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
AirTable Baserow
Roam Research Athens
Google Analytics Plausible
Slack Mattermost
LastPass Bitwarden
GitHub Gitlab
Google Drive Nextcloud
Trello Focalboard

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.