@ian good post. I managed to build DNSimple without shady tactics and can sleep well at night thanks to that.
One little thing in your post:
Must you sacrifice your own morals and common decency to run a successful online business? As someone who’s done it for 12 years I can assure you the answer is NO.
I read that as “I’ve sacrificed my morals for 12 years”. I know it’s not that case, just thought I’d bring it up because I chuckled to myself when I read it.