Episode 525: Another Litmus Test

Daniel and Manton talk about Manton’s decision to cancel his Blinksale account, after 16 years of service. They weigh the relative value of the thousands of dollars paid as a fraction of the overall business conducted. They talk about Stripe’s increasing dominance in the world of financial services, and how they even offer a comparable invoicing product as a built-in feature.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

Links:

  • Blinksale – Invoicing SaaS that Manton used for 16 years.
  • Micro.blog – Manton’s microblogging service.
  • Write.as – A service that offered a 5-year subscription plan.
  • Stripe Invoicing – Comparable service to Blinksale from the popular payment processor.
  • Braintree – A payment processing service owned by PayPal.
  • Shopify – Payment processing that focuses on full-service hosted intefaces.
  • wooCommerce – Automattic’s WordPress-based eCommerce service.

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August 12, 2022 at 7:53 pm.

Episode 524: It Did Start To Bug Me

Manton tells Daniel more about his experience with Blinksale, how they raised his monthly fee to account for features that he didn’t receive. They talk about our collective tendency as customers to lose track of the amount we are paying for subscription services that raise their prices regularly over time. Daniel explains that he shipped MarsEdit 4.6 but that it doesn’t include all the updates he hoped for, and they elaborate on the challenge of continuing to ship updates while perpetually having to put off certain changes.

Many thanks to our sponsor this week:

Links:

  • Blinksale – A super simple invoicing company that was even simpler for Manton than it was for new users.
  • Netflix – Video streaming service that Daniel and Manton both like enough to not really know how much they pay.
  • Our First Price Change – Slack announces oddly precise pricing increases, and a change of its terms for free accounts.
  • MarsEdit 4.6 – Daniel’s blog post about the latest release of his Mac blogging app.
  • Out-Heart the Competition – Video of Daniel’s 2015 talk about embracing competitors.
  • React Native – Popular framework from Facebook that Manton is adopting for Micro.blog.

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August 3, 2022 at 3:32 pm.