* The Business of Software

A former community discussing the business of software, from the smallest shareware operation to Microsoft. A part of Joel on Software.

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Moderators:

Andy Brice
Successful Software

Doug Nebeker ("Doug")

Jonathan Matthews
Creator of DeepTrawl, CloudTrawl, and LeapDoc

Nicholas Hebb
BreezeTree Software

Bob Walsh
host, Startup Success Podcast author of The Web Startup Success Guide and Micro-ISV: From Vision To Reality

Patrick McKenzie
Bingo Card Creator

 
web stats? what package? revert my buffer (13 comments)
I found the old post I was looking for (about microisv ideas) J (4)
The Butcher, the Baker: Different Users, Different Pages Ari Berdy (5)
Naming Help needed Matthias Winkelmann (26)
ISV's Unite! 2 Ian L (36)
Face Time and Free Stuff Steven Tate (10)
What to do about employee with poor communication skills? Tom V. (27)
ISV's Unite! Ian L (23)
python support in major web hostings not yet founder (10)
Has anyone tried selling thier software on Amazon.com? Bobby Strickland (12)
Selling Source Code RDB (3)
Yet another Micro ISV Matt Breckon (8)
Ok, so I found a potential customer feeling pain Pained (7)
Idea: $100 incubator Mike johnson (6)
The IBM DB2 database is now FREE for most purposes Cel Mai Smecher (8)
What do you do when you hit the "lazy spot"! booohooo wannabe (16)
Software Career Original Poster (11)
How does Yahoo arrive at its valuations?(i.e. delicious 30m val) Crimson (8)
Linux vs. Windows hosting: which is better for Micro-ISV's? Nick Hebb (20)
first release: free beta or paid? isv_wannabe (14)
Eval to licensed software - how do you handle the EULA Jim Begley (4)
schemes for registration / crippleware / etc Jason (16)
Where do you get your images from Bobby Strickland (6)
accounting packages for a micro-ISV - which do you use? Andy Brice (29)
letting the cat out of the bag isv_wannabe (24)
Requesting Feedback Mark L (22)
How to look big and sell more. Mainly for non-US B2B ISVs. Greg Oleksy (17)
Legal questions for uASP uASP (7)
Developer Pet Peeves Brice Richard (22)
Which browsers does your web application support? Mike Green (18)
Free presentations from Word of Mouth Marketing Conference Dennis Crane (Dr.Explain software) (0)
Cool idea!!! Now how to setup a commercial online service? Idea Generator (9)
RSS feeds - how do I do it? Steve (4)
Dilemma :) Gabdanand (23)
High Traffic Free/Basic Download Sites Software Entrepreneur (6)
Monitoring internet usage Lee (1)
"Designed for Windows XP" logo TT (6)
Online galleries - any issues with allowing children access? Russ Hall (9)
The Stanford machine scores again MBJ (17)
Sales person / reseller % rates Peter (3)
Guy Kawasaki about Bootstrapping NextNotTooBigThing (9)
Selling products with encryption from USA Steve Wiseman (3)
Contracting Agency Rates Spinbot (16)
Rapid Hiring Ben Mc (15)
Any contractors here that have made successful trasition to ... TO based contractor (15)
I need an easy to configure Web server Rowland (11)
Anyone use wordtracker.com (7)
how do custom software shops get clients? starving coder (9)
Employee Satisfaction Measurement Raza (21)
Is Software an asset? KayJay (13)
Why people like Joel suggest how to make Micro-ISV? Alexey Murdashov (18)
Building traffic to an adsense website? adsense wannabe (17)
What to do next? The Company Stratergy Capitan of the Ship (7)
Billing for a Service? anonymous_for_now (3)
web log providers Unavailable For Now (4)
Example Consulting Contracts? Anonymous to Protect (us from) the Customer. (5)
Financing an office building newbie ceo (11)
And What About Iran?: Controversial Material in Blogs Ari Berdy (13)
pain, customers and products in need of customers (14)
2 jobs AND a balanced life ... watch this! Steve Moyer (34)
Product released - mini post mortem Dimitris Giannitsaros (6)
Anti-Spam Tools: Which work best? Pleading the Fifth (10)
addressing organizational failure arg! (9)
Test: how many donation-push-dlg popups can make a true donation leiju (7)
champaign, il chilly (10)
How far would YOU go? Roman Werpachowski (31)
My open source microisv YNR (25)
How many have *actually* used data frameworks in mid-size projs? anon now (19)
Silly Maths Question - prize for the winner! K (12)
A Suicidal Market Strategy? Jamie (21)
What would "you" do? Ary M (31)
Getting your µISV product acquired... Arno N. Ymous (9)
real life mssql  server pricing? son of parnas (19)
How to legally start a programming / consulting business? Anon for Hire (15)
Statistics please...How much time do you spend daily? Amanvir (15)
Copyright concerns Adam Smith (13)
Payment processing Ram (35)
Library wants to buy your software and loan like books.Thoughts? Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (15)
How much do you trust the bosses? Seeking Truth (19)
taxes for the newbies isv_wannabe (11)
Preventing Feature Creep MonthsToYears (19)
Moving Closed SRC App(s) to Open SRC? Eric (another ISV guy with his company) (11)
Ideas on who to contact in Toronto? Pol Iskandar (6)
Reminder: JoS get together - 12 Feb, London Andy Brice (2)
Impulse buy threshhold Andy Brice (63)
Support + Maintanence includes free version upgrades hGh (4)
How to find a technical writer Micro-ISV (9)
My tools, generators, and libraries make me 10x more productive Hyper-lazy programmer (27)
What happened to New Egg? Karl Perry (6)
contracting in Qatar --- (16)
backup using gmail RV (11)
Two linked "products" (15)
Release our own solution development framework, as a product? Mark Balonkin (6)
California LLC Sole Proprietor (16)
Programming by application compilenix (7)
Real-time consulting Daniel Jackson (6)
How to hire an employee with very good GUI design skills? George (19)
Graphical User Interface (GUI) Joses Estriplet (12)
What goes into a press kit? Stephen van Egmond (9)
Love programming, hate coding... ToCodeOrNotToCode (18)
Colocation vs. ADSL? Anon this time (12)
Peer to peer databackup program John Wood (18)
trademarks uisv (4)
Handling a disperse team Berislav Lopac (7)
One-Click Software Installation (for Web Application) Software Entrepreneur (7)
Business Plan or Requirements/Design Document? Roy Stanton (5)
Competitive Upgrades/Discounts Pleading the Fifth (1)
Creating high quality logos/images etc. for websites? webdes (20)
Is open source killing the software industry? Prashant (51)
Online business card printer recommendations? Bob Walsh (12)
Software companies in Pittsburgh,PA Anon for now *-* (10)
MSDN Channel9 MicroISV show D. Lambert (12)
How to Get Noticed by the Media? Matthew Choinski (11)
Ruby Steve Haunts (16)
The bosses, the pain and the victim a desperate employee (13)
Site Redesign.. thoughts? Mike johnson (16)
Are there any MicroISV Networking Groups? Lou Franklin (4)
New Idea - Safely using credit card while doing online shopping Idea Generator (14)
Virtual PC for MAC/development on windows - advice please! mixed feelings... (10)
Lowering the Price Ben Mc (9)
Why existing ISV owner make great beta testers & advisors Mr. Analogy {uISV} (6)
Advice re host/blog platform for mymicroisv.com Bob Walsh (10)
Remote Backup Software Lee (11)
Code signing Ram (4)
Offer high discount for switching from a competitor product? Aaron (8)
Valuing an ISV Not at this time - perhaps later (17)
User authentication and subscription management software... Glenn (3)
Do you give honest feedback? spudz (13)
End the bookmarks pain, please! Bob Walsh (55)
Whats your dammit? (tm) 2006 Michael Johnson (20)
Forced self-employment anon for this (20)
new software idea jay redman (9)
Trademark question elloco (3)
MS Empower for ISVs Renewal Part 2 (13)
takeover my employer's software development: PART 2 RB. (8)
Looking for beta testers Dave (13)
web designers under the gun SumoRunner (8)
Free Non-Profit/Special Interest Licenses to Build Base & Sales AnonWhyNot (7)
List of email clients? // Survey Philipp Schumann (19)
EULA advice? Rich S (14)
Legal Issue: AdWords Using Competitors' Names? Pleading the Fifth (3)
Using recruiters for ISV staffing brad (13)
Why I love what I do Dennis Crane (Dr.Explain software) (15)
Startups (and companies) who don't work to the death? Michael (21)
Salary on your application anonymous_coward (14)
What are your best marketing channels & ideas Andreas (22)
online service hacks Dodging Lawyers (3)
Taking your software abroad PF (1)
General Liability/Workers Comp Insurance Another Insurance Thread (3)
insurance for consultants (s-corp) abba (8)
SugarCRM RC (5)
judge says time to dump software patents son of parnas (31)
porting Windows to Mac Andy Brice (22)
Hosting Ram (16)
Who does software market research? Abdullah Kauchali (6)
From free beta to buyers Ben Mc (5)
International Partnership Contracts Drafts? Asif @ Cubex (1)
And we have a beta release! thejay (10)
How does Sun make money from Java? Prashant (19)
web photo albums Jason (9)
Private Limited Companies Stephen Haunts (19)
one blog, multiple categories, multiple authors oracle consultant (7)
Advertising on downloading sites? Aaron (2)
Problems at work + my lack of experience = Scared of future Andrew Phillipo (17)
Some minor fixes done. Main aim is proving concepts. Oleg (4)
From in-house software to public commercial software Ben Mc (6)
Search Engine Ranking Inconsistencies Alex (9)
What next... Ewan McNab (9)
Living "The Life" on a tropical island? compilenix (31)
Decision making help (Enterprise Software Startup) Software Entrepreneur (9)
Advertising in Blogs Roy Stanton (5)
How long latent product period may be ? Oleg (12)
Mindmapping Roger Jack (8)
Software Licensing for Java? BenjiSmith (2)
How to Make Money ? JustAnotherCoder (22)
Dare I buy an LCD projector? Rowland (17)
London JoS get together confirmed - 12th Feb in London Andy Brice (16)
Support/Maintenance Agreements? Anon looking for input (6)
joel style marketing for niche i don't know much about nurse shrooms (21)
The Product Marketing Handbook for Software Marcus from Melbourne (5)
Fighting piracy...  :) Philipp Schumann (10)
opensource POS? RC (15)
MS Empower program renewal empower anon (10)
takeover my employer's software development, advise needed... RB. (8)
How CA forced my VA company to pay sales tax.. Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap ISV owner) (24)
Announcing mymicroisv.com Bob Walsh (25)
Hiring non technical people. Fernando Martins (22)
Developer's hardware - who gets what? Daniel Jackson (22)
Preliminary review of Micro-ISV book Roger Jack (15)
UK JoS meetup Andy Brice (46)
Product offering? j2e (4)
Most Nichey Software Ever? NetFreak (21)
How much money does FogBugz make monthly? Prashant (28)
A.I. Touted as a Feature Ari Berdy (26)
Has anyone made the MSDN transition? Ontario ISV (4)
Best book on business with China Lorenzo Bolognini (5)
Sending regular email to customers in Outlook Bankstrong (6)
Taking a non-IT side job? elloco (20)
Methods of providing support James Newton-King (6)
Sounding big when you're not anon for now (17)
Me ---> Famous! Ian L (6)
inkjet vs colour laser printers Andy Brice (21)
Where I can get info about the American software market? Andrea Nagar - Nagarsoft (2)
Experiences with Kagi? Philipp Schumann (9)
How to get order notifications sent to your cellphone for FREE pablo (6)
FYI: Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality <<ebook>> now out. Bob Walsh (8)
Distributor gets discount then raises price. Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (15)
To Joel: where to get packing slips with peel off addresses? pablo (5)
Scheduling software... Donald Adams (7)
Marketing to software developers McLean Russell (12)
Looking for an old post... J (13)
Recurring credit card payments online! Help! Frustrated (12)
Take on a friend as a sales partner in business? MB (14)
Looking for business partners (6)
Hire: lukewarm reference from lead, or good ref from co-worker? (12)
H1 Resume Resource SalesGuy (11)
Product Name Help Unavailable For Now (18)
Plimus vs. Element 5 as payment processors Geordy (2)
Software to manage priorities Neville Franks (25)
Dealing with Clients Who don't know what they want. CWJ (16)
Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality, is out. Bob Walsh (27)
Top 10 Lies of Entrepreneurs - from 37 Signals Eric D. Burdo (10)
The software market is shrinking Jack (8)
Where to learn ISV-marketing skills bo (6)
Ethical dilemma Anonymus this time (13)
How much does an ISV earn per month Ary M (36)
Develop shareware using wxpython? j2e (10)
"Service Central" Business Site Idea Ron (9)
Site targeted AdWord campaigns Dennis Crane (Dr.Explain software) (7)
Customer Service Phone Training Phibian (4)
Getting into the crackerz scene? Philipp Schumann (17)
Looking for beta testers for my new product: Direct Access Andrea Nagar - Nagarsoft (3)
Promotional discounts Agramont (2)
Preventative software sales Ben Mc (5)
AdWords Agramont (12)
Bob Walsh's New Book Roger Jack (1)
Anyone have a Maryland business here? Phil (3)
Adding Windows as a supported platform--advice? Mac Dev (10)
"Refer backs" to improve search engine rankings? Rowland (12)
Leveraging free service users Ben Mc (10)
Relying on untried 3rd party components Paul Norrie (5)
Wazzup w/ CA? Sales/income tax on companies outside CA Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (13)
help thy coder programmer_in_need (20)
Micro-ISV idea: ASP .NET application deployment tool Daniel Jackson (10)
Xenocode postbuild pricing.  What the...? Brett (23)
QT is good choice for Windows, is this the same for MAC ? Oleg (9)
PHP freelancer - seek your advice on pricing GLENDER (1)
Why force people to register for product info? CodeClarity (12)
Programmin Support Contract Pricing Asif @ Cubex (3)
Supporting a custom ASP.NET web application IB (3)
dmoz.org listing Andy Brice (18)
Online payment help JK (9)
Know the business Confused (10)
FOX DOS database Ariel E. Meilij (12)
BOS: Screen Capture, Easy Balloons Mark Jerde (10)
Update on release of Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality. Bob Walsh (13)
Outsourced support desk Bankstrong (6)
Some software for sale (with source code) Jackson (5)
How far with my new idea? Roy (12)
Squeet.com, a New RSS to Email Service in Beta Squeet This (23)
Changing Directions Charlie Williams (2)
chargebacks Andy Brice (7)
Is this the correct price? Prashant (11)
ChitChat.NET ASP.NET Discussion Forum Package For Sale Rob (0)
Good article.... Brad Thomas (1)
Staff-aug contracting with no time for product development Can't wait any longer (7)
What would be your next step? Ary M (17)
Selling via big retailers i.e. Best Buy or OfficeMax Steve (3)
The AISIP Ari Berdy (14)
Setup Company in Malaysia or get 2checkout account Asif @ Cubex (4)
Micro-ISV Resource Roundup Bob Walsh (18)
Any business for screen scraping? J. (8)
Anyone know of a google icespy? Bob Walsh (4)
Taxes: need help Prashant (14)
Micro-ISV Idea #2: Flickring Memory Tool. Bob Walsh (11)
How many computers do you use at once? BahHumbug (17)
Creating Boxed software images Light Reader (9)
remote support software/service blablabla (1)
Business Software Search Mike johnson (3)
Interesting Software Downloads... Brice Richard (9)
whiners ben grievener (17)
How many computers have you bought for yourself? (21)
30 day money back offers and transparency markee (8)
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