The iPod was…

Nov 6, 2020
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The craziest app came out a month after the App Store opened to the public, charging $999 for a digital red gem and the text “I am rich.” It sold six copies and shut down the next day.

The next craziest app came out April 1, 2014. You’d tap a button to send your friend a one-word message: “Yo.”…

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…

Oct 22, 2020
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It all started when Charlie Brown let out a *sigh* at the state of things.

Good grief, he'd say when the going got tough. But words alone couldn't express the full human experience. So Charles Schulz reached for the asterisk…

Oct 13, 2020
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“You should...commence the conversation by saying 'Hulloa!'” suggested the first phone book, New Haven, Connecticut’s The Telephone Directory. “When you are done talking, say 'That is all!', and the person spoken to should say 'O.K.'”

And so language changed, at least to start conversations.

As…

Oct 6, 2020
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It all started with a stack of books.

You don't just buy a desk on a whim, especially when you're not sure you can type reliably while standing. So, after one too many hours hunched over a desk, I enlisted my textbooks to help pay off the education they gave me. One stack to put the laptop at eye…