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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

My first video - feedback? Adriano Ferrari (9 comments)
New product feedback: Photographer search taylor (4)
Separate company/personal blogs OR all-in-one? AlexD (6)
Experience reducing trial time/executions ? Sam H (10)
New SaaS - link or not? Dario Solera (2)
Looking for feedback on new TWeetMiner video Justin Vincent (6)
How and What to price membership site? Sanjay Sethi (9)
Microsoft Cloud - Azure - any views/experiences? Pete C (12)
Beermats and going solo... John Clark (10)
What to do when sales are falling? SteveK (8)
How to ask/contact domain experts Harald (6)
Online PR training Bring back anon (0)
Great Ad BI Baracus (0)
Software to automate web site/application deployment Albert Tollkuci (10)
Cloud-based organiser services - recs? John Clark (6)
Repeating theme: Client/customer not paying JohnD (11)
Time spent on fixing broken build Mosh (9)
Is it okay to blog on not so relevant topics? Anon1221 (9)
What's the worst that could happen? Fernanda STickpot (6)
A blog post on blog writing style Pietro Polsinelli (2)
Anyone using e-Junkie with Google Analytics? Drew Kime (4)
Payment Thomas Te (2)
License Management Thomas Te (6)
Starting up – How to get resellers (online) for b2b software? Thomas Te (1)
Where do you advertise your Mac app ? Ravada (6)
Anyone buy this particular guide book to Contracts pythonfreak (4)
old unlinked web page with old purchase functionality - FOUND!!! Robert Dobbs (3)
Software to check a website against a sitemap? marketeer (2)
Software for Haiti Vadim (8)
Recommendation for inspirational read? Harald (23)
How do you do your cross-browser testing? Harald (12)
Any good website sales copy writers for hire? Bring Back Anon II (8)
How is the software libraries market? Meir (5)
Do you support IE6? How about IE7 Harald (14)
URL Rewrite for SEO after the release? Anon1221 (5)
Motivation hits zero Gary (31)
How to turn tool set into business HB (2)
How to accept donations for software and pass to charities? foo (3)
Simple question: trade show: how many bizcards and brochures? Jon (2)
Software to Track Time Spent Rich Tsang (14)
Hosted Solution or Not? SteveK (10)
Help naming my product. Should I use "and" or "&" in the name. Rensy (6)
Developer Skills for Management? Ryan Wilson (13)
Country domain vs. .net domain Frank Edwards (8)
Need feedback on product prototype Eugene Akinshin (7)
How would you design a registration system for a new program? Mr Soft (37)
Are there any successful MicroISVs developing Facebook apps? Anindya Mozumdar (5)
free upgrades for customers that have purchased 3-5 years ago!?! Robert Dobbs (11)
Help with wording my EULA Rensy (10)
Can anyone recommend any good books... David Taylor (10)
New phone system for company move Walter Williams (2)
looking for simple project planning software Harald (9)
Website Relaunch - Hired a Designer - Feedback Appreciated Joel Marcey (34)
An unhappy experience in getafreelancer Huang Jason (7)
mISV from home or from a rented office? John Clark (14)
Hosted forums suitable for business use? John256 (4)
Stack Overflow VC Funding - What Would You Do? Mark Dochstader (7)
Joel is raising VC money for Stackoverflow billw (31)
Marketing in 15 Minutes a Day Alan Colburn (6)
February... I hate dry spells. QWERT (9)
First sale!! at last!!! Ramon Elias (13)
Super programmers john woods2 (16)
What is the equivalent desktop price given a web based price... via nueve (2)
Review my language learning application - Sing and Study Alex Parij (2)
Suspicious.Insight Bring back anon (14)
Download button click VS confirmed install ratio? Bring Back Anon II (2)
Working for a small company? boltimuss (10)
Most embarrassing mistake? John Whitington (16)
Questions for Seth Godin? Bob Walsh (7)
Review my new App - source code review tool Stephen O'Donnell (4)
Joel's new big idea SimonH (5)
Registration before the date entitling to a free upgrade Tim N (4)
Craig Barrett (Intel CEO) on hiring Americans. Bring back anon (35)
native app in the browser ok? Emrah (25)
Minimum market size - when do you start pursuing an idea? Mark1a (17)
Listing Your Competition Tim Haughton (9)
US Prospect trying to buy a "Sand Box" for us Joannes Vermorel - Lokad Forecasting (1)
wpf or winforms - and other questions Ryan R (11)
If "no flash" then what development tool to use? B2B (5)
Conversion Funnel Numbers Bruce Chapman (3)
Co-Developing and co-Releasing a product Shalin Jain (3)
How to find Part Time development/IT work? Jonathan Davies (14)
Affiliates - Is it worth? alexandar (8)
Worthwhile to apply to YCombinator? billw (3)
Turning a free beta into a paid service in the future Anon1221 (7)
How my business is doing + licensing GlennC (12)
Advice on Job Hunting from a Small Town to a Big City Justin Boyd (26)
What are the traditional/new methods to sell/distribute software David Taylor (1)
Any installable forum software that supports voting? Edwin (1)
New Product - Mac PDF Editor - Thanks and Comments John Whitington (4)
Thinning down the tech library... John Clark (13)
Please evaluate this demo and provide feedback. gengstrand (8)
Is anyone familiar with OEMing/reselling MS OSes? Tim J (2)
Does the geek in you ever take over? Bring back anon (7)
What's your question for David Allen? Bob Walsh (19)
How to get the word out there for an online service? Anon1221 (3)
How To Contract Work Without Ideas Being Stolen SteveK (12)
Need your opinion: Flash or no Flash? NaiveBayesian (25)
Shareware? Jeroen V (10)
Timestamp for code signing, how to verify? B2B (8)
Please help to provide comments for my product, PilotEdit ray zhang (8)
Dedicated Server at Alchemy Tim Haughton (2)
Safari 4 'top sites' and analytics bounces Tom Rath (2)
Looking for web application themes, nice data table layouts etc Harald (2)
Cool Software! Ralph R (19)
The positive spin of charitable donation? John Clark (10)
How to deploy updates to ... kdlc (6)
Another website critique Alfonso Pajares (10)
Bugs vs. Mistakes Justin Vincent (20)
Ideal Video Length for Tutorials? ChrisMC (9)
Equity to key employees Amir Helzer (23)
Tell me what's wrong with this web site and product Jim Sims (9)
So long and thanks for all the fish RGlasel (35)
Feeback request for my idea: online tech job interviews Harald (10)
My Idea for a mISV (need feedback) Pers (8)
Realization (of sorts)…  Large companies brining you down. Jeff D (13)
Idea to give away to aspiring misv looking for a product Joske Vermeulen (0)
Y Combinator NaiveBayesian (4)
Why be anonymous on this forum? Paul Johnson (23)
Does this look good for 100% uptime cloud hosting? Anonymouse (3)
Single Web Page Invoicing Application kurt Huber (13)
Design agency recommendation Michele Mottini (3)
Update Hector Sosa, Jr - PainlessSVN (7)
Submitting site redesign job to eLance - help? Adriano Ferrari (8)
Beta testing phase or feedback from paying customers? Sanjay Sethi (2)
Adwords conversion optimiser when campaign is budget constrained Bruce Greig (2)
AdWords Webinar, anyone? 14 techniques to stop wasting money Dave Collins (0)
Launched a cloud/grid dev framework - feedback requested Krishna Nadiminti (16)
Desktop Apps vs. Web Apps by Bill and Steve billw (9)
Trial to Sales Conversion Tracking Bruce Chapman (5)
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