Particularly enjoyed An Unconventional Way to Validate Your Product Idea.
Although most businesses are about profit, there are nonprofits that can make money using same techniques with a focus on social good. I like people saying their business is about social good to prove it with their actions. Ghost seems like a good example. Choice quotes:
“Ghost was set up from day 1 as a non-profit foundation, and released all of its code under the open source MIT license.”
“Anyone can say they want to "change the world” and that “it’s not about the money” — but talk is cheap — so we made our mission legally binding."
(my emphasis added)
Few companies talking about changing the world for better are willing to do that last part because their owners are frankly full of crap. Great to see more people with those stated principles forming nonprofits, public benefit companies, and so on. Also, in Ghost’s case, running like a good business to ensure the developers are taken care of and product is sustainable, too.
Edit to add: A Ghost founder is available on Hacker News if anyone wants to talk to them.
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I use cloudinary just because it makes responsive images so much easier… but I can’t say the ability to scale to millions of images daily would be important to me. Mainly what’s important is that it’s able to do what I want without me ever having to set up imagemagick.
One was a number of years back, there wasn’t yet a beaten path for uploading files from Heroku to S3. The other was in place before I joined, I think they did it rather than fight with ImageMagick.
Thanks for pointing me to rokka! I’m looking to provide an API for resizing and optimization, so they’re of interest to try out and benchmark against.
My scale is much smaller but I am in the process of switching photo hosts for my personal blog, from Flickr to rokka.io (which is paid) in part because of the better control over resizing and other processing. They combine hosting and (cached) image transformation in a way that works for me.
Thanks @pushcx! Quick question, how did those commercial projects justify using a third-party API vs running their own microservice?
I’ve seen a few of these used by commercial projects, often combined with uploading to S3 buckets or hosting. It’s a viable business if you can reach your customers affordably.
I can’t imagine this being of interest to anyone in the states. Probably a good buy for a foreign group that has domain experience.
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