* 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

 
Business checking recommendations Slartibartfast (18 comments)
Does this have any values Michael Schenkel (12)
Anyone using WiX? Clay Dowling (5)
Outsourcing again: how to find the business Al Glushchenko (10)
How polite when dunning customers fair to middlin (10)
Site licenses and what they should cover James (5)
Running a mISV from Budapest, Hungary Married to a magyar (6)
Svn/issue tracker/wiki thing?  who's the guy that makes it? DanB (9)
Quantifying SEO Joske Vermeulen (6)
Does Sourcegear still do a free for single developer version? GrantL (2)
Help: I Don't Want To Build A Web App Seun Osewa (24)
Finally made it to the forst page on Google :-) Witold Dudek (4)
Benefits of a rapid release and sales cycle. Comments? Mr. Analogy (16)
Webhosting reseller? WebsiteGirl (13)
Contract rates in Germany/Switzerland/Austria? Curiousity (8)
Marcus From http://www.empiris.de/ Anon for this time (2)
How 2 get in to retails Zeeshan (2)
Study about IT CEOs *myName (2)
Black-list of dishonest customers Alex (16)
Will Sales beat Engineering every time? aaamazing (21)
Do resellers can sell at a higher price? Marcus (8)
How do I monetize a freeware product? Anonymous for this one (16)
Cheap on-demand hosted CPU ? Joannes Vermorel (13)
Wikipedia - How do you create a topic? Wondering about wiki (14)
How I can get Sillicon valley memebrship ! (15)
Antair releases yet another product Andrey Butov (11)
Quickbooks help with software selling Nilesh Jethwa (Dashboards) (8)
Good blog site suggestion please Rob (10)
Advice for a Newbie Independent Consultant in the UK? Fernanda Stickpot (13)
Sample legal form for passing of intellectual property rights (7)
Citibank recommends blogging farmboy (1)
30 Discounted Products on 20th Anniversary Gautam Jain (3)
Choosing .Net or Java with an eye on Longevity Mark V (28)
Internet for Home Luke Miller (13)
Make a scrolling (flash) customer list Scrollbaby (2)
Can you make money with Google Adwords Michael Schenkel (10)
What to use to create a free online community? Community Server is too expensive (10)
Want to go back to programming! RKWhite (5)
Ideas needed for locating a US sales freelancer TheyCallMeMrBoomBastic (4)
Paperworks Tim Haughton (0)
Actively Giving Away Products To Bloggers James Stewart (15)
UpRight (One Click File Transfer) Released: Thanks For Your Help James Stewart (1)
Boilerplate Terms and Conditions Craig Welch (3)
Sitepoint design contest NPR (5)
How to make $40,000 in 6 months? (25)
An interview with CmdrTaco Neil D (2)
W-8 Forms once and for all Steve (7)
Adwords suggestion ? Kiyut (10)
So my Google PR is 0. How can I improve it? xps (4)
Prospect wants an NDA before we can even talk - WTF?!? Baffled Software Businessman (44)
Any recommendations for a SIMPLE crm? Praveen Angyan (12)
Google Adwords - Content Sites Necessarily anon for this one (6)
Desktop weblog analysis Michael B (5)
YSlow - Yahoo Firebug plugin for website performance testing Chris Exline (0)
mISV Response Time Grinder (10)
Stuff Google glen harvy (16)
Prototyping software for web application Terrell (10)
My new web app: "Intelligent" product reviews - comments please! Sam Sanders (27)
DBA requirements, TOC and product quality. RK (5)
Fourth product released Jon (16)
How to transition from a 'free' model to licensing? (12)
Is there a place where a developer can find a marketer ? Chipster (10)
<HELP> Should I run my mISV alone or partner with someone</HELP> Chipster (25)
Bidding for your own product name on adwords? Frank Reiff (8)
ESD Shopping cart - Build or buy? checkout (6)
Most beautiful app on Windows Casey Chiang (21)
Anyone here makes living selling development components/addons? TN (11)
It drives me crazy - 1st place on 2nd page on Google Witold Dudek (5)
Best place to sell business/assets Moving on (6)
Answerphone using pc Kieran (4)
To Register for Trial download or Not Frank V. (13)
Advice on selling the Crown Jewels Mark V (6)
OEM Windows licenses Doug (8)
Selling software/web services - recommendations for a backend? WannabeISV (3)
SQL Server/Windows Server 2003 Discount Rob (9)
Shopping cart w/ ESD capabilities? Anonymous (5)
Serial number lookup a good idea? BB (9)
Business Novels Aytekin (1)
Self-teaching microeconomics Noagbodji Victor (7)
Epsilon Award 2007 by the European Software Conference David Boventer (3)
How many ways can an affiliate cheat a merchant? Gautam Jain (21)
Varying price based on payment processing fees Steve (11)
Getting spam tagged Scott (9)
Maximo Krzysztof Peplinski (2)
External Javascript libraries vs ajax.net? Anthony (4)
Selling via eBay.. sg (9)
Any way of overcoming the 30 day Google Adwords Tracking Cookie? Gautam Jain (4)
After how many days do your customers buy your software? Gautam Jain (8)
When is copying parts of another app. against the law Anon. for this one (6)
What's your application upgrade policy? (17)
How much do I have to charge for that? Anonymous (6)
Good Place To Buy Domain Name? smallISVer (16)
Question on Email Product stormy (14)
Should I make my software free? Gautam Jain (15)
Web software pricing question gemini (2)
Tool for site statistics, recommendations? Oleg Parashchenko (6)
Plimus disappears PayPal Denis Dmitriev (7)
Antair Releases Video Poker for the BlackBerry Handheld Andrey Butov (6)
Race to the bottom? Entries of Confusion (7)
uISV wants to start out on the right path for success…this time Randy (12)
Read email from multiple gmail accounts Phil Gates (8)
what do you sell in order to sell your main item? . (2)
Marketing a new service in a saturated market Caleb (10)
Overhead costs for software devs one big step (8)
No More Software Estimates Yong Bakos (3)
business communication/productivity books mindful_learner (4)
Where do you promote your Mac applications? Cosmina Stefanache (10)
Accommodating Feedburner Redirects? Denis (5)
Chart icons chartIt (5)
10K US Per Year Expense mISV RM (17)
Is anybody here part of the Microsoft so-called 'Ecosystem'? Neil D (7)
x64 ready Wouter Dhondt (5)
Recommendations for a web 2.0 development company CJ Singh (6)
Vista Users on your website Anon (15)
On verge of leaving a long time (11 years) senior role... Anonymous for this one, obviously (16)
Food allowance? (16)
Website and Product Feedback Ben Martin (9)
Recommended tool/application to convert HTML to PDF Will Hoffmann (6)
Interview with Robert X. Cringely Neil D (4)
The Importance of Alexa Ranking? software fella (6)
What is going on with the Dollar? Ewan McNab (28)
What makes a good customer survey? (+ review mine) Joannes Vermorel (6)
Product documentation jojasleep (11)
Reccomendations for Web Design / Branding Shop Tim Haughton (5)
Revisiting the "free edition" approach Zviki Cohen (11)
Business ideas Benj (5)
July sales versus downloads. Duncan (22)
What other IT business forums do you visit? CJ Singh (3)
What to do next? anon for this (10)
Any suggestions for making my site searchable? Mr. Analogy (8)
Feedback please Glen Harvy (7)
Trust your customers?.. Or not? Dmitriy (19)
Feedback requested - New Specialty Browser for Data Ken Kaczmarek (19)
Is there a way to market such thing? Frank standing at the edge (9)
Should I link back to download sites? Praveen Angyan (7)
reading time outback (5)
Get get out of the gmail/yahoo/hotmail spam/bulk folders Tobin Schwaiger-Hastanan (18)
Looking for a batch production planning system Peter Gadzinski (4)
Language Choice Overload - Help JeffHughes (5)
They want to give licenses freely to THEIR clients Cheese (13)
GBP vs USD Floyd Price (20)
Checking out references Grinder (4)
Best Spot in Ontario for new work anon of course for this one (5)
Dedicated MS SQL Server Hosting Anonymous (4)
Taxes on Software Export from India? Indian mISV (9)
Implementation Order Tim Haughton (11)
The Business of Software conference - is it worth it? Vadim (25)
Should you invest from day one in graphic design Tarek Demiati (8)
Which state to relocate? Nilesh Jethwa (Dashboards) (23)
Consultingware in Kuwait Going International (4)
The right time to start marketing Smith (11)
Graphic artist recommendations designIt (16)
Strategic decision: migrating to dedicated DNS hosting? Joannes Vermorel (9)
What does Joel do in his everyday? Victor (11)
Recommendations for managing hierarchical tasks/use cases Dave Perry (3)
collecting sales tax on the net bitpowered (9)
Order Confirmation Device, suggestion please? JC (4)
A good country to move to? Anon for this (54)
What is the best Web Dev. tools? WEB_Confused (18)
If a Mac Version cashes in about $3500 / month how would XP do? MacXP (15)
Feedback please - Web Download/Resource monitor. Glen Harvy (2)
Why you don't do it Tech Geek (21)
link: shows no results google perplexed (10)
Software pricing - What is your rational? Joannes Vermorel (10)
Feedback request for the new Direct Access beta Andrea N - Direct Access (4)
Going Open Source You will find out soon enough (11)
Unattended credit card processing trader bill (4)
How is uISV blogging helping your business? uISV Turtle (17)
Presales handholding Scott (12)
Analytics for a mISV with 2 goals: trial download and order Terrell (6)
Waste Not Want Not Tim Haughton (17)
new software site: opinions wanted Alex (10)
Informal Survey of IT Salaries in the Denver Area walterbyrd (9)
learning language basheeha (1)
open source NPR (5)
Virtual Phone Numbers Jason (7)
Disagreeing to suggested changes in license agreement gupt (7)
Help on a Name Douglas III (18)
Suggestions for time between idea and launch maelstrom (5)
Trademark. Have you done this? Fransiscus Herry (8)
Why you do it. Michael Schenkel (19)
Anyone *really* successful posting on here? Grown fat with decadence (23)
Widgets business (revisited) XYZed (5)
Is it a good idea to post your idea here? Bashar Abdul (20)
An idea for an application Unregisteratenated (11)
Another online dating site Steve (11)
productivity (self-discipline) tip: DON'T WORK FROM HOME Thunderstone (22)
Interview with Tim Lister Neil D (0)
How to price source code fantasyfritz (9)
User wants to form a "partnership" Jay (23)
I could use your help... Bob Walsh (48)
Any downsides to linking to download sites? Praveen Angyan (8)
Another product idea regular lurker (6)
Web developers are just raking it in! walterbyrd (26)
Sack your customers! Richie Hindle (23)
Merchant services for international companies? Mike D. (13)
7 "Marketing-Type" Things We All Should Do avi aharon (4)
Enterprise Software Vendors... Benj (1)
What was that website url that had lots of sample logo and desgn GFX (5)
Desktop 2.0 - Alternative to Web Browser Apps DS (12)
Custom modification for webapp... mynameishere (3)
Alternative accounting software Gili (17)
Purchasing Domain Name New ISV Site (9)
Input required on marketing Simon (2)
Will my idea work? Michael Schenkel (15)
Is offsite source repos safe for a misv ? Gruff (17)
Bandwidth & the software business 230 Volts (5)
Web-based automated testing application Josh Watts (4)
minimum resolution anon for this (17)
Should our app become OEM? Annon for this (13)
Is there a market for Winform .NET protection tool? drake (6)
Mr Analogy interviewed on the microISV show Andy Brice (9)
Input on ISV Idea Richard Gardner (30)
I want more Kevin (11)
Software Industry Conference - Be on Channel9! Michael Lehman (0)
The Art Of The Start Anonymous for today (21)
Finding a Domain Name - Bust A Name? Eric D. Burdo (2)
Fixing Microsoft's XBOX business DS (13)
Ballpark Quote on a Project Mark (27)
Any way to stop AdWords clicks from mac users? DanB (16)
Small staff, big exposure Kimono (4)
Site / Product review Benjamin Curtis (8)
Is this a viable product? anon for this (13)
What is the theoretical limit on a developer's salary? Gili (32)
Questions on steps to start mISV in US bookworm (17)
uISV product idea farmboy (13)
A database for large volumes. GrantL (20)
Product Demos Best Practices & Experiences Frank (5)
Excel add-in, which version to support? Joannes Vermorel (9)
Feedback is gold - Commercial component for contextual feedback? Joannes Vermorel (4)
Widgets Business Model Anon (4)
Anybody else noticing "work for free" ads? walterbyrd (22)
How much from your income comes from Linux users? Occasional Unix User (9)
Start Up Weekend Michael (8)
Packaging open-source software as a commercial product The dilemma guy (22)
Making money from Advertising - how does it work? Pete (8)
.mobi domain name? Anthony (6)
Evaluating an idea - feedback requested Young Wannabe-mISV (11)
oh no, it's the bad advice bears microISVBoy (30)
"Betting The Farm" on a product change Ben Gordon (7)
What about online software ? JJ (8)
Web shopping cart/catalog recommendations? Doug (5)
Web GUI dev kit webcoder (3)
Arguments against using swing for a desktop app Java Swing (27)
Microsoft drops a billion DS (16)
Feedback for Api Monitor tool susan wan (7)
Is anybody else switching to Ruby On Rails? Floyd Price (26)
different web site for every product or one common site? new micro ISV (17)
Basic web site monitoring software Mike M (12)
mISV Starting & Corporate Brainwashing FenceSitter (12)
Good Tools for creating a web site Chipster (20)
VB/Windows Desktop Development Trends Bob Snyder (9)
Support for customers who are into 4th month of a 30-day trial? Denis Dmitriev (12)
UpRight: One Click File Transfer - Beta Testers Invited James Stewart (18)
Google terms of service - what is and what isn't a robot yury at xtransform (14)
Working for a competitor Loyal Ex-Employee (22)
Registering software and all that! Slow starter (7)
Just sold my 1st mISV Joannes Vermorel (15)
Customer wants upgrade after 12 months free updates John P (9)
How to get into BioInformatics without a degree Jez (14)
How to get started? Young Wannabe-mISV (16)
Overseas development? Lookingforacoder (7)
SMTP service Lewis (6)
Controversial Decision Nathan Ridley (6)
Migrating to Another Host - DNS Question JOSHangout (3)
Adwords - which countries should I target? anonymouse for this one (5)
SWREG loses its appeal Ulysses (34)
Preview of my Next App Floyd Price (9)
We offer one rebranded version for each of our proprietary softw amicutilities (1)
Quote vs. Analysis - And should the (potential) customer pay? S. Y. Walters (14)
UK start-up awards Andy Brice (0)
mISV doing taxes in India? Indian mISV (3)
webbased Error Reporting for my VB.net app Error (3)
Micro ISV Web App. Idea Richard Gardner (8)
The Business of Software Wiki goes public! Bob Walsh (13)
Mechanics of a customer referral program Ben Gordon (1)
possible new templates - need opinions Patrick from an IBank (21)
Purchase in China, why not? Linda Godsw (41)
A quick general thank you to BoS & other uISVs Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (10)
Why no web applications on business Bot Berlin (17)
$$ / hour for system programmers Elvis Presley (8)
Trademark DIY rxs (6)
Social Decision Making - looking for some early feedback Matt Winkelmann (5)
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