* 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

 
Real-World Online Marketing Data Chris Knight (3 comments)
Setting up an affiliates system to give commisnig to others. Affili (4)
anyone useing http://www.adgridwork.com/ for free advertising? Cheap (2)
Code-signing certs - comodo doubled price Orson Kart (13)
The Perfect Programming Job Jason Sankey (9)
SQLAware Corporation Daniel Howard (18)
Hosted Project management Anon for this (16)
How much of your business comes from google adwords? Boogle (14)
The one book you can't live without Aristotle (31)
I need a bit of advice eBay Auction Templates (21)
Content network Simon@AutoUpdate+ (9)
Tracking install and uninstall. Tracker (9)
Product/webservice 'namestormimg' JonS (9)
Resume writing -Help (5)
Tax question from a non-US mISV with a US bank account Alex Choo (11)
The process of 1 Albert Kennis (44)
Interviews with JOS'ers and others Alex Choo (8)
Anyone else had an unusual boost in sales today? Happy day (11)
Storing customer data on your server: Good/bad? concerned (5)
Hello all (again!) Chris goCRM (4)
2checkout vs ShareIt J. Thurman (10)
wxWidgets .NET willing_to_jump (11)
FTP Backup Software Lee (11)
product images Anon (3)
distributing a .NET 1.1 application Ted Graham (10)
Migrating rom Exchange to MDaemon Rowland (1)
Gentle ways of opening the order web-page from program Alexander Potyomkin (6)
Open source going comercial anonymous coward (30)
New Series for Micro-ISVs Mike Gunderloy (6)
Improved Taskbar Manager v3.5 (Beta) Amanvir (0)
DEMO Video up using all free tools with audio. May help you too (16)
Decent web log reader Steve L (3)
Why are PNG files not popular. PNG (20)
Offshore development in Belarus (Europe) Mara Tennat (19)
Events in SF Bay Area Feb/March ? Techie on Walkabout (3)
The little things Simon (18)
Is this too long for a sales page?  Please help me optimise it. (13)
PayPal horror story with a good end (sort of) – what you need to TomEUS (1)
Is it legal to put up something like Quickensucks.com? Solo guy (13)
Meta tags, should they describe the page or the site? Steve L (7)
Selling Web Products to Home Users Bubba (13)
Paypal fees Anon until I announce my product (7)
spec'ing a new development machine Andy Brice (36)
How to explain to the customers why they need to pay? Anthony (12)
what retail software that you come across coded in .Net? . (12)
Purchase order with paypal but email address failed? GotPaid (7)
web based servey systems? Servey (2)
Slowing down sales purposely wayword fellow (8)
FTP Accounts and cheap paid hosting hosistess (3)
Who was been searching for Stucko on google? Stucko (11)
Does your MicroISV website use Websafe Color palette? Confused (15)
CoPilot server setup Ben Mc (2)
Looking to migrate from Microsoft Exchange Rowland (14)
Interesting subscription plan names and other quibbles anonymous (7)
Musings of an early start-up Alfie John (19)
Recommendations for Marketing and Networking Books? Dan the UK Man (7)
Automatic Face Photo Crop Solution Margareth (4)
Adding more products Simon@AutoUpdate+ (5)
Partner up with us Simon@AutoUpdate+ (0)
How to start your own MicroISV podcast Dave B (1)
patent issues infringing_like_no_tomorrow (11)
Microsoft Action Pack not so good for Vista disgruntled action pack subscriber (10)
Nice opportunity Small time leader (6)
Free Vista Icons Sue Pichotta (12)
How to generate documentation in two forms? Mike M (14)
Want to be more responsive to your customers? Timesheets MTS Software (9)
tasks for a mISV to outsource Andy Brice (14)
How to market to non-techies online Zack (8)
Open Source Platform/Framework for social website glfp (5)
Apache / mod_perl for Windows Skills--Above avg Windows, Linux below avg (5)
How do you plan staffing/services for a mISV Start-up? anon (6)
Google tips and tricks Vignesh (20)
Promotion of a PHP application? Adeel Raza (5)
5 things you don't know about me Andrey Butov (14)
PRWeb Experience Robert Lerner (20)
UI questions - MFC and graphic designers anonymous (17)
How to make money off of a free website? incongruent (19)
Audeo™ - Business Financing -Rob (12)
mISV on Resume? Mr JAM (12)
Does your software run on *AMP (Apache, MySQL/PostgreSQL, PHP)? LAMP Developer (23)
What was the name of that software? Help (5)
Hours for developers and keeping them happy. Terry Dillon (38)
Self Help - > Best of (books or audio) anonII (8)
Best days behind you? Shannon (8)
C#.net 2.0 VS C++ builder DarrelW (7)
Reseller discount for one-time sale? Anon for this (8)
Birth of a Micro-ISV Doug Veenstra (13)
Mutual discount for complimentary products idea Dennis Crane / Dr.Explain (7)
With my skill set, can I be successful with this business?  (lon Solo guy (7)
OT: being dunned by a collection agency "robot" Bored Bystander (19)
Thinstall Embedded Alternative ItsMeAgain (1)
Another address question BenJ (9)
Are you charging taxes on Internet sales ittybittyISV (12)
IRA recommendations SCADA Guy (15)
Amusing note on LinkedIn Bored Bystander (7)
Need help with PayPal... Geoff M (9)
New Advertising website Yeduk (2)
Should we use FeedBurner? Maayan Porat (9)
niched software site - opinions wanted Alex (4)
Flash Video for DEMOS using FlowPlayer? Flash (3)
Outsourcing copy reviews Blankety Blank (6)
Features vs Benefits Attempt Doug (15)
Site/Product/Pricing Review Request Vilmantas Baranauskas (4)
Market analysis can give you bankable answers? Peter G. (12)
Realistic spokesperson on website? Peter G. (4)
Trianeda sets sail ... Vignesh (11)
Is links exchange really helpful? Jack Wang (4)
To go distributor, or solo? Eric (13)
anyone with July Action Pack anon for this one (1)
Is there a market for this? Andrew Ritchie (12)
Freeware video resizing tool? Resizer (9)
Listing your app on amazon Jim Nasium (4)
The power of PR Chris Davies (12)
MSN and Overture compared to Adwords Mandy Lifeboats (2)
Drop down menus on your web site and search engines Steve (5)
(SOP) 97-2, Software Revenue Recognition Scott (11)
How do you structure a subscription plan? BenJ (7)
What Windows Theme is this screenshot? Soft (6)
The Hottest Jobs In Information Technology : Offshore Project Ma OffshoreManager (5)
finding novelty outback (5)
Terminating a consulting agreement Victimised Contractor (30)
How to track sales in financial software? incognito (6)
copyright question Markety Mark (5)
How to give good product demo? incognito (36)
How to know which features to add to get the most sales? Tim Weiler (14)
Software for UK Estate Agents Mark McLaren (9)
Getting Beta Testers Siddharta Govindaraj (21)
Consulting inquiries Handyman (7)
Purchase Orders - what are they Jack (16)
Site Review Request Erhard Smit (7)
Accounting software info jack abraham (7)
PayPal by email Craig Welch (3)
Found my software has been cracked Mick (22)
New Software, but Few Sales whitepacific (15)
Buying License through the Application ? David (12)
Going Public Anon-For-Now (27)
Potential customer wants option to buy source code Anon for this (16)
How To Structure an Exclusivity Deal anon for this (3)
Market share left for web service? Donnie Rench (4)
Quick UI Improvements improvISV (14)
Better implementation of existing solutions TGA (9)
Online customer accounts James Desholtel (2)
Maintenance Plans, any tips? Steve (10)
Best web app help BenJ (4)
The customer is always right? Andrey Butov (31)
A great, unorthodox site Greg (2)
"Packing" Files, ASProtect, Armadillo, etc. software programmer (4)
Licening solution in .NET Lamarmotte (7)
How do I find a consulting job? Wilbur (8)
The "answer" to spam Nick Koranda (26)
Web site before and after Greg (16)
1and1 email meltdown Andy Brice (35)
Ripping off a non-profit site Craig Welch (6)
Anyone using Google credit card processing? BenJ (12)
Jan sales lower than usual? AG (9)
Silly microISV Idea... Nick Hebb (18)
Redistribute Unicode Font? DanB (6)
How many of you do your own taxes? -Rob (20)
Chamber of Commerce, Trust*e, BBB and all that -OO- (10)
JoS-equivalent for sales people NNL (9)
payment terms, almost open ended (6)
SS# and affiliate programs nanoISV (7)
s-corporation vs. an LLC for a contractor s-corp (24)
Philadelphia/Oracle water bill project shipwreck OneMist8k (11)
First release out! Need feedback on site, product, etc… ModelRight (19)
screenshots anon_for_this_one (7)
Website Critique Please... rod (17)
How to "protect" your idea when talking with a possible investor Anon for now ... (9)
MySQL no longer providing Windows binaries for free Tony Marston (60)
Buy Now buttons revisited Scott M (0)
Can bloggers be bought? Scott M (10)
Cost per click, any point using Overture & MSN? Steve (4)
Text messaging vs. emailing phones? GPS (7)
How to move forward? Anon for this one (10)
Affordable Online Surveys? GhostRider (8)
desktop\/webtop parashift (12)
Getting a website to match your product Foo (8)
Time tracking software Alex (3)
Annual Report 2006 Another Micro-ISVr (17)
How about MFC for a uISV? anonymous (30)
Vaporware Test marketing? PO'd Contractor (6)
public domain HTML pages(or text which can be converted to HTML) sdani (8)
An Un-Exhaustive List Of PAD Sites Brandon Doyle (9)
Downloads vs. Installs Dave (11)
Last beta of SPG.Net. Some feedback ? VisualHint (0)
24*7 Support? Anon for this question (9)
Care to share any marketing lessons you learned last year? Steve (21)
Email bounce management Ryan Smyth (4)
Help with SWREG Vignesh (3)
Cover sells the book? Vignesh (3)
Delphi the way to go? Delphi Curious (23)
business opportunity in add-ons? Eugene Van den Bulke (3)
Massive download Adam Jacobs (9)
General Schedule and RFP Tsg (3)
Is B2C really that bad? HomoSapien (5)
How often does google update its results? Stucko (13)
Estimating market for new product -OO- (17)
What is your Cost per Click to Price Ratio? David (19)
Which free newsletter are you using? Submit (7)
Pricing Simon (11)
For you business travelers... IT Business Travelers (22)
About To Spend $1,000 On FogBugz Dharmesh Shah (15)
Ordering while driving Brody (20)
Visits VS. Downloads VS. Purchases Info Collector (4)
2Checkout experiences? oOo*oOo (16)
Do I need a trademark? mISV (21)
Online appointment booking John Hyde (5)
What is your opinion of Teamspeak? Not telling (7)
Can I start a business doing remote PC checkups? Jason (25)
Putting home address on website? Frank S. (31)
I want to change to PayPal! buddy (9)
How to make Google groups our pages in their search result? Anon for this (4)
Working with Significant Other Brian Clements (15)
Only providing flash demos, no screenshots? fish (12)
Getting organised Lamby (5)
New product launched. Feedback requested. Significant other (25)
Birthdays and Software Development Dan (20)
Selling ASP or PHP Products Stormy (15)
Mac clone on windows? Seeking Opinions (14)
Intellectual Property Question stormranger (16)
New product release and quality marketing Adam Jacobs (12)
Refusing to sell to a company for religious/ethical reasons just-say-no (19)
How to fight (hit back) the cloners Alexander (16)
What is in the MicroISV library? Rita Booke (14)
Evaluation Versions Floyd Price (8)
Trianeda sneak peek and website review request Vignesh (27)
Nolo License Template for Component, Both Royalty-free, Royalty anon this time (1)
Anyone a MCP? SLOPpy (11)
PAD digital signature Claudiu Spulber (2)
Job boards for qualified developers? Chad (8)
Switched to Plimus Wouter Dhondt (20)
Social Entrepreneurs Known (8)
Going virtual RS (14)
JS script bug due to Google Analytics? Vignesh (6)
Thanks Everyone John Rusk (3)
Rent-a-coder, eLance, guru etc... PHDude (12)
text documentation approach Neil Laurance (5)
Popup "exit survey" on your website? Mr. Analogy (13)
Cooperation with US based company. Full Name (2)
Tip for getting feedback Carmen Ferrara (5)
Design and Innovation Cards John Sloan (0)
RentACoder question Anon for this question (24)
Copyright text in scripts Vignesh (4)
.NET Framework installation percentages el (15)
Educating a bad customer. poulsbohemian (25)
Do partners need to sign contract? Eric (17)
Most valuable download sites? Submissions (13)
Technical Support Rep To Customer Ratio Chris Roberts (8)
Startup Logistics - Address & Banking Albert Kennis (10)
Crossing the B2B credibility chasm.  How? mindTheGap (6)
SaaS Scott Meade (6)
Huge thanks to JoS users... and a followup question Zack (9)
Anyone using live chat on their website Mr. Analogy (6)
Delphi: The Choice for ISVs Mauricio Macedo (33)
MS Access and licensing Anon for this one (4)
A funny thing happened at work today... (semi OT) Patrick McKenzie (30)
Direct Mail Costs, US based... Geoff M (7)
Click-Wrap EULA Questions... Geoff M (2)
Password Handling - Hosted Web App Michael Sica (19)
How Do I Break The Ice? (Light-hearted) Red-brick (32)
Trial Period Anon4Now (13)
medical deductions for an LLC Contractor (3)
Processing credit cards Sam (8)
Handy tools and resources Vignesh (16)
Landing page optimization Boris (8)
Pulling the Trigger I'll Tell Soon (22)
Let's talk executive suites Robert (17)
Free Lite version as a marketing tool? Stucko (12)
Next version of Ubercode? William Rayer (9)
accountant is ultra conservative TaxSucks (19)
Copyright software developed using express editions... K (3)
Any feedback on siteground webhosting? K (3)
Size of statistical sample of Clicks needed for A-B ad compar.? Mr. Analogy (14)
Marketing for independent service Mike Durkin (1)
The death of the salesletter Boris Yankov (5)
UI prototyping Jim (15)
How to vapor-ware? Christopher Wells (12)
Introduce mISV on web without exposing too much? bongle (14)
5 Little Things That I've Learned Lately Nick Hebb (13)
Trianeda - Greenhorn, novice, learner, hopeful, aspirant ! Vignesh (3)
When do you stop the support and refer a computer technician? Ben Mc (17)
IE7 and "EV Certificates" Curious (5)
Does Google find this practice legal? Phil (8)
Overdone ideas. A waste of time or a learning experience? Matt T. (17)
My demand curve Richard Rodger (4)
Idea – Software for Home Builders (Long) ian (23)
can a microISV create something BIG ?? anonForThis (21)
One-Year Grace Period For Filing Patents Dave (12)
Trademark Infringement Ryan Britton (12)
Windows GUI development toolkit PM (16)
Symbian OS or Windows Mobile for my Smart Phone Maayan Porat (6)
Need advice on contracting situation Tad Unhappy (8)
New Year-spanning payments and 1099s Rookie Consultant (9)
Selling You on an Idea Gene Wirchenko (13)
Microsft and SFLC argue that software is not patentable workingHard (36)
Third Antair Product Released Andrey Butov (8)
anyone familiar with amazon.com salary structure? someone (12)
Self Employed HSA SCADA Guy (13)
eLearning Solution Recommendations Chad (4)
Should I ship to this buyer? Suave socialite (34)
Looking for companies that can help with software marketing Anonymous this time (8)
Sales leads through networking site George (4)
Third open invoice Curmudgeonly Consultant (19)
Why do successful online marketers have ugly websites? Markety Mark (22)
forthcoming conferences Andy Brice (7)
Windows Mobile or CF development -Rob (10)
Marketing is tougher than I thought :/ Blanko (21)
how do smaller custom shops find clients? timmy (6)
Released my BlackBerry app John (1)
Work while developing Eric Matson (6)
Employee Bonus Zeeshan Alam (3)
Which computer? nvictor (7)
How is PayPal as of 2007? L4B-3E1 (18)
Type of company Anonnabe (27)
software idea Tod ensert (22)
Unique Selling Proposition (USP) needed for software. Steve Dorris (19)
Turbo Delphi vs. "regular" Delphi Ignorant Dude (28)
Business idea - web application framework CD Rohan Almeida (12)
test my new site and solve your smelly coworker problem :) Orick of Toronto (19)
Best possible monitor Michael B (21)
The Business of Web 2.0 Rather be anon for this one (17)
Software Releases portal/site (2)
Being an Independent Programmer in 2007 Valerie Smothsfield (29)
Begrudging customers -- what to make of them? Derek I (22)
Web graphics DanB (3)
Moving to another state and taxes Kansas (14)
(Marketing) book recommendations Leon Mergen (17)
A model of BMW car Anon for this (6)
What is fair equity for marketing/sales/business development? Robert Intersimone (24)
W-9 Information? Steve (8)
Security for your Source Code Kjartan Olason (12)
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