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> Selling developer tools these days is just a losing game.

I agree this is true for _trivial_ dev tools, but for dev tools that are more complex or provide an entire ecosystem I think this is not strictly true. Where I work (Sourcegraph) we are able to sell a good cohesive bundle of dev tools (code search, jump-to-definition/find-references, etc.) and through that have been able to easily fund REALLY cool tooling like https://comby.dev

I imagine the same is true for e.g. GitLab






Could be true, but personally I steer clear of these so-called "ecosystems" because of the lock-in effect, and especially if they are monetized using a SaaS scheme. For me, such tools are (in a way) broken by design, and therefore I wouldn't want to sell such tools myself.



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