Hi, Andy here. I want to bring your attention to the depressing fact that there are really only two ways to sell software. Well, three, but hardly anybody uses the third. I am, of course, talking of subscription services (SaaS) and advertisement/data driven.

Software as a Business Model

Before people could write software for a living, you had to sell things. Tangible objects that performed a certain function, whose parts cost money, which further cost more money to assemble into a product.

Two people exchanging a bag of money for a house
Two people exchanging a bag of money for a house
Transactions before software

After computers became widespread people began writing software, and realized that other people would pay real money to buy your software. And best of all, software sales were essentially free — simply copy the file onto a new disc and send it over to them. Nowadays, the cost has become even lower, with free online file hosting and storing and sharing, to the point where the only cost of sending software is the thirty seconds it takes to email the link. …



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Hi! I’m Andy. I try to make things that haven’t been made before. Check out my personal projects at https://andykong.org/

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