* 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

 
Web application competition sites Bot Berlin (1)
Employees required to buy own laptops? Java GUI Programmer (36)
Code Signing - Verisign vs. Others Dave (12)
Customer survey software Roger Jack (3)
Formal Documention Process Document Templates ukdev (1)
Please No More Site Reviews Ian L (23)
finding for giving the solutions to the software project nivash (6)
Looking for site review comments New kid on the block (11)
Recommendations of a web-design service (4)
Increase your sales in one day... Doug (6)
Per-use licensing of copilot Li-fan Chen (4)
controlling sales outback (5)
Running a competition Andy Brice (20)
Elementary Educational Quizzing Software Gratzy (9)
Can someome PLEASE put PayPal out of business? Rob (24)
US Export Laws Burned (9)
Some advice please E Smit (13)
Anyone got time for a site review? MB (28)
License type for file sync software Jennifer Liu (6)
What on earth is Google inc doing .. It can't be.. ..but I could be wrong (18)
EDS in India: Evolution of a Sourcing Strategy? BobC (16)
Regnow rejected me with no comment SentoSoft (12)
Screencasting tips CWuestefeld (1)
YAWR: zutubi.com Jason Sankey (19)
How to break into consulting? Kyle (9)
business tone Aaron (9)
New search engine beta - please critique bfd (7)
LLC operating agreement Q - where to list startup costs? Patrick From an IBank (2)
Licensing for a Citrix Environment Chad (2)
Another screwball idea Lurker (19)
How important is "culture"? CultureShock (12)
Investment tax deductable? K.W. (7)
shares of the company Kevin Wang (4)
Company name Scott (16)
National Center for Employee Owners Anonymous (2)
Doing "part-time" contracting while being a fulltime employee. Crimson (7)
Potentially useful site for researching vertical markets Jesse Smith (3)
Computers and kids Berislav Lopac (19)
Collection of Scott McNealy Quotes... Crimson (11)
Sync Calendar with multiple computers and pda Ben Mc (17)
.NET Linker Rob Reagan (25)
Active Last Logon released, Thanks to all Leroy Clark (19)
OT: handmade hardware components bumperbox (19)
free/limited trials vs money back guarantee bumperbox (29)
Looking for suggestions for phone system Herman (9)
Apple's in the classroom TownDrunk (9)
Possible % for outside sales personnel Anthony Presley (7)
Software donations to charity organizations Dennis Crane (4)
Analysis paralysis Jesse Smith (14)
Software price limit for online sales? Karan (14)
Future of semiconductor industry Ankush (6)
Console and BREW game development ByteMerchant (6)
Hourly rate, how to recover after bidding too low? Gili (20)
ZoneAlarm for Vista Simon (13)
Company founders' compensation survey Joel Spolsky (1)
Share-It and VAT (12)
Salary for 6 years experience? Gili Tzabari (12)
[Game Dev]- Building a community Kefrenz (11)
order processing fob (6)
Database Analytics anon for this post (10)
beta version question Aaron (9)
customer registration sign_me_up (9)
At least love is still free, isn't it? GNU World Order (21)
show thy info protector (17)
Do you believe that having a - in the middle of a domain is bad Ikari (22)
naming related misv (6)
Marketing and management courses? Victor Ronin (4)
Using SSL in your software shop? Ali (16)
Starting an R&D company? Vince (17)
Yet another start/funding question Victor Ronin (14)
Twin Companies Doug (11)
Domain registration concerns anon for this one (4)
how do you update? update_me (7)
American Inventor Art Wilkins (22)
Software Whiteboards ... anon (18)
Irony Phil (2)
Trademark question on company name Aaron_ (14)
using instant messaging for support Andy Brice (11)
Building a website about your product before its launch! Ali (6)
Other peoples software ideas - Is there an obligation? isv (14)
funding for someone JUST starting out? falcon (9)
home addy on domain registration homer (9)
Web-based products Umair (20)
DomainsByProxy anon (8)
Payment processing solution? Pat Fitzsimmons (10)
I'll be your first customer Doug (10)
Worse kind of problem and how to scale back a client swamped (15)
Aggregation Sites are bad? TheDavid (5)
RSS and Blogs for a newbie Bryan H. Haber (6)
It just won't die! Caffeinated (15)
MISV Wiki? Roger Jack (16)
Domain name suggestions Ali (13)
Google Analytics - mini-review Newsminator (13)
Website feedback...please Ethan (11)
Need some advice on a hire. (20)
customer targeting outback (4)
Basecamp feedback Amar Rama (8)
Consulting: time estimates requested ... micromanagement? Consultant (12)
Barriers to paying for software Michael B (25)
Software Planning tools - latest and greatest? Bob Walsh (16)
BuddyBackup: was it bought? Vladimir Dyuzhev (1)
Advertising Math Ian L (16)
Visual Studio and SQL Server Express Jesse Smith (1)
SharePoint hosting Rudolf F. Vanek (1)
Self employed, reporting income to buy a car. TomIsMyNemesis (30)
venture capital could be nice onanon (23)
Consulting question: Spotting and firing bad clients. Crimson (12)
SingapuraSoft Zbuffer (12)
Customer Service 101 Amar Rama (14)
Calc System - first web application released, comments? Bot Berlin (28)
Recommendedations for a 1-person desktop/local Wiki? Bob Walsh (18)
Asterisk consulting? dave (2)
Recomended Wiki Peter F. (13)
Looking for feedback. Atul (6)
Spekkit - Easy Functional Specs CK (14)
Donations for free software WillWorkForDonations (6)
Tax Paradise Places to set up an ISV Galleon (23)
Federal TAX ID NO. (SSN/EIN) Boo (16)
Right idea? chikkman (12)
Ethical dilemma or good business proposition? Frank (19)
Idea - moving desktop product to web. Lurker (10)
A market for business problems? Chris (15)
JBoss acquisition impact for open source, good sign or bad sign? Anon For A While (5)
Pricing at $299 or $900? Amanvir (22)
Yet another blog about the business of software Newsminator (17)
Spidered in 5 mins ? how? tom dean (12)
Inc. = Incorporation or Incorporated ? Anon For Now (8)
A different idea I want to get running Anon (13)
Database forms Handyman (3)
Eliminate the Barriers to Business Paul Roy (7)
Looking for a good "Web 2.0" branding/design person Arik (6)
MS Access 2000 or MSDE licensing (web app) Joe (15)
Lease versus Buy for Dev Servers and Workstations Robert Reeves (12)
Any Recent experience with PayPal? Steve Wiseman (15)
Keeping track of personal time Bot Berlin (9)
Starting a New MISV - Need help/Comments #Anon for this one# (11)
The joys of Perpetual Beta(tm) Brian Moeskau (5)
New beta of BriskProject released Sergio (5)
Too many addresses per customer Scott (11)
Difference in paypal accounts Bot Berlin (7)
My shareware journey is just started Simon Pang (14)
Licensing Opportunity Matt (12)
Code Generators for .NET Code Generator Seeker (17)
Consulting and own software development? Sergio (6)
Damn those holidays... Ranting and chanting (8)
looking for a business group chat application anonymous (2)
PSF is Everything by Tom Peters Radhakrishnan Mukkai (4)
Startups and Dragons Berislav Lopac (4)
Startup School - Where is the schedule? Disappointed in Seattle (2)
32 or 64 Bit ? RV (9)
Where to find good marketing resources? MicroISVer (8)
Getting a set of icons designed for my app... Prashant (17)
Employee development Daniel Howard (13)
Guideline to describing EULAs Brian (7)
Anyone tried vnunet.com? Doug (2)
Insightful Bile Blog post on JBoss purchase by Redhat... Crimson (4)
Can't wait to go full time Doug (7)
Program testing service with pay-per-discovered-bug pricing? Newsminator (13)
Steve Pavlina Return to Monophasic Sleep orick (going back to bed) (4)
Thanks guys! Want some free software? dave wanta (31)
Easy Localization by StringDB RICHARD WEST (7)
UGAL.net: shameless plug and feedback appreciated Jean Moniatte (9)
The implementation layer of a software business Michael B (14)
Things to consider for software pricing? MicroISVer (4)
An interesting article on Donationware Steve Wiseman (2)
Estimating market potential Jesse Smith (7)
How to make a little money now (start with $10 a month) Bot Berlin (13)
Declaration of Independence from Google Ads Joe Becker (13)
Making sure a future partner will deliver up to expectations!? Arik (10)
Blowing smoke up my....? Anon (16)
Are you happy today? ! (21)
Conversion rates & time limitations I like RoR but I couldn't resist (4)
Giving information about a product before its launch? Njcms (13)
Transform list in table with CSS Trying to make an efficient website (15)
upcoming software product new kid on the block (5)
micro payroll service? serious business (10)
rube goldberg inventions Mitch (4)
Payment methods for Chinese customers newb uISV (18)
Experiment: A simple utility site to drive traffic Doug Martin (11)
affiliates = increase in sales???? I dont like anonymous post (5)
WinZip Disclosed Sales Figures Mauricio Macedo (21)
How to find startup partners? Hari (10)
Startup School - Yes/No? Ian L (18)
Database query/edit tool Handyman (10)
When to tell price of a software project to our prospect? Anon For Now (14)
Depreciation Schedules Scott (10)
Site feedback request Andre Oporto (13)
What if you live to 150? MSHack (20)
MicroISV Show Podcast. Thoughts? MicroISV Show ??? (5)
Badly looking for a good Hosting Provider Prashant (23)
FogBuzz fit? Shannon   [PayLoadz] (3)
accepting payments ground_zero (10)
Mediation of Software Team/Software Disputes?? R. Mullen (6)
Simple known database format (dbase)? user (11)
Is it spam? (12)
What's your monthly advertising budget? Anon for this (16)
W2, 1099, or Corp to Corp? anon for this (19)
PlanHack Beta is Out. Jesse Kim (16)
Web App in ASP.NET 2.0 or Ruby on Rails Jono (20)
Printer or All-in-Printer, need comments Sid (19)
Tracking/logging computer usage time Jesse Smith (12)
anyone use basecamp? Jason (11)
Review of a software for Asia and Europe fund investors so wan (5)
Getting Started with Web Applications Guy Eschemann (3)
ISV Empower - will it include VS2005 PRO or TEAM? Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (4)
Business theory:  Is Microsoft really an "evil" monopoly? Crimson (79)
Linux uISV Examples? cp (15)
Where are the non-tech startups and mISVs? fauigerzigerk (8)
More difficult, adsense or ISV? Doubting Thomas (9)
Ideas for software projects (variation on theme) StudentLookin' (9)
Does anyone here offer online backup for user's files? Successful Utilities ISV (11)
Ready to take my lumps Erick (11)
Issuing refunds to dumb customers. Joe (34)
Fake testimonials Honest J. (42)
StoneNotes - Application and website review Isaac Raway (9)
Paypal as primary payment processor Anno this time (19)
Throwing my idea to the wolves...comment please! John Moody (21)
Bought a new domain Sid (10)
Effect of BootCamp For the Mac Game Industry RasterBlaster (8)
Offline selling RS (12)
1and1.com hosting Doug (23)
Looking for reviews Maro (9)
Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI)Search Engine Technolgy Naveen Gupta (2)
How do I promote a product with several languages available? Darth Mikey (3)
Is e-learning a suitable market for mISVs? Harald (8)
Got a cameraphone?  Help us out real quick. Alex Strand (6)
Site Redesign, minus google ads Mike johnson (18)
Sales statistics Andrey Butov (9)
FYI: share-it Europe changes its business model J (28)
convert text to mp3 software Toh Yen Cheng (17)
Detailed info on Corel, Winzip & Jasc (PaintShopPro) J (8)
Outsourcing issues Anon (25)
Confused by MySQL Licensing Would Be µISV (15)
HELP.Things to consider when cooperating with Outsider Marketer? ISVer (2)
Ideas - dammit! Kim (15)
Website review Scott (9)
Letting users try Windows sw without installation - Remotely the other Vince (20)
Windows on Macs: any new business opportunities? elloco (29)
Marketing strategy recommendation needed Rich (6)
How important is living in Silicon Valley? Daniel Howard (23)
Missed opportunities due to faulty performance/pay model Rick Byrne (17)
Software Resellers Ron (1)
mISV doing games & business application Fairlight (11)
Consulting support method? user (5)
Anyone use Shareware Promotions or something like it? Tim Weiler (20)
Looking for a few new customers... Michael Sanford (13)
Must have telephone support? SupportGuy (7)
Requesting Client Testimonials Looking For Client Feedback (8)
Web Service Seemore (9)
CPU speed targeting Ryan Smyth (9)
is it that bleak? bleakorama (23)
Web2 Someone Don't Know Web2 (9)
Continue Building Blogs Or Co-Found E-Payment Startup? WhoIsShe (10)
Light weight HTTP server for windows / linux app ChristosP (9)
Micro-ISVs and Contracts in your Day Job My colleagues read this board (22)
Hardware product idea: VNC-only mini-laptop Dan The Barbarian (26)
A web-site for comments... Simon (8)
Tax and legal considerations for moonlighting Jesse Smith (15)
Making the jump Jumpy (8)
top level domain preference Steve Schapel (17)
Amazon's cluttered pages CodeClarity (8)
From script to Windows app Pol Iskandar (17)
Should we can our site Daniel Alba (22)
Leaving a long developed career Robert (29)
Looking for a business-focused startup blog Berislav Lopac (6)
What a fraud! Philipp Schumann (10)
Demo Versions or Shareware Versions Jessy (16)
Stock Price Determination Algorithm? Seun (19)
Licensing Strategies for a Micro ISV Sonny Newbie (2)
Dreaming of a reporting ASP company! Sam Khobragade (8)
What do you think Just getting started... (14)
Non-Disclosure / Confidentiality Agreement Scott (16)
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