* 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

 
Site Feedback Ryan Britton (16 comments)
Evaluating Software - A Users Perspective Neville Franks (13)
New Product Release ~ Web-based Database Service Dave (24)
Development Team Standards anton (26)
talkinghub - Improved UI and New Feature Added Denis Krukovsky (7)
Developer-Angel Mixers Steve Hirsch (23)
Opinions on Development Support Tools (from Jos forum) IanH. (3)
Winning projects by promising the impossible... Crimson (12)
Feedback for my upcoming product? Kyle (4)
Public Beta - looking for feedback Nick Hebb (14)
What makes a good user's guide Sanjay Bhatia (15)
Listening to Customers.... brian (11)
MS Origami - yet another device for developers? MSHack (4)
Web service feedback appreciated: JustStepsAway.com Aaron (17)
Salary Survey for Product Managers Donald K. Rosenberg (2)
Where is software and web development going? Mickey (11)
Comission Structure : Distributor to OEM TIA (1)
US distributor Anon for this one (5)
LLC Operating Agreement examples/samples? Patrick from an IBank (10)
any way to stop licence keys being SPAM filtered Andy Brice (32)
software copyright question Rohan Almeida (19)
Advice on setting up a web site for consultancy John (6)
PSA: Eric Sink's BoS Book Due Out Nick Hebb (13)
MIT Graduate Thesis:  Survey for Small Software Companies Dharmesh Shah (6)
Picking / writing a license for a limited free edition Sergey Schetinin (10)
Info on server infrastructure of "Web 2.0" companies? skc (6)
Any use CNET's Upload.com? Tim Weiler (3)
Non-US English Steve Schapel (16)
Pop up menu screen capturing tool. Which one? Eugene Gamov (7)
what is the MicroISV? Shareware Newbie (20)
Google and redirects admISV (1)
Copilot viral marketing Brett (23)
Tried a referral service? Hal Itosis (0)
Dealing with groups overseas KC (6)
Subscription/License Management Programs? Chad (2)
Discarding Old Programming Abstractions That Work - Stupid!! Bored Bystander (27)
Who makes the first offer Cameron (15)
sources of information drowning_in_information (5)
Trademark problems Prashant (41)
MicroISV or Not (4)
new isv - business partners in different location Patrick from an IBank (13)
Owning and Running ITeS in Pakistan Asif @ Cubex (5)
website advice please Steve Schapel (13)
Paid upgrades - good or evil? Alex Moskalyuk (12)
Ripping back at mean folks Derek (29)
VC or sell James L (33)
Wiki vs Site Design Nobody ('cause nobody's perfect) (3)
I hate QuickBooks Andy Brice (33)
Don't worry too much about OSS... Fred (22)
An intersting post about apple. Steve Wiseman (10)
Magazine Cover Disc Submissions Stephen Haunts (5)
Personal Organization Software Luke Miller (12)
The hardest part of starting a business... Anonymousy (31)
First product beta - WebDialog available for download James Newton-King (8)
How to predict what will be big? Jackson (25)
The Myth of Building A Software Business on AdSense Revenue Umair (18)
How to Start, Why to Start Anon for Now (22)
Who should I use... Bobby Strickland (11)
DevC++ + wxWindows on db apps? user (11)
MicroISV market information Andrea Nagar - Nagarsoft (8)
OnTime 2006 project management software for just $5 Dennis Gurock (24)
Goofy science projects vs "real businesses".  Difference? Crimson (12)
Outsourcing Sales & Marketing UK Harry McBaine (10)
Buying lists of IT Heads Harry McBaine (2)
Product Pricing Patrick From An IBank (13)
Partners/resellers in US Stian Teige (2)
hop to hear your advive ... listening ... (28)
List of commerical PHP application. jesse kim (11)
web presence uisv_to_be (9)
Taking open-source project proprietary: what are the ethics? Tired of Free (25)
Helpdesk SW G.B. (6)
Eric Sink on the MicroISV show sean d (26)
psychological price points Jason (7)
Payment provider for selling "credits"? Harald (6)
Feedback on my website The Documentation Doctor (25)
Tax question for Empower/Certified Partner John Smith (1)
Features vs polish Doug (14)
Paying for dev tools and frameworks? Anon for now... (17)
How we can have a better forum - part I: what everybody can see Denis Krukovsky (16)
Live Ad Hoc Demo Updated - Need Review - Free Cookies! Sanjay Bhatia (1)
Action Pack -vs- Empower for ISVs sdani (9)
Looking for non-Google marketing ideas Brian (21)
For [µ|m]ISV owners: why do you have blog? GinG (13)
Northwind on Steroids GNU World Order (9)
New MicroISV, blog and products James Newton-King (8)
Open source divide and conquer? Kim (12)
Dual Employment and Non Compete Sean (14)
analysis paralysis paralyzed (24)
After 19 months, almost there (need product and website review) Tim Weiler (29)
Is Gmail set to become the longest running 'beta' in history? Mike Green (14)
In need of a Guidelines document for my Beta testers Jorge (5)
New Product: JavaScript WYSIWYG Form Builder Aytekin (13)
web apps & the future cant_see_the_future (23)
Second product release Andrey Butov (18)
new product - planhack : web 2.0 project management. jesse kim (10)
Since everyone else is resubmitting their sites for feedback... Kevin Walzer (7)
Need Sample Databases Sanjay Bhatia (7)
New Product Page and Language - Need Review Sanjay Bhatia (8)
Up all night - please re-check my site! Nick Hebb (31)
Time to first shareware sale? Shareware Newbie (17)
Adwords for service? lw (1)
Software Development's Evolution towards Product Design Ari Berdy (8)
Adwords doesn't seem to scale well Doug (9)
Price Dumping Vs. Economies of Scale biz model cipher (17)
Using correct terminology ISK (8)
What installation package do you use? Tim Weiler (28)
SnapBin.com - Online Image hosting & photo sharing gallery Zain (15)
Which Documentation (Help) Tools Do You Use? Ryan Smyth (18)
ATOM vs RSS Mark Lubischer (6)
Card getting declined on google adwords Prashant (9)
mysqldump for SQL Server? Deane (5)
Website Copywriting Adam (2)
What programming language do you use? Ben Mc (96)
How many of you are members of the ASP? TO based contractor (19)
content management system is my problem Dany boy (4)
Blogger no TrackBack Steve Schapel (10)
Data Warehouse ROI--is there any? Steve Hirsch (6)
Any ideas on the standard software publishing rate? SeekingAdvice (15)
Software Website Feedback GridScope (19)
YASR Ewan McNab (16)
Elitism is a *bad* thing? Duncan Bayne (13)
Expensive vs low price product, which to choose? ynr (10)
What Business Web Sites do you like Bobby Strickland (6)
Please review my site Nick Hebb (30)
Name for a new kind of online forum Denis Krukovsky (3)
Copyright again Sergey Chernyshev (13)
More Idiotic Install/Uninstall Practices Eric (another ISV guy with his company) (22)
Decreasing the price further. Should I do it? Amanvir (24)
ReviewOften.com - looking for beta testers Umair (9)
The Software you want to build? Mark Flory (21)
Keeping track of this forum Deane (10)
Xenocode redux Brett (18)
Google Time NetFreak (1)
The other thing about open source projects SumoRunner (9)
traffic == business revert my buffer (4)
Guerrilla exhibition marketing Andy Brice (10)
what matters to googlebot? googleboy (13)
Is open source database tech in trouble with the Oracle buyouts? Crimson (11)
Market research before coding (Cold Calling 2) elloco (7)
Copilot Company Help Desk Lee (4)
selling forever wants_to_know_the_secret (6)
Free IT Sales Manual Nigel Edelshain (11)
Web page redirection for adwords tracking, and other effects J (12)
Web-based static cms Janabsaab (8)
Emerging Markets vs Emerging Technologies? Asif @ Cubex (2)
idea: enterprise copilot blablabla (5)
Can Bob Walsh freely use my comments? Imminent (22)
Cold calling to sell software? elloco (19)
Micro ISV to First Sale: What is Your Experience? Brian Wojcik (32)
How to hire a CEO Daniel Howard (19)
Bug Tracking software that looks familiar! Floyd Price (50)
My new Blog Leonardo Prada (10)
Interesting... which site is better? Cory R. King (15)
Giving Sales Numbers Phil (12)
project management s/w revert my buffer (16)
Dual-licensing a viable strategy for shrinkwrap software? Dave Robbins (4)
In it for the money... anon on this one (10)
Exchange Server clone for home? Mitch & Murray (from Downtown) (6)
To Open in New Window or Not Mark Lubischer (12)
Shameless Plug: New Micro-ISV Blog Cade A. Fassett (20)
Why Software? lw (31)
How will Win32 be deprecated? Bored Bystander (19)
How can I increase my Windows downloads? Kevin Walzer (15)
Whats the Enron story? (9)
Advertise pending price increases? Doug (4)
Short Online Demo done. How is it? Amanvir (14)
finding developers ? Laptopsurfer (30)
converting content to sales (follow-on) Andy Brice (17)
Giving away license to open source projects Prashant (14)
outsourcing email for your domain spudz (6)
Delphi for under 1K? Brett (34)
Micro ISV wiki? Roger Jack (7)
CMS for Single-Product Software Web Site? Kyle (7)
Please help - review my site Cprin (14)
Business Name Matt Fenner (15)
ISVs come on ! unite ! (1)
How to scale web apps that store files? Janabsaab (3)
How much freedom can tiny software companies give employees? New Boss (21)
This Is REALLY Going To Bug Me... Huh? (6)
Thanks and another Request Mark Lubischer (4)
Productizing Custom Built Software Fred Shequine (5)
How to decrease the price Cory R. King (15)
Online demo for downloadable web application Dimitris Giannitsaros (12)
The Standard Regular: Non-Modifying Modifiers in Product Names Ari Berdy (5)
MS-Google al (13)
So Joel, About VC's... KC (23)
How to shut these pirates down? dx (14)
Too Many Ajax Calendars Bryan Batchelder (11)
When to start trying to sell ads? Rowland (8)
Podcasts for Entrepreneurs Jason Siffring (5)
Oracle Layoffs TheDavid (4)
Email Archival (3)
Pestered by VCs Joel Spolsky (39)
Disputing Chargebacks GNU World Order (12)
Windows news sites? Kevin Walzer (4)
Need clients, can't network worth a damn. noob (15)
New uISV idea (perhaps) Brad Thomas (12)
The USPS's idea of "software" or : How NOT to spend your  IT $ Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (25)
Monitoring uISVs Unite! Doug (4)
Anyone else snapping up these small "companies" besides Yahoo? Crimson (7)
Is giving away software to students a good marketing strategy? Prashant (10)
Why I don't like my Download.com listing (17)
Borland to sell IDE business Mitch and Murray (from Downtown) (48)
Health Insurance Sid (8)
Converting content to sales Andy Brice (31)
Sales from Europe to Australia Brad Thomas (3)
Icon (13)
How to get the review of PC magazine? (6)
Software that 'phones home' anon (21)
A product tour which made me say 'Wow'! [A must read 4 DBxtra .. JD (34)
Educational discounts -- do you grant them? Doug (5)
Running a Software Beta Ian L (12)
Is Web 2.0 only for US comopanies? 0xff (18)
Subsidies and Stagnation in the Software Tools JSD (11)
To patent or not to patent Ben Mc (15)
Best-selling software in 2005 Alex Moskalyuk (11)
Site Review RFV (28)
Keyword FREE in the software name Mik (13)
Selling Products in UAE or Middle East? Asif @ Cubex (14)
Question about MSDN licensing Small ISV (10)
Working on my own is not productive.. (UK) Roy (12)
Phone number for part-time enterprise? Anonymous this time (15)
Revenue model for Web 2.0 John Smith (20)
opportunities? Harry McBaine (7)
Information about revenue models? Ideophoric (4)
BMW issued the Google "death penalty"! Mitch Denny (22)
Asking for too much Scott (12)
Newbie here Alec Yu (13)
Source control over http? source pains (24)
People writing for support for products with no support Jen (9)
Best first 1U kit and co-location for the Canadian mISV? Li-fan Chen (8)
Looking for a start-up idea? Philipp Schumann (16)
Online backup software Online backup (9)
Online buying and selling business outside of US Tony (3)
Webjay.org - $25 million?  WTF? dave (21)
Announcing PA Server Monitor Doug (5)
Adwords Fraud Detection Tools Ryan Wheeler (3)
12th Feb London meetup (reminder) Andy Brice (3)
Co-Location Recommendations Phil (12)
Do I need to get a Server? virtuale (14)
Search engines sucking the life out of the web - Jakob Nielsen Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (9)
Custom built software code - intellectual property rights B. (17)
Measuring each Software Engineer's Productivity Ted Socolofsky (19)
One domain name, multiple hosting services? Rowland (8)
Free or Open Source Webcasting? Phil (10)
product ideea: audiobook player Music Lover (8)
Licensing per user for B2B: what to use for license name? MB (14)
how many users uninstalled your software? leiju (22)
Lost out on a domain name... again! Missed it by that much... (31)
Market for Web applications Web entrepreneur (7)
As a startup, does it need to be in detail? user (7)
No lifetime support. user (6)
The paradox of hiring the first employee Jesse Smith (21)
The problem with the Micro ISV business model Mitch and Murray (from Downtown) (39)
What does 'growing the business' mean to you? pablo (7)
MicroISV blogs (4)
DBA Nanapa Tekar (3)
Finding a lawyer Cory R. King (11)
How well do thses people do (continued...)? lost mind (4)
How well do those people do? lost mind (13)
Google Disappoints with 'only' 86% higer revnue Orick of Toronto (13)
Business Podcasts Brett (7)
Peak Performers work less? Orick of Toronto (16)
What is the software you publish? Michael Johnson (77)
Late entrants are the market leaders? 0xff (10)
MicroISV podcasts on MSDN Informer (9)
Partners in US Stian Teige (10)
Maintenance agreements Doug (5)
registering an online business Matt Fenner (4)
Micro Venture Fund Pleading the Fifth (15)
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