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From Libby <>
Subject Re: $21 million per day
Date Thu, 07 Feb 2013 03:40:36 GMT

Mastercard sells a mixture of services from financial services, banking, 
as well as consumer data to other companies. They also have revenue 
streams off of POS (point of sale) transactions and interest payments 
from consumers and businesses.

Creating a value statement for those who are already aware of AOO to 
increase usage and word of mouth will be difficult. This goes as well 
for those that we all might have heard of that do not even know there 
are alternatives to Microsoft Office at all.


On 2/6/2013 21:30, PETER ROMANO wrote:
> What does Mastercard sell ?
> Pete...
> Peter J Romano
>> Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 08:43:08 -0500
>> Subject: $21 million per day
>> From:
>> To:;
>> Yes, yes, we're a non-profit organization.  We don't charge for Apache
>> OpenOffice.  We don't pay developers.    But we still do produce
>> something of value, and that value can be estimated.
>> People need office productivity software.  The main alternative to
>> OpenOffice is Microsoft Office, perhaps the "Home and Student"
>> edition.  The latest version (2013) sells for $139.99 on Amazon.  This
>> is for the downloadable version.
>> We have averaged 153K downloads per day of Apace OpenOffice over the
>> last week.  That is an average value to the public of $21.5 million
>> per day.  Or $7.833 billion (7.833 thousand million) per year.
>> To put that in perspective, here are comparable annual sales figures
>> for some familiar companies:
>> -- Campbell Soup Company:  $7.882 billion
>> -- Royal Caribbean Cruises:   $7.657 billion
>> -- Mastercard, Inc:                $7.391 billion
>> -- OfficeMax:                        $7.094 billion
>> So we're providing tremendous value to the public.  We should be proud
>> of what we've accomplished over the past decade.
>> Note:  We could certainly debate the exact value provided to users.
>> Determining what a user would do if they did not get AOO for free is
>> tricky.  But the logic above is similar to how the BSA estimates
>> losses to Microsoft from software piracy.  They assume that the person
>> who pirates Office would buy it if they did not pirate it.  So it
>> seems fair to use that same logic to estimate the value provided to
>> users by a legal free alternative like Apache OpenOffice.
>> Regards,
>> -Rob

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