* 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

 
Inspiration for moving up, Ameature hour is over! Anon (22 comments)
Whats your favorite productivity software? anon (18)
PearSoftware - My micro ISV Emil Hajric (13)
Keyword based ad publishing ian (4)
Stickman on BitsDuJour.com Sven Nilsen (11)
Google AdWords de minimus ? Impressionable (6)
Pricing shown based on countrys currency? anon (7)
Domain name - hub vs zone - which one is more appealing? Decisions, decisions (9)
Selling without option to download trial? anon (13)
Sole-Proprietor doing business as an LLC in California An LLC Business in SD (13)
Florida LLC operating in California An LLC Business in SD (4)
Cover design application Victor Noagbodji (1)
Hi, SEO Experts, could you please tell me why? Hoochie Zhu (7)
Do you block countries? If so, how? JS (25)
Software and web site translation Jov (11)
Web-site on a tight budget (12)
Software Updates and Your Business mISVfit (9)
Are you looking for reselling partner of your product? Palden Moktan (5)
Don't waste your money on Adwords! Hoochie Zhu (27)
Another free lesson Brave Anon (3)
Adwords Questions AdwordsDummy (4)
Help me out with online money management software. kevin reed (10)
The 451 Group: Open source is not a business model Rafael Chaves (5)
Enterprise Integration Anomaly (6)
mISV in France in 2009 (l'autoentrepreneur) Peter (20)
When you guys refer to B2B, what exactly do you mean? Blankster (5)
Product Idea - Need Feedback Regular BOS User (6)
Need feedback on the web site Dima (9)
Idea to product in 30 days? (0)
4 months to first sale - What does that tell you? Perry Dulin (11)
Market size for bulletin board software Blankster (7)
Which payment processor? Anon for this topic (3)
Technology to support data collection in email? LindyG (4)
How to divide equity among founders? Anonymous (9)
What to do with non-delivarable mail to registrants? Zviki Cohen (11)
Really Good Entrepreneurship Podcasts from Stanford University Michael Zenbach (16)
Why you should sell open source software Dan Helfman (Luminotes) (47)
Is it just me or is Microsoft's 'I'm a PC' ad embarrassing? dwinnk (37)
Good ideas ? Emil Hajric (10)
T-shirts for software developers Andy Brice (14)
Making games for Google phone. Good idea for mISVs?  Have you? anon (8)
Paypal problems....any thoughts ? Scott J (2)
The most easy, intuitive, yet powerful open source CMS Edwin Yip | Easiest Mind Mapping Software (4)
LifeCALC on Bits du Jour Tuesday Impressionable (1)
The Equity-Splitting Dilemma for Bootstrapped uISVs Derek Illchuk (22)
Developing a software - open-source ? vishal (6)
Podcast with Pamela Slim, Escape from Cubicle Nation Bob Walsh (2)
ASP.NET vs. PHP for B2B Anunu (14)
Typing Assistant is coming up at BitsDuJour on Wednesday. feng (2)
Question about commercial BSD yui gui (3)
Marketing for a bootstrap company? Resonweb (13)
Does Plimus or FastSpring work on weekends? Publisher (5)
Beating a dead horse speedytwenty (33)
MBA at the old age of.. ricky roma (14)
An actually intelligent /. discussion Will wonders never cease? (34)
Displaying Google Analytics Graphs/Reports on My Site. M.J. Schenkel (3)
Autoresponder script Adam (2)
What makes a good Help/Demo/Sale video using Camtasia? Pete C (8)
What Component does this software use for control? anon (4)
Software quality in startup companies Daniel Funk (2)
Desktop apps that require internet access. How to do it? anon (9)
Having problems with GoDaddy email accounts KF (5)
Paypal API documentation sucks! Emil Hajric (8)
Less Employees Better? (21)
Software ready to be published online? Emil Hajric (10)
Go daddy problem Joe Knapp (7)
Got my first sale! Rohan Almeida (18)
Should We Delay Moving With GM Going 6 Feet Under? Paul Young (Stylizer CSS Editor) (29)
Mac OS X Automatic Update Component Anony Moose (2)
privacy on the cloud curious (4)
Need a simple licensing system with web support. aisv (5)
Percentage for a Freelance Marketer in a Software Project? mISVer (14)
Economy down turn and the impact to MISV op (11)
Webmail on my site - advice? N (8)
Per User Per Computer licensing confusion Anon (6)
tablet pc market tabletmisv (6)
Economy Down, Sales Up Scott (18)
How to make money from Android? (9)
Selling to EU via Plimus - VAT return? Anon (1)
How Many Attempts Does It Take To Activate a Licensed Product? Leroy Kelly (7)
Focus or diversify? Itchy trigger finger (9)
It appears all Adobe Air apps are open source anon today (8)
Where is this blog? anon (5)
Choosing cross-platform technology Gz (29)
B2B, B2C ... what else is there ? Mal (10)
What is this? It is I (6)
Trial Version Approach: By No. of Days or Features? Phil Flores (12)
How bad is to require require email before download? Anon for this (28)
Upgrade Pricing Anon for this (4)
Cairo Graphics Cairo Graphics (6)
Andy, why does PTB flickr when clicking a 'task'? Evaluating Qt (8)
Increase in Chargbacks - Bad Economy? John Wrighn (6)
Advice for Site: Appoint Obama's Fantasy Cabinet David Erwin (6)
Finding the right keywords ABS (15)
B2B story xx (39)
Can you request an increase of Paypal Debit Card $400 limit? anon (3)
Simple subscription management code? Doug (2)
Pointers to help close a sale basildon (21)
Product Idea Michael Johnson (12)
Premium SMS solution / Micropayment Jerome (5)
Starting with Open Source Projects Getting Started (13)
Programming in .NET, Linux Hosting Schizophrenic (12)
Question for Scorpio Scorpio Fan (18)
CloudFront - Amazon's new CDN service Saurabh (1)
Economic Crisis - how it effects to low cost software ? Greg (10)
How much did UI matter? Fake Steve Jobs (8)
Looking for beta testers for a new SEO Toolset in the works. Robert Champion (4)
CAPTCHA's causing you to lose customers? Mark Nemtsas, Timesheets MTS Software (8)
What to do about a client refusing to pay speedytwenty (28)
Hey Slicehost Users ... Are you worried about Rackspace? Anon For This One (12)
Consultants: Once and for all Anon for this (51)
How to go about conducting "market research" WayneM. (14)
Facebook Destroys Lucrative Birthday Reminder Industry dror (12)
Website Collaborative Design tool Bruce Chapman (4)
Australian GST Tax Anon (4)
Insane Director Wants to Buy Very Very Expensive CRM CodeGrunt (10)
I found this - Free ZoneAlarm PRO giveaway on Tuesday. anon (1)
Thinking of using TrialPay for uninstallers PP (5)
Paypal as payment processor but to show credit card option? PP (5)
how importaint is domain name for a consumer shopping site Becky (9)
Posting on this board - mistake Anon for now (25)
online t-shirt printing Andy Brice (8)
Do you use social networking as part of your business? BusinessCommunication (8)
I'm stock with consulting work. Dominic St-Pierre (15)
How to protect the product guest (28)
Amazon.om Selling Invitation Ethan (1)
Mac sales strong, how to improve PC sales Anon (13)
Passwords in plain text in user directories Encrypting Eric (14)
Extra Keyboard - Shortcuts & Helpers Nick Koranda (2)
'Advanced' log file analysis Anon (12)
Wording support/maintenance contracts Support Guy (7)
What is this guy thinking? Corky Cory (14)
CMS Recommendation Fernando Rodriguez (EasyJob Resume Builder) (12)
Questions for a Customer Survey John Wrighn (5)
.Net desktop application AP (32)
formula for calculating revenues with re-occuring update sales (4)
Adobe PDF Library Licensing Lon Peters (6)
The best way to handle support azrul (10)
Simple site for comment/advice/criticism jde (5)
Open request - Please provide voice over in demo videos ! Mike T (14)
Threatening email from GSA Auto SoftSubmit Anon for this one! (10)
SEO - Capturing current keyword state SEO beginner (7)
Who's your gorilla? Lu Wang (5)
Any of your sell Gift Certificates to your software? Anon (2)
Economic Downturn - How are your sales today? (30)
What's wrong with upload.com Dominic (8)
compensation bill turner (11)
.NET windows app licensing Licensing animal (7)
False positive it is I (5)
Do you allow anonymous comments on your business blog? Blogging (12)
You can now measure Java Penetration using Google Analytics Gili (0)
A good Invoicing software? Cynthia Cornwall (21)
Web Services - oil prices and weather Antonio Louro (4)
How do you reach 1000 sales per month? HighVolume (13)
Qt: what the eff? Effing Efner (12)
Self motivation: I'm starting! ABS (9)
Structuring your marketing and coding time Brave Anon (8)
should i even try Mike (24)
Partner who can cannibalize you Potential Food (13)
Feedback for an idea anon for this (18)
MSDN Licensing Andrew Robinson (5)
Consultant "lock-in" and ethics Getting on the open road (25)
CMMI or Lean Six Sigma: Which Comes First? ExecutiveBrief (12)
Online chat about product pricing Neil D (0)
Software that forces you to work (looking for early feedback) Mark Essien (19)
Analytics Alternatives NirD (11)
How do I reach my customers? anon for this (15)
Natural Search vs Adwords - What's your ratio ? Tarek Demiati (13)
Cloud-like stuff Michael Johnson (14)
Tool for comparing IE-vs.-Firefox HTML support Dmitriy (8)
Recent problems with Google conversion tracking Andy Brice (2)
In case you need to be reminded... (12)
please Guide me it is I (4)
Catch 22: How did you break it? Ama (9)
Affiliate wants 50% (B2C) Conrad Albrecht (27)
Guide Me about the types of business in software Haris Anwer (12)
Almost ready to lunch.Pls review my site and product. Thks normanwu (22)
Looking for affiliate Programs... AJ (3)
chinese language syntax, 'with' vs 'as' whistle (6)
Cheap Webinar? anon4now (11)
Tips and tricks to look current and still in business? Tired one (9)
Examples if successful mISVs selling SaaS Anon (16)
MegaDox.com - EULA (UK) E46 (2)
Web & Software Development: A Legal Guide E46 (0)
Pushing open source Getting on the open road (36)
watermarking or "social" DRM, for programs? 13ren (2)
Competitor Selling Snake Oil? JMI (12)
Can anyone guide me Please about Soft Business Haris Anwer (15)
Press Releases: Which service do you use (if any)? MicroISV Man (9)
Domain Name Disappeared Nameless (11)
Windows Live OneCare 2.0 or Norton 360 2.0? Which To use? Looking For A Guardian (10)
I'm now a MSFT BizSpark Network Partner Bob Walsh (0)
Busineess Beginner - Licencing & Billing. Mr Bradley (8)
Business address skeen (14)
do you have an affiliate program? Manu (1)
Career transistion advice/strategy Change we can belive in (1)
Does this product exist... anonymouser (8)
Cheap OEM Software ("olsoftware.com" and others) Long-Time mISV (16)
Trial Pay? - Does it work? AJ (9)
Product Idea Generator Cyclops (11)
Proof of Residency for Bank Account Markus Hoffmann (17)
Would any of you subscribe to this service? anon for this one (11)
Product Idea : Application for managing Adwords campaign Tarek Demiati (9)
database schema for backend system (3)
4 Day Product Launch Challenge ian (7)
non-profit organization? AnonForThis (1)
Election result bad news for Microsoft? Vee (10)
After BizSpark, Introducing the BizSparkDB ! Julien Codorniou (1)
Considering CS as a second bachelors Michael R (8)
Sales are very low this month. Is it just me? Low Sales This month (11)
Computer Science Masters Online? Continuing Education (15)
Natural Rhythms (11)
website for sale Chris (13)
powered by? Nutmeg Programmer (5)
Can you break it? Sebastian Dwornik (22)
Two days of inspiration. Michael Johnson (5)
Podcast on BizSpark, Microsoft's new program for startups Patrick Foley (10)
Selling Via Opt-In Email Lists Bob Kochem (2)
Backup whole system? How? Ghost Image? IMG (14)
Business partner resources DevGuy (4)
ASP.Net Affiliate Software AJ (1)
one click scanning Manu (4)
Dharmesh Shah at BoS 2008 Neil D (0)
Installers for Linux? regular lurker (19)
Renting shell access to a variety of boxes Anonymous for this (1)
BizSpark - new alternative to MS Empower D. Lambert (42)
desktop search ds (11)
How to start in part time contracting? Smiley (6)
More Cloud Talk Donut (7)
Obama won! Is his tax plan going to effect ISV? . (51)
Recorded voice prompts/greetings for the phone - where? steven (8)
interesting conversation with a "potential partner / customer" Manu (7)
SharePoint Dev Juan (4)
Contracting - Tell potential client what projects you won't do? PonderingAnon (15)
Sorry, another license question (9)
Another Review Request Mark Jenkins (13)
How to Track Trial Downloads by the Referring Web Site Mark (6)
To those who left their jobs: how much seed money did you have? skeen (16)
New Bits Du Jour Affiliate Program Nico Westerdale (0)
gmodules referer bambambholey (1)
Where should I go to get a make over for my web site? James May (7)
Seeking feedback on a new product web site Zviki Cohen (15)
Interesting success story - World of Goo Grant Porteous (Serial Key Maker) (7)
All the same ideas isv-wannabe (25)
My graphic artist has gone dark on me. basildon (20)
European Software Conference Will Rayer (9)
Hosted shopping cart providers alex (7)
seasonal merchant services Merchant Service (2)
Using Canned Responses with Google Apps (3)
Office-Marketplace - is it worth it? Anon (22)
Next US President for mISV? Undecided Independent (45)
Selling support for 6 months instead of annually Anon (12)
[OT] US Income Tax Tim Haughton (21)
$364 in the first month? hanzo (11)
Product Idea Walt Schlender (9)
Sales/marketing person qualities for B2B? Hiding from my customers (4)
Gibberish being entered onto web form Jordan (27)
Selling distributable web software web software rookie (5)
Current status of GIF and LZW patents gifs-wanted (4)
Valuing a Software Company My Company is Worth What? (11)
No sells today and yesterday - something is going on in the USA? That it was patched/cracked (16)
Working for equity / profit sharing cant put my name to this (24)
Leaving the "education" section off of my resume - a bad idea? Joshua Carmody (10)
Forming LLC when one member isn't fully committed Fully Committed to the LLC (9)
WindowsControlLibrary - What Next? E46 (9)
Founding with part timers Heckled I Lurk (anagrammed for anonymity) (4)
product idea Andy Brice (18)
New year...new version my name is (10)
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