Charging for productsThere is this weird disdain in the technology community against makers that charge for their products. It was hard for me to empathize with…
There is this weird disdain in the technology community against makers that charge for their products. It was hard for me to empathize with this being a problem growing up as a consumer until I was selling software to cover my expenses.w
And it bugs me now in retrospect when people complain about a maker monetizing or charging for their goods/services. I feel the same annoyance when people get mad at influencers (ex: neistat) for monetizing their creations/Youtube videos.
These people are making/creating for a living. They are not doing it for charity.
I am not building a software product as a charitable service to the world (though I can do that in other ways). I am doing it to solve problem and many times to make money from it so I can afford to eat and do what I want.
So, yes, I am going to charge for my software and if it is not good enough for you then you should not spend money on it.
But do not expect everything in this world to be free? Why should we?
This is certainly turning into a bit of a rant but I just want to emphasize that the empathy gap between the creator and consumer is growing larger and larger, even though technology (and inherent transparency) is bringing the two closer and closer.
Originally published at gonen.blog.
Exported from Medium on February 17, 2018.