* 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

 
Reddit Acquired Acquire Me! (12 comments)
Google Answers Answerme (5)
Another Plug for Bits du Jour Nick Hebb (4)
Web Development Christopher Pond (11)
Managing Email, one POP Client for 9-5, another for mISV? Geoff M (18)
Alphabetical company and product names Turtle Rustler (8)
Mobile email ? anon (5)
brewing idea for a services startup Ron (5)
Dealing with doubt (13)
Is it worth going to a lawyer? Steve Hirsch (26)
Digg started with $1000? Just for insipiration. (22)
Release notes displayed prominently? Doug (12)
Automating Click Fraud Watch out for click fraud! (6)
How to Remove Ms-Outlook Annoying Auth Messages... M.P. (14)
Microsoft Office Accounting 2007 Carmen Ferrara (1)
Help me persuade my manager. nvictor (6)
Build windows forms app on .Net 1.1 or .Net 2.0 ? Ubercoder (21)
Microsoft Buddy Program experience? Please share empowered (3)
selling appliances sp (9)
Selling installed hardware Paul Brown (4)
Obfuscator with good support Martin (9)
Fair price for CD shipping? Steve (15)
I quotes less price - now what are my options? anon for this one (12)
Proposal for HR Igwe (14)
rebrand anon for this (4)
My Laptop is 1024x768. Will I get problem in 1366x768 FlatPanel? Bon (2)
License control  and code protection tools Elmer (4)
Software submission services, any good? Steve (3)
Using .NET to build S/W Product Rajeev (2)
Open Source licensing John T.H. (5)
Developing for eBay Stucko (17)
W2 or Corp-Corp (11)
Pick a name, pick a name.. Ali (25)
Afraid of shipping a V1.0 product The Night Blogger (17)
How to protect Images? Chris Johnson (1)
Errors & Omissions insurance -- $1200 too much? Jim (4)
Choosing the right product type to start an online business. Ubercoder (12)
Banner Ads vs or with Text ads Robert Hinojosa (1)
How well do you know your customers? cedric (4)
FREE Reverse Phone Lookup Site? Brice Richard (6)
Changing product name just before release? Ali (14)
Quote/Estimate Software (Opportunity?) Charles (7)
Experience Person getting a PhD Contractor (13)
Web Traffic buying Sevenoaks (7)
JoS meetup in Cambridge (UK) on the 3rd Nov? Andy Brice (22)
Who owns the concept and who owns the implementation? CodeOwner (18)
When is throwing away money making code cool???? M.Hasoby (17)
Hmmm .... Dedicated Product Web Site ? ZanyCoder (2)
PromoSoft vs RoboSoft - submission tools Greg (23)
Traditional Help Files vs Online Help Steve (13)
Website free content Wouter Dhondt (3)
Look and Feel Templates Shareware Newbie (7)
Degree of Difference Between Lite, Standard, and Pro Versions Phillip Flores (5)
SQL Server Market AnonymousCoward (6)
Do you need to register MicroISV? AnonymousCoward (5)
Product Name starting with Super, Ultra, Master Paradigm Shift (6)
Help me with my company name Paradigm Shift (19)
OpenOffice Impress on Flat Panel. Will there be any problems? OpenOffice User (2)
Quality screenshots Steve (21)
Are ScreenSavers a Viable Business? Derek Pollard (16)
Marketing our new product Kieran (8)
How do I obtain  A Persons IP Address from an Email Address? Robert Henry (21)
Revolt of the lower upper middle class? Crimson (44)
should i take the offer? dilemma (10)
Legal question anon (4)
Web-client vs rich-client debate, rereredux Nick Barratt (26)
What are the risks to having your source code exposed John Howard (11)
Download Sites + Extra Advertising = More Sales? Anonymous (6)
How much documentation to offer for FREE? OneNerd (16)
Educational software market Edukayshun (6)
HELP NEEDED -Pricing Structure - Junior / Standard & Pro Edition The Night Blogger (9)
Help Files for 'Vista' apps - tool to use? Chris Johnson (1)
Google JumpStart KD (6)
OK Everyone! Its Finally Here Stucko (19)
Product Launched, Please Test It Mauricio Macedo (17)
Writing component is a loser's business? Anthony McDaniel (21)
MyDreamApp Competition Neville Franks (8)
if you use PayPal PDT...a word of caution JonS (2)
Google and dynamic sites Rich (9)
Recommendation for an internet lawyer in London? Mark McLaren (2)
phpBB support Forum and spam Wouter Dhondt (17)
Manually processing some bounces Claudiu Spulber (4)
When is software ready to sell? A Concerned Friend (11)
Trustworthy online California incorporation processing? dave (4)
SoftwareArchives.com scum don't need no crap (6)
other directories and search engines Shareware Newbie (11)
Rules to better Google rankings Mark Pearce (5)
Money back guarantee graphic Doug (9)
Export Control Classification Number deer in headlights (4)
Shareware frontend for GPL apps Nick (13)
webhosting survey outback (12)
example of PRO webdesign for a software company. Proweb (9)
'Click Fraud' Threatens Foundation of Web Ads software programmer (19)
Is this a good base template for my website? Stucko (15)
Free Webhosting untill I go live.. FreeFTP (19)
Online help manual or install with applicaiton? Tim Weiler (16)
What to do when there is a web site called your-company.com The Night Blogger (7)
Open Source sites - alternatives? Chris Johnson (9)
To all those MicroISVers making ugly applications Nathan Ridley (28)
Fully Functional 30 Day Trial? or with some limit durring Trial Stucko (10)
Spam filter for your mother Gerry Smith (6)
making a product free without dissing paying customers humble micro ISV (21)
Need to be reviewed Zino (4)
Putting your software on Download.com naila (5)
Leveraging on opensource projects - request for feedback KD (6)
registering a trademark Jay (3)
registering a business Jay (14)
I'll give presentation using Flat Panel. What is Flat Panel? MicroISVer (4)
Installed IE7, Webcontrol events stopped working! JSD (6)
What is the best way to transfer your website? ChangingHomes (5)
Misv - Web Site in French & English The Night Blogger (26)
TradeMark Questions (TM) The Night Blogger (R) (3)
Creating passion to work for company? K (18)
Marketing! What worked for you? Just a thought (9)
Altavista Babelfish Translation software programmer (5)
information sensitivity Jay (14)
domain renewal lord of his domain (for now) (9)
Do site submission tools jump the queue? Gerry Smith (4)
good accounting software Jay (10)
Adsense on a Blog? Kevin Dahlhausen (8)
Bundle Licence Scheme NightBlogger (4)
version numbering system Jay (5)
I need your vigilante justice (a peer review) Joshua Volz (36)
Virtual Office in North America Venturer (4)
our product-descriptions have been stolen :( Victim (11)
advertise that works Kent (4)
RfC: new Software Release: Parley Negotiation Software Matthias Winkelmann (20)
Some Interesteing figures on new software project ideas Stucko (18)
Advertise BETA 1 of my software on Google Adwords? Stucko (3)
Wow, download sites matter Doug (7)
VirtualPBX Anon (14)
Security business Mark (6)
A .config editor? Deepak Shenoy (12)
Any experiences with Stumbledupon? Patrick McKenzie (9)
IE 7 is out Patrick McKenzie (15)
Laptops instead of desktop workstions? matt (28)
A question about Nag screen usage Neville Franks (22)
Corporate OS builds: rational argument against, requested Christopher (9)
Wiki plus ease of use of Writley / GoogleDocs anon (18)
what is the market for windows platform debugger software? torimasu (10)
Joel getting away with murder! Azrul (19)
Any good International call forwarding + voice mail service Sam Ayers (4)
B2B or B2C? Which Market is better of a mISVer? Ubercoder (16)
Your MicroISV Marketing $0.02 Nathan Ridley (18)
free sales handbook for emerging ISV's bystander (16)
live sales chat Jay (13)
Is piracy a bad thing? Jay (26)
What happenned to the Micro ISV show? Gerry Smith (9)
Another Style of a Software Home/Sales Page Kevin Dahlhausen (27)
Any experience with Avangate payment processor Andrea N. - Direct Access (8)
Help for naming my product Mak (12)
Starting a mISV while still having a full time job // SamiraSoft (3)
Domain squatter on my .org and .net Anonymous this time (7)
Good program to make flash demo movies - need advice Oleg (14)
DBA - change ownership to wife Ram (5)
A Central teg repository for collaborative sites.. Ach (2)
Anyone know the fees for Cleverbridge payment processing? Andrew J (2)
How long till you made your first dollar MoMoney (9)
Citing Gartner/IDC's Chart. Is it Fair-Use? MicroISVer (5)
My first blog mISVer wannabe (11)
How and where to market a free MFC component? VisualHint (8)
Maintenance Policy Survey for Desktop Software anonforthisone (2)
Do trialperiods work? Jay (14)
new resource - google.com/codesearch Andy Brice (9)
Thinking differently - Avoiding Outsourced displacement Belinda Gaal (7)
Blackberry software test Software developer (2)
Rent to own or leaseware Erhard Smit (8)
Google AdWords Fraud? John Gunning (11)
AdWords expense as % of revenue Big Spender (14)
Professional CV writing ? NeedmyCVsorted! (8)
Selling company after 8 years geaser (28)
Software Standards K (17)
Good sites providing presentation tips & tutorial? Presenter Newbie (4)
Help me out Simon@AutoUpdate+ (11)
Getting to study Marketing Jeff (11)
PR: how do you distribute press releases? Matthias Winkelmann (10)
Blogging as a marketing strategy software programmer (9)
ISBN or UPC for Software??? Neila (4)
INNO SETUP Script to download and install .NET Framework 2.0 Stucko (9)
How to launch a web site? Jason Kester (8)
Spending $400 out of total $1200 on UI. HE-MAN and the Masters of the universe (26)
By way of introduction - planning for a new mISV Jumpalong Jim (14)
unpaid overtime as a contractor? Contractor (17)
How do we determin which market to start developing for? Stucko (5)
Website / Product Evaluation Help Joshua Volz (8)
Application Packaging tool - recommendations please Chris Johnson (18)
Selling a software company Tor (6)
Accounting and Inventory Karl Perry (1)
Working from home... from Michigan (91)
New website launched. Andrey Butov (19)
An interestin application Przemek (2)
Affiliate Systems Chris (4)
Any other mISV forums out there?? mISVer wannabe (8)
Commercialize free (open source) software. Evgeny (13)
Can our "business of software" help save the world? PWills (17)
Hard Copy to Electronic Conversion sav (3)
Pricing and Support for Site Licenses Nick Hebb (3)
Expected sales rate Andrew Hercules (19)
snippet pasting software recommendation bumperbox (3)
Best Selling Software Category (12)
Per pc or per seat or user license? Anno for this (4)
Does anyone develop eBay related software / tools? eBay (10)
Gitex Dubai anyone? Asif (10)
Finding a VC - anon today - (9)
Free software periods Colm Ryan (5)
Are employment agreements getting worse for developers? Contractor (12)
CD-fullfillment.com -- No response Frederik Slijkerman (10)
Free legal copyright advice Straw Man (9)
Email Server for Windows Recommendations? Ryan Smyth (14)
Who can I hire to create Terms of Use? Ernic (5)
Am I doing the right thing? Be that as it may (13)
Do you fix all bugs before adding new features? Scott (7)
Licensing & Pricing Question Anon for Now (3)
Letting the customer build the software... Phil (14)
My experience with Direct Access on Bits du Jour Andrea N. - Direct Access (4)
Where do I move my business? anon for this (30)
Need help increasing trial conversion ratio Jeff (5)
Should I make a trial version? Anon to protect the crazy (14)
Calling back home to track the number of users? MR (22)
Legal Steps to protect your software Stucko (5)
List of Freeware mISV Tools / Software Stucko (19)
Equation to compare mISV sales to salary Mellowman (10)
Order page optimizations Doug (15)
Charging v's taking a % Kieran (3)
Need Flash Software recommendation MR (8)
Need decent FTP program recommendation Nathan Ridley (21)
Prediction markets - algorithm Narasimha (2)
more income with Adwords than mISV? AdISV (8)
MicroISV success as a function of software price (?) Joshua Volz (8)
Just start a new job, but ready to quit!!! (17)
I'm Still Stuck Stucko Againo (18)
Atlassian CEO Interview Ian L (5)
Wikis on an intranet - blocking referrer info? WikiWikiEverywhere (14)
Blog Post: "Beware of mid-priced software" Squeaky Chair (7)
How do we get reviewed? Francis (6)
10 Tips for Moving From Programmer to Entrepreneur Eric D. Burdo (26)
Part Time Work Anonnabe (13)
GUI creation tools - recommendations Elmer Fudd (really...) (13)
product longevity Andy Brice (15)
My dear mother has become a spammer Derek I (29)
Re-engineering services stntprg (2)
Contract Question anon for this (15)
Creating documentation Ben Mc (7)
The business of Consulting Asif (7)
Two good questions John (16)
Website content Website (3)
Payment Processor in USA and Europe Jessy Kent (5)
Unix vs. .Net server app marketshare? GMan (9)
Does the US election have an effect on software sales? J (20)
Godaddy Traffic Blazer Jessy Kent (2)
Finding others for joint ventures Ben (14)
Licensing software - Need Help ModelRight (16)
Incentive for Startup in New Orleans?! Mohan (8)
Help with pricing runtime licences Nervous about business (4)
Look what I found.. Might be handy Web (12)
Paypal account ready (9)
Privacy Policy Template Martin R (2)
Click Wrap or Shrink Wrap anon (6)
Flash My Brain website opinions? C. Deck (11)
Pricing for Website Development Website Developer (9)
FTP Site for accepting log files from Beta users anon (4)
.net reactor vs remotesoft obfuscator anon (5)
Legal documents as templates Elmer Fudd (really...) (4)
Seth Godin's Bootstrapper's Bible is free again Tim Weiler (6)
US Company Financial Reports Jumpalong Jim (1)
Using a quote with/out permission? (10)
Fault tracking/Testing/Customer provisioning tool - Ideas? Woody (0)
Can we bundle Firefox? Anon for this (2)
Secure online demos PA (7)
Web Analytics software Doug (10)
Got Dugg. eh. Ian L (14)
Licensing a .Net component. How ? nicolas (2)
Joel in SmartMoney Chad (2)
Youtube for 1.2 billion? Orick of Toronto (5)
20 Smart Companies to Start Now Greg Giard (12)
How does TechChrunch find products to talk about? Ali (6)
Hiring contractors in the US, what corporate form? Snowboarder (6)
Payment processor alternatives to SWREG? Tom Rath (15)
Selling to Corporates - or not? Woody (4)
How should I handle this? Krs (8)
Starting a services/consulting business Anon (5)
Office dress code Oracle consultant (30)
How old is too old? Jorge Santos (21)
Blog Recommendations for an Integrated Blog Chad (7)
How long does it take to recruit a developer? Jx (10)
Swapping my workstation... Andrey Butov (3)
So I've read your books and I still don't know what to do? Luke Pryor (9)
Guy Kawasaki speaking in Waterloo, ON tomorrow (10/6) Jesse (3)
360 is gona kill my ISV x360 (17)
Branding my product for resellers PA (6)
Subcontractor's solicitation Tom (10)
Vista's release - first for businesses, then for other customers Student (13)
X takes a week to code, I can do it in a day..what to do? anon for this one. (18)
New pricing question! Aaarrggh!! Nathan Ridley (9)
Anyone heard of any freelance WPF designers? younghov (7)
New product - Wireless plugin for SugarCRM Jakub (5)
Stock price determination algorithm Narasimha (13)
Something on my mind... Andrey Butov (44)
interesting opportunity for Eclipse plug-in authors NotFromBorland (0)
Asking for a little cooperation from your users Bear with me (9)
350$ vs 100$ nvictor (10)
Help me name my product too (13)
Open Source: CRM vTiger or SugarCRM? (or other CRMs?) Finding a CRM (8)
Odiferous Employees Karl Perry (13)
Marketing a new standard Jorge Santos (33)
New Product Name Ernic (22)
New Product - What do you think? Anon for now (18)
Too many decisions to make regarding UI Ali (17)
Testing guilt & anxiety Alan M (UK) (8)
File/Folder Usage Data Data Junkie (4)
Release Beta Software on www.digg.com PayME (9)
This site 'scratches my itch' Alex (4)
Help me setup a Payment system PayME (9)
Flaws in new product - Follow Up Neville Franks (5)
Web apps: Your potential customers haven't heard of Web 2.0 Ali (7)
Spend money on redesign. support middleman (5)
Market info on small to medium manufacturers and warehouses? Peter G. (3)
OK..It takes too much time, but cannot replace the day job.. thanks to allow me to be anon (10)
Has anyone used the Visual Studio Team System for developers? v (3)
New Software company about to be launched... ModelRight (17)
Here's an option for VB6 users: VB for the Java Platform Nick Hebb (3)
This microISV makes $10,000 a day Tim Weiler (11)
Office design for software development Lloyd (4)
Netflix contest: offering 1M Prize for Software software programmer (9)
Marketing a Control David Duey (8)
Compiler Market Dead? A.Nonohmus (18)
Ideas and input wanted for new Help Desk app Marcin Brzezinski (3)
Advancement Stromgald (Стромгалд) (8)
middle of nowhere have to be anon (8)
Creative vs. Business Application Jeff YeahJustJeff (8)
Start Selling under my name? or get a company name? ME Inc. (7)
How can I target Web Masters? anon for this one. (6)
Flaws in new product - what to do? Definitely anon (9)
Paying contractors? Snowboarder (14)
Need Some Artwork Ryan Smyth (10)
Offsite Backups gcPunk (15)
getting spammed from job boards Contractor (18)
Experiences with Guru.com and RentACoder.com John Howard (10)
Internet Job Boards Andrew Robinson (5)
question about developing products outside of work developer (9)
Try to make the jump into Trading Systems dev.? LookingAround (11)
DeepTrawl - Final beta release Jonathan Matthews (22)
I will release the product in next 2 weeks never ending 2 weeks (17)
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