Some time ago I read some news that made me think a lot about business models. Modern services are most of the time a non-sense business model; the vast majority is either free, or ads supported, or subscription-based. All of these models are not OK for most of the cases.

A note before starting: this is a very opinionated post that I wrote some time ago for my personal blog. I’m publishing this again because things have not improved at all; to the contrary, they are getting worse and worse.

Of course, our society requires us to break some of the rules. For instance in Europe is almost impossible to live without WhatsApp, which is a nonsense-free app with a stellar implementation and an outstanding service. As a developer, I cannot help but admire its quality, but as a user, I must be scared because their business model is shady, at best.

Recently, I started Saasform, an open-source authentication framework that is specifically aimed at Saas, that deeply integrates the subscription-based approach. I hope that by reducing the technical difficulties and the friction necessary to set up a Saas, the number of good business models will increase.

Fullstack dev with 15 years of experience. Now working on an open source authentication framework. Prior I earned a Ph.D in computer security