* 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

 
HIPAA - pratical steps Wanting to Comply (10 comments)
Multiple License Discount Spreadsheet Just Need the URL (6)
Creating a development team Suryo Baskoro (7)
Web 2.0 and Centralized Computing the future? Tony (4)
Finding usability testers jz (7)
C/C++ to Java (some advise) Thomas Row (14)
Problems with Startup anon (35)
Examples of Propals Jamie (6)
What if? 100 (11)
ERP Reporting Software for Baan, MFG/PRO, Progress, etc. Steve Fagaly (1)
great resource for legal contracts pablo (2)
Terms of Service 'copying' Tim (4)
how report copyright violation? pablo (16)
Website and Documentation - Formal or Informal Tone? Untucked (6)
Izenda Ad Hoc AJAX ASP.NET Reporting Tool Site Evaluation Sanjay Bhatia (6)
what is the best type of incorporation for a two-persons starrup John Ku (11)
Good idea... what to do with it? Cameron (21)
Build or buy? sharkfish (13)
Programmers on wallstreet Floridian Coder (13)
Reducing the Size of the JRE Imminent (21)
"Generic Businessman on Phone": Stock Photos on Your Website Ari Berdy (20)
The google story wannabeboy (10)
How much do bulk licenses sell for to the enterprise? Dan W. (3)
How to come up with a successful idea? George (19)
Buying traffic Janabsaab (13)
Have you been using Google ads? How effective they are? Oleg (12)
Need for commercial writing for ISVs and Consulting Shops? Budding Commercial Writer (17)
An observation on user habits CodeClarity (10)
FOLLOW-UP: Comments About Typical Users Today... Brice Richard (27)
Should web site for components presentation be modest or bright? Oleg (9)
His idea, my labour, partner or not? Wants to do the right thing (34)
idea: sell salary info for offshore customers Max Ischenko (16)
R.A.D Controls OEM Pricing Sinisa Rakovic (4)
What are the best business/strategy games around? (28)
Information Architecture Document Rob (6)
Search Engine Optimization Sara (8)
Upgrade fees - straw poll Andy Brice (9)
Comments About Typical Users Today... Brice Richard (27)
Sick of abstract managers & their lip service! Anonymous (22)
"It's Kinda Like a...": Handling Unique Products Ari Berdy (16)
Kickbacks Damian Mehers (18)
Defining the scope of the fixed price project ISK (10)
Affiliate schemes any good? Philipp Schumann (15)
Does Joel really believe in EMT? Dinesh (13)
EVA for IT Project Managers Michael- (8)
Consultantware? bob (8)
Micro-ISV searching for Beta testers Imminent (17)
Surfulater, Under the Hood and Down the Road Neville Franks (4)
New LookLater bookmarklet UI released Doug Martin (7)
finding part-time developers for prototype (in lisp?) Falcon (5)
Licensing again! Anon (5)
Citrix Alternative Robert Lerner (10)
Host or Package? T.O.P. (3)
Is google(the stock) a bubble? RC (21)
uISV launching AJAX query and reporting tool and needs advice Sanjay Bhatia (15)
Charge More? But I Feel Guilty... Guiltstricken (26)
Venture Capital Rate Of Return? Peter Sherman (9)
Google customer service... Phil (14)
Help Finding a Partner John D (8)
testing prototype Andy (6)
Thinking of trying out a christmas promotion on my prospects Philipp Schumann (14)
Complete failure? A/C (23)
IT Salaries Light Reader (1)
Infogami Berislav Lopac (5)
Beginning on my own - Books? Peter Monsson (18)
Site design mikael bergkvist (11)
Where does one find the upper tier (top 1-2%) of developers? Anon Coward (42)
PDACorps.com for sale on eBay ISV and Music Lover (9)
Separate site for product? Alex Tretyakov (6)
Google analytics (4)
is this a viable RSS business model Nick Gogerty (5)
Is the MVC design pattern absolutely necessary? CIFChamp (16)
Aardvark'd DVD sales Pete (17)
Delivering a web-app standalone to customers. Matt (14)
Disclose bugs or not? Phil (8)
640 GB question pds (8)
How Do I Tell A Customer...My Product Stinks Can't Touch This (6)
Which SQL engine? Miranda Pothiawala (16)
Does it Makes sense to open shop in China? Asif @ Cubex (7)
Alibaba.com wannabeboy (5)
Can't code anymore - any remedies? Josh (32)
Software pricing scheme Mona Mansour (5)
First 500 accounts free for 2 years. Good approach? Alvin Rhodes (6)
Domain registrars Grissom (14)
How to get into the Windows Catalog Philipp Schumann (4)
LookLater Beta released! Doug Martin (24)
how much/ where to buy a terabyte of bandwidth Ted (8)
Give your product away JS (18)
Is .NET too expensive? C++ Developer (13)
Your questions about Google's crawler answered.. JD (4)
How Not to Serve your Customers KC (11)
Business Networking Website John (0)
Law and order on the web Web Developer (5)
Breach of contract? peeved (36)
Customer Service! me (17)
AdSense in Software Philipp Schumann (13)
What runtime do I use for a new software product? Seth (46)
Help us beta a new RSS Reader Nick Gogerty (4)
Online content and perception of value Jeff Turner (12)
What cool company will Google put out of business today? Phil (25)
I am the problem partner - what should I do? George (25)
Recommend an online knowledge base Orson Kart (10)
Prime Time to get your product/keyword on Google Base pablo (4)
Question for contractors on fixed bid projects: ScopeLimbering.. Crimson (6)
Google analytics and 3rd party .js files Atul (11)
PayPal account required for PayPal payment? Andy Brice (13)
InfoCaptor Dashboard Designer: Will you use it for Free? nj (14)
OK. Officially Seeking a Partner John (17)
Beta testing recommended for Micro-ISV product 1.0? Imminent (16)
Charging! Kieran Southern (8)
What services for Press releases distribution you are using? Michael D. (15)
free UK sms messages? Alvin Rhodes (8)
Anyone from London? Bernhard (1)
Integrated Online Backups in our Apps iobioa (14)
Article criticism Dimitris Giannitsaros (14)
Google Analytics offered for free! pablo (40)
Google results question Jim (15)
Client hires new contractor abruptly - opinions desired? Contractor (21)
Software downloads - EXE or ZIP? Reckless Me (31)
(Wireless) security consulting: demand/chanes? Harald (2)
Online advertising statistics service idea Tien Do (3)
seeking suggestions for business templates Jon Bovey (5)
No revenue information, just Download Metrics nj (8)
open source and isv blablabla (20)
The power of pre-beta demos Doug Martin (9)
Pagerank gone down - changing from html to php??? nj (8)
Good deals for domain registration Quartex (8)
Remote Access - Customer Support steve (11)
Bootstrapping - time for a real compiler! Robert (16)
Time to throw in the towel? Phil (9)
sales vs days of the week Andy Brice (15)
London consultancy prices Anonymous for this one (5)
Payments for a subscription-based web service Janabsaab (8)
Typical IT Salaries Atul (18)
LookLater server side pre-beta demo released Doug Martin (21)
Anyone using google desktop search.... jc (13)
Joining a start-up--an option? elloco (4)
Payment processors Philipp Schumann (8)
Is WinForms Moving Towards A Slow Death? Brice Richard (21)
New e-commerce type website...feedback? friend of nerd (6)
LookLater pre-beta demo released! Doug Martin (15)
Nervous about selling overseas in the usa (10)
Wrote a good program, now what??? Laurie O'Donnell (11)
How do I sell 1000 copies to developers? piano (23)
American looking for work in Melbourne area WRH (5)
How do you guys host? jburnes (9)
MSDN Magazine Dennis Crane (Dr.Explain software) (12)
Yet another product launch... kudos to the BoS people! Philipp Schumann (21)
As A Consumer... Brandon Doyle (13)
Would you Google for technical authoring services? Anonymous because this is a query, not spam (19)
Businesses in cross-cultural IT? Bernhard (6)
Convertible debt? patrickb (9)
E-Commerce + Call-Center Order Mgmt System? GiorgioG (2)
micro-ISV testing process Andy Brice (11)
How to Implement time-limited trial Travelling Steve (16)
Selling software to your own company VMM (34)
Do I need to give stock options? Small guy, dreamin' big (22)
Know someone out of work? Are you out of Work? Michael Johnson (8)
How to package an Excel Add-In for sale? MB (13)
Launched new website, 'software as a service' Impersonator (3)
Are the examples on the web site protected? Kirk (2)
Hire - but for what? anon (13)
ROI on OSS companies? Why do companies go open-source? Fred (18)
A Publisher wants me ralph (18)
Research Numbers Required on Web Publishing Nik Cubrilovic (1)
An observation on shareware - feature bloat is widespread Bored Bystander (14)
Good hosting for ASP.NET 2.0 version andre (3)
feedback on my product/website pablo (22)
Market segmentation, Professional packs and Magic prices William Rayer (11)
Setting up Sales team for outsourcing companies Asif Hameed (3)
ROI for startup - strategizing on product pricing anamika (4)
Financial planning software Light Reader (1)
Other forums/mailing lists like this Light Reader (6)
Neural networks-based web logs analyzer... Alexander Makhanev (9)
Fastest route to success? Your advice needed! TheyCalledHimHarald (10)
Your online marketing budget Jawad Shuaib (2)
If your software was on a date… Neville Franks (2)
Software licensing book Lost for words (11)
Catching the pirates Apollo (18)
Employees Without Paychecks Mark B. Anthony (19)
Need hosting service recommendation John (3)
Open Source Business Model Idea Ben Mc (9)
Virtual Office NY Shane (10)
Micro-ISV #17: The Other Microsoft Bob Walsh (5)
Multi-processor workstations? Karl Perry (19)
Runtime Revolution. Is anyone using this one? Ari Berdy (5)
Charging for support Brendan O'Brien (9)
Using Direct Mail Andreas (12)
Web vs. Desktop, take two Berislav Lopac (13)
Domain vs Server Licensing StoreLocatorPlugin TB (5)
Determine Number of Users Amon for this (6)
ISV Customer web portal Light Reader (5)
What are the "chances" of a startup ISV making it? Bored Bystander (49)
And the best tool is... Floyd Price (4)
New Ubercode trial and updated website Bill Rayer (6)
How many $1B ISVs yarivanu (23)
Freeware OR No-Freeware? Jawad Shuaib (12)
Got any consulting/uISV/management horror stories? Crimson (9)
Schedule yourself? Robert (9)
how to find reseller in other country anotherprogrammer (2)
New Product, give it away free to Beta ... right? Anon (10)
WebSite & Application Critic - Be Harsh :) TB (33)
Need your scathing criticism :) micro-ISV idea anon for now (12)
The case against CoPilot's pricing. Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (16)
Startup blog, day 1 Doug Martin (17)
Listed my digital photo management application on eBay Jim Lamb (48)
Ace Project -- Any Have Experience With Them? Eugene Mallay (6)
ISVs of Croatia Berislav Lopac (2)
Size of ISV market anamika (4)
Small software companies in Phoenix, AZ? D in PHX (2)
Killer concept/idea.  How to avoid feeling rushed and anxious? sharkfish (18)
white label/rebranding deals Andy Brice (5)
Finally, the time has come nj (18)
Referral program advice Dave (13)
Time tracking solution for enterprises... Alexander Makhanev (34)
Recommendations for a scaleable dedicated host provider? Anonymous for now... (6)
Finding a good name for a software product Roel (15)
Need Advice for Signing EU Distributor Steven Nelson (6)
Start-Ups Are TellingVenture Capitalists: 'We Don't Need You' Denis (13)
Outsoursing, ISVs and business of making money? Asif Hameed (7)
Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) Program Chad (1)
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