| ||Ask HN: Does Shareware still work in 2018?|
153 points by dgarud on Nov 16, 2018 | hide | past | web | favorite | 125 comments |
|I put a lot of thought into a software which solves a real problem and could be licenced on a per machine basis. (Small company pays less than a bigger one - i.e. pay per use).|
To go for a startup selling licenced copies, I would need an investor but I don't really know how much the product will sell. The investors like to see hockey stick graphs which I can't claim.
I know there are companies that created open source projects on github and then have businesses doing custom work around it, but I don't know if this will work for me.
I feel the product itself provides value and I would like to make some revenue off it.
Now I am thinking this is a good fit for shareware - i.e distribute freely - let anyone who feels it is worth pay for it.
I can distribute with source so if someone wants to modify sections they can do so.
Please let me know your thoughts.
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