In the last couple of years I’ve heard a ton of startups (myself included) answer the “How do you make money” question with “Freemium, duh!” There are a many shiny examples of widely successful freemium companies that killed it. But they are exceptions, and unfortunately they set a bad example.
So a lot of companies got a viable business model out of freemium. You didn’t. Therefor Freemium is a business model that has to die? I see what you did there.