I’m Back…Hopefully??

So, I’ve been a bit MIA as of late.  Pretty bad actually.  There’s been a ton going on, and I can get to all of that later, but I’m back, and hopefully I will have plenty to share in the coming weeks.  I am at the Structure08 conference right now and heard a great one-liner from the co-founder of Salesforce.com:

 “free pricing model”

Correct me if I am wrong, but how do you put the word “free” in with “pricing model?”  Presumably you need to have an actual price to have a pricing model.  At some point, people are going to come to the realization that you cannot give stuff away for free and expect to be in business.  You cannot expect that the services on which you base your business will be free simply because you think that is the “open” thing to do.  People got bills to pay.  Free leads to disaster.  Just ask the mortgage guys about all that “free” money they’ve been handing out, and what the end result has been.