* 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

 
Competition in market segments where all products are free Kate (17 comments)
Ebay drops MS Passport Support ~ (7)
Tech Support Costs Bootstrappers (10)
What are the compelling LongHorn benefits to the USER? Mr. Analogy {ISV owner} (8)
ISV and Money Back Guarantee? William Rayer (13)
Outsourcing QA Jun (5)
Who hire who? BC (21)
Running Entrepreneurs Ewan's Dad (12)
Cost of running a software business? Newbie (6)
Yellow Pages advertising for network service business? Freelance Tech Supporter (7)
Search Engine Optimization Kathy Williams (18)
Marketing to Software Developers Dave C (14)
Going from managing a very small team to managing a large team Jack (6)
Paying Duties on USA sales to Canada. Easiest way? Mr. Analogy {ISV owner} (7)
Perception of Value Spoonful (29)
Segmenting Markets By Location I'm in Europe. Charge me double. (11)
We are college students, making a huge DSP project and... Tucker & Bill (8)
Software Licensing Adam Berger (10)
Hiring a configuration manager Stacy, Team Leader, New York (13)
DS3 or OC3 Li-fan Chen (4)
Do you use Linked-in ? Ramu Karyat (11)
Pricing Custom Software MEA (6)
Vacation time -- why? Boofus McGoofus (17)
You know there's still a lot of opportunities Fred (16)
Hiring a programmer. Stacy, Team Leader, New York (25)
big project - big money - big customer DD (7)
How much will you pay to develop this website? JD (29)
selling to big companies DD (24)
FindWhat Advertising Roger Jack (4)
The funny assumptions customers make. CD = Mac or PC Mr. Analogy {ISV owner} (6)
Interviewing/testing an executive assistant Joel Spolsky (68)
Anyone try and develop/sell a commercial desktop Linux app? Mitch & Murray (from Downtown) (34)
Managing a software development contract Sam (4)
License Agreement after purchase Gabriel Insap (14)
Anyone know anything about Corey Rudl? C-choox (7)
Pricing for designing a static website AnonymousHoward (8)
How did you start ? michaels (19)
What to do? Bob (2)
suggestions for good part time work while working on product? part-time (14)
An inspiring story Spoonful (1)
ShareWare - Free as long as it's in Beta Ricardo (ISV Wannabe) (12)
Joel On Pricing II (the sequel) William Rayer (21)
Expensing of stock options NoName (17)
Encryption export rules cryptor (6)
Independent IT revenue models Frustrated (6)
OSS CMS that can be modified and sold. Alex K (18)
Dare to Refuse Purchase Orders? AccountsReceivable (20)
Web vs Desktop Applications - Operational Costs Ram (8)
Offshore hiring advantage: less paperwork Steven Masterson (11)
Culture Tail of the "g" (15)
Generalisations - good thing or not? Mr Prejudiced (16)
Branding - The Law of Extensions: REDUX. Steve Cooper (4)
Advertising Leadership - "the #1 question on everyone's mind" Ram (8)
Military background Philo (51)
Credit Card processing and Shopping Cart Service? Alternative Truth (16)
Another copyright issue Andy (12)
Feeling of guilt about declining an applicant anonymous for obvious reasons (9)
Using "competitors" in AdWords ads Chris (4)
Tell a Friend Market Squares (7)
Finding a product idea Tony Edgecombe (22)
Sales management software . (5)
should copyright be lifted? dilbert (13)
Branding - The Law of Extensions Ram (12)
Purchase software from ebay RZ (14)
Legal/economic justification of life-long copyright? Fred (27)
Pricing strategy for digital photograph cataloging software Alex Dong (12)
Question about consulting to very small companies WannaBeIndependent (26)
Crossing the Chasm -- Why? Pod 67 (7)
Pricing advice for Lingo (Micro-ISV question) William Rayer (29)
Recommendations for a good Accountant/Tax Advisor LookingForAccountant (8)
Developing an elevator pitch Phibian (10)
When is the best time to post a job ad? mb (5)
Thank you Peter K (4)
Asing for user's email address before allowing download roe (25)
Managers who manage in an industry they don't know very well Gill (21)
Salon Interview - yet another question for Joel AllwaysQuestions (tm) (21)
Errors and Omissions Insurance: cost and carrier? Pod 67 (6)
Public Companies - why always act in the shareholder's interest? Patrick (28)
Empowering Employees Bankstrong (23)
Which is easier - marketing to end uders or businesses? Yet another anon (5)
A two page tale + advise seek just mario (6)
Growing A Business Discussion bob (14)
Is consulting a one way street? .NET guy (10)
Advertising ROI Roger Jack (25)
Better faster stronger cheaper garbage filters Li-fan Chen (5)
Reach out potential customers Max Ischenko (10)
Finding that perfect idea Kevin Stuart (17)
Marketing 101 for Geeks roe (9)
The notion of "skills" in the software industry Jeff Kotula (16)
How low do you go Anonymous (5)
Offshore outsourcers - how did they get there? (16)
LBB Lesson - 1. The Network is the Entrepreneur Arsalan Zaidi (6)
International Sales from US to EU? Anonymous (9)
Software Product Testing Strategies for Small ISVs? Dave C (6)
Software Companies from 3rd world countries Efe Aras (1)
Question about writing and web development Bored Bystander (21)
Regarding Jonathan's recent recession post Anon (28)
Hey Joel - A couple questions about your support contract terms --Josh (4)
Consulting Rates Edward Livingston (28)
Employee keeps coming up with business proposal Tom V. (77)
Confused by Software Patents Ged Byrne (9)
Small Contracts - Web Pricing Berlin Brown (7)
Researching your target market Jay Stevens (12)
logo creation logo (19)
Virtual Servers Jason (3)
domain name registration planner (19)
JOS Book Club: Read "Growing a Business", then discuss bob (8)
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