If there is an alternative, go for open source

We love Medium as a blogging platform because it works like a charm and it is really good in helping content finding an audience. Medium succeeded in getting a lot of influentials in the technology scene on board, therefore the quality of content is great.

But ... is Medium going to last? David Heinemeier Hansson, one of the founders of Basecamp doesn't think so. The company is saying goodbye to 50 people without good news in sight. In the article Venture capital is going to murder Medium Heinemeier Hansson writes on Medium (!) that he's afraid of the future because investors want so see money soon and the platform doesn't have a beginning of a working revenue stream.

That would be a shame. But at the same time it is one of the reasons we started a platform to help you use open source tools without a hassle. We want to use as much as sustainable apps as possible. We don't like being dependent on someone elses platform. Of course there is no alternative for everything, but where and when possible we choose open source. Because whatever happens, no individual or company can pull the plug from an open source tool. The content is yours, the tools are yours, everything remains online as long as you want it.

For example: last year Microsoft decided to stop with our loved calendar app Sunrise after acquiring the company for the people working there. Google did exactly the same thing with the much used bookmarking app Kifi. It's a trend: buying companies for the people that work there and killing the tools.

Like we said, there is not a good alternative for everything, but think and look around when you start using tools and apps. If there is an alternative, go for the open source one.

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