When open source web apps compete with SaaS, it's interesting.

After learning about Baserow on HN, I decided that I needed to write about that trend in the open-source/startups world, to create an alternative of X (SaaS) that is self-hosted, but also that you can pay to have hosted for you, if you're not technically inclined.

Here is a list of high-quality products that I've seen so far using that approach:

SaaS Open, Self-Hosted Alternative
Google Drive Nextcloud
Excel in Office 365 Grist
AirTable Baserow
Power Apps Budibase
Google Analytics Plausible, umami
Roam Research Athens
Slack Mattermost
LastPass Bitwarden
GitHub Gitlab
Trello Focalboard
Confluence BookStack
Intercom Typebot

What's cool with those alternatives is that even though they offer a free self-hosted version that is open-source, they still offer their very own service to help monetize their project.

It helps getting market adoption, since there's no lock-in because you can (in most cases I think) always export the data to your self-hosted version when you want to manage your own instance.