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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

Please improve Wikipedia entry for "Micro ISV" Daniel Howard (7 comments)
Damn Bare_Naked_Ladies song walterbyrd (38)
Bootable Server Nick (8)
SEO basics I_need_to_know_SEO (10)
Laptops or desktops for developers. nimrod (36)
GOF Design Patterns in JavaScript Crossword Engine Pavel Simakov (3)
debt collection software ken winfield (4)
Distributing dlls with your code Puzzled (2)
Please review our new product! Jack Wang (14)
Why the Misv-Boom in India in China has not occured yet ? >> The Night Blogger << (31)
Narration for a Video tutorial of a product Anon (15)
software selling process Do Minh Y (5)
Cashin' out Anon for Now (9)
Joel: Update on the chargeback? Mitch & Murray (from Downtown) (2)
Free glass buttons: Download and Buy Andrea N. - Direct Access (12)
Selling IP Phillippe (9)
Niche Website Done, How to Target Market It? Craig Cecil (13)
Tracking Registered Version Downloads Phillip Flores (1)
Screenshots on Vista: with or without ClearType? Catalin Rotaru (8)
Code Signature For ISV Tim (11)
is it really about quitting your day job? li'l ol' Micro ISV (24)
VMWare question Paul Smart (4)
VC Meeting John Doe (11)
IIS shared hosting capabilities (Minimum Wage)^3 (3)
Why get certified? J (22)
Outsourced Technical Support (UK) Dominic Messenger (10)
VMWare Workstation on Vista Andy Brice (8)
Free Product Idea: DNS Manager Michael Sanford (11)
Notifications of PayPal subscription cancellations webapp isv (3)
Have you tried Linkin.com? wanna network? (12)
Killer Office Etiquette App getBent() (7)
Piracy Attitudes? Ryan Smyth (32)
Feedback on new product (doPDF) Claudiu Spulber (13)
Finally, an idea - now what? Patrick From An IBank (13)
Organic Promotion Impressionable (3)
Jolt Awards Nick (0)
Free software advertising with Video Demo on youTube? myTube (3)
Interactive Tutorials ? Into (5)
AnyOne Switched to gmail? sdani (16)
SmartInspect 2.0 release Dennis Gurock (4)
Multi-core CPU for development? Warren Stevens (29)
Delphi 2007 DelphiFan (12)
What Job Was Your Software Hired To Do? Nick Hebb (3)
RegisterFly (8)
Software License and GPL Question Joe (6)
Charts Nick (5)
Not sure how to answer customer's question. smallISV (32)
Do small businesses deploy msi's through Active Directory? (4)
Beta Testing for a New Outlook Application DevCompany (10)
What should I charge ? The dude (4)
Looking for a Joel article Orson Kart (3)
Adobe Flex Howard (5)
What are good visits and pageviews numbers? ThisIsMe (9)
how far do you go for difficult customers? someone (7)
Yet another Empower question - do I need a product Empower me! (4)
unprofessional demo video causing lack of sale? (14)
A tiny suggestion Mark Jerde (6)
Software as a service -- Software as a buffet Derek I (5)
How much customer information do you retain? Customer is king (2)
Microsoft Keyword Forecaster Phil (11)
Using PHP5 for a web-based product? Umair (9)
How to handle deployment of my app via Norton Ghost? anon for this one (5)
UI controls solely for Windows API Anon (3)
Blog Anthony (9)
AdWords suggestions from an expert Bob Walsh (7)
How to approach a possible web work client anon for this (8)
Product – Development Language chris goCRM (12)
I have been a gullible fool Cassandra (30)
How precise the Google Analytics can count your ROI? Piyush (4)
Can I use Ghost for my program? (8)
Sort of a marketing research for HTML tools Vesselin Atanasov (3)
Can I include someone else's site in my own? John Bell (6)
CV Feedback? Duncan Bayne (3)
iPod users invited to participate in new product beta Mark Gladding (7)
New or Existing Company Gratzy (4)
WordART component? Ward (2)
Adwords $ to sales ratio Adwords costs (7)
How to handle Two partners in two countries Anon for now (3)
Microsoft AdCenter Eric Matson (5)
Guidelines to follow for not getting banned from Google Biff (4)
Desktop PIM/To-Do list with network sync? Brian R. - author of UpdatePatrol (9)
What are you using to automate your build? Ted Graham (26)
Advice on attracting testers Conkerjoe (8)
Patterns in shrink-wrapped software monthly sales Pietro Polsinelli (6)
click startup drew donley (4)
Outsourcing and english abilities Guillaume Maury (14)
RentACoder Experience Mark Tutt (22)
Seeking advice on marketing "slip" Pietro Polsinelli (11)
Good general purpose text editor? Bob Walsh (37)
CRM for contacts and leads Documentation Doctor (18)
How long did he took you to write you first product ? Anon (28)
E&O Insurance Anon (9)
Intellectual Property and LLC’s – weird suggestion dood mcdoogle (14)
Royalties on Software? TheDavid (9)
Best Language for Hosted Applications Nick (6)
PAD submission and linking to download sites SEO Newbie (6)
Here's a nice product website TGA (7)
Doubling Sales PA (12)
Website Design options Jim Jones (9)
feedback / advices needed Aflava (5)
MicroISV Anonymity: Have customers Googled your name? Nick Hebb (23)
pdf995 - or similar - how do they do it? PDFprint (7)
I have an idea, now what? aeronmack (51)
The Next Big Language Seamus Brady (20)
Advice about my online presence Ted Graham (2)
Adding (tm) to your product or Company Name Erhard Smit (11)
Honest feedback required Conkerjoe (31)
Project Glidepath Windows Vista Spotlight progress report Michael Lehman (22)
ISV Jobs Nick (16)
A Software Buying Experience Jon (13)
Question about naming software netdeveloper (5)
Advice Needed - Resellers Charlie Tyler (4)
Bypassing Vista security warnings StillHateVista (6)
Referral Advertising Campaign Alfie John (3)
Please review my website and product Ralph (19)
running .net application on a mac? Macman (7)
Blog Rolls Alfie John (1)
Offering games to pull more traffic? Tony (8)
How to appear as a complete product. Anonymoose (11)
Any experiences with Ruby on Rails? Patrick McKenzie (31)
Rookie Shares Question ROOKIE (10)
Opinions on wording of purchase button from within app? Kevin Dahlhausen (6)
Perceived value Paul Smith (2)
Making Money Selling Web Apps jason (12)
Need examples of good multi-product web sites Pete (9)
PAD re-Submission Steve L (2)
Is PayPal good for subscriptions? anon (6)
Hiring a marketing agency anon one more time (14)
Make money from free web site Bankrupt web site designer (13)
Anyone here been sued by an Employer? joe (10)
Must Have Free Program - treuspace 3.2 for 3D Stuff. Stucko (7)
Software Proposal Nick Irelan (6)
Should web app have free version? SmallFry (10)
Background music for demos Billy (4)
Are these figures too low? Anon (7)
Adwords changes Holy CPC Batman (21)
Anyone use VBulletin? A future forum dictator, but a nice one (10)
What would you ask successful sellers? Shannon - PayLoadz (13)
Bragging rights (sorry, can't resist) Andy Brice (16)
Web design quikie Steve P (11)
VC Offer Puzzled (16)
Online Video Chris goCRM (7)
Looking for tangile facts that Google ads increase sales // Ixion \\ (14)
Name the other seven or eight Fogbugz clones Stranger in Strangeland (2)
Don't complain about Vista VistaMan (13)
Free Blog Promoting Darren D. (12)
Dashboard Presentation review bi dashboards (12)
What to name a blog Steve L (7)
Nono-contiguous support periods 2 bit programmer (7)
DynDns.org Problems today Lee (0)
Can I launch my product now and setup my company later ? // Ixion \\ (12)
AdWords Seminars for Success DanB (1)
JobBurner.com - launch & need feedback Shane Henderson (11)
Orders from Germany Steve Wiseman (8)
Hiring your customers: Good idea? Another Coward (5)
When should I start charging? anon (12)
Newsletter software Mike Morris (5)
File hosting Trygve (5)
How do you use this forum? Anthony (9)
Recommendations for graphic artist for a logo and some icons GRA (7)
Automatically issuing licence key Anon (8)
Shocked by downloads vs. installs NOT matching Curry (23)
Poll servey on websites? Pollack (2)
data on try before you buy Andy Brice (5)
T-Shirt Marketing Follow-up: Your Feedback on our Beta Release? Denis (4)
10 Tips Article Ian L (8)
comparison between your product and competitors Jay (11)
How to choose which idea is good for startin mISV? (12)
Does my employer own *my* IP Potential ISV (20)
creating website and blog before first product release anon (7)
Trade show: How much collateral materials is too much? First Time Exibitor (14)
Need Advice on Salary Range anon (12)
Is it leagal to open my own company in this case ? Don (17)
Several related VMs using VirtualPC Ted Graham (4)
Any Misv Selling 60 Licences a days ? Scoopex (22)
another day in the microisv world Aytekin (3)
Price in EUR vs USD Trygve (13)
Empirical Example Of Why You Should Blog Patrick McKenzie (7)
A market for professors? LokiVanguard (7)
Copy our Pad description? Isaac Chu (6)
Tax question for LLC TaxWorried (4)
A separate site for American customers David (17)
#1 spot on google adwords? or natural search? Moogle (14)
In Canada what is this in net anon (3)
Free download: SourceForge Enterprise Edition Rafael Chaves (3)
Are entrepreneurs born or made? Anthony (30)
Dear Shareware Author: Can you tell me where to find... William Hill (7)
Where's the TurboGears hype? Steve Moyer (12)
Pricing per sale as oppossed to per project Joe PriceModel (3)
Announcing a New Product: Nenest Web Application Framework! Tony Y. (0)
OT - Launch4j - what does "Windows native executables" mean? anon for a dumb question (5)
PayPal down? Andy Brice (3)
My empty forum, to keep or not to keep? Curry (19)
What investment options can a my software business offer? anonymous (12)
examples in successful portals basic_thinker (4)
article/info on a portal basic_thinker (1)
Offshoring your primary means of income - any success? Knot Reddy (7)
Anyone using Squidoo? Nick Hebb (19)
Beta blog vs. "Main" blog anonablogger (2)
Adwords suggestions John Doe (4)
using open source under common-public lience v1.0 J.K. (3)
Sites without Digg, del.icio.us, and Fark bookmarks. Digg me (13)
1099 vs. corp to corp someone (10)
The Monday Site Review... Bob Walsh (8)
Product/website review please DanB (13)
Continuous backup software recommendations? DanB (10)
H1 Resource SalesGuy (33)
How to Distribute a Free Trial? Bobby (8)
Love your PR firm? Brian (4)
Turning consulting-ware into products Mark Tutt (2)
Type Of Product for Making $1500 a month Zaytuna (23)
Opinions wanted product idea Ben J. (8)
Website Advertisement Clutter Solution? Alfie John (2)
Point of sales Application mec (3)
Slow sales in Feb till now Amanvir (3)
Download expiration Quick Question (8)
Web app churn! Neville Franks (15)
Google Adowrds - text? pictures or video GoogleMe (3)
Icons - looking for recommendations Pete (10)
web video browser ... videoguy (3)
Template en EULA anon (2)
A rumination on 'theft', shady dealings & self employment Bored Bystander (28)
An unidentified program wants access to your computer IAmABum (10)
Which little things get more customers? selling sand (6)
Will my employer like this? devious (36)
Freeware Attitudes? Ryan Smyth (12)
Innosetup, a uISV? InnoCurious (7)
Should I revive an old product? Amanvir (15)
Fast web servers Phil Wright (13)
CMM Level 5 jam (12)
is this trademark violation? George James (15)
Fair partnerships? Pushed (23)
Consulting back to my current company? Once upon an anon (48)
DRM = Software Serialization? Shannon - PayLoadz.com (18)
Quite the conundrum: To leap or not? anon (16)
Please review my website one last time..  I need Sales help Stucko (26)
Keeping blog while developing major release Software Guy (14)
"Software Developer" vs. "Software Engineer" Dan Hollingsworth (23)
Distributors in Japan Ryan Smyth (3)
Anyone using Mint? anon (12)
contract work and SOFTWARE LICENSE Joe X (6)
Microsoft vs. Apple in the emerging DRM war Deneb Meketa (11)
Copyright notice dave <>< (11)
Direct Access Beta released - I'm looking for your comments Andrea N. - Direct Access (13)
MicroISV Show #11 - Free Windev power tools Bob Walsh (2)
To template or not? thomas (16)
Experience with PR Newswire? Bob Walsh (7)
How do I improved my FAQ page? Vijay Patel (9)
Decent Scheduling/TODO Software for an Office Ryan Smyth (10)
Ownership and Stock/Options Steve (5)
Music for applications Michael Johnson (0)
Google Impression Count. anon (3)
Partnership with US based company or not to sell Name (7)
SEO tool question Andy Brice (13)
Hour estimations Leon Mergen (7)
Anyone used Skype for "website chat" Mr. Analogy (2)
Hosted App. How do you handle data after cancelation? Michael Sica (13)
Credit Card Charging. Fees? Heard of this Michael Sica (9)
Other watering holes jetValve (3)
Cost of benefit packages for non-W2s/1099s Sandro Pinnotey (5)
Announcing my micro-ISV/product Corentin Plouët (21)
Third Product Release Jon (22)
The downloads game ... Vignesh (6)
Not a morning person? Patrick McKenzie (29)
Tiny horn toot for my new blogging book. Bob Walsh (3)
safari Martin (4)
What are your micro-ISV business productivity tips? Bob Walsh (19)
Embedded database experiences? Doug (9)
Customers who buy too often Anon Issue (14)
Got MicroISV app that runs on Vista? Want Zune? Read on... Michael Lehman (16)
Telecommute dress code? stoneyowl (17)
XML editor recommendations Claudiu Spulber (12)
Small business IT infrastructure Potential startup (7)
Do you write a diary? Anon (12)
invitation to critique, slash, burn, comment etc... Anthony Carrabino (21)
Register->One Hour->Refund Isaac Chu (21)
If it doesn't work for software, why would it work for coffee? Cory R. King (31)
Displaying Multiple Currencies Steven L (11)
Interesting pricing discussion farmboy (0)
Dynamic Software Box Generator Shannon (15)
IT Audit by Deloitte - what a joke NotCrookedJustAngry (12)
Discount codes with Paypal? or others? Discounter (5)
Google Adwords.. What to track? Moogle (14)
Does size really matter? Steve Moyer (3)
New idea, your opinions... Can (7)
Sorting out licensing issues SI (1)
Thanks for the help... sales are up Simon (5)
Creating and managing different editions (Basic, Pro, etc.) Jeff M. (15)
From Web-site till Enterprise application integration services. Andrey Lanuk (4)
Is this really a bad idea for mISV? Tigran Najaryan (33)
Anyone know of a Product Demo creation service? Dave (7)
Testware Uncle Rico (9)
Itinerary builder Albert (12)
Can anyone point to sample contracts for work for equity Bill F. (6)
Database Security - How to sell insurance? Herve Roggero (10)
Best software tool to do HTML mock up of web service site J.K. (6)
finding partners anon today (12)
People and salaries Javier (21)
What are the top ten markets to enter today? d-jok (31)
Startup Idea: “Wholesale” Concert Ticket Website Startup Venture_Capital (8)
Product Idea Simon (13)
I need a color check on my screen shots Nick Hebb (15)
Poll: Use a .biz domain name? briefly (7)
Recuring Payments Anthony Presley (5)
Authorize.net vs. 2checkout bookworm (6)
AGLOCO nvictor (1)
Is rentacoder verification process safe? ID theft isn't fun (17)
Do most of your customers try the demo first? Is it just me? (10)
build a better mouse trap . (13)
microISV + microVC = microISVC? Alfie John (8)
Is Copy-protection just a distracting red-herring? Mr. Analogy (18)
Image Gallery script for website for users to upload images. Stucko (10)
Venture capital firm has contacted me Puzzled (12)
How to promote mobile software? Vadim (7)
Peer Recognition Awards Grinch (8)
Press Releases Bobby (4)
What is in a name? Trying to figure out an alternate URL. John Goewert (14)
Help with 2C0 problem Steven L (3)
How do I deal with a MISER in my team??? NotAMiser (23)
logo design or web site template design first? starving wannabe entrepreneur (10)
Compile, release, [fill the blank], sell! tat (9)
Copyright/IP/consulting question Confused about IP (5)
Is Web 2.0 finished? Simon@AutoUpdate+ (12)
Viewing websites remotely AG (11)
Handy Backup, what's real Lee (3)
Have any Fogbuz customers used Trac? Fred (12)
Relaunch: The MicroISV Show on Channel9 Michael Lehman (9)
XenoCode .Net Linker (Postbuild 2007) ian (13)
How to setup this investment and partnership investee (8)
format of application help / tools TaskyProject (11)
uISV longevity and critical mass Doug (11)
Joel Spolsky interviewed on The MicroISV Show Bob Walsh (26)
Open source project fundings K (15)
Help to do exchange from Excel in QuickBooks Oleg Yakimenko (2)
CC Processing Gateway only? Geoff M (8)
How Much Money do mISV Owners Earn? (30)
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