Since the project began, it has grown enormously in capability, size and popularity.
It has now been downloaded more than 50000 times.
The core development team has devoted very substantial amounts of time, effort and other resources.
Obviously we need to make a living, too.
As a result some ideas and discussions have popped up about how to earn some money, to support development (= support the developers )
Let me very clear about one thing:
This is not about "closing off" or "completely commerzializing" Collabtive. More on this later.
I would like to discuss with you what the best road for Collabtive should be going forward.
So let me introduce the ideas discussed internally so far.
- Raise more donations
- Improve and extend services
- Find a sponsor
- Provide Collabtive as a service / Hosted Collabtive
- Build and release a paid version of Collabtive
Raise more donations
The donations button has been on the Collabtive website pretty much since the beginning.
However, not much has ever been donated.
Maybe it would help to increase awareness of the donations option, by hinting at it more.
Maybe even integrate it into Collabtive
However, i don't think donations will ever be a reliable source of income.
Improve and extend services
For some time now, we have been offering paid services around Collabtive.
The idea is to additional services, and improve the services section of the webpage.
Have a look here: http://collabtive.o-dyn.de/service.php
Which services do you think would be useful ? For which ones would you possibly pay ?
Also - What can be improved on the services page(s) itself ?
Find a sponsor
This would be another good option to generate some income:
Find a sponsor who is willing to pay some amount on a regular basis.
However, i have no idea how to go about this.
Provide Collabtive as a service / Hosted Collabtive
Idea is to have
a) a hosting plan for Collabtive
b) a completely self-served Software as a Service offering with Collabtive.
Build and release a paid version of Collabtive
This is maybe the most critical idea.
Idea is to build and release a paid version of Collabtive, that can be downloaded for a charge.
This version would include some additional functionality to the "free" version, to make it worthwhile.
It could also be bundled with services like installation and support.
This doesn't mean Collabtive will die as an Open Source project !
Let me be crystal clear about this:
Everything that is Open Source / Free now, will be Open Source / Free forever.
There will also always be continuous development of the Open Source / Free version, as well as regular releases.
Those releases will contain bug fixes as well as new functionality. This is our pledge to you.
Any other idea on "making money" is also highly appreciated.
Join the discussion and tell me what you think about this.