Inspired by @sehurlburt I have some brief thoughts on free as a price point:
Price is a signal of quality, and free is actively harmful to marketing to the best customers, because they consume virtually no meaningful services for free and because it suggests that there is a hidden cost like “You disappear down the road” they’ll pay later.
Businesses are not adverse to paying money for things. They’re set up to do this. They often prefer concrete, bounded, forecastable prices to unknown, unbounded risks like e.g. “We will need to hire someone to support that thing.”
Some people really benefit from hearing advice that everyone knows, for the same reason we keep schools open despite every subject in them having been taught before.
In that spirit, here's some quick Things Many People Find Too Obvious To Have Told You Already.
Your idea is not valuable, at all. All value is in the execution. You think you are an exception; you are not. You should not insist on an NDA to talk about it; nobody serious will engage in contract review over an idea, and this will mark you as clueless.
Technologists tend to severely underestimate the difficulty and expense of creating software, especially at companies which do not have fully staffed industry leading engineering teams ("because software is so easy there, amirite guys?")
Charge more. Charge more still. Go on.
My favorite game when reading SEC administrative actions is looking for the exact minute in the procedural history where a responsible, professional adult had the switch flip from Business as Usual to Oh My God You’re A Fraud.https://t.co/2DtGswWvym
That is (generally) the first in a new sequence of events which results in SEC action.
The exact place I think this happened: pic.twitter.com/jnjAPnWSa5
So the cryptocurrency industry has basically two products, one which is relatively benign and doesn't have product market fit, and one which is malignant and does. The industry has a weird superposition of understanding this fact and (strategically?) not understanding it. https://t.co/ikbbb8DKeM
The benign product is sovereign programmable money, which is historically a niche interest of folks with a relatively clustered set of beliefs about the state, the literary merit of Snow Crash, and the utility of gold to the modern economy.
This product has narrow appeal and, accordingly, is worth about as much as everything else on a 486 sitting in someone's basement is worth.
As long as I'm riffing on the difficulty of podcast discovery, I thought I'd post some recommendations, sorted by the very scientific algorithm "My eclectic interests optimized for things you probably wouldn't have been recommended before."
Here we go:
Real estate investing, mostly for smaller landlords as opposed to e.g. commercial REITs. Lots of storytelling and scrappy entrepreneurship.
Tech listeners will enjoy tales of folks cobbling systems together w/o software + get SaaS ideas.
The text is about the game of poker (deeply) but also about how the people who play the game of poker think about things like risk, career development, their various fields, etc etc.
You might think that promising a reasonable date is a reasonable downsell, but it increases risk to the customer relationship without offering anything of material value to them or to you.
It is never remarkable when things ship on promised schedules. It is remarkable when not.
The nature of engineering projects is to run over time. This is *particularly* true at small companies which are bandwidth constrained, but it happens at AppAmaGooBookSoft, the federal government, and every engineering team you've ever loved.
To be in the habit of promising dates is to be in the habit of breaking promises. You should cultivate the habit of not promising dates.