Ben Thompson on open ≠ free

Ben Thompson was one of the first indie authors to be successful with a paid newsletter when he started Stratechery in 2013. He recently started a podcast called Dithering and wrote this great post where he contrasts the open / paid-for model that’s worked so well for him with the closed / free model of social media. The openness of email, blogging and podcasting has made it possible for indie authors to succeed as long as they can convince subscribers to “pay for the regular delivery of well-defined value”.


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