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A Real Time Free Vs Fee Example: Rosetta Stone vs. LiveMocha

August 20, 2009:

As I was driving to work this morning listening to NPR, it became clear to me that this “free vs fee” discussion has some legs ( to listen to the NPR piece click here ). Last week, Rosetta Stone was back in the news with regards to an earnings miss as well as pulled secondary offering. Over a year ago, I had the chance to meet with a very interesting Seattle based company called  LiveMocha  (we are not an investor in LiveMocha). As you might have guessed, LiveMocha offers language learning on the Internet, in a manner that is similar to Rosetta Stone, for free. If you read  our previous thoughts on the free business model , we ...

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