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19 Comments on “What Business Model is Next”

  1. Ad Supported. We’re building a video platform and are interested in comparing and contrasting Ad Supported models vs. Freemium. Your Freemium teardown is great would be nice to have an apple to compare to the orange.

  2. We are a professional services firm that fits your “Brains” model. We are increasingly losing new opportunities to competing boutiques that are willing to give away, freely, the innovation and strategy up front. Banking on the follow-through of more routine services. This has been going on for years and I always discounted the idea. Now, I’m thinking the idea through a bit more seriously. Success, I believe, depends on careful structuring of the contract.

  3. “Freemium” as a business model
    Offering basic or introductory services for free forever (i.e. not a trial), while charging a premium for additional features and functions.

    1. Moderator, I’m sorry– Not only did I post the above comment in the wrong thread, you already have Freemium in your library (duh, right? 😉
      Please, delete this and the comment above when you get a chance. Thanks! Erin D.

  4. Hybrid Model. Which is exactly a combination of the business models you have identified. Surely each model addresses some challenges that the other models can effectively cover. For example, a 2-sided Marketplace may have a hybrid of freemium and subscription services on the other side while the other side employs usage.

  5. Can you start a 2 sided market place like Etsy one side at at time? I know I can get the sellers, just not sure how to bring the traffic to it.

  6. Reverse Capped SLA – you pay for the service level below certain level, not for the hardware (e.g. you get a residential wind turbine and you pay for the electricity generated below a certain level = below 100kWh for instance, above this level it gets diverted into the grid and they get paid for whatever is sold to the utility.)
    Benefits to the customer: you get very cheap electricity for the first 100kWh and then when you reach the threshold you start paying to the utility at a standard rate
    Benefits to the operating company (not utility): they get paid both from customer and from the grid
    Benefits to the utility: they can balance and cut peak hours and therefore production costs with cheap inbound electricity coming from renewables (which are operated by private companies).

  7. How would you tackle business models in the payments industry? (e.g. think Visa or even non-Visa/alternative payment processors)

  8. These summaries are really great! I’m curious if you could do one for licensing (either or both software and technology/IP)

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