Here's another thought. It would be great to see a collaboration between Jive and a social directory like meetup.com. They could sell a premium account with Jive capabilities around the $3/user price point, but without the cap. The economy of scale could drive down setup and hosting costs.
Thanks for the suggestion. Jive Express and the pricing around that was actually something we wanted to do to offer a nice, easy and lightweight way to get up and on Jive at a lower entry point. It is great for growing SBS internally within a larger organization or simply deploying and staying on for collaboration that is fully hosting. However, because it is fully hosted, the base pricing is set to cover those costs as well as the licensing of the enterprise solution itself.
I hope you're able to see the value of what we're offering and that while open source solutions can be great, having a seamlessly integrated and socially focused robust collaborative platform with a lower learning curve holds huge value for your internal teams.
Sigh. I see very clearly...time for a market evaluation of affordable solutions. Heck, I needed an excuse to learn PHP or Python anyway. Please pass on my idea about social registry to someone not in sales.