Why Groupon is worth 100x more than MySpace

MySpace, one of the original big social media players, is on the sales block for $50-$200 million. Groupon, founded years later, is now preparing a $15-BILLION IPO. What did Groupon do so differently to create 100x more value using social media?

Another place in business where greed is NOT good

While being greedy can focusing you on creating value in all that you do, being “too greedy” and over-focusing on your OWN value can hurt you in business partnerships. Winning partnerships are anti-greedy.

SaaS’ next pricing challenge, balancing easy budgeting with flexibility: Four models

Businesses and consumers love the flexibility of SaaS. However, this flexibility brings a “dark” side: less predictability – and ultimately – less control. Four SaaS pricing models address this challenge, in different ways – and for very different markets.

Nine software pricing models evaluated

Pricing software has always been an interesting exercise. The marginal cost to copy and provide software is virtually zero. However, the cost to develop it—and the value of the intellectual property that goes into its creation—is far greater. These two tensions have created a range of models that vendors use to price software. This post evaluates several of these, highlighting ideal (and non-ideal) markets for each.

Skype’s ‘fraud’ problem

Skype is a great service. Last month, a consortium of investors bought Skype from eBay so they could run it as an independent business. However, before they can successfully re-commercialize Skype into the industry leader its technology allows, the new owners will first have to overcome a major perception of fraud with the banking industry…