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Richard Reisman
Richard Reisman
I have been working on advancing new services for people across the broad field of connectivity since long before the Web –- powerful interactive tools and media for human communication, collaboration, knowledge work, commerce, and entertainment. Teleshuttle is the company I develop my work through.
Nov. 5, 2013 10:17 am
As a follow up to my post on Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post , I turn to another exciting entry into journalism by a top-tier e-commerce innovator with very deep pockets, and how the new FairPay business model can work for that adventure as well. Pierre Omidyar, billionaire founder of eBay, also considered buying The Washington Post, but revealed in his blog that he decided instead to...  Read More
May 30, 2013 4:03 pm
BitTorrent has introduced " Torrent Bundles " a new "relationship based"content superdistribution bundle.  This is a move very much aligned with the relationship-oriented monetization strategies of FairPay. Both exploit free and gated offers, and both go beyond freemium by doing it in a way that is relies deeply on partnerships with artists and other creators/producers of content.  Torrent...  Read More
Mar. 29, 2013 11:20 am
Recent presentations by Zuora, the champion of The Subscription Economy, and its president Tien Tzuo, describe "Paywall 2.0," as "why focusing on customers is the only way to win" in a blog at The Guardian , "The Reinvention of Media" on Slideshare , and "The Future of Publishing" in a longer  white paper .  There is also a 20 minute video . This as an excellent foundation for what I see as...  Read More
Nov. 27, 2012 11:06 am
In the quest to introduce a new way to think about commerce and transform our economy, I am considering a new name that might better capture the heart of the idea that I have been calling "FairPay." That new name is "Value2Me" -- suggestive of the core pricing issue facing the consumer: What is the value to me? (and why?) Does anything else really matter? The Value2Me process builds on the...  Read More
Sep. 24, 2012 5:54 pm
(This was published earlier today as a contributed post on Media Magazine's Future of Media blog ) --------------------- Facebook lost half its market cap because of doubts about the viability of ads as the world goes mobile. Advertising has its place, where it is non-intrusive, and when it provides valued information relevant to my current context. But that is unlikely to fully pay for the...  Read More
Jul. 23, 2012 3:00 pm
The current hot debate in the blogosphere on free versus paid really points to the failure of our current models.  Dalton Caldwell's " Announcing an audacious Proposal ," is an eloquent cry for services that serve their users, not advertisers.  Fred Wilson has countered with " In Defense of Free ," which champions the value of a mass audience that seems only reachable by free and freemium.  And...  Read More
Mar. 21, 2012 11:40 am
" Creating Shared Value ," the influential 2011 HBR article by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, points to the need to reinvent capitalism with broader ideas about value creation that will unleash a wave of innovation and growth. They propose that "creating shared value represents a broader conception of Adam Smith's invisible hand." I suggest that the FairPay revenue model provides a new market...  Read More
Feb. 9, 2012 3:02 pm
Nobel Prize in Economics winner Daniel Kahneman's new book, " Thinking Fast and Slow ," presents a wide range of insights into how we think and make choices. These insights--mostly established in the past few decades--form the groundwork for the new field of behavioral economics. Much of this is highly relevant to the radically new FairPay process and how it can shape a new economics to enhance...  Read More
Jan. 17, 2012 6:19 pm
Sabers are rattling this week with the consideration of draconian measures to stop Internet piracy of copyrighted materials. The FairPay model for monetizing content puts this issue into interesting perspective. It suggests the way to end piracy is not to reduce the supply, but to reduce the demand. Basic objectives: First, let's get back to basics. What is the real objective here? ...  Read More
Dec. 28, 2011 5:01 pm
Robert Levine's "Free Ride" is an important study, but a partisan one, as you can judge from its subtitle: "How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back." It explains that competing interests are at war, old business models for creator's and seller's rights have been disrupted, and new business models are needed. However, it is unable to...  Read More
Dec. 19, 2011 12:06 pm
I commented at on Tom Friedman's 12/18 column that suggested the emergence of a new level of democracy in many domains, in which consumers are gaining more equal power with organizations of all kinds. We are only at the beginning stages of this (as Friedman quotes Dov Seidman): "when people are creating a lot of ‘freedom from’ things — freedom from oppression or whatever system is...  Read More
Dec. 12, 2011 10:42 am
It was very gratifying to present FairPay to an audience of about 100 at last night's MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC panel session on "Better Strategies for Monetizing Digital Offerings: Thinking Out of the Box while Looking across Industry Silos."  (more commentary below...) Video of FairPay presentation: Slides:  (Links to full session below) After a nice overview by our...  Read More
Nov. 21, 2011 10:18 am
Zuora is a hot new company, an offshoot of, that is focused on what they call "The Subscription Economy." This is very much in tune with the ideas about FairPay that I am developing, and I recently had a very nice chat with their regional account executive. He invited me to a very informal dinner he had been planning for some local customers and prospects, with the idea that they...  Read More
Nov. 18, 2011 4:36 pm
" Better Strategies for Monetizing Digital Offerings:  Thinking Out of the Box while Looking across Industry Silos ." That is the theme of the session that I am helping to organize, and will be a panelist at.  The full slate is: Moderator: - Dr. Howard Morgan, Co-Founder and Partner, First Round Capital Speakers: - Betsy Morgan, President, - Shawn...  Read More
Nov. 18, 2011 4:34 pm
"FairPay's concept is fairly simple, but intriguingly powerful."  That comes from a very nice overview of FairPay and its potential value by John Blossom, President of Shore Communications, an award-winniing strategy and marketing consultant to content providers, on his  ContentBlogger   blog. John begins with the amusing story of an early step toward FairPay in the classic "Our Gang"...  Read More
Oct. 11, 2011 10:35 am
I am very pleased to report that  ennovent  has become the first commercial venture to undertake use of the FairPay pricing system, a radically new approach to pricing digital offerings (see sidebar). Ennovent began the public soft launch of its Global Network today, September 14.  Peter Scheuch, ennovent's managing director, contacted me in June saying "...we think that the FairPay model could...  Read More
Aug. 29, 2011 2:26 pm
Imagine a market Nirvana for digital offerings. Think beyond the traditional value exchange processes and protocols and re-envision how buyers and sellers might interact in a world with a networked marketplace . I suggest FairPay offers the path to that market Nirvana, and that it is now very practical. Here is an overview (based on the recent rework of the FairPay home page ). First let us...  Read More
Aug. 22, 2011 4:38 pm
I have recently been working with a startup company that is working toward introducing FairPay pricing for their new service (details on that to follow).  That collaboration has led me to some interesting ideas on how you can best phase FairPay in, to get some basic functions at low cost -- and to learn a great deal about your market, so you can better manage your investment and your risk -- and...  Read More
Aug. 11, 2011 9:54 am
For those that think there is no real money in Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing, the growing success of the Humble Indie Bundle suggests otherwise. Their first four promotions have raised over $6.1MM, with the last one just ending at $2.2MM.  It has been reported that the venture behind these offers has raised $4.7MM in VC funding. Their model includes payments to the game developers, the...  Read More
Jul. 30, 2011 3:55 pm
Having recently heard a fundraising pitch by indie music distributor Nogeno, and looked at competitors like Bandcamp, I was again struck by the potential of FairPay pricing to change the game -- for the music business and/or the game business. Both music and games are dominated by the Apple iTunes Store, which disrupted the old distribution models. But there are many chinks in iTunes' armor --...  Read More
Jul. 24, 2011 11:01 pm
One of the common concerns sellers have about buyer-set FairPay pricing is that they will lose control and predictability in their pricing and revenue.  I suggest this is actually much less of a problem than it might seem, in spite of the buyer freedom to "pay what you think fair."  There are a number of aspects to this issue, but one especially powerful strategy deserves greater attention. In...  Read More
May 22, 2011 3:32 pm
FairPay turns many conventional ideas about pricing on their head, to the extent that many people don't fully appreciate some of its key features on first look. (FairPay is the radical new pricing process introduced in the sidebar of this blog, and the companion Web site). FairPay processes moves forward in ongoing cycles of transactions, but for each transaction cycle, the pricing...  Read More
Mar. 31, 2011 9:35 am
In the continuing quest to explain the radical ideas of the FairPay pricing process, here is a simpler and higher level view, one that gets to the heart of the process dialectic: FP offers are gated by the seller, and restricted in value and duration, to limit seller risk The buyer accepts an offer, buys, and uses a product/service The buyer is then entirely free to set a "fair" price...  Read More
Mar. 30, 2011 1:27 pm
This is one of my favorite images, and largely speaks for itself.  So you can stop here (all else is commentary). Some general commentary on where this came from and the challenges it alludes to are on my other blog . More specific to FairPay, I came back to this image while struggling to explain the FairPay pricing process and why it matters. Do you start with the problem of pricing for...  Read More
Mar. 16, 2011 4:35 pm
In the emerging battle of subscription platforms between the Apple iTunes App Store, Google One Pass, and others, the radically new FairPay pricing process offers a better way to play the game, one that benefits the platform provider, the seller, and the buyer in new ways. As widely reported, Apple has the dominant position, and is using that power to pressure sellers, and claims to be making...  Read More
Mar. 16, 2011 12:06 pm
Pricing is the central conundrum of the digital media business. Consumers hate to pay, or even think about paying, so content providers need to make it simple -- but simple does not work well. This post explains how the new FairPay process solves the problem. (Let's consider a content subscription Web site such as a newspaper or magazine, or a music or video service, but this applies broadly.)...  Read More
Feb. 17, 2011 6:37 pm
Hyperlocal News: A New of World of Journalism, Sustainable Business Models, and the $30B Local Ad Market  promises to be a very interesting NYC panel session.  As board organizer of the event for MITEF-NYC, I am pleased to have a very strong and diverse mix of panelists, and look forward to some stimulating dialog.  Aside from major players like the NY Times and Patch, we have a smaller startup,...  Read More
Oct. 6, 2010 10:56 am
Pay What You Want (PWYW) pricing has gotten some attention in the past few years, but most people still view it as naively idealistic, only suited to very special situations. However, a growing body of research and actual usage is suggesting that it has much more potential value than most businesses realize, in a wide range of situations very different from that of Radiohead or a museum. The...  Read More
Sep. 27, 2010 12:34 pm
The radically new FairPay pricing process is particularly relevant to the continuing dialog suggested by " Business Model Generation ," the recent book by Osterwalder and Pigneur. The book is aptly self-described as "a handbook for visionaries, game changers, and challengers striving to defy outmoded business models and design tomorrow’s enterprises." That is also the focus of the book's ...  Read More
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