“4 Reasons Why the Subscription Economy Kicks Ass”

I saw this short article on AlleyWatch today, “4 Reasons Why the Subscription Economy Kicks Ass”, that back-linked to an article from September entitled “Zuora’s whopping round shows the subscription economy is here to stay”.

  1. Predictable cashflow.
  2. Easier for the consumer to buy.
  3. Can be very profitable.
  4. Can save and change certain industries.

One of my favorite parts of working on Office 365 in my last few years at Microsoft was helping to make Office “subscription-able”; not an easy task when you’re talking about products like Outlook that have 100 million+ lines of code and are 12 years old. Now, working at Contactive, it’s exciting to think about how we take our products and platform and make them SaaS-backed from the start, ensuring that our customers will have an easy way to understand how and what to buy from us. 

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AMERICANS PAY MORE FOR SLOWER SPEEDS THAN ANYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD

“THE INTERNET IS FUCKED” via The Verge

Don’t read this article if you’re in a calm, relaxed state, and want to remain that way for the next two hours.

I sometimes trick myself into thinking the problem isn’t as bas as it seems. For example, Amy and I were somewhat spoiled in Seattle as we were able to use the *amazing* www.condointernet.net service for our house (100mbps up/down for $60/month).

The joy we felt using that service was easily overshadowed by the sheer terror I felt every time I turned our Comcast box to watch TV, a box which looked like my PowerMac 6100 from 1995 and had an interface like an Atari. It didn’t even play Space Invaders. 

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Good summary of 2013 phone shipments from Statista.

Infographic: Apple Is Lagging Behind in Terms of Smartphone Growth