LinkLog: What Kind of Software Would People Actually Pay For?

A great blog post and a discussion thread on reddit. Some snippets (read the blog for a very insightful discussion):

  • Software that re-defines a category (Google and Amazon come to mind)
  • Software that saves businesses (and individuals) money (figuring out the benefits to your customer)
  • Software that helps business earn more money (making it compelling)
  • Piggyback off where people are already spending tons of money (choosing your marketplace)
  • Become easier to choose and you become harder to leave (by building and managing excellence)
  • shrink a market or disrupt your competitors
  • Get bold initial customers who will take the risk and are willing to share their experiences.
  • You don’t have to be the guru of an industry; you can often make a huge difference by bringing a computational perspective to the domain (think how you can apply technology to solve real problems)
  • Find out what they have to do but hate doing and find a way to simplify or automate it.

This is the kind of blog post that I would book mark and read several times, think about it, find more similar ones. It will also be a nice exercise to keep this list some where and grow it based on actual experiences of successful products. Peter Christensen’s articulates so well some of the things I kind of know but never really reflected a lot about.

I think blogs are the best knowledge sharing network you can think of especially If you are lucky to discover ones like Peter’s.

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2 thoughts on “LinkLog: What Kind of Software Would People Actually Pay For?

  1. Thanks for this interesting post. I think this will come in handy in the future.

    You might want to remove the extra “http//” from the link to the original blog post though.

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