rartastic replied to your photo: The way that you can tell that Marco is a nice guy…Why does instapaper cost so much to keep running? Any chance that was an exaggeration?
Well, first Marco pays himself $9,950/month in salary…
(OTOH, he lives in Brooklyn, so I assume his rent is about $9,000/month. :-)
Honestly, I have no idea, and that’s an interesting question, however, I don’t think it was an exaggeration. I suspect that the costs are for database servers (and “backup” servers in case of increased need), storage, backups, and bandwidth.
I’m going to ask him, and maybe he’ll talk about the answer on Build & Analyze.
For those of you who are interested in the answer to this, Marco answered it in Episode 92 of Build & Analyze around the 47 minute mark.
He explained that his costs before he pays himself a salary are about $16,000/month: about $11,000 for servers, and about $5,000 for health insurance.
He also explains some of the features that he has that the other apps don’t have.