Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login
Dear 37signals - we apologize (ecquire.com)
45 points by jmarbach on Dec 27, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments



I LOL'd, and unlike other commenters actually loved the article. A smart and fun to read way to promote your own product -- using an overhyped competitor is just a bonus. 37signals' fanboys should tone town a bit. [Bracing for the downvotes.]


"Free forever" does not inspire confidence you will be around tomorrow.


Absolutely agree. Google docs is free but connecting to the other services is our premium upsell. Google docs was an afterthought - we connect to paid services and charge for that value.


This is a case of copy getting too campy. It's ok to mix in some humor here or there, especially if it fits your target market. But given that this is a product focused on a professional market (CRM), this is an example of taking it outside the realm of something that speaks to your customers.


"avoid mom-and-pop projects that don't take your money" - http://blog.pinboard.in/2011/12/don_t_be_a_free_user/


love it. i commented above about how we make our gold coins. just not off google docs users.


Who uses email as the primary key for a CRM? What if a customer changes their email address?


stunt title


What's a "stunt title"? You mean they reference Highrise/37signals too much to get attention?

I found their profile page more interesting: http://grabass.ecquire.com/NerdAlert They sound crazy, fun, and crazy smart.

Although, I think the market for wasting time online is bigger than the market for people who want to be productive. Look at all the people who pay money to Tencent and Zynga, compared to 37signals. People want to consume media, not produce :( They should compete against those companies.


> I found their profile page more interesting: http://grabass.ecquire.com/NerdAlert They sound crazy, fun, and crazy smart.

I can attest that all of these facts are true. Tal and Paul are great guys - I've had the pleasure of getting to know them over the past 4 months as my cohort mates in GrowLab.


A lot of people will pay for fun, but other people will pay more for productivity crap that works for them, that gets them more wealth (time, money) to have fun.


He probably just meant "flamebait."


This is the douchiest post I've read in a while. I hope they enjoy their 15 milliseconds of fame they get from it before going back to their inevitable obscurity.




Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact

Search: