Delivering RSS feeds got a lot more interesting and profitable now that Google has left the building. As of July 1, 2013 when Google reader shuttered its RSS service, Feedly has seen a drastic increase in users and now the company managed to raise nearly $500,000 in subscriptions in a span of eight short hours.
Feedly introduced its premium lifetime RSS service was priced at $99.99 sold out within the first day – a total of 5,000 happy backers. The money will go toward better hardware to run Feedly. In a blog post on Feedly’ site, Feedly CEO, Edwin Khodabakchian, highlights the company’s goals:
The funds from this early edition are going to help us acquire the hardware needed to open feedly pro to everyone. More on this in a couple of weeks. Thank you for your patience…
Feedly pro sends a clear message that you are the customer and not the product: We are excited to have a business model centered around customer satisfaction and we are going to do everything we can to make sure that both standard and pro users are happy.
For those who missed the limited subscription, Feedly will be offering a monthly rate of $5 for premium service for a total of $45 per year. The pro version comes with safer Feedly browsing, article searches, Evernote integration, and better customer support. Do you think this is too expensive? Let us know in the comments.