Dollar Value of a Datamined "Free" Service User?

Snehan Kekre snehan.kekre612 at
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Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:18:51 -0800
From: Ryan Carboni
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Subject: Re: Dollar Value of a Datamined "Free" Service User?

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The marginal cost of providing an additional account to the average user is
pretty cheap. It is my understanding that the business models of most
"cloud" companies is to provide a little free service to get users
accustomed to their UIs, so that they would purchase a business license or

Dropbox does not make it's money through data mining or advertising.
Correct me if I'm wrong.
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Yes, you are right. Most companies give free services analogous to starters. They reel in the money by limiting some ascpect of the product and ask the end user to buy their premium services.

I'm not sure about Dropbox's business model.
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