* 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

 
FAQ Pages, Good or Bad? Steve (12 comments)
Value of blogging about unrelated topics? Ted Graham (7)
W-2 and my llc Contractor (11)
Cold Calling Ernic (19)
Dead product Anon for this (14)
How to get to you? olpa (11)
Maintenance on Software < $500 The Main Tainer (18)
Bandwidth Monitoring Bob (7)
How to compete with a bigger company? Greg (21)
Big discount on Automise DanB (11)
Refund Asked after License Changes Anon this time (11)
Softpedia content and downloads BennyBeta (9)
Consulting dilemma? Johansson (10)
"Outsiders" mISV experiences Javier (9)
Spiders and separate style sheets arachnid (6)
Going the mISV route or consulting -Rob (13)
Beta testers Mike Speranza (7)
Proofreading and editing David (14)
Just got a new idea - testimonialr.com Max (11)
New website/online app -- Looking for criticism Ezrie (20)
Lifestyle business with shareware? Shareware Author Wannabe (23)
Giveaway of the Day Phil (20)
New product for Java developers - Please review Prashant (15)
Please Review My New Software Jack Wang (40)
Mentioning the name of competitors on website? (19)
Which email marketing tool to use? Stijn (9)
Consulting: charging for previous work (Minimum Wage)^3 (7)
30 days money back guarantee Mike T. (25)
Home Office Furniture? Conundrum (23)
Just launched my 1st product Max (36)
Need inexpensive outsourcing team Gunnar Drager (23)
Google movies, The World According to Bush Handyman (6)
Review my Purchase Page Please - Will it attrack buyers? Stucko (19)
Software customization killol virani (4)
why doesn't fogcreek, sell fogbugz as a hosted service? bumperbox (18)
[Long+Tricky] I’ve Quit My Job & I’ve Got No Plan! MAD and enjoying it :) (35)
Charge tax on software sales in your state? Taxo (11)
Avoid the loony Zune TheFred (11)
Google Analytics? Analyst (7)
Reseller has contacted me.. Steve (5)
Beta test response rates RB (6)
Releasing your product before competitor releases Anon (12)
mobile internet access in the UK Andy Brice (20)
New York City BOS Get-together. Andrey Butov (6)
Warren Buffet Christopher Wells (4)
To do it or not? ConfusedISV (17)
Do you need university degree to make it in development Chris Dean (36)
Are you using Share-it? Marcelo (5)
Financial Plan Available Jumpalong Jim (8)
Happy Thanksgiving !!! Impressionable (5)
Minority position anamika (3)
Best paid jobs : where? nvictor (5)
Developer Experience Metrics Dimitris Staikos (11)
Please review my Website Again - Visual Updates Stucko (26)
Ftp program to go with subversion Ali (10)
Patents, patents Victor (8)
Payment Processing W/out Merchant Account, With API? Donavon Keithley (8)
Beta version finally there !!! boris (16)
Prices down sales up, any experience? Greedy for more (8)
microisv company structure, account etc lookingtoleap (14)
getting hold of Vista for testing Andy Brice (11)
Does source code anlysis tool earn money? zzh (8)
Designing an appealing website/product -- ramble (6)
Pictures of your office Andrey Butov (41)
Why you need a real writer... Ryan Smyth (15)
Complete ISV hosting? Ted Graham (16)
Does smart editor can earn money? zzh (8)
Google acting contrary to their motto "Do no evil" suave socialite (7)
Educational Software Yan Ji (8)
Interesting article: Don’t underprice your software... Reginald Braithwaite (6)
2300 dollars for E&O insurance?? El Pajaro Loco (6)
Enterprise Management Tools - Partners sought Peter Cunningham (2)
Sucker for a sob story... Crimson (22)
Sales trend this month Amanvir (9)
What's the best way to take ideas to market? Tech-preneur (5)
Software developed on Apple Mac/servers - care to give info? macman (7)
the perfect server status page jon (9)
Userdefined, reusable webbased checklists anywhere? Andreas (5)
Money well spent vs. Oh well... Andrey Butov (26)
Software Copyright/Ownership? Jay (7)
Please Review My Website - I designed it myself Stucko Series (19)
What tool generates serious business looking schemas? Michael B (9)
familiar icons Mike Lewis (5)
If IT were like biotech... MarcoB (17)
Secure data collection and saving Secure Guy (9)
What to sell? Michael B (15)
Processing International Payments in the US Hungry Website Developer (9)
Experiencies with Amazon S3 Javier (8)
Help desk PHP script - web based Claudiu Spulber (8)
How to search partners? V (5)
Software Video Demos - Audio or No Audio? Nathan Ridley (18)
Hosted Software Localization Service WannabeASP (8)
How important is a phone number on my site? Steve (34)
Power management tool? Michael B (6)
Cost of Programmer vs. Cost of Machine Anonymous (12)
Update: ShowStream Pete (10)
Usability Consulting MR (9)
Licensing Question Ryan Smyth (5)
How much equity for early employees? StartupNewbie (21)
Click (heat) Maps Kevin Dahlhausen (9)
Specific feedback request: Application and writing style Matthias W... (7)
where is the line between email marketing and spamming? no spam for me thanks (17)
Hourly rates John (2)
Product Licensing with web purchase, how to? Geoff M (1)
Prospector: Post-launch Musings Nathan Ridley (11)
Best Free/Open/Cheap CMS For Complex Corporate Website Zack (12)
selling: need some opinions Kevin (7)
Selling Source Code Andrea (9)
Please Help me test Beta2 release of my software Stucko (28)
Post-Merger Spinout Kai Iniko (17)
Why Can't Microsoft Market Like Apple? Wayne B (19)
good for Eric! Patrick from an IBank (4)
Copyright Infringement, help!!! PoorGuy (37)
Google is walking up the cost of Adwords software programmer (15)
When the going gets tough? Splashed (12)
Borland Tools = CodeGear Marcus Tettmar (23)
How to start a forum? Andrea N. - Direct Access (10)
Dual LCD: How about Dual 'wide-screen' LCD? anon (7)
Release with bugs? Shocko (19)
promote software in .edu Derek Franklin (4)
Billable Hours G (14)
What to do with old computer? TheDavid (19)
Programmatically access a secure site, any legal issue? J.T. (14)
Podcast: Business Lessons from a Software Professional DanH (1)
Envisioning a complex system before building it... Javier (13)
Prev Employer No Recommendations Allowed - Would You Hire? T.S.P. (15)
website evolution Andy Brice (22)
Which blog provider for seo? Blog Wannabe (10)
What am I doing wrong?  Any wanna look to try to help? Chris Mahoney (56)
Resellers won't or can't sell software creater/seller (13)
A Couple of New Product Ideas Just a thought (3)
Merchant account and customer credit card statement Ben Richardson (7)
Distributed file storage New Idea (6)
Good web design? Christopher Wells (20)
First Cut on the Web Site - Need Help with Review sdani (14)
Paperless office desperate for paperless office (13)
Drumroll.... Released! Nathan Ridley (51)
Sacrificing Production Capability for Production Anon Issue (4)
Merchant account with flexible recurring billing options hopeful (2)
Sharing information across teams Navy Pier (8)
Any good books on pricing? Frode Borli (10)
Empower question Chris Johnson (8)
Product Idea - Online Wedding Gift Register Liam McLennan (23)
how much 'profitshare' to offer developer? Pauli Price (12)
Publicity Blog Editing Kiriai (4)
Doomsday economics of large software systems Matt Guthrie (10)
Errors & Ommisions Insurance Doug (3)
Are Enterprise Architects also IT Managers? (6)
Help on Product Naming Mauricio Macedo (10)
.net or not for new products? Mike Speranza (26)
What's the best forums software? Ubercoder (15)
Domain games domain bandit? (8)
More on the Micro ISV conference Gavin Bowman (5)
Beta Product Review Request Erhard Smit (13)
Recurring Payment Help Brian (6)
Filtering out the mental cases Kamen Lilov (15)
Who should I work for? AspiringTobeMISV (7)
UK job market outside London? (11)
CEO Stuff..  Marketing and everything else. Stucko (6)
Phone system question Ben Mc (7)
Vista compat problems ADistantCousinOfTheChosenHairyIrish (14)
How frequent should I blog? Steve (21)
Where's the Microsoft-Novell Linux-partnership flamewar thread? Martin B. (12)
Personalization of the buy page Maro (11)
Probably been asked but I am lazy, Web misv? Hungry Web Developer (2)
International micro-ISVs selling to US companies Homesick micro-ISV (19)
Which Merchant Services export to Quickbooks? DLarsen (8)
Domain Name change with hosting service Stucko (10)
Open Source Micro ISV? (29)
Crazy idea--can anyone confirm? Doug (26)
Invoice/PO for Software anon, confused (12)
Can anyone share your best practice on risk management? Jason Dong (18)
Bitwise interview of Dennis Gurock Vignesh Swaminathan (10)
Would you fire me? (The doubts, the horror!) tinman (51)
Death of a small, specialized company. Wayne B (10)
Triggers to go full-time Anon for now. (8)
Final Decision on Product Name Stucko (20)
Smith Micro - are they a good company to work with? X (1)
InstallShield or something else? jr (27)
Looking for a good&reliable Java hoster Harald (5)
A contractor's "body of code" and ownership AH (16)
Paying testers Sarah P. (9)
Taking the plunge - blogging for customers Ethan (4)
Passive income from your software - Interview w/ David Schwartz Sienna Bernstein (4)
Charity discounts...how much? Steve (17)
Any recommendation on Bluehost.com? Stucko (9)
Legal issue related to trademark / service mark K.O (3)
hosting your project on 3rd party servers boris (10)
Providing services to ISVs ISV ONE (18)
mISV Blogging Sale of Web App, Disclosing Revenue & User Info James Stewart (30)
Software Product company going out of business - IP ? John Groove (5)
GLPed QT .vs Commercial QT Ng Say Joe (5)
Selling Consulting by Ebay Matthew Lock (11)
Billgates.com domain squatted??? Oh my dog (17)
.Net Distributors Dream - Just what I was looking for. Stucko (6)
BAD experience with german based published, pocketland.de Robert Muresan (14)
Website Review Phil (17)
Micro ISV / Shareware Conference in Cambridge UK Bill Rayer (22)
Overseas Addresses Scott (17)
Anyone interesting in buying products for their companies? justthecode (13)
How big is no longer micro-ISV? Flow (10)
Smart Clients and Phoning Home. Elliot and E.T. (11)
Microsoft Micro-ISV Program Steve (20)
New website, comments? Wouter Dhondt (18)
business idea Contractor (4)
Product Name Change Decision Stucko (9)
A unbelievable deal I received via Email Hungry Website Developer (7)
Separate address for LLC - is it a must? wanna be LLC (11)
Online PR Consultants/Agents M.Hasoby (4)
Who owns my code? Me or The Company JOverton (28)
Please Review Maro (10)
Setting up an ASP-modeled business ASP_questions (5)
Selling an Addin (9)
Just quit job - now partner has MS (25)
Pricing a server based on available RAM? ram (4)
Help me get started... Eric D. Burdo (24)
How to go out of business sad (9)
How many hours do consultants bill? Lenny (17)
NetGear SC101 NAS? Doug (12)
Do corporate environments disable JavaScript? Ryan (8)
Cambridge UK 3-Nov-2006 Bill Rayer (4)
QuickStart program David Duey (0)
Stand alone linked to web app Alvin Rhodes (3)
Comparison chart with competitors Alvin Rhodes (4)
Realrates.com said "brokered consulting" Newly Consulting (3)
Help Me Rename My Software Stucko (20)
Reducing your hourly rate Newly Consulting (20)
SQL Injection is why you want to pay by the hour Michael B (19)
mISV Education & Training Alan Colburn (11)
Does making cold calls work? jake skel (22)
Google and JotSpot anon (2)
Contract for online subscription biz? (2)
How to estimate - a project with lots of interns Jason Dong (26)
hosting with large space requirements Josh M. (9)
Hefty "Shutup/out" for OSS Business Model... Ryan Smyth (2)
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