How Is Vivaldi making a profit for operating
i think vivaldi needs to integrate premium membership you know so they can be able to expand into better areas in tech. im wondering how are making money when everything is free everything has a cost and i think should do a membership thing so can innovate in other areas quicker than keep everything free
@shawnsavoielabrador Every other browser out there is free nowadays. The business model of generating revenue from Advertising and Search Engines has worked well enough for over a decade. Opera 5.0 used to have in-browser advertising that could be removed by paying a premium.
ahh so there not broke there actually have well enough
@shawnsavoielabrador I am sure they would like to find ways to generate more income so that they can invest in more developers. I just don't think that Premium membership would be very effective. If it had been, Opera would not have dropped it many years ago.
Do the maths: one million times 50¢ is more than one thousand times $50.
Just a random guess, obviously, but there's also the problem of collecting revenue, preventing cracked versions from circulating, etc., and the cost of providing something of value to premium users. What would it be? Technical support? That's costly. A free Vivaldi teeshirt or a mug? Users can already buy those. Cloud based sync? That's also free in other browsers.
As far as we know Vivaldi is losing money at the moment. I hope they can turn this around in the foreseeable future.
And if you have a premium membership that would obviously be additional to the current means of income.
Here is a nice article with an recent interview with Jon von Tetzchner. Explains a bit 😉. Great thing, if you ask me. Count me as a fan ✌🏻.
You can always buy something from the vivaldi store if you want to throw them some money. If you're desperate for a premium browser you could just buy a new t-shirt every month.
Personally I wouldn't mind just paying them a small optional monthly bit (as I do with services like patreon), but I have no want to own and deal with shipping a bunch of t-shirts and mugs.
@pesala I was one of those who paid for Opera (although I got a student discount, if I remember correctly). I remember that just weeks before they did away with registration altogether in 2005, they had a "10 year online anniversary" promotion where they gave away millions of reg codes for a few days (if you missed it, they allowed you to still get a free code if you put an Opera button on a webpage and got 250 clicks). Presumably the change to free was already planned when they did the got everyone excited with the "Reg codes, reg codes, get yer free anniversary reg codes!" promotion, heh.
The browser market certainly has changed over the years. OS makers still get significant share by bundling their own browser, but Chrome has become so dominant on desktop. (Of course, that's probably helped by Google doing its own bundling on its own OSes.)
Here's a blast from the past: A 1996 article still up, recommending to pay the $49 for Netscape Navigator, rather settling for the new, free IE.
If you want to help us, share Vivaldi with your friends. I believe you will be doing both them and us a favor.
We need between 3 and 5 million users to break even. More than that and we can invest more. In fact we have been growing the company, even though we are not yet profitable, to be able to move faster and provide a better browser and better services for you. We have just launched the new blogging platform and sync is getting really close. We have been using it internally for months. Mail and mobile are also making great progress while we continue to work on various other improvements. 1.13 thus brings the window panel and various speed improvements as part of a bigger rewrite of underlying code.
I am already advertising in different forums, G + and Diaspora, apart from sharing the articles of the Vivaldi Team in G +
Definitely worth recommending to friends.