* 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

 
SIC - Is it worth the trip? Cynical about conferences (10 comments)
thunderbird - can I limit / batch download? lostEmails. (7)
Free copy for posting product review Visitor (4)
Good host? Mike B (19)
Running Tirger (Mac OS) on windows? Macintosh (18)
Become an addon - move forward or wait? Peter Gadzinski (8)
Know a good website design? Noagbodji Victor (12)
Programming assignment for recruitment - good idea? Peter (15)
Our product makes Open Source leader unhappy Eugene Dragoev (20)
anyone using S3 to host their website / parts of the website? S3Fan (4)
Jumping In (11)
paranoia brave_new_world (12)
PopBox Image Magnifier 2.0 now has true thumbnails John S. Reid (9)
Sync your Outlook with BaseCamp PM venera (2)
Coder's block - HELP! Stuck and Spinning (15)
Limited functionality - secondary products Albert Kennis (4)
E&O Insurance anon (1)
Google funding microISVs. Bob Walsh (26)
Would Love Some Feedback on Our Site Ken Cooper (14)
3rd Year of Microsoft Empower program? Nick Hebb (14)
Coming out fantasyfritz (2)
Cool Post from HotorNot.com founder... Crimson (10)
Registration Backup Services Ethan (11)
Windows Vista Certificate (Certified for Windows Vista) Jordan (8)
Uk postal strike confirmed Andy Brice (26)
New business partner AnonForThis (12)
New product using speech recognition VM2E-Mail (9)
Launching MISV : Insurance, What if someone sues ? samh (8)
mISVs:  If you want to sell to me... grey.beard (21)
How much do you think ISV like FinePrint software make per month . (14)
US Taxes: LLC vs 1099 and self-employed 401k Hockey Player (9)
LEGAL: Who "owns" generated source code? Smurf Hunter (15)
Auto installing and testing my install file (in a VM) Grown fat with decadence (6)
Microsoft perspective of Google Gili (6)
SQL Scripts Version Control Leonardo Carlos Prada (3)
Starting Business - Ownership Question Rob (12)
The price of RAM over the years Roark Fan (13)
concerned about business relationship anon for this one (12)
How to split the assets of a small software firm Michael (17)
The "S" Word... Ryan Smyth (8)
market saturated or not novice_entrepreneur (28)
I want to set up an affiliate program. Praveen Angyan (4)
Google Search Network Doug (3)
Any mISVs or Consultancies in Colorado? Interested in the Rockies (9)
some good news ... Patrick from an IBank (10)
Tracking Google Content Network is finally here! Joe (10)
Pros/cons of doing both uISV and Consulting on the side Transitioning (13)
Shareware Pricing Kiyut (5)
Barrel of Rocks or Monster Market Aytekin (19)
Is there a correlation between rising early and high product Tarek Demiati (23)
Business Idea: Course and training management web app WouldItWork (9)
Suggestions for outsourcing testing of my product ? samh (10)
Bob Walsh's Micro-ISV book -- for sale (please don't flame) read-and-done (9)
Smaller Apps on corporate site Ralph (9)
IT Training (UK)? LookingForTraining (5)
Downgrade Vista to XP? NoVistaHere (29)
What "percentile" would you assign to your experience? Mike Atlas (7)
Embedding adwords into a Windows desktop application Fairlight (14)
Free licence Software but pay for result Fransiscus Herry (9)
Since Dec 1999, 4195 support emails. Grown fat with decadence (13)
Vista not enhancing my productivity Brody (35)
Why America is in such trouble Joeinmi (49)
Free and Trial downloads and payment processors - how? Pete (6)
Improving GUI discussion skills Guist (12)
Saving money to start ISV (21)
Attracting Recurring Use of a Webapp (8)
Software Idea needs criticism Nigel Sampson (4)
Going rate? a73 (4)
To Sell or Not To Sell Not For This One (12)
Recent book on best programmers source code? Francesc (5)
Complete Rewrite of my software from line ZERO :) Need suggestio anon for now (11)
New Development PC Leonardo Carlos Prada (13)
Using cookies to track conversions Another clueless web person (2)
Offering someone a part of my business Silverbox (7)
International software development contract Mikel Berger (6)
software best practices blogs outback (2)
Websites/Blogs Providing Good Resources for B2B Player? uISV (5)
Advice needed for creating an online service Noagbodji Victor (5)
Web site consolidation - good idea? Clueless (3)
Immoral competition practices micronovae (31)
Business of Software Conference Neil (10)
DiscountASP sites under DDOS attack? Lawrence (16)
PayPal and Google Checkout Presentations MSF (0)
Should I give out sales figures and marketing figures. Praveen Angyan (8)
Digital Signature Zeeshan (6)
Advice wanted: Portfolio fraud (contract work) Christopher E. Stith (22)
Tips on licensing a new algorithm Pedro Silva (19)
Productivity with Family Life & mISV Jez (30)
softpedia crazy stuff (4)
potential customers that do not read anything about your product TheBoyAndHisMicroISV (11)
What's a fair cut for an agency to take? Steve Hirsch (16)
Do you allow customers to retrieve their previous purchases? Mike B (15)
software licensing question MicroISVer (8)
Does this CMS module exist? IanH. (3)
Pre-requisites for a team leader (software) RP (4)
anyone using PayPal Website Payments Standard with ASP.NET? Patrick from an IBank (9)
ISV Burnout Burned Out (51)
Local Contracting - How to get started Eric D. Burdo (3)
Broad Match Gets Dangerous Dave Collins (8)
New Social Website idea Anon (7)
Licensing api for java app Yanic (4)
Consulting rate for previous company Anon this time (14)
Why are you anonymous / cloaked? (B2B mISVs in particular) Oliver (21)
Perfect Table Plan on Bits du jour Pete (12)
Buying a product Anon on this (7)
Google's "This site may harm your computer" happened to us Vadim (9)
Resume sources (for testing) Michael Johnson (6)
How to maximize price for domain name? Rob (12)
Music for a game Noagbodji Victor (10)
Retaining code rights while consulting Nagi (12)
BOS mISV meetup - July 2007 - Incubator of Telecom Paris Joannes Vermorel (3)
updates and maintenance renewals Steve L (4)
Tech White Papers Dennis Crane (6)
Income Survey Anon (11)
How to get into banking/finance IT-business (in London)? JavaFreak (9)
New microISV and product launched Derek Pollard (21)
Learn from those who did it well: the story of Xoreax Zviki Cohen (6)
What is "Explorer" called on mac / Unix? ThanksALot (8)
How do I send a truckload of email from my website? Nathan Ridley (6)
Buying microISV wannabe (16)
Microsoft more of a friend to start-ups than Google TheBoyAndHisISV (14)
Anybody read "The Business of Software" by Cusumano? walterbyrd (4)
How About Chicago? Temporarily Anon (10)
mISV b2b website review (plus some tricks) Joannes Vermorel (10)
Register software products Jordan (4)
What are your ambitions? Neil (46)
Training skills talkative dev (2)
Smart search engine Jawahar Mundlapati (6)
Startups: Vancouver vs Toronto Gene (10)
Not giving a refund on principle Anon for now. (34)
are there providers of MSMQ or JMS messaging service? Oleg (1)
Employee Ethics Livin' the soap opera (37)
Beta of innovative new tool for Java Developers- Please comment Prashant (11)
Rigorous, yet not onerous Steve Hirsch (18)
Importance of Partnership/Equity (11)
Submit software with automated programs Adam (3)
Feedback for a new dev Product gKathire (5)
Small conversion rate :( Adam (19)
Customer does not pay, now what? Yury @ Xtransform (38)
What's your home page bounce rate? Vadim (6)
Using google adwords/adsense for vaporware. mynameishere (10)
Why is easy a hard sell? Steve Hirsch (20)
Upload/download.com Dr GUID (6)
Rewrite? VB6 Hanger-on (23)
E-mail Tracking RFV (8)
My startup related web site: Gene (2)
Buying related domain Gene (6)
Google Syndication traffic Gene (0)
About how much could one earn from one million page views a day? AC (25)
Vertical market application software accnt (11)
How to promote products online? GodSW (7)
PDF Reader for J2ME Mobile Phone? uISV (2)
Bogus ISV products: isolated occurence or a trend Eugene (7)
Anybody have agent or business manager, like actors have agents? frustrated (11)
The Cost of Starting Up Alfie (21)
Buying a domain from Sedo? WestSorkin (7)
Is there a need for this kind of service? Steve Hirsch (11)
business banking Jason (11)
Creating Documentation Grinder (8)
Looking for feedback on new site Nick Loeser (4)
Expandable Desktop Resolution (Is there such a beast?) Nick Koranda (13)
MPEGMOVIE VX format enocding?  Possible? MPEG (1)
Please critique product idea – integrated CMS/CRM for ISV TN (11)
Google Analytics Question Gene (7)
Drop of my sales :( anon for this (20)
Personal Finance Software? Shane Witbeck (13)
The Softletter Chief Technical Officer (CTO) compensation survey rick chapman (11)
First steps in consulting? Aaron Schaefer (4)
Recruiting Question Zeeshan (9)
Vista UAC hello world (3)
Payment Plan is Working Well Deborah Miller (11)
Charging money for customizing product YouWho (6)
5000 downloads 0 sales ColinM (29)
Are ad supported web-site a viable business model? walterbyrd (11)
First sofware product - comments and suggestions are welcome -- Gene (20)
Dedicated Server Hosting - The Best? AnonForNow (11)
Free WiFi Hotspot finder - any ideas? ..just cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.. (3)
Your business has been made redundant Anon (7)
What do you use as Customer portal software? dani (12)
Do reporters do this on purpose? OneMist8k (8)
Regional Mapping Software? James Higginbotham (5)
Other small/micro business blogs? farmboy (7)
Is Joel secretly getting his MBA? Cowardly and Anonymously (12)
Competitor sending me mail Regular (30)
Anybody here use the Warrior's Forum? A Huge Blob of Protoplasm from Hyperspace (3)
Legal Extortion by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) Doug (11)
Getting the recruiters to pay for a flight to an interview bronek (24)
Share Point List Permission Question Sneeker (4)
Going on your own Michael Vogt (16)
PopBox javascript image magnification close box John S. Reid (12)
Nice little idea somebody could do Nathan Ridley (8)
Lawyer Nick (14)
UI Layout - What's best for microISV Albert Kennis (8)
demo / beta version licensing (5)
Colocation P (3)
Database hosting (4)
Translating Software Into Non English Languages SpeakLoudlyAndTheyWillUnderstand (22)
Is it OK to put limitations on how you interact with software? ThMoJe (23)
New Google Analytics Interface Craig Welch (12)
Logo design software Nid Mark (11)
Political Web Development\Promotion ian (18)
Newly released. You guys can have a sneak peek :D Nathan Ridley (20)
Google buys FeedBurner Noagbodji Victor (7)
A web app for t(w)een girls...would it work? anonymous for this one (16)
Silly Outlook question (2)
Vista wont allow program files\appname.exe to be updateed Security (5)
Your opinion: Innovation through ICT PassionateMarketer (1)
Spending approval limits Alex (5)
Email signatures - legal details required??? ..just cos you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.. (13)
Experience with Avangate Brian Briggs [Mission Expert|SWOT Expert] (1)
Free business idea Alex (8)
How much should I charge? Jason (9)
What e-commerce for the Spanish marketprovider? Game programmer for this one. (8)
Providing the Source Code Sam (13)
How to follow leads? Nilesh Jethwa (Dashboard Designer) (5)
Cause of Google Analytics Avg. Time on Site of 00:00:00? Tom Rath (3)
PHPNUKE. Would you share your experience? Fransiscus Herry (15)
Serviced Office in New York Jack Murdock (6)
Conversion tool harry smith (2)
Hah, 4 sales in first 20 days leiju (28)
ISV experience with Affiliate Marketing? David Koelle (12)
DotNetNuke hosting Zaibar (2)
Windows Firewall disable on application setup? Security (4)
Looking for GUI inspiration Cyclops (10)
Freeware Licenses? Freeware at First (10)
Mac OLE SDK Denis Dmitriev (3)
Commercial model of Web 2.0 sites? Rahul A Shetty (9)
uninstall utility anonymous (1)
MySQL dashboard - Free and more features Nilesh Jethwa (Dashboard Designer) (0)
Site review and special offer Patrick From An IBank (26)
Compiling performance Jorge Santos (13)
CD/DVD Cataloging application for sale Nasko Krachev (1)
PIM's Neville Franks (4)
Munich Area uISVs ? Anon (2)
uISV meetup in London or Paris? Will Rayer (3)
Please help me with my website layout ANewGuy (18)
Casting a wider net, get more traffic Atli Björgvin Oddsson (TimeSnapper) (16)
Freeware or opensource Flash animation tools? Flashy (6)
Any good way to deal with bad spam filters? 2112 (8)
Webdesign style help please Ideatheif :) (1)
Wiki, Sharepoint, or Something Else? Joshua (9)
More Google Checkout Teething Troubles Vincent Burroughs (8)
Please review my product Tim (12)
Lets say you can see your competitors financial details. Astala (7)
Multicore OS 230 Volts (4)
Email Reliability Frustrations - Any Advice? Ryan Smyth (18)
Want to learn Arabic to enter middle east market. Any Ideas? uISV (13)
Minnesota mISV's? Voltage Spike (6)
Need a database modeling tool (possible product idea for mISV) Don S (8)
Sales tax on web service? sloop (6)
Handing off our bread and butter to subsidiary or partnerships jde (10)
Data Backup Strategies Grinder (14)
Ingres vs. Oracle/SQL Server RK (4)
New Development PC Leonardo Carlos Prada (29)
exporting strong AES Mike S (4)
Microsoft Empower ISV program RK (23)
Designs & Logos you like Anonymous (5)
Poll: 19' TFT monitor of your choice Antony (12)
Why is it Open-Source OK but uISV you you're fired! Joe (14)
Merit Increases Bart Park (38)
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