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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

 
New product launched Ben Mc (17 comments)
How to deal with competitor Anonymous for this post (14)
Micro-ISV Lessons Learned Micro-X (15)
Where else to look besides BoS ? NotBoredJustLookingForMore (10)
GradeBook - a good idea? Emil Hajric (11)
Foreign Currency Bank Account - Does it make sense ? (8)
Getting Traction in a Crowded Space Mark (11)
Professional blog on a business site Josh Moore (8)
Max Sales Portal Proliferation, Min. License/Trial Work Eirik Iverson (0)
Upselling - Support Contracts Mark (5)
Beta release question Kevin (7)
How can I increase sales? Nick (18)
If sales are steady for 6 months would you consider it stable? Anon (10)
Pathetic Behavior by Competitor Timesheets MTS Software (7)
Freenomics Grinch (7)
delawareinc.com reliable? Bill (3)
New to Consulting World Newbie (6)
VC contacts? Tim J (5)
Mac Software Advice Needed ptm (12)
CRYPKEY, has anyone used it? KiwiMan (5)
Product feature set advice needed Do need to release at some point (9)
Startup advice needed FC (8)
B2B Component Evaluation w/o Licensing Hall Pycroft (3)
1+ years to get onto tucows? Michael Johnson (7)
Secure e-commerce provider D.J. (1)
Where do you find Contract work? Anon (6)
Setting times in software Tamir (3)
B2B and B2G Mr. M (4)
Patrick McKenzie - are you able to live off of Bingo? Mr. M (24)
Framework/Tool advice sb (8)
New Layout Joe Knapp (10)
Deployment units for mISV SaaS? anon (6)
WebScout - A web application idea? Emil Hajric (5)
••• Feedback wanted on the future of this forum Joel Spolsky (27)
Any way to learn w/o experiencing? Looking (11)
Best payment processor for SAAS? Starting Business #4 (7)
Legal Document Anon for this (2)
Is it time for a price drop? IsItTheEndOfTheModernWorld? (11)
Yet another name question Thanks (11)
Paying freelancers abroad - how? AFT (11)
What do you think of my website/product? Worklog Assistant (14)
B2B Software (not hosted) for a Monthly Subscription Plan Mark (10)
SBA loan: any advice, please? (9)
Selling software(source)+website 2 For sale (10)
Ethics question or "Can I get away with this?" Call me Mr. Gekko (29)
A idea that I had. Emil Hajric (7)
Promotion for the upcoming Professional edition anon (2)
Hit software It is I (9)
Merry Christmas Steve Wiseman (10)
What is a reasonable hourly contracting rate in Los Angeles, CA? ContractingNow (9)
What does your software do? (36)
What to do with project? (9)
Company name - "Hex" a positive or negative association? B2B (12)
Need your comments about my site. Vladimir Dubovoy (6)
IP owenership question Alberto (25)
GPL (5)
The death of the Long Tail Gili (8)
I get hired for a contract job.  Whoe gets rights to sourcecode? Sourcehog (14)
year end expenses? Shah (7)
Pricing for the source code license Steve (3)
Does the economic crisis affected mISV ? Ray (11)
How do you charge your clients for technical support? Gustavo (8)
The ramifications of an AdWords-free niche Steve McLeod (11)
Is "Pay-as-you-go" a British phrase? Ido Ophir (9)
Brilliant Twist on an Overdone Idea Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (15)
••• Minor change to ?biz Joel Spolsky (8)
Health Insurance in USA US Expat (20)
Debate: Venture Capitalists are a form of single cell life Planning to be self-funded (10)
How to Monetize my web TV Show? Reggie Easley (12)
Licensing yet again (PK based) (9)
Help File Strategy, Advice Please KiwiMan (9)
Is there a company that will do my demo video? AV Pro (7)
Awaiting Credit Card Verification (8)
Repeat orders #2 - B2B B2B (7)
Overseas Company Wants To Meet - Who Pays? Anon (15)
Upload.com a scam? - be careful! Dr GUID (7)
modifying free website templates Ed (7)
What would you do in this scenario? Jon S. (17)
what is the amazon s3 advantage?? Martin (7)
Email Relay port Bob (3)
mISV sell enterprise level software, is it possible? steveneo (6)
About encouraging users to give software as a gift Joske Vermeulen (5)
Game Piracy == Software Piracy ? hh (30)
Totally stuck on licensing Stuck on licensing cos licensings stuck on me (15)
To move or not to move that is the question Ray (28)
Scoop on programming languages suited to b2c applications? Lost in the big world (23)
Evaluating software without trying it Pietro Polsinelli (6)
2008 Year In Review Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (18)
POP3 service without spam filtering? Spam, eggs, ham and spam (4)
Just launched - does my site sell? Tomas Kohl (20)
mISV, IP, and your Day Job Mr. Ideas (18)
What size should I make my video demos? J Blunt (3)
Help needed to present a future product AP (7)
New Consultant: Hourly Rate vs Flat Fee Consultio (15)
Info about myself in press-relese Anon StartUpper (4)
from Running MISV to Contract work?  What do you recommend? Contractor (9)
My product released! Emil Hajric (8)
How To Make Yourself Attractive To A Startup Uncle Saul (16)
In job interview is it ok to ask about the companies finances? Josh Moore (16)
Convert a 32x32 .png icon to 24x24? basildon (15)
Why don't you hire a professional web developer? skeen (29)
Bet you $300 twitter is lame — join my global treasure hunt Dror (8)
Beta tester interest maps to public interest? Christmas Beta (4)
Image posting forum type software Steven (1)
Submit everywhere? Dima (5)
How do your schedule your holiday? Christophe Auger (7)
Intel Business Exchange - any experience or results? anon for this one as well (4)
Which comes first, corporate entity or prototype? Ryan M (7)
Very first page on the website Jumbo (10)
Incorporate offshore to reduce tax burden? Anon for this one (13)
DRM for Mac only??? Jimmy MAC (2)
"Hacking" Agreements To Create An Unfair Advantage Uncle Saul (5)
Two or Three People? Ryan M (8)
Any downsides to using a "." in product (SKU) codes? Mr. Analogy (12)
Dedicated Server? Martin (19)
To incorporate or not incorporate... Sole-Proprietor (5)
My Gmail got hacked! Anshul (12)
Hackers Joe Knapp (19)
Maintaining static html pages Web-disabled (33)
SEO question - site pages don't get indexed SEO (17)
Installer Recommends for .Net KiwiMan (14)
Copyright infringment lawsuit and US justice Glitch (3)
Why Startups Should Never Outsource Their Public Relations Uncle Saul (9)
XML XSD Solution Bharath K Chinatala (3)
Product names with "simple" in it Imply Imp (3)
"Our Software is Checked by Norton Anti-Virus" Mark McLaren (5)
After ViEmu and Codekana: J1CK, cell phone web browser Jon (6)
Ecommerce approach for software sales Kendall Miller (2)
What % of visitors use Vista / XP Greg (13)
Afflicted With Tinnitus? Does It Hurt Your Business? T is not your friend (16)
.Net or Java Ryan M (16)
potential customer wants custom agreement for low-price shrinkwr MicroISV (19)
An unsuccessful ongoing support session Bill (18)
Do you include the "LLC" part on your Website/Logo sb (5)
Internet or sex, which would you choose? Anon for this (9)
Company name question Just starting out (6)
To Develop for iPhone or Google Android? how to choose? Mobi (13)
For those of you who sell games T'is me t'is (2)
Take the hit or rewrite? Burned (13)
How about this idea? Dror (11)
Watch Google adwords Joe Knapp (0)
I released my first product Torsten Uhlmann (18)
Good Magazine/Journal/Periodical McNealy (5)
Contract Provisions Which Can Kill Small Companies Uncle Saul (6)
Do you use protection? The Rich uISVer (6)
FastSpring and Payoneer Tomer (6)
Internal search engine Tamir Gefen (6)
Please recommend a win hosting that supports ISAPI extensions annon (4)
Plimus Currency Conversion Rates Worse Than Bank Anon for this (8)
Barcode recognition engine Cristian Tudusciuc (8)
Would you license your code to a competitor? They call me Ted (33)
If you want to move to another country or just outsource... TomEUS (11)
faceCart 1.0.3 e-commerce platform released. Alexander Petrov (9)
December? Bad month for B2C Sales? AJ (5)
First iPhone App released!!! - experience to share ImagingLuminary (21)
Good time to launch? Vladimir Dubovoy (6)
Building Add Ins for Outlook having a light bulb moment (9)
Professional Voice Over: just do it Zviki Cohen (12)
Keeping clients happy when there is "nothing to see" tim eisenhauer (14)
How much should I charge? farmboy (8)
Finding my niche Coder2CEO??? (6)
Joined BizSpark, should I renew Empower? mISVfit (2)
Real-world Startup Book Uncle Saul (7)
Is it important to trademark your product name? (9)
So.. how exactly do I sign up for MS BizSpark? WayneM. (10)
Recommended books on aptitude & personality tests Ray (6)
Atacking the mobile community! Emil Hajric (13)
Price of 250 licenses + rebranding Arcada (3)
10 Entrepreneurial Branding Maxims Uncle Saul (0)
How to remove spam from subscriber list Jawad Shuaib (7)
How to price custom work very new to this (8)
When is an idea TOO specific? WayneM. (8)
Adwords quality score Janvier (1)
Legal to post customer names without agreement? Nathan Funk (17)
Naming product after established generic product? (11)
How to let users know an update is availiable? Mark (16)
Salesperson commission Alex (6)
Can you recommend a CRM program that intergrates with Outlook? James M (8)
C++ GUI Designers Annon (18)
Startup: How to engage partners (Part2) Tycoon (12)
Please recommend a site that sell off the shelf legal contracts mISV owner in need of contract (13)
Publishing the Help file on the web? Anon (8)
OEM licensing agreement - how to find a lawyer? Anon (8)
The estimated number of customers/licences VS the actual one Johnny Jiang (4)
Family with annual income of $720K considered to be rich in NYC When to get rich? (18)
Appropriateness of a Rastafarian as application mascot Not a Rastafarian (16)
Another Set of Eyes - Feedback Marcelo Rojas (13)
Anyone ever read the contents in this Marketing book? its $300 Anon (10)
Feedback -- Foglyn Peter Štibraný (13)
Considering a few web sites from a sales POV Oskar Lissheim-Boethius (5)
Amazon S3 and Cloudfront performance, DNS slow ? Atle Iversen (iKnow) (3)
A tangential note on free competitors Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (27)
A little screen scraping illegal slimshady (8)
Selling HTAs Anindya Mozumdar (7)
Christmas Gift Time Stray Cat (8)
Trying Exact Match Domains Steve McLeod (8)
Private work, licensed software Sprite (9)
Naming (5)
Introduction pricing vs final released pricing anon this time (5)
mailing list service - free for small lists? Jason (6)
Company Address == Home Address Vladimir Dubovoy (17)
Google Native Client anon (5)
Anti-Virus? anon (11)
Intersection of licensing and maintenance Licensing noob (10)
How much tax(as percentage) do you pay? Anon (21)
Please help with name - attempt 2 NameFinder (16)
Strange back-ordering phenomena Confused, from BCN (3)
Project Research Steve (6)
Worst. Company. Name. Ever AndrewR (31)
What portions of your development infrastructure do you outsourc anon_for_this (6)
Prospect asking if I have Australian distributor... basildon (9)
Who looks after Maintenance in your org? Why? anon for this one (2)
PSA for AdWords users Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (12)
Latest Joel's Inc piece - Servant Leadership? Or mere populism? another slacker (3)
Custom vs native OS interface hmr (6)
mISV lifestyle questions TrippleA (13)
Local business address lisdt? Where? anon (7)
Free Features Steve Prescott (11)
How justify switching VS 2003 to VS 2008 Mike (15)
Showing RSS news on your website EuroMan (6)
good live chat in your company website? Bob (5)
Good proxy browsing service/software? Anon (3)
"Pop-up image display" widget isv (9)
Your opinions and feedback on an idea aj (9)
Asian registrar sent email : What does this mean? IJ (9)
Strategies for Search engine success Resonweb (1)
How to package this algorithm? Alex Dong (21)
What's the best web site to host software business? Christopher (9)
For the successful ones, who actually wrote a spec? (21)
A Credit Crunching Blog pertinent to ISV's mandy evans (1)
Upgrade Fees: Good or Bad? anon (14)
Seeking feedback on a new product web site Tamir Gefen (6)
Linux is going mainstream Joe Knapp (18)
Please help with name NameFinder (15)
How's december so far? hanzo (9)
Cutting the Dead Weight Lucas K. (4)
OT: Sony oLED TV and industrial design Karl Perry (6)
Why the Chinese don't Buy Tony Chang (56)
Poor People vs Rich People Ama (41)
Let's make it hard to download software Simon (12)
Visual Identity For a Product? Tony (9)
Sales - Does age matter? Anonymous for this (9)
desktop app market sidebiz (18)
JavaFX Gili (7)
Promiseware - Any success stories ? Claire (14)
This Is A HUGE Pain For Me... Sigh. (29)
Very strange USDCAD exchange rate from paypal. And you? Nick (8)
How to increase price without upsetting current Trial users? anon (10)
Google Friendconnect? Ahmad (2)
ManageMyGoogleAdwords as a company name. Will I be Sued? (4)
Startup: How to engage partners? Tycoon (8)
Protect your identity with domain privacy?? James M (14)
Interesting info: Solaris 10 installbase Dmitriy (3)
4 Hour Workweek author coming to TV Jason (20)
Apress Daily Deal is Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality Jeff Schoolcraft (3)
Recommendations for Ad Server Software (similar to OpenX) Looking for Ad Server Software (1)
Simple web hosting Josh Moore (12)
What should I be monitoring in terms of SEO? Pierre H (2)
Affordable license + protection system for .NET? Anon (14)
Am I doing something wrong? Andrew Badera (8)
The subtleties of software pricing Michel Rouzic (15)
Product new version...Need some opinions (7)
Smalltalk? Annon (8)
Salesperson Commission Rate Kyle (9)
Do I need to charge sales tax? GoForLaunch (21)
domain purchase Ed (5)
Proof a crappy site isn't the end of the world Blankster (11)
Extracting product from other product in development ABS (9)
Once you reach 100 sales per month how do you go to 200? ReachedOneHundred (13)
cd-fulfillment.com (4)
browser resolution Mike (13)
Offer from Intuit Jim Jones (3)
open source: broken business model gnu world order (6)
Announcing The Twitter Survival Guide. Bob Walsh (13)
Italian Domain Name (3)
Incorporation service free this week Jason (9)
SeoMoz.com vs SeoBook.com? anon2 (8)
MISV - New website design? AJ (4)
ideas that scale Blankster (4)
Materials to help teenager learn programming anon in case he googles me (12)
Downturn - wife now things MISV is a hobby Gary (70)
Developers tools - My first mISV ARMSoft (13)
Recommendation for graphic designer to improve app look n feel Sam H (4)
Google : Shows www.xyz.com as first result when search for xyz? IJ (8)
Anyone using Plimus ? Palden (14)
Bought a condo or house for office space?? Doug (16)
Free Trial - even Amazon has started that now Saurabh (1)
Question for 'Chris' from 'Ameature hour' thread Bruce Chapman (5)
Does anyone use ComponentSource? John (8)
SimpleDB is out of private beta now - and our new product :) Saurabh (12)
CRM and niche markets mISV hopeful (1)
What's your dashboard? hanon (10)
Chinese Reseller - worth it? The OP (2)
AdWords and Conversion Tracking Doug (2)
A Few Questions about Selling a Turnkey Software Business? anon (7)
How to sell my product to my employer? Anon (14)
Steve Jobs Management Style (12)
Wizard or demo? Anon (5)
Use tinyURL to hide from customers? Hiding from my customers (9)
Repeat orders? JustCurious (10)
Anyone advertised on SnapFiles ? Sz (8)
wow gold aijiaen (8)
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