Two week ago, I asked the question, “Is free still a viable business model?” This week the answer appears to be yes. Flag, which is planning to print and give away photos that have advertisements on the back received funding through Kickstarter. Not only did Flag receive funding, but they received an additional $50,000 to simultaneously develop iOS and Andoid Apps. This funding allows Flag to reach the majority of the mobile marketplace, avoiding the Apple versus Android arguments that inevitably result when an App supports only one platform.
Unfortunately, the desktop version required $200,000 and did not get funded. I guess we’ll have to live with that since phones and tablets are the future, while desktop systems are in decline.