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imo, this is a good example of why most ChatGPT-authored blog posts aren't worth the hype. There's no opinion or insight in this post; it's just a summary of well-known, widely-accepted information. Unless you mix in a unique insight with your prompt, ChatGPT articles on topics like this aren't interesting. I subscribed to your newsletter after reading your "Individual or Teams" essay — that was opinion-based writing with a unique insight that changed how I thought about something.

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Apr 7, 2023·edited Apr 7, 2023

ChatGPT missed a key difference between bottom-up and top-down SaaS:

Bottom-up: Early adopters get promoted

Top-down: Early adopters get laughed out of the room

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Because someone really had to - “Overall, ChatGPT's explanation of the bottom-up SaaS approach is quite comprehensive and covers the key characteristics of this strategy. However, one potential aspect that is not explicitly mentioned is the importance of data and analytics in driving product development and growth in the bottom-up approach. Data-driven decision making and iterative product development are often critical to creating a user-friendly and valuable product that can gain traction among individual users and teams. Additionally, customer feedback loops and user engagement metrics can help SaaS companies identify areas for improvement and prioritize product updates” — ChatGPT

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You actually had a few very good blog posts in the past but this is double useless. I can ask the same question to ChatGPT and the point of following your blog is to get your ideas not a copy paste from other source much less from ChatGPT.

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Easy Jorge, at least you are getting a sense of what David is thinking. Not every post is meant to provide guidance, mentorship or advice. Sometimes, the platform is simply an outlet. Value comes in waves.

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could have given some actual company examples to illustrate the explanations - good though.

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Insightful breakdown of bottom-up SaaS, David. How do you see this approach evolving in the next few years?

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This would be even better if you could share examples of companies that have succeeded in each model.

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Well done! ChatGPT might put us all out of a job!

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Always provide developers a free full featured version.

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Thinking of asking ChatGPT the same question after six months and again after six months, to see how fast the models are developing.

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As applied to Newsletter growth this interests me. Do I really have control over the direct to consumer audience and product here?

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I will definitely be adopting this method with my upcoming app release

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Great...., I actually thought of this approach last Halloween, I was going to pass out product at a Company, I had a plastic Pumpkin with many copies of the product to hand out.

Test the Premise, I have a version of the product, has many of the parameters in your outline. This is Educational in Nature, the work of an Astrophysicist, I can forward you Fifty Units, small, it is a "free" offering, however 3/4ths of the way through the product, if the 3/4ths free trial part was valuable, the remaining 1/4er can be requested from the Developer. You pick the company!

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Within the first few lines it felt generic enough that it could be skimmed, which I continued to do for the rest of the article.

I agree with others in this comment thread - nothing insightful or particularly memorable here.

Maybe that will be the hallmark of future articles - it will no longer be about who is writing clearly, with structure etc. because those are things GPT can do well. But it will be about which writing packs the most insight in the shortest space.

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Missed the leverage of going open source.

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