The Frustration Loop | ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Herman’s blog This lead me to an idea: The Frustration Loop The premise is simple. When spam is detected, instead of blocking the blog, fake system error or failure in the most frustrating way possible. Waste their time and make them give up. I got the idea from The Password Game which I highly recommend checking out. Since implementing The Frustration Loop the amount of spam has dropped from about 30% of new blogs, to less than 5% (nothing is perfect)....
Cloud services for developers, hosted developer tools, software development tools and services | Leanstack The software development landscape is shifting rapidly, and Leanstack is helping developers make sense of it all. Hundreds of thousands of developers have already discovered new tools to improve their products and workflows through Leanstack.
Today, suddenly two companies in the same space crossed my radar : Bondable | The Cloud Integration Enablement Platform Zapier – Automate the Web Together with the earlier “If This Then That”, seems like more and more people are starting to feel the need to hook up together several disparate web services. IFTTT / Put the internet to work for you.
Stripe: Payments for developers Stripe makes it easy to start accepting credit cards (…) today. **Full-stack payments ** You don’t need a merchant account or gateway. Stripe handles everything, including storing cards, subscriptions, and direct payouts to your bank account. Stripe.js lets you build your own payment forms while still avoiding PCI requirements. Available only in the US and Canada, unfortunately 🙁
Customer Self Service Achieving significant revenue at a low price point naturally entails driving complexity and cost out of the purchase to clear the floodgates for high volume. **Transactional Sales ** As price increases, customers become less willing to part with their cash without at least knowing there are actual trustworthy human beings behind your website URL. **Enterprise Sales ** While most SaaS startups gravitate toward transactional sales or customer self-service, some SaaS startups have products that provide so much value per customer and are so complex to buy that their natural starting point is traditional enterprise sales....
The math of SaaS revenue growth A conversation with the CEO of a SaaS company today reminded me of the importance of the rule of 78s. What is this “rule”, you ask. If you run a recurring revenue business, it is the most important number you have never heard of. Incremental revenue added in January will produce revenue for 12 months; incremental revenue added in February will produce revenue for 11 months; …; incremental revenue added in December will produce revenue for 1 month....
Mandrill – Transactional Email from MailChimp Mandrill is a new way for apps to send transactional email. It runs on the delivery infrastructure that powers MailChimp. Mandrill is MailChimp for apps Mandrill is a transactional email product from the people who brought you MailChimp. Apps can use Mandrill to send automated one-to-one email, like password reminders, shopping-cart receipts, and personalized notifications.
A guide to using WordPress to build SaaS Web Apps like Hello Bar Using the power of WordPress and the community around it, we built Hello Bar in about 1 month, monetized it, scaled it and eventually sold it.
Delivery As A Service – Anil Dash This time it’s not a pattern in end-user applications, but rather in infrastructure services, which I’d call " Delivery as a Service “. In this model, new offerings provide a set of message delivery services for developers that share a few common traits: Digital services that pre-date the web , or were designed without the web in mind, can now be exposed as simple web services Legacy platforms that require extremely expensive startup costs convert into a cost-per-message (or cost per thousand messages) model Message systems with effective anti-spam components usually exert a high cost on spammers that can also be a prohibitively high bar for small developers unless they’re able to pool their efforts Service providers can aggregate requests from many small, separate applications to make costly services approachable for independent developers You can figure out what the hell these service providers do , unlike many generic web service providers See also Cloudtop Applications – Anil Dash
I am done with the Freemium Business Model « Tyler Nichols Weblog I have come to the realization that most people who want something for free will never, ever think of paying you, no matter how valuable they find your service. (…) Free customers are higher maintenance than paying customers. Great discussions and points of view in the comments.