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That's a good question, Kushan. I also notice you're a developer at Mapbox. :)

You're right in that differentiation points are not immediately obvious (this is something we need to address in our marketing material).

Here's a few points:

  • Price: Mapbox utilizes usage-based billing, which is great, until your bill varies significantly month-to-month and it's impossible to budget. We use tier-based pricing with soft limiting, which means if you exceed your limits for a day or two, nothing happens, because we understand usage will vary from month-to-month. This allows consistent prices every month without worrying a spike in traffic will take your maps down. We also do not require a enterprise plan ($500 / month + usage) for applications such as asset tracking or login-protected pages.
  • Goals: Mapbox is a venture-funded startup, so their goal is to capture as much of the user-base as possible, and then extract as much value as possible from it for their investors (I don't mean this in the negative, it's just the reality of venture-funded startups). We are a bootstrapped startup. Our goal is to consistently create value for customers and slowly grow in a sustainable way. We plan to be here in 10 years by keeping our customers happy—if Mapbox doesn't keep their investors happy, it doesn't really matter if their customers are happy.
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