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There are only Three Base Business Models

[Updated 2014-01-05: for completeness reasons, here are two more categories: 4) robbing people, and 5) taking advantage of people. In my book, they don't qualify as "business" models because they are borderline or actually criminal, but they do exist.] If you put all business models into the following three buckets, suddenly all sorts of things…

The Hamster Business Model

Dave Winer has a wonderful description of the model of many "leading" internet companies: the "hamster" business model. He writes: This is, btw, the user-as-hamster business model. The one where you sit in a cage and make the wheels spin around. Either you're watching commercials while doing your workout, or you're generating information about yourself…