* 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

 
Using payment gateway for refunds Ezrie (9 comments)
Web content management around the world Vidar (7)
Thanks much everyone, couldn't have done it without you Patrick McKenzie (16)
Forums for Tech Support People? Anon for this one (5)
Software Variation Sales Distribution Question... Dan Hirsch (7)
HelpMaker alternative Claudiu Spulber (10)
delayed PayPal notification of sale email Andy Brice (22)
Demo: full-featured/time-limited or limited "lite"? Unsure (12)
Having a different blog for each product? Ali (6)
Website software license scheme John K. (1)
Copyright infringement: what to do Anonymous for this one (16)
Wow! thats someuh meatball... Donald Adams (2)
Any market for software requirements documents? Donald Adams (11)
Guru.com term of use for Project Message board = hillarious. Crimson (3)
When is "President" not pretentious in a small firm? Annoyed By Title Politics (40)
How to get my own SMS number? Ben Mc (12)
An inferior product... Andrey Butov (9)
Cost savings - how does ASP.NET 2.0 stack against 1.1 TimJ (13)
Microsoft CodePlex - Thoughts Nate (6)
11 products on one website confused ISV (5)
WWDC Scientific Poster Session - worth it? compilenix (3)
A complete guide for successful small busi Gerald Hudson (3)
Gbuy / Google Checkout - (13)
Can you sell software based on a lifestyle? Graham Thorpe (13)
How can you move from Open Source to Closed source? Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV since 1995} (20)
Looking for a business idea? Andrey Butov (4)
Anyone know of an embedded software/hardware blog? Chris Wang (4)
Choosing software to run a business Morris Newman (8)
MicroISV Outsourcing recommendations, experiences dani (12)
What's Too Drastic a Price Increase? Z.A. (11)
Customer is buying without evaluating the software Amanvir (15)
Is summers a slow period for your sales? Prashant (6)
Getting logo designed for app Prashant (15)
Google GBuy online payments Roy Paterson (5)
Research Help: Downloadable Software market Shannon [PayLoadz] (2)
The Future of MS Access Brice Richard (26)
37Signals business model implementation baffles me Mitch and Murray (from Downtown) (24)
Project Glidepath Webcast Jeff Mastry (0)
$39.95 or $39 or $39.99 or $39.77 Adam M(UK) (13)
do's and dont's for a successful software company AterDominus (7)
expert exchange jackie (12)
Help with Why Buy page John Gunning (8)
Launching Blog Chronicling My Experience with uISV Patrick McKenzie (10)
License Keys etc LR (13)
Collecting contents for niche site: agregate? plagiarize? Francesc (14)
another inspiring tale sb (6)
Suggest and idea, get a free license... Andrey Butov (10)
Good Co-location anon (1)
Did You Bribe Someone In Order To Sell Your Software? Sorry, Anon For This :-) (18)
Marketing for a payment processor Florin Craciun (5)
Are you intimidated by the alleged speed of other developers? Worried I'm slow (25)
Google indexing .exe files - threat or not? Claudiu Spulber (3)
To Spam or Not To Spam? Rachel (38)
Do online live demo or not? Simon Pang (7)
is there any benefit of MCAD or MCSD? DotNetNoob (16)
Question on pricing for edutainment software Patrick McKenzie (7)
Sharing Calendar on the Web // Demrek (3)
Suggestions on marketing a horizontal product Direct Access Andrea N (2)
Tax Question Ryan Smyth (14)
Can the government tax Free? Wayne B (5)
Does having a forum helps? Azrul (17)
Affiliates Affiliates Affiliates ??? confused ISV (11)
Recurring Card Payments Would Be µISV (5)
How do I promote my book? (Tech Mananagement) M B (9)
More on the eSellerte Sale to Digital River Neville Franks (7)
Getting U.S. Government Contracts John (8)
FTP tool that uses WebDAV/FrontPage Server Extensions? No FTP (2)
Spreadsheet-based blog and wiki... where? Sandro Pinnotey (3)
Fun: Digital Two Minute Timer - $10 Roy Paterson (20)
SEO - Your Opinion Richard Southern (7)
Cracks sites - Should Google help us? Amanvir (88)
Adwords vs. Search Position Erhard Smit (1)
uISV hardware infrastructure Doug (10)
Remake of an old video game. Andrey Butov (11)
rent a coder & get a freelancer ... (12)
MultiMedia Marketing Robert Lerner (5)
ASP blog software Claude (3)
Ebay and Amazon - My early findings sp (14)
copy protection - checking on the local network (14)
Delphi , DevCO(the new borland) and microISV owners Chris goCRM (29)
Web directories: good or bad SEO? Richie Hindle (4)
Ratio of demo download to sales Efe Aras (13)
Beta/Preview Page PA (7)
Setting up a Partner program... Max (4)
Product Name Change With New Version, Version 1.0? anon for this one (10)
Somewhat off topic... Andrey Butov (24)
Network Solutions web hosting....Recommended? Geoff M (21)
Business Book Summary Services Robert Shedd (1)
Delphi Tools melon_helmet (24)
How can I sell the source of a program I have developed? Patricia W. (7)
Cookbook for successfull uISV game? Roy Paterson (18)
How about a "Starter Interrupt" device for software? Java GUI Programmer (7)
New article for uISVs targetting Wall Street Andrey Butov (9)
Google Addiction anon for this one (9)
Web Analytics - Does it work for you? Efe Aras (3)
Overseas Purchase Orders Ram Shriram (9)
Team Documentation/Communication in open source projects Anon for this one (7)
sick of working. help me make 1 million dollars ebusiness man (18)
Talking yourself out of success. Lenny (22)
Contracting in Canada Nige (9)
Followup to "How do you manage your incoming E-mails?" Terrell (1)
Using scraps of copyrighted source code from the net Bored Bystander (19)
And Now For An Example of How To LOSE MONEY Through The Web... Brice Richard (21)
Pitfalls working as a contractor? NewToContracting (14)
Are You A Tech Geek or Biz Geek? startupguy (6)
Is it possible to count downloads from log files? Adam M (UK) (4)
130K base for C# developer? Steve Hirsch (38)
Call for suggestions Andrey Butov (12)
Developer withdrew from partnership, which way to proceed? Anonymous mISV (17)
fonts again anon (1)
TimeSprite offer for Business of Software readers Andrew Rowley (15)
Shareware sites Pay Per Click shareware programmer (3)
VC++ product anon (4)
I just don't respect cheap software NavelContemplator (19)
Fonts anon (13)
Product Beta Mike Johnson (2)
ActiveX Controls online advertising anon (0)
Piracy on B2B market Michael D. (10)
Conversion rates Statistics Don't Lie (15)
Experiment: giving pirates the chance to buy Adam (15)
Profiling based on search queries? mellon_helmet (2)
Can I never finish what I start, or is this idea really a waste? Ali (16)
FYI: Microsoft Glidepath Technical Preview Bob Walsh (31)
SEO articles and websites.... oxff (11)
How Google [Adsense] is killing the internet Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV since 1995} (16)
looking for a part time job @ uISV joeb (6)
Released Printer Friendly for Firefox Andrey Butov (5)
uISV QA (and bugs) not a QA guy (7)
Digital River to buy esellerate Florin Craciun (1)
Doing it fast versus doing it right... steve (22)
Vetting your software product idea? Twisting in the wind (15)
why have a software sale?!? been there..done that. (11)
Getting Your Software Into the Big-Box Retail Stores Steve Moores (8)
Cloudy ideas seem so much better Derek I (11)
Online Community Framework? Roy Paterson (15)
Esellerate Purchased by Digital River ap (11)
What do you think about our product? Goran (8)
How to effectively distribute PR? Hugh Hancock (5)
List of Shareware Customer FAQs Ethan (4)
resell software - is it worth the time? DotNetNoob (7)
POLL: How big is your company? not a lawyer (14)
start workshops on ebusiness ebusiness man (2)
Target Linux as a supported platform? XPlat (17)
Desktop app development: tools [Again?] Mike (20)
Reasearch Business TrippinOnIT (9)
How to deal with customers who are late in paying their bills Rajesh Narayan (12)
OISV is not live, I subscribed several times and got no reply X (21)
Dashboard, What Does It Mean Anyway? MicroISV Newbie (15)
My ISV isn't "legal." Is that bad? anon for this one (29)
Offer Enterprise Software Demo Version? George H (4)
wish to freelance in PHP bundy (7)
Selling to retail stores Claudiu Spulber (6)
Web based Micro-ISV management system? Looking... (5)
Odd experience setting up a UK merchant account anon (7)
enterprise software sales and marketing LR (5)
Big money possible? anon (21)
[OSS] Possible to make as much $ as a closed-source company? Fred (23)
Interesting Cringley read on Google click fraud. Crimson (12)
web traffic statistics for a URL by country /A (1)
Business Decision - What would you do? another programmer (15)
Anyone aware of free resources for artwork? Crimson (9)
Need advice on a buissnes model phrm (6)
Adwords conversion rate Erhard Smit (19)
Website name and SEO vladimir (4)
Large managed hosting customer PWills (9)
Tracking offline sales and invoices Doug (7)
Taking mISV to a larger level by a partnership TomEUS (2)
Importance of keeping a day job? Roy (23)
Google Analytics - Cool Stuff another programmer (6)
Good news regarding VB6 and Vista Adam (4)
More granular bookmarking.... Mick (4)
I have a MicroISV, but I can't program anymore. What to do? George (9)
Another uISV resource Brad Thomas (4)
Free software plus affiliate program Brad Thomas (2)
who do you admire most in the industry? DotNetNoob (17)
How to communicate employees of firing someone Annonymous for this one. (16)
.NET 3.0 James M (18)
Hotfixes versus point releases Jacob Thurman (9)
Thanks for InnoSetup PA (9)
Speech enabled web Sevenoaks (6)
problem with Empower Product keys Jason (1)
Net Neutrality debate goes to Senate Scott M (19)
Online Event Planning? mellon_helmet (5)
Source Code Bonanza Michael Sanford (14)
LF - Desktop Notes App ML (13)
release early - especially babies Andy Brice (25)
SEO Tools - Worth it? Ryan Smyth (6)
1 visitor, 1 sale :-) Adam (21)
A Saturated Market? mellon_helmet (5)
Checking Credit Brad (3)
Feedback Wanted for Ubercode Trial Pack Bill Rayer (10)
OISV Launch Ian L (19)
EBay - a valid channel for a uISV? another programmer (16)
Contractor or Employee ? Wondering (16)
Do Good Business Application Developers have to be geeks? ...are you sure you belong here? (19)
Put big a$$ price tag in front page? Azrul (8)
30 Days : 30 Ideas BenjiSmith (22)
Wrong salary.  Guess again. Kyralessa (36)
What's wrong with that? Greg (10)
Handy SERP monitor Dennis Crane / Dr.Explain (5)
How do you get a small stream of beta testers? Ana / Tiger Privacy (8)
Extending Patent Question Patent P (21)
Software certification Rob D. (7)
Patent infringement Anonymous (25)
ACT 2 GNU World Order (1)
Watch your domain name expiry! another programmer (21)
Dealing with difficult a manager nvictor (16)
Google Browser sync for BoS/JoS J (13)
Grabbing my domain name ideas I. B. Robbed (9)
Customer References Ram Shriram (4)
Launching a Web 2.0 Project Anthony (4)
On My MicroISV Business Card, President Director or CEO? a Confused MicroISVer (25)
Defining your micro-ISV product. Bob Walsh (18)
Looking for ideas for my first web-based product! Ali (28)
Working as a 'remote' developer Mike (10)
What games for girls ? H2O (35)
Free or Open Source Point of Sale application for Shop? MicroISVer (9)
Any UK ISVs with business indemnity insurance? Adam (6)
Google to Offer Spreadsheet Sajid Khan (18)
Amazon.com listing - Worth it? a guy (14)
Blogs and Comments vs Articles and Forums Carl (11)
Software Marketplace for Authors E Smit (6)
Domain Name Confusion daibatzu (10)
Discussion Mailing Lists Arethuza (7)
incase something goes wrong outback (24)
Desktop Management Solutions and MSI LR (4)
Getting programmers involved in new projects Pleading the fifth (28)
Point of Sale application for Restaurants RestoPOSBaron (15)
ModernBill + ModernAuthorize? Mike Swieton (3)
Accepting online payments from "difficult" countries, ie Ukraine Robert (8)
Ever been sued or hassled? Adam (12)
Promoting products through blogs Amanvir (8)
Click Through Rate / Take Rate Vincent Serpico (3)
Avanquest/BlueSquad Anon (7)
the pareto principle/ car washes/ business strategy Noel Trolsky (10)
Which Shareware Directory works? Zeeshan Alam (3)
Price Increase Zeeshan Alam (7)
ISV Tax Consideration Anonymous John (27)
landing pages redux Andy Brice (39)
Design better calling cards nvictor (5)
Pricing - Upgrading Plans Upcoming Product (13)
licensing or selling to a larger company? anon (2)
Thoughts on protecting from piracy sdj (36)
How much do I charge? scott johnson (15)
How do you explain analytical features Sanjay Bhatia (11)
MSI installer packages Doug (16)
RegSoft vs ShareIt vs ... anon (1)
Need Education/Training Ideas Almost Unemployed (5)
How is company ownership typically given out? Carsten (33)
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