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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

Ecommerce icons JB (6 comments)
Insert frequently used text into Outlook Martin (10)
What happened to Chronicles of a Very Small Software Outfit? Where'd Ya Go? (9)
Any similar forums to BoS for working at home? Doug Martin (9)
Marketing/advertising ideas? Good programmer, weak salesman (12)
PAD file/software directory question newb e (2)
Do what you love, right... my latest idea and your suggestions. wannabe (20)
Printer Friendly for sale Andrey Butov (10)
Is the software business more difficult than other businesses? walterbyrd (18)
How can I get email list for Business? John Morad (12)
Is it essential to accept free e-mails for online orders.. share-it vendor (20)
Vendor phone number for ShareIt RJ (1)
My website statistics - conclusions? McChicken (8)
Google AdWords conversion rates Mike T. (3)
Light Application Nilo Menezes (46)
Thoughts on combining mISV with consulting? walterbyrd (22)
secure portal/calendar/document management system for team J.K. (8)
Getting a Software Partner anon (1)
A product idea Simon@AutoUpdate+ (27)
Audio Sharing Web Software question developer (2)
Bulk email service Trygve (3)
friendly jurisdiction for company formation wilbury (8)
The checkout process Martin (6)
Need info from India based MISVs Aspirer (4)
Looking for a specialized backup tool (for PC migration) Nick Hebb (8)
Just got 'fraud'ed! Tampin (14)
How much to pay an inexperienced Web Designer NoExperienceNecessary (22)
Windows Vista Activation!!! John Morad (6)
What flaws do you see in this copy protection theory? Donald Duck (26)
Visual Studio 2005 Editor Control ExtraLean (7)
Looking for mass email software AC (14)
Order only by Phone? Chotchkies Manager (12)
PBX / VOIP for Small Software Comoany NoExperienceNecessary (17)
The market is too small. What would you do? microISVer (32)
forum for entrepreneurs developing large scale website ? J.T. (2)
Would webmail.us suit me as an mISV? Steve (7)
Nag Screen or Timed Trial BrianM (7)
Product Development Help for Gear Heads Bot Berlin (2)
Free Layout Tool? Rob (4)
Anyone selling statistical and/or data analysis s/w? Antony (8)
New Product, please review Brett Romero (12)
Business crash? Derek I (21)
Any ISVs from Cyprus/Greece? I think not :-) John Morad (12)
How do you manage old emails Matt (10)
Any MicroISV's in Brisbane, Australia? Nathan Ridley (19)
SEZ units for mISVs Desi(red) (7)
Installing Postgresql With Your App samh (9)
Reselling / branding / OEMing...? trying not to get burned (1)
myproduct.de or myproduct.com/de ? Fat IRQ (5)
How do you handle blacklisted serial keys ? Fat IRQ (5)
Any advice of running a product blog? Roger (7)
Email advice required Steve (16)
GUI design tools - recommendations (and Expressions opinions) Pete (6)
Squidoo or blog? anon (4)
Asteroid Jane Beta Test Andrey Butov (0)
Micro-ISVs at Mix07? Bob Walsh (6)
licenses on contributed code? is this a problem? (4)
Matching Exe/Dll files to application database - does one exist? Pete (6)
Armadillo (Silicon Realms) - money grabbing #!@%$!! MeMe (19)
Going from virtual hosting to something else (web apps) Bot Berlin (5)
How to organize feeds and announce new content Trace Modeler (0)
Flash development? Eric Idema (6)
Release ratio MeToo (3)
Global Place Names Database Nathan Ridley (5)
Domain Name Dispute Anon For Now (15)
Simple SEO tip to increase click throughs Just passing... (1)
eBay and PayPal IPN integration? Magnus J (1)
share-it down? Jon (9)
How many users to interview... Alex (4)
Landing page opinions Siddharta Govindaraj (7)
Poll: Internet Explorer and / or Firefox Michael Mathy (40)
we've been 'monetized' Andy Brice (92)
VBA for Macintosh goes away, what's the point? ~Eric (14)
Dell's website--yes, I know we've been over this. mynameishere (10)
CMS for multi-language help? Pika (4)
Where do you put your ISV's web application? (hosting provider) WILL (10)
Request for Bob Walsh!! John Morad (8)
mISV Vetran Advice Grinder (7)
ASP.NET Application showcase - examples? y0mbo (17)
SaaS for US/EU from non-US, but on US hosting not yet founder (3)
strategy for .net shareware? Huang Jason (9)
Demand curves from British FB data bankstrong (1)
VMWare Workstation 6.0 has USB 2.0 support? ? (3)
e-junkie versus Plimus/Digital River etc Duncan (3)
Tree of Knowledge Martin Makundi (5)
Is this a good idea? (YouTube show reviewing startups?) Vladislav (12)
In Which I Eat Crow About Content Network Patrick McKenzie (3)
Is Google Checkout any good? Steve (7)
Google job offering Can (11)
World Wide Toll Free In France Parisian Developer : Sarkozy Luver :-) (3)
No Open Source Billionaires? bystander (12)
How to leverage search rankings into $$ without Adsense GB (7)
Priorities for getting investments Victor (6)
Micro-ISVs and software testing (outsource?) Bruce (5)
Software evaluation services? Bruce (3)
Has anyone tried BrowserCam? Brett (3)
Tell a friend links anon (8)
IE 5 gone from MSDN Subscription? Ryan Smyth (5)
How much should my corp take off my hourly rate? Rob (7)
Shareware games: flash-only? nvictor (9)
Online Event Manager? Any Recommendation? mISV (4)
Windows application/ website hybrid software Anthony (17)
Linux - help for a beginner...? MB (9)
How to find a business partner in the USA Maxim Wirt (2)
kill vista UAC? UAC (11)
Are we screwed?  Question about GNU Lesser License... AnonForThis (47)
Integrating bar code readers, biometrics, etc with web app Almost H. Anonymous (8)
Planning to start a music Website Kalyan (12)
a javascript game Ben Bryant (19)
Is warehouse management software worth developing? walterbyrd (6)
where do you go for graphics? Images? Patrick From An IBank (15)
Free Finalbuilder Lite (automize) on PCpro magazine (UK) chris goCRM (8)
Is it a good idea? Nicolas Cadilhac (6)
What to do with an article? Dennis Crane (Kaizen for ISV) (13)
Market Share Data Kiran (3)
Open Source in Your Commercial Application? MDT (9)
Which Linux? Steve Kickert (18)
When is a good time to start 2.0? YouKnowMe (16)
Google Checkout - is it an example of amateur coding? CatchExceptionsDaeomons (14)
Test server specs BuyNow (4)
Where did you get your document template? (proposal, etc) Searcher (5)
How many hours do you sleep every day? OnProductivity (36)
The Business of Free Software LaLaLaLa (2)
which source control is best sundarvenugopal (25)
making a VM as the main development environment? VM (11)
Licensing for Windows Christopher Wells (10)
Best shared hosting of all? Doug (16)
Anyone has experience with www.pair.com web hosting (9)
So do Linkback Competitions work? Alfie John (0)
quick adwords tip Andy Brice (5)
Would you post this on your site? Chris goCRM (8)
Windows Media Edition for vb.net developement? Medo (3)
Must Have Tools for mISVs.  Here is my Long List.  Please add. Stucko (15)
online PIM? PIMp (7)
alternate to windows? AmINuts (6)
Distributing Segoe UI for XP users "segui"-what? (5)
Web site redesign Steve (5)
More Visitors to My Site? T-Will (9)
Bits Du Jour customer backlash anon (7)
Patrick Foley of MS Empower is a star! Pete (10)
For non-Windows Platform John Morad (2)
Shoka, A Good Open Source PDF Library Management Software LoveIt (2)
RSS question Andy Brice (17)
Registering a Trademark in Aus, UK and US SHowley (6)
I have written a small e-book nvictor (10)
homegrown tool & market potential curious guy (12)
Google Organization Structure? DreamingToBeGoogle :-) (8)
Blod posts feedback Conkerjoe (4)
Thinking outside the box Software & Animation Studio (5)
Tips for improving email deliverability with Postfix? MB (4)
Email address on WHOIS Gerry Smith (8)
Ms Word; page numbering anon (4)
.NET hosting (mid-range requirements) Ted Graham (16)
copy laptop system to Virtual Machine. VRLaptop (19)
Are you a native? What have you done to improve your english? not a native (23)
How many hours do you spent your time browsing the internet? Anon for this (16)
Your Best Productivity Tips? WantToBeProductive (7)
Good internet fax service? Matt Conrad (9)
Price Quote vs Invoice software sale (3)
Order By Phone - any success? app dev (1)
Corp-Corp compared to W2 RAO SRINIVASA (6)
Froogle is dead Colin M (3)
Is there a market for third party apps for FogBuz Parisian Developer (4)
How make your users LOVE your application StepH ~ Tijmoe (13)
GiveAwayOftheDay and goCRM chris goCRM (10)
Google AdWords New Preferred Cost Option Dave Collins (3)
Accepting frequent or large payments from overseas Orson Kart (5)
softwareceo.com - any good? Albert Kennis (4)
Best CMS approach steve (6)
Speccing a dedicated server Ted Graham (9)
Teaching IT concepts to MBA students javier (9)
Business partner is planning on leaving the country, what to do? Ace London (13)
Bits du jour report Andrea N. - Direct Access (6)
Legal Issues with Acadmic Editions (17)
Mid-career dilemma.. need advice Bob Hart (10)
Product Launch GNU World Order (6)
FogBugz On Demand - Free for MicroISVs (beta!) Joel Spolsky (59)
Autocomplete in MS Word anon (1)
using a laptop in the garden Andy Brice (18)
Microsoft Logo in ISV website? John Morad (5)
goCRM for Free on Giveawayoftheday.com Just passing... (14)
Early days in a mISV, how to combine with consultancy? Pete (2)
Vista Security? Vista (3)
free or opensource web based HTML editor system? HTMLER (8)
LLC Maker - nola.com anon for now (10)
Wow! FusionDesk Really Cool OnProductivity (5)
Good Free Screensaver Maker for our MicroISV's Computers? ISVer (2)
ISV/OEM License for SQL Server John (11)
How should I implement a simple licence key system? Steve (4)
Dedicated servers Steve (12)
Code Access Security for native Apps curious guy (4)
Considering A Software Appliance? Joe B (5)
Software Appliances Joe B (6)
Product activation story el (52)
A must read for micro-ISVs. Bob Walsh (10)
The demise of IE6... I can't wait Nathan Ridley (8)
Seeking words of encouragement or common sense... anonymous_coward (14)
Product Direction (advice required) chris goCRM (13)
How to sell Agile Software Development ? Richard Boelen (19)
Usability testing with RobotReplay Siddharta Govindaraj (4)
Things you hate about current online dating sites Nathan Ridley (17)
My plans for beta testing. What do you think ? samh (10)
Little Changes With Freakishly Large Effects Patrick McKenzie (18)
Most restrictive possible copyright notice Anonymous mISV (6)
Where can I find these bullet images? taking the 5th (7)
Need help findind a WinCE developer to write USB driver(s) Kyle Lutes (5)
How do you handle unintelligible support requests? anonymous coward (12)
How much to charge for CD version? Hello (9)
Taking advantage of publicity? Ted Graham (5)
How much to charge for late payments? Gili Tzabari (11)
New product released. Ask for help. Jason (12)
"How Do Press Releases Help Software Companies Sell More?" Eugenia, SoftPressRelease.com (6)
Office 2007 adoption Otter (7)
Simulating Multi-Monitor Setup on Single Desktop Monster (15)
Your opinion about ISVoogle Fedor Chenkov (7)
Hasta la Vista? 230 Volts (14)
Product Launch Anthony Presley (12)
A business from abroad Albert Kennis (6)
Great Product with crap product & company name The Night Blogger (13)
I need your help regarding the name of my company The Night Blogger (10)
Google Checkout - this is pathetic... Nick Hebb (12)
Google Searching Error? (302 Moved. The document has moved here. Google User (1)
Hosting for 5 domains anon (14)
We'ack from the ACCU Conference. Anybody want a spare hangover? Anna-Jayne Metcalfe (8)
Do you know anything about Metradis? George (0)
A jobs.joelonsoftware.com equivalent for sales and marketing? Chad (4)
returning to IE VeryBusyPersonButNoPhoneCalls (17)
Establishing a Partner program with VAR Parisian Developer (1)
Good books on incorporating in hong kong (or other countries) Guillaume Maury (4)
How long have you taken to write your product specification Parisian Developer (9)
In which categories in dmoz ? StepH ~ Tijmoe (7)
How are you testing your obfuscation? anon (3)
needs & customers outback (9)
Visual Studio 2005 .pfx file password locked. what to do? Stuck (3)
dongles - was locking to a single computer lurker (7)
Is locking the license to a specific PC really so bad? Magnus J (37)
Required benefits winconfoozled (18)
How to track install/uninstall ? Magnus J (5)
How does the stock market work? nvictor (19)
Whitepapers - Do they matter???? Ryan Smyth (4)
I want to start my µISV, but need some advice Noah W. (5)
connectivity for WFH Jason (3)
Public relations agency Tim Weiler (2)
Icon editor recommendation George W (12)
Cautionary Tale: Read your employment contract! Joshua Hayworth (22)
Running VS 2005 from external Hard drive. Porta (12)
my support plan & questions anon for now (2)
Product evaluation matrix: is it a good idea? Antony (17)
Upgrades forever or untill version 2.0? HTML (13)
I need an HTML Editor Contol to use in my WinForms app. Help HTML (8)
How can I buy this forum? Tampin (20)
Best 3 'useful websites' about MicroISV that you read often? Need Help (13)
Suggest a "documentator" Pietro Polsinelli (1)
Does the Adwords inflation put you off Google Checkout uISVer (1)
Getting Things Done - with what software? Trying to GTD (23)
Vonage Alternative? Denis (17)
Google Checkout available in the UK Andy Brice (16)
How big is the MS Office add-on/soultion marekt? I'm a average coder (8)
LLC - now or later? anon for now (19)
Screenshots on B2B software product sites? Scott Meade (13)
Is it worth upgrading sysmem to Vista for a development machine. Vista? (16)
What do you think of heatmaps? track everything (9)
How do you automate your accounting? Nick Hebb (14)
Do you use a chatroom? anon (2)
Strange payment patterns 007 (1)
Academic/Student Discounts? anonastudent (10)
Legal Issues Building Music Sharing Software anon (7)
Targeting the Mac platform anon for this one (7)
Highly customized UI/C# (have a reason to post it here) slow joe (21)
Delete email oldRaymond (3)
Should I Drop the Online Demo? Scott Meade (34)
Software Development Royalty/Profit Sharing Rob (11)
Outsource blog posting Phil Gates (16)
Opensource cms for news site martin (10)
First sale! Plamen Parvanov (16)
How do your customers upgrade their app? small shop (11)
What to do when the power goes out. nimrod (28)
µISV Builder about yahooand google... StepH ~ Tijmoe (8)
Another ISV blog Dennis Crane / Dr.Explain (5)
Product idea. Antispam/antiphising solution. Your opinions. Anon (12)
What to do with MISV? Struggling (26)
Made in USA logo a differentiator? xampl (49)
Product idea, is ti worth? anon (10)
Best Time to Submit Our Story to Digg (or Reddit)? FreeSoftProvider (7)
Support options Siddharta Govindaraj (5)
I'm buying TestComplete, advice needed! Verilog Simulator (11)
Outsourcing to Mexico Anon for this (9)
Help a programmer become a sales person Alex (26)
Is it worth boxing a product ? John F (9)
Anyone attempted to set this up for their mISV? Intersting (4)
Free Event:Office Live Review for MicroISVs,Redmond,WA,21-May-07 Michael Lehman (9)
phone calls VeryBusyPersonButNoPhoneCalls (17)
Search Engine for Static pages Nilesh Jethwa (5)
What to do this a 3 years old Open Source free library StepH ~ Tijmoe (4)
Posting Our Own Story to Digg/Reddit/Etc. Is It Ethical? Wondering (9)
Valuing a company based on no. hours worked Regular, but anon for this (20)
Order fulfilment for h/w + s/w product 230 Volts (6)
unsexy capital sources in Romania we like to dance (11)
What is a good margin for a broker in subcontracting? y0mbo (18)
The start of a custom search for micro-ISVs Bob Walsh (17)
Do Linkback Contests work? Alfie John (6)
Ruby on Rails IDEs Mehrzadsoft (12)
About "Microsoft is dead", by P. Graham... StepH ~ Tijmoe (19)
Do you have phantom customers? MeToo (9)
What cool geegaws to buy with $125k? Donald Duck (30)
Better support option? j2e (2)
"Analyst" on Wall Street WalStreet Wanna Be (3)
Estimate for a new product (6)
How would you select an offshore AND onshore vendor? SmallCompanyGuy (4)
Where can I find a content reviewer? proofread (7)
Desktop blog app? MR Smith (12)
One main blog, many product forums? one more hat to wear? sure why not. (10)
Printing Schemas/Large Format Printer Mark Tutt (7)
London Internet Cafe / Bar ? (7)
Good Site for Having Business Cards Printed Anon for Now (17)
The old masters SH (12)
Anyone using Delphi for PHP? Clay Dowling (18)
AJAX file download (6)
what are some Must Have Payment Processor services? Proc (9)
Please recommend a software UI design company for me. Eric.T (4)
How do I get the word out to my market? Michael Sica (2)
Changing a File Download Link Simone (10)
Rec: SEO analytic tools (no ads, just SEO) seo novice (12)
non-compete? submarine competition (6)
Who are my competitors? Ashkan (8)
choosing a product name what's in a name (18)
Great UI VS Powerful Feature? Eric.T (9)
What does mISV mean? Quentin (7)
looking for free CS courses.. Contractor (7)
Ryan Carson on starting a new application AMerrickanGirl (2)
J2EE or .NET (28)
Where to post an article related to the product? wysiwyg_coder (3)
Golden Rule: One guy will always fail...not! a boy and his misv (23)
ThinkingRock, Good Personal Organizer? NeedAnOrganizer (5)
installs, updates, keys & fees confused (4)
Blackberry Questions New BlackBerry User (4)
Feedback Wanted After Massive Site OverHaul Alfie John (8)
YANMI ~ Yet A New µISV StepH ~ Tijmoe (8)
Taking my µISV with me to Europe dual citizenship (25)
web host - using a VPS? (6)
iPhone VoIP? nvictor (11)
The best 'fusion' platform?!? Boris Yankov (16)
Good Software Escrow Agent? Any Recommendation? Rez (4)
anyone selling Java based products? Dave (15)
thank you for purchasing.html and paypal ? Puzzled (13)
a question of ethics ethical delima (17)
Competition mISV wannabe (11)
Silly question about obfuscation horse face (2)
Where to go for interface design Cyclops (2)
What's Your GMail Label Convention Look Like? Wondering (11)
What is your experience with offshore outsourcing? walterbyrd (21)
Customer Trust Dilemma (12)
Suggestions of order management software Andrea N. - Direct Access (6)
If architects had to work like programmers... Jeff M (2)
Bad English Mathai (17)
Why not? Me too. Dennis Crane / Dr.Explain (11)
Seeking Accounting Software upgrade from MYOB Aurora fatjoe (0)
To partner or to go it alone? Leery Loner (12)
free version w/Ads? (4)
Graphics and Design Outsourcing on designoutpost.com Albert Kennis (7)
Why Indians Are Not Buying? Kaka (23)
knowing which search term a client used when purchasing software (8)
My Micro-ISV Story Thus Far B.Doyle (18)
Landing page design - Opinions needed Josh (11)
Geek Marketing Contest - $5,000 Prize Angelo (2)
Sharing desktops with chidren Jon (22)
Want to find Coworking and Shared Offices in Toronto Li-fan Chen (5)
My ISV experience MeToo (17)
pay per action vedo (3)
Is 6 the magic number? Peter Muys (11)
Start to develop a software Mehrzadsoft (10)
Where do you store your Audio/Video files? gemini (8)
Animation & Content anyone? Asif @ Cubex (7)
Selling a Commercial License of your Software ranger (3)
How are you checking your spelling? misspeled (9)
Development Machines Dan Donovan (20)
Google Web Toolkit - Anyone Used It? BrianM (7)
A Suggestion for Bob Walsh -> a PodCast with Guy Kawasaki Parisian Developer - (Misv WannaBe) (8)
Do I need an authenticode cert for every product? anon (8)
Price Expectations - web app vs. download David Larsen (14)
A brand new technology. Your opinions needed. CTO (14)
Google Website Optimizer ian (3)
does taxtime = low sales? UncleSamos (4)
using firebird in delphi mehrzadsoft (6)
web site - expressionengine (10)
Trying to get open source assistance... ideas? Nathan Ridley (16)
$19.99 or $20.00 Eric (33)
ideas...ideas...ideas... woulda coulda (10)
Adwords, Skyscraper ads and site-targeting. Curious George (2)
More on licensing schemes (3rd party only) fly on the wall (1)
Website and new features in product Nilesh Jethwa (4)
Google too successful for it's own good? Scott Meade (18)
My software protection scheme quiet (12)
Guessing how much my competitors could make, seriously leiju (3)
Incorporating in Ontario, Canada outOnMyOwn (3)
How do you cash out? high roller (12)
Tell me about online freelance nvictor (5)
adsense? anon (6)
Finding an accountant Jamie Wright (1)
Sales stays about 15k per month Eric (14)
Micro-ISV Requirements Management tool & Learning from failure Andre Oporto (11)
Paypal as only payment option. Payday (11)
Cracked Versions and Customer Support Frank (17)
Download Sales Tax Albert Kennis (9)
Ineternet desktop app firewall issue. Firewall (5)
Website tool Joeinmi (3)
How to spend $50000/yr on marketing Anon for this (26)
Anyone else on a process kick? Grizzled Veteran (21)
Question re: filing of LLC anonymous_coward (11)
New Product, please review Ted Graham (17)
Moving to Egypt - What the cost of living there ? Sphynx2007 (10)
Is pricing model correct for this product? KonstResearch (mISV) (5)
What tools should I use? Err (2)
Customer maps Jon (8)
You are getting published. Quentin (9)
Revenue sharing for social news? Zack (5)
FREE GOOGLE DSL?  Anyone heard of this? Pooper (21)
Registration Key Length Jumpalong Jim (20)
Sales up 100% Peter Marshall (23)
creating tar.gz on Windows machine. Anonymous Coward (13)
need free firebird ebook Abolfazl Mahmoodi (6)
Broken Links Devrim (4)
Good File Shredder Application? mISV (8)
Bill for dowloads too? Anonymous (7)
Has anyone tried TemplateMonster.com? Verilog Simulator (6)
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