* 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

 
Just had an enquiry - Scary moment! Making Contact (10 comments)
Migrate web site from Windows (asp) to php. Tony Smith (4)
Advantages of releasing early? Johnny (Swopster) (15)
Looking for last-minute product feedback Yanic Inghelbrecht (11)
Selling figures Rod, Manchester (6)
Why do companies need to add you as a vendor (and reluctant)? Mr. Analogy (15)
submitted uspto application for trademark - over cautious? MicroISVer (4)
US business collecting EU VAT (or not!) MysteryMan (24)
Need advice on translation and international business software Jason Roque (5)
RegSoft dying? Anon (9)
More odd customer behavior n! labs (21)
Website design frustrations. What to do? whats going on? (13)
Good mISV website text and picture layouts? Markito (14)
Torrent crack of our product Anon (23)
VMWare VS Virtual PC SS (21)
Sales tax on software Tax Clueless (4)
Is the Insanity Becoming Apparent? Ryan Smyth (8)
Any good examples of a busy FAQ page? JB (1)
What tool to use for managing feedback / support confused (12)
VS2008 ready for prime time? Doug (21)
Conversion tracking Mike Stephenson (5)
The Bitter Pill Tim Haughton (10)
Volume Discounts & Upgrade Pricing Anon (6)
Selling Web Services, anyone doing that? Joannes Vermorel (16)
Writing time Procratinating because timesheets are due by noon... (8)
Automating key generation 2112 (13)
Google's new pay per action (PPA) Christopher Bruno of n! labs (6)
Trial Software time/function limited demo Christopher Bruno of n! labs (19)
Looking for a web host RMS (9)
The Usability of Installer Filenames... Cory R. King (23)
a hit on Paypal Thank You Purchase page and no sale payment? Anon for this (5)
508 compliance Piyush Patel (3)
Trademark specimen for software? Anon (3)
Moving offshore (not outsourcing) Anon (16)
Where to publish an article? John256 (3)
Localizing/internationalizing for a uISV Doug (11)
How I was forced to resort to piracy dani (25)
Is travel time billable? anonymous_coward (10)
Updating our product on the web server Snacky (9)
Where to go from here? pathfinder or rover (5)
Make a free product shareware Jeroen V (19)
Free UK Payroll Wendy Lister (4)
Upgradeware and Free Licences from TechSmith JD (7)
Ever bought a second hand domain? Joe's best friend. (5)
Web app owners' community site - feedback requested Paul Farnell (17)
Jumping through hoops to sell one license Derek Illchuk (21)
SnagIt for Free ScottK (8)
How about a Global decrease by 1 cent on cpc for Google Adwords? CheapMicroISV (5)
Using Google AdWords to promote cheap programs anon (8)
How to sell source code luo (7)
How to sell project mgmt. services TheOriginalPoster (3)
Article: Piracy fight makes enemies [small biz +software piracy] Oliver (18)
FYI: Camtasis 3.0 free Mr. Analogy (10)
High Bandwidth host? Anon (43)
MicroISV + 1 - Need office advice KFrancis (14)
Customer fault logging, license management etc Peter (0)
Abusive domain registration Orson Kart (9)
Getting into Retail (Mac/Win) Anon (7)
Which micro-isv podcasts do you listen to? MP (16)
Wordpress and blog strategy Wana Blog (6)
BCC Guide to Global Markets Jon (6)
Dealing with domain squatter Anon for this one (39)
MS Office Accounting Professional (UK Version) Annoyed Intuit Customer (2)
A Very Cool Music Distribution Policy Ryan Smyth (6)
Has anybody try CNet homepage ad? Tim (3)
Site language review request Boris Rogge (2)
AdWords Placement Performance Report Results Derek Pollard (0)
are Google Adwords Clickers different from Yahoo PPC clickers? PPC (3)
Commentary on "first few months of Micro-ISV" Will Spader (17)
Is it them, or is it me? TooYoungToRetireTooOldToChange (13)
"#" sign help Ralph Pick (7)
Should users register to support forums? H. Dan (13)
WOM marketing, and Camtasia Studio half-price or free MB (9)
Question for Patrick of BingoCard fame Ty (8)
Need free "buy now" buttons Houny (5)
Marketing suggestions for users of a free product Paul Farnell (9)
Renaming A Product—Anyone Care To Share Horror Stories? Paul Young (StyleSpread) (10)
Deployment / Application Installer Jordan Sherer (17)
usability, ctrl + v and a 15 minute support call I don't spam here anymore. (5)
It it possible to support a B2B app while an FTE? Matt T. (7)
open source business anyone? Girish (22)
Mac sales figures Kevin Walzer (4)
mobile data cards in the UK Andy Brice (15)
beta test question Neil Ferree (1)
Registering downloads wabbit (11)
Doubt about the support of the standard software Ann (8)
Any company selling donwloadable xmas gifts? People Like You (4)
How to teach programming to an organization? Rick (16)
Web Site Development Questions Tom Hansen (9)
Mac version worth the trouble? Christopher Bruno of n! labs (18)
Ideas on marketing outside of Adwords Christopher Bruno of n! labs (15)
How many downloads per day? Anonyman (7)
bbbOnline anyone using it? Peter James (2)
Should I host in the US? Jon (8)
Email Campaign Management Software Cyclops (10)
Dictionary for Desktop application Rex (3)
Differentiated Pricing Jonas Martinsson (8)
Visual Studio 2008 for empower Wishing I had the power (9)
How to find a good business partner DEFINITELY anonymous (55)
So who is moving on to V2008 and .NET 3.5? Grinder (24)
Current Vista population Robert (20)
A possible early christmas present for budding UK entrepreneurs UK business owner. (7)
Transfer complete profiel to another profile or computer Thomas Wetzel (3)
Tracking Install and AdWord Conversions Ethan (8)
<script> + HTML comment question Andy Brice (13)
Family and friends who don't understand your business The Original Henry (39)
Google indexing can be really fast sometimes... Jon (7)
Q4 '07 - Do you know where your end-of-year sales are? hal (2)
FileUrls.com: need your opinion Stijn (15)
Please help choose the best approach Dmitriy (6)
Microsoft Office Market Place Tim Haughton (8)
The great blogger give away! yes or no? Floyd Price (13)
Twiddla Design Fight! Jason Kester (13)
Techinsurance.com Nevada-san (3)
A simple question Henry (8)
Business management software for the micro-ISV? Bluebeard (14)
I am a Non-US resident, but want to start a firm, Can I? Daniche Mallick (3)
My customers want to sell my software as affiliates What do I do Infinity (3)
Why The Secrecy? AndrewR (45)
Software for managing large newsletters? Dan (3)
Cost of California incorporation NPR (15)
ASP.NET version selection Alex (8)
Support Videos and YouTube (13)
Why It Projects Fail splattermind (8)
Should I quit my day job? Christopher Bruno of n! labs (39)
Salary Query for Toronto Area anon on here for sure! (3)
Free single user licenses Anon For This (12)
Another word for "Blog" Rob (14)
Trademark product name Anon (6)
Software Project for mISV's, VAR's, etc... Richard B. (1)
Licence and Register software product Need software protection (5)
B2B version of Andy and Patrick? PA (17)
Simple serial number system Jay P (10)
Should I fold and move on? xXx (40)
November Sales On The Floor Robert (17)
Feedback on our new product Jason Kester (18)
Hosted Service and/or Stand alone software Floyd Price (14)
Odd customer behavior Christopher Bruno of n! labs (17)
How to write a web service? Joe Landau (21)
Let's see if I am all Hype! Nicholas Longo (94)
Screen capture software Jay (17)
Code Spaces Has gone all 1.0 Floyd Price (11)
Plimus Offering FREE Embedded Live Chat Simon Jones (12)
Would you contact your uISV competitor? Joannes Vermorel (13)
ShareIt's wierd currency exchange rates Atul (10)
Should I accept the role of software-architect ? WouldBeSoftwareArchitect (4)
Expense Tracking System Sreeraj GS (3)
Google Android Plamen Parvanov (6)
Funny email from potential user Christopher Bruno of n! labs (29)
IM an mISV who was recently ripped off by JAD advertising JAD is BAD (3)
Need Sample data Nilesh Jethwa (0)
Shopping Cart Software glen harvy (2)
Switched Away From USD, Sales Have Actually Increased! Paul Young (StyleSpread) (14)
Daily sales swings Christopher Bruno of n! labs (8)
learning in a micro-ISV Dan Helfman (Luminotes) (5)
Product & Website review please Chris (17)
Dilamma of choosing between mISV and FTE under big-name company bookworm (10)
is the idea the most important part of an ISV? Contractor (21)
Can you please recommend an icon designer? gyurisc (7)
Google updating Rob (6)
anyone using Vista professionally? Contractor (12)
When is a bug not a bug? Its not a bug, its a feature (9)
Recommend a designer for a webpage design Victor N. (4)
Estimated taxes question Taxes are so much fun... (4)
Free icons for your soft Saud (9)
Has anyone ever succeeded in submitting software to Tucows? Bill K (8)
Poll: Would this be unethical? Christopher Bruno of n! labs (17)
ESWC 2007 writeup Will Rayer (7)
mISV Download / Sale rgdm (10)
Anyone know the company that provides these ads? Jay (7)
Anyone Try To Distribute a J2ME App/Game ? Impressionable (13)
Bits Du Jour offers TWO products a day Nico Westerdale (3)
Easy photo resizing for customers Simon Huntley (7)
Host my blog on my product’s website or on a different site? Jon Chase (10)
Freelancing while FTE at small dev shop? anonymous for now (9)
When perceived quality hurts, what do you do? Joannes Vermorel (6)
Easy One Not an accountant (3)
providing a 30 day trial anon (7)
Counting Downloads Ethan (12)
Is SKYPE good for mISVs? ITGUY (14)
Testuff site feedback request #2 Eli Golovinsky (Testuff) (4)
Interview with Nick Longo (.NET Preacher) The Dot Net Preacher (3)
I must reiterate Patrick's praise of Conversion Optimizer Christopher Bruno of n! labs (6)
Building & Selling highly specialized software? Josh Z. (7)
Anyone has experience using adds within Windows applications? The apprentice (6)
C# or C++ for an End User Application The apprentice (31)
Help. Need a SOLID winfroms HTMLEditor control. ITGUY (5)
mISV developer/studying lifestyle? Singulus (16)
Experience With Conversion Optimizer (AdWords) Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (6)
Jobs on Craigslist uNoob (11)
ecommerce hosting provider nathan (1)
E-Commerce / Shopping cart software in ASP.NET 2/C# Keith Murray (9)
mISV featured by the AP to illustrate "startup life in 2007" Oliver (12)
Interchange fees and merchant account Kansas (2)
Invoicing for uISV confused (7)
Currency issues John256 (5)
Sadly time to get a job. But how to sell myself from failed uisv Thomas (31)
How to estimate sales based on competitor's product Peter (11)
Any FreshBooks users around? Goran Burcevski (4)
Payment Processing for "Blacklisted" Countries Joshua Volz (18)
Pricing of software Christopher Bruno of n! labs (17)
Private Label Deal Anony-me (8)
It's true what they say about customers! Anonymous Hippopotimus (26)
Can *my* website become a business? Lee (10)
How to get testimonials? Blortem P. (16)
COBRA question anon (10)
Sales decrease after launching new version anon (10)
15% rebate on development systems from Intel? -S (1)
Please recommend a CMS software for a shareware website Paul (17)
SSL Cert Rob (14)
Add virtualization layer to your dedicated server Joannes Vermorel (9)
Leadership/Management Course Anonymous (7)
World population Victor N. (17)
What's the career path of a developer? M (9)
Guru.com looks better than rent-a-coder for projects? Bluebeard (9)
Website Registration New Website Dude (5)
What does the declining US Dollar mean? International Superspender (22)
Luminotes personal wiki uISV feedback request #2 Dan Helfman (9)
Payroll for mISV/Consulting? BenjiSmith (9)
Outlook 2007 made in Delphi? Karl Perry (14)
Being an independent consultant Sharlak (1)
Question for the full time mISVers full time mISVer (12)
User manuals: How many formats to support? How best to do so? Frank Reiff (15)
Can a website become a business? Advice needed Bluebeard (21)
How much do GOOD Windows Forms/GDI/GDI+ Developers Cost? I have no name (26)
Free reverse proxy for the Win32 platform? Stefan (5)
Technical Conferences Website(s)? Joel Marcey (8)
Is the Google Search Network worth the cost? Tom Rath (4)
Cost of a website OneMist8k (18)
Need new website design Steve Wiseman (10)
Amazon S3 for Europe and Bucket Explorer's EU version Saurabh - (Bucket Explorer - S3 Europe) (0)
Product Launch Cyclops (15)
International domain names Janinda (7)
MicroISV project management Karsten (27)
Fogbugz at $199 per user! Azrul (34)
Best way to move external hard drives across the country? Joel Marcey (27)
Making Fluid GUI similar to Adobe CS3 Products? Fluie (8)
Best way to purchase Visual Studio James K (7)
lost a drive, can you suggest a recovery service? BenM (8)
Logos James (10)
Contacts list software recommendation Victor N. (4)
Embedable surveys Alan O'Rourke (2)
Basic Google AdWords question Karl Perry (4)
How many hits a day is normal JBrooks (10)
Why is it important to kill Google?! Money makes the world go around (29)
Please recommend a UK web hosting TN (10)
Software Development Prevent Copying Molly Black (10)
my employee is doing side work on an ISV ISV owner (24)
TechInsurance.com - Good? Bad? Joel Marcey (9)
Thoughts on CVV2 ? Eric Sink (19)
My sales and product (small) update Nilesh Jethwa (8)
things they don't teach you about running your own company Contractor (23)
Please Critique My Sales and Marketing Approach! (11)
Does anyone use Edgeio to sell software? Grok2 (0)
Listen to your customers, not your critics Chris (8)
licensing & payment processing, any comments on our approach saurabh (3)
Name my new cycling software#2 Karsten (4)
Anyone considering the Cisco I-Prize? Grok2 (6)
bitten 1 more time by purchase order-time limited keys in place microISV (14)
Family + Day job + mISV - how do you guys manage? -S (26)
Not so Fictional Sample Data Set Chris (9)
Options for Affiliate tracking? nardman (1)
MSDN Subscriptions Andrew Brehm (12)
Software for small charity HR C (2)
Time for the end Anon (27)
Startup Failure Kh (16)
challenges with one man army? Time vs Quality vs Competition The Rocket Scientist (17)
how to release experimental version to public? PlaywithMe (3)
Help Authoring Software Daniel Plaisted (13)
First Sale of Llama Carbon Copy Joshua Volz (14)
Microsoft Gold Partner etc james (3)
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