Hey thinkery user,
we’d like to discuss what’s going on with thinkery and what you think should happen with it.
As you might have noticed, thinkery didn’t take off as much as we hoped for when we started working on it. We got some great feedback and quite a few people seem to love it and use it a lot. Still, thinkery is pretty much unknown to the general public. Our users don’t seem to feel the need to tell their friends to use it, and/or these don’t see the need for thinkery.
This lead us to the point where we’re not overly motivated to add new features to thinkery. We use it ourselves a lot and we’re dedicated to keep it running. So you don’t have to fear having to search for another similar service.
What bothers us a little though, is the cost and energy needed to keep it running the way it is. We are just a small team of two that have to make a living on a day job, so our time is limited.
Do you have any suggestions on how to proceed from here?
Here are some ideas that we have come up with so far:
We could open source the code base and require every user to pay a yearly fee to use our infrastructure. If someone doesn’t want to pay, they could set it up on their own server (or have a friend who can do so) and use their own version of thinkery for free. We could change the Android and iOS app so that people could enter an API endpoint of their own choice.
We could try a freemium model where you could use thinkery with a limited number of things for free and ask enthusiastic users to pay. Given that we don’t have masses of users this will probably not lead to a significant enough amount of money to keep us going.
We could shut it down for new users. Not really an option we consider.
What is it in your opinion that is missing from thinkery to reach more new users? Are some things not working for you? Is that one critical feature missing? We assume that part of our problem is that many people want many different new features but we can’t do everything.
How do you feel about this? We are open to more suggestions, improvements on our suggestions, and generally, your thoughts!