* 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

 
Question of Internet access options Chris (4 comments)
Venture Capital Peter K (10)
msdn subscription.. anonymous.. (6)
asp.net application: company hosted or customer hosted? chachi (9)
What is the best way to licence software and protect IP? 123 (3)
Commercial port of GPL app Ron (10)
Business credit card Alex (17)
What are typical wholesale discounts? --Josh (4)
ComponentSource and other chanels Francis Dion (4)
dealing with competition inexperienced newbie (11)
Provide new Activation Code 2 years after purchase? Mr. Analogy {ISV owner} (27)
Should I charge Beta Customers? http://eclipsetracker.blogspot.com/ (20)
I look like bill Gates…can that help me? Albert D. Kallal (29)
Non-software microI*Vs? lw (15)
What's the rationale behind fog creek support contracts? JT (11)
NY Sales Tax Question starting out (4)
Corporation, Incorporation, and Group ? DeveloperDoesntKnowBusiness (6)
Risks with a hosted solution Pythonic (6)
Is there any chance to get work online Abul Kashem (10)
Starting a big Net idea outside of America Bankstrong (27)
Cusotm Software or off-the-shelf ? WannaStartMicroISV (2)
Software project management at Microsoft and other firms George (12)
Software for rent? j2e (12)
Linux Career Paths Remain Strong Mister Woody (16)
User Guide Template?? Mark Langille (8)
Need criticism on product idea Mauricio Macedo (27)
IT in China Mister Woody (9)
Dedicated Hosting Recommendations gcPunk (16)
Can a file format be restricted to 3rd party software? PC (16)
As Requested: Why I love the Tablet PC JT (13)
jack welch, six sigma. Braid_ged (17)
Does 'contributionware' work out? Alex (9)
Application free for personal use Mauricio Macedo (17)
"Don't Annoy Honest People" Mark Langille (34)
ISV Marketing tips Peter K (9)
Is it worth it for me? laptop user (19)
International From Day One? AlarmingProspect (12)
Software Review Rudolf F. Vanek (6)
Can we host using Linux if we develop .NET apps? Tomeus (17)
Bulk subscription rates Dan Hulton (11)
Cocoa: the µISV's Framework of Choice? GUI Joe (22)
Flash Demo/Tutorial Software (10)
What is the best technology investment you've made? JT (21)
Do or do not, there is no buy? Just a guy (6)
Accounting software other than Quickbooks NotAnAccountant (6)
EU Parliament Approves Software Patent Restart Simon Lucy (6)
Micro ISVs and Open Source? anonymous (20)
Who uses a fax in 2005 ? Serge Wautier (28)
Collaboration SW is the Next Word Processing revolution. Mr. Analogy {ISV} (10)
Salespeople... and little white lies Jimbo Jones (26)
Who knows of a good free or cheap Idea Management tool? Steff Kamush (11)
Why didn't the $160.00 Lindows "Web browser computer" take off? Mr. Analogy {ISV} (31)
Very noisy environment Albert (23)
What's my title? matt (23)
MicroISVs run like mine... Withheld (7)
Continous interruptions Jeffrey Barton (13)
Programmer salaries in game industry? dave (22)
Starting a microISV Ian (13)
Any decent Data Mining books out there? Hercules (2)
how do you go about naming a product? Patrick (20)
Experiences finding business partners Chris Cox (7)
Do you read any bussiness magazines ? NirVaNa (16)
Poll: what's your download to buy ratio? Future ISV'er (12)
Are we small-minded? mogul wannabe (13)
Mileage Reimbursement... smallbiz (30)
Software Ownership - code from CodeProject/Books Ron (7)
Software ownership Joe Booth (16)
Any russians/ukrainians here? Max Ischenko (2)
Software Contractor's Guild Max Ischenko (2)
How to get domain knowledge? Sam (13)
Paying for Open Source Support (14)
anyone can give me dealership? Maxview (13)
Comments on product ideas Paul (25)
Innovation has a pattern MarkTAW (7)
Microsoft's Empower - Is it only for new ISVs? Alex (5)
Attention Entrepreneurs! Jonesy (10)
Best sites to sell shareware George (9)
Market Research Vince (14)
SPIN Selling RC (5)
Are Sunk Costs Irrelevant in Software? Karl Perry (17)
Tech Junkie turned Business Domain junkie Berlin Brown (9)
Is it wise to provide benefits? Bob Snyder (30)
Evaluating an Idea Tom D (9)
Hiring non-US-citizens in the US Eric Sink (43)
tax question for virginia ISV's Jacob (6)
How to handle late charges for overdue POs Mr. Analogy {ISV owner} (20)
Anyone used Adobe Acrobat 7.0? RC (15)
What are your successes? www.MarkTAW.com (20)
EU Software Patents Demonstration Simon Lucy (1)
Convert to SQL Server? Bankstrong (23)
How to close a sale? RC (27)
Pricing question Rudolf F. Vanek (18)
Google Maps (7)
Legal Entity: S-Corp vs LLC for small software firm Myke Myers (7)
Why/How did you succeed? v (14)
Eric's Tenets Of Transparency - Going further Roger Jack (9)
Minimum System Requirements Nick Koranda (4)
Making it look like a bargain... Ron Popeil (16)
Eric's Tenets Of Transparency article Roger Jack (28)
Insurance Risk Management (1)
Screwed up agency agreement - case study Curmudgeon (10)
Selling Shareware SellingShareware (17)
The key to successful contracting is: Use a code generator Code Penetrator (49)
Screenshots before going live Developer (3)
Got domain. Want email Sam (10)
The Six Laws of the New Software Aaron F Stanton (11)
Why did you fail? lw (15)
LBB Lesson - 2. Don't give up that day job! Arsalan Zaidi (10)
WANT 2 BUY: RENTACODER CLOEN RITTEN IN VB-SCRITP 4OR $50!!1 Dan Hulton (25)
Finding potential customers in my area... Mitch (8)
Pricing a Windows desktop application Brad Thomas (7)
Bugzilla Tara (12)
Why does SkyPE get so much press? John (27)
Bag recommendations? Chas Emerick (19)
New Lingo Beta + Playing with Linux... Bill Rayer (9)
Product / Business Presentation Sandy (1)
Potential Client Wants to Know previous rates. Tark (23)
Goto for Mailing List Management? Bob Walsh (15)
Selling software cycle? j2e (7)
Product Launch Parties Ian Sefferman (12)
ISV/MicroISV Roll Call Jason (40)
What products are sold by software companies that make millions? John (19)
Article on the logo design process Ian (15)
Starting up with the help of friends Steve Cooper (14)
Promoting your business using a blog? Bad idea! Max (27)
Employment applications Another smartass cynic developer (5)
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