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It does feel like a startup strategy is that if you can just manage to get a large amount of free users - then you'll be able to figure out how to monetize it later.

We all know that it works in exceptional cases. But many times when I see it, it reminds me of an old Saturday night live skit about "the change store" that provides change for any amount of money without taking a fee. When somebody inquires how they make they're money the owner replies "volume!"

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