* 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

 
Licensing pro sports data SomeBody (2 comments)
Free vs. Paid Ryan Smyth (1)
My pet project, a mISV? Jonny Rein (14)
Designing a Product: Back-to-Front or Front-to-Back? Jason (15)
Coming up with a product idea. Ryan (13)
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) Mike Stephenson (4)
estimating Quarterly taxes Jason (3)
The winner of the free pass to Business of Software 2007 is ... Neil D (13)
Fundamentals... Bill Gates' Unwashed Lederhosen (5)
Choosing a database YMC (11)
Tracking downloads (while using Google Analytics) Jorge Santos (6)
An update ColinM (3)
Another pricing question Nathan Ridley (6)
Hey Andrey - Antair hit Reddit page 1! JK (4)
Text2Go website updated - feedback welcome Mark Gladding (8)
Selling webapps Rob_M (5)
evget.com - experiences + reputation small ISV (4)
Do any of these Advertising services actually work? Steve (1)
Designing a new web site BodgeIt (7)
Can I build V1.0 of a product in 3 months ? My first shot (16)
Increasing price James (7)
A small favor re Business of Software Conference. Bob Walsh (3)
$100,000+ per sale/product for mISV ? SK (16)
Bits du Jour Changes Hands Ellen Craw (6)
What would you charge for that? Washigton Irwing (22)
Help to start selling web based application Hidden (4)
ASP.NET Forum Software Recommendations? Ryan Smyth (8)
SEO Cheat Sheet for DIYers Mihai Gheza (8)
Question for the NYC contingent Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (15)
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) RK (9)
Visitor Management System Shanmuga Sundaram (1)
WhateverLife pickme (3)
Is forumtrackr dead? Joe Knapp (4)
Good SEO tips Joe Knapp (1)
Trial or Demo James (10)
TVA To Small for TVA (8)
Product customization for users ND (8)
What do you charge per month for hosted service Lee (4)
Text2Go released and first sale! Mark Gladding (31)
Developers Running Banks Chris Bilson (6)
where can publish the new software and the discount information stephen0928.vip@gmail.com (4)
A small update on my outsourcing endeavours Nathan Ridley (12)
Would you use .info domain? TomEUS (the windows mobile guru) (17)
crossposting between blogs blogger (4)
Reports and Dashboards on Excel data, need feedback Nilesh Jethwa (3)
section 508 compliance Andy Brice (8)
PowerPoint to Exe Converter. Any Recommendations? Mgr (3)
Can I charge not to be a financial advisor? Not a CFA (9)
Finally Cracked! Not Tellin' For This... (10)
Possible URL names Patrick From An IBank (17)
Awards Worth Displaying Ryan Smyth (4)
Going Independent (Signing the Deal) wanna_be (11)
The big announcement... Starr Horne (15)
Is this considered success? HowAmIDoing? (12)
Is something funny with Google Checkout? Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (3)
Small business customer gripes. Apparently slow and expensive. (12)
A fun little product Alan O'Rourke (19)
Need help on custom software costing dag (5)
Alternate to VPN Lee (13)
mISV on the side during college? Z (20)
Amazon S3 detailed logs/reporting? Ken Kaczmarek (0)
VMWare question Virtual Guy (4)
How many hours a day do you spend running your microISV? Tired Anon (15)
Questions regarding redirect 301 Cosmina Stefanache (6)
Joyent Accelerator Experiences? Starr Horne (3)
Posting Prices for Enterprise Software Cyclops (6)
Estimating the Cost of a Web Application Phillip Flores (10)
Ever worked on an open source project? Victor (13)
Going Independent (Definitely Now) wannabe (20)
Posting pricing details before launch? Ilija Studen (3)
Accounting Software Steve (10)
Looking for the partners and distributors stephen0928.vip@gmail.com (2)
To Early to Release for .Net 3.0? .NET Three Point O (10)
Setup and Deployment in MS Visual Studio 2005 Fransiscus Herry (8)
Serial Numbers and e-junkie Steve (5)
Help Manual for your Product Fransiscus Herry (9)
Will Move To 1and1 For Shared Hosting Provider. Any Experiences? MRI (16)
A tool to manage windows on wide monitors Eli Golovinsky (12)
Showing discount offers from within the program Gautam Jain (4)
ASP or LAMP from a business perspective Loren Charnley (14)
Notify of Potential Conflict of Interest? TheDavid (13)
My Unique Selling Proposition - what do you think? Yury @ xtransform (14)
Business insurance in Canada Anon (1)
Preferred windos install routine? Dodo (13)
Retainer plus percentage for development Brian Richter (8)
Guidelines for project Wiki, Blog, etc. DK (1)
New release - is the software description ok? Dan (5)
Transparency and the lone programmer F (16)
Remote Support Tool stanemte (11)
Gathering Feedback in desktop applications Stanislav Kuzmin (2)
copy writing or content writing shalini (6)
Is it good for a s/w vendor to advertise itself on its website? (7)
Cover letters: madam ir miss? Victor (25)
uISV & The 9-5 Tobin Schwaiger-Hastanan (17)
Java Developers Al (6)
Employees doing side work/projects Software Company Part Owner (30)
XULRunner and Trial periods Tom M (8)
Aaarrggg recruitment agents! IanH. (5)
Browser Stats Floyd Price (10)
ScrumMaster certificate - is it worth it ? Boris Rogge (3)
How much to hire a development team? Release or rebuild (11)
subscribe to blog by e-mail? Oleg Parashchenko (6)
Virtual White Board Lee (11)
Anybody using the non-mainstream languages for their web-app? Bot Berlin (23)
Software Chargeback Blacklist Software Developer (15)
OT: need some translation help Danish to English Nilesh Jethwa (Dashboards) (5)
Signs of bad customer support Tobin Schwaiger-Hastanan (8)
Two Marketing Ideas... What do you think? (5)
Subscription Software? Kevin (7)
how to find the distributor for software? stephen0928.vip@gmail.com (2)
SEO Eperts Floyd Price (19)
Other sites like bitsdujour dujour (5)
Does Plimus support HTTP callbacks on purchases? Vesselin Atanasov (5)
My Site Stats.  What do you think?  Help me improve. Momonie (10)
Is it a good idea? Bashar Abdul (11)
For Eric Sink Fans rick chapman (9)
Going Independent (Possibly) wanna_be (9)
Google Analytics now less usable. What am I missing? Mr. Analogy (5)
User licences David (9)
Is Microsoft Certificate enough to find a job in the US Mohsen Saad (14)
Starting a contracting biz, how to hire? contractorwannabe (7)
stats on getting dugg/slashdotted/reddit'd/stumledupon Andy Brice (16)
Independent contractor and taxes Michael Vogt (5)
Adwords newbie Cyclops (3)
Is REALBasic 2007 any good? Jack of all trades (35)
Open Euro checking acct on one country and use it in another? 007 (14)
Geeks to managers Victor (4)
Mac based applications Aaron (10)
open or closed source? Openorclosed? (9)
Facebook Applictions - An Update Ethan (2)
is it possible to compete with open source should I do this? (17)
How to get started on part-time gigs ? Bob (1)
I've been cracked, but... 'Mr X' (Anon for this) (8)
Strategies for selling source code, concern Ned Divine (9)
mind mapping software stephen0928.vip@gmail.com (1)
Where are the best PHP resources? NC (4)
Off-but-on-topic JK (4)
Need to find a good Shareware Site solution...Help! DevCompany (4)
Disclaimer when giving technical support? Steve (1)
Power of "Bloggers" anon for this one. (9)
Is it really OEM & Legitimate?? Reader (9)
Negotiating partnership discounts with Web Hosts? Joannes Vermorel (3)
More download site scams, this one hurts developers Brandon Staggs (25)
milliondollarwiki ?  anyone owns a page there? Whaa (9)
Know a good CSS book? Victor (8)
Rewarding Beta Testers? Floyd Price (7)
My first program,it's so rough! charlie (8)
How many users currently use XP, Vista, W2K and other systems? Elvis Presley (11)
Some inspiration for those starting their ISV Anonymous cow herd (2)
Andy Brice makes Slashdot Front page Nathan Ridley (26)
Hourly or value-based? Ideas on pricing consulting projects? consultantwannabe (8)
GNU/GPL in Commercial Software? Zeeshan (6)
Distribute Ms Office Compatibility Pack Along With Our Installer JoS reader (4)
12 months auto updates tied to registration. Blank Mind (6)
Give away of the day coco the clown (16)
Empower to Partner: Is the hurdle too high? Nicholas Hebb (12)
Euro Account in the US Trygve Inda (8)
What's a good number of downloads? anon for this one (8)
Web design and screen res again Dave N (13)
How do you manage your newsletter/bulk mailings? DanB (8)
URL Names Patrick From An IBank (7)
Writing a good Press release Virgil (5)
My blog Yury @ Xtransform (8)
How prepare for first shareware app... Mario A. Montoya (5)
Will technical direction affect long-term value TigerEE91 (3)
ISV startup partner emrdeveloper (8)
What do I charge for my software product? David Hirt (1)
How Not To Run a Beta Test Ken Cooper (9)
uISV Web Application Design FenceSitter (4)
FTP or WebDav as a local drive Peter G (7)
Thinking of doing consulting, but how to test the market? The Ruby Warlock (17)
Is confirmed opt-in worth it? Chilli (12)
the software awards scam Andy Brice (34)
Affiliate horror/success stories? Guillaume (9)
Customer insists you broke their computer Derek I (9)
US Dollar banking in the UK Simon (15)
deploy ruby on rails software on IIS Abolfazl Mahmoodi (5)
Super Programmer stuck in Embedded World Super Programmer (25)
Make a living in an expensive city Fo Joshua (9)
Our Amazon S3 tool is finally launched. Saurabh (A User Interface for Amazon S3) (15)
Business Games BizGamer (18)
The Softletter 2007 SaaS (Software as a Service) Survey rick chapman (0)
Laptop suggestions Steve (29)
Good Idea? ! (30)
Posting prices on your web site E-Tech (2)
Shopping cart - please help to choose Dmitriy (3)
New product feedback requested Mark Rogers (9)
Software Sales Commissions - How much? anon (11)
Is there a correlation between better UI & gfx design Chipster (11)
Need an office in Santa Monica barry (4)
mind mapping software stephenzhu (17)
64bit VMWare on a laptop, how? Steve (5)
Online Payment Processor for None Software goods CHarles P. (3)
Software Maintenance Pricing KR (5)
Ratio of web visits to phone calls Doug (2)
Vegas Conference LookingForAConference (3)
selling/licensing source code tadpole (2)
Google's insane lust for money - shaking down customers BruisedMicroISVer (20)
Hypothetically Mac speaking... Bob Walsh (17)
Google Adwords Campaigns and non-English language countries Bill K (2)
How much to charge for a custom feature request? Tony (16)
Do I need to Blog? Michael Schenkel (7)
Sales Slump My competitor is here :D (14)
Do you believe in giving discount for competitive upgrade ? Chipster (12)
Q: When to start a support forum ? Norbert Klamann (8)
Communication on future product features Chipster (8)
Which tool do you use to measure & analyze your web traffic ? Chipster (6)
payment processor suggestions + sending automatically reg key Chipster (5)
Getacoder.com: buggered businessmen Mailbox is full (5)
.NET 3.0 for uISV heherson tan (10)
Web Site Feedback - Take 2 Saurabh (11)
Startup: Blogs, Essays and Funny Articles JBP (0)
Don Dodge on VC Valuations, etc Entries of Confusion (5)
Need some advice, i just released my first commercial product Veetosoft (30)
Beta or 1.0? blender (5)
Micro ISV web hosting requirements? ImHere (6)
Is the x86 ISA going anywhere? Michael B (13)
Competing with Microsoft coco the clown (12)
Implementing a 30 Day Trial Clay Dowling (10)
Content Management Jessy (7)
Up selling, cross selling and all that Steve (2)
Regarding my ongoing project Goran Burcevski (9)
Increasing the visibility of a specialized, niche web site? Philip (5)
Choosing an e-business web host JAK (9)
how much do you put up with from difficult customers? Contractor (10)
Distributing web apps w/ VMWare SH (9)
The temptation to "educate" IE6 users. Floyd Price (26)
why we still use vb6 Alex (16)
EnterpriseDB RK (3)
Is anyone using Wordpress as their CMS Andrea N - Direct Access (10)
New Website Service feedback Anon (16)
Customer complaint coco the clown (6)
Discussion Forum Creation using Fogbugz PM (2)
uisv owner how do you develope your program from vision to a I can't go from vision/idea to paper (8)
Starting uISV, What blog/community/bug tracking? Tom (2)
No time to maintain... Thinking of selling joseph (9)
Anyone tried interactive demonstrations over the internet? Mr. Analogy (12)
Interesting AdWords changes Dave Collins (10)
C# .NET CMS System for user published articles Grinder (7)
Web Site Feedback Saurabh (10)
Need your opinion on two domain names Praveen Angyan (17)
GoogleCheckout just took >10 hours to clear a payment Andy Brice (2)
Bad press is good press? ZZ (7)
uISV - Testing the waters Olegario Tevez (10)
Post-actions following 47hats/Bob's review, advice needed Nicolas Cadilhac (4)
RTM! Jason Dong (13)
Ask yourself some questions about your SaaS idea! Steve Moyer (1)
Are my expectations from Customer Service too high? Anindya Mozumdar (10)
Wondering about Closed Source using either LGPL or GPL libs Sonny Crockett (20)
Good microISV web sites InspireMe (6)
Advisory Board for mISV The Night Blogger (8)
Renting a Server (yes, we've already covered this). my name is here (14)
Data Mining JAK (9)
For Eric Sink Fans rick chapman (7)
White Label/OEM and EULAs Doug (1)
Thirteen Simple Rules for Speeding Up Your Web Site Steve (6)
my story: how I stumbled upon a profitable web business Max Ischenko (5)
Charitable giving DanB (6)
Website Feedback, Take Two Ken Cooper (4)
This may be useful Sellathon (9)
Selling online, book recommendations Steve (1)
Encryption in software Ben Mc (8)
Difference between a Reseller and an Affiliate? mojonez (1)
partnerup.com prameshi (4)
Value proposition  by Programming Language/Platform (8)
What Documents Do You Frequently Have To Create? Humbledore (5)
Average document size sdani (6)
Facebook Application Development Ethan (Declan Software) (7)
Backlinks=Zero. What's wrong? Linda Godsw (10)
How to connect to a website server from a desktop app server (10)
Renting a Server Plamen Stoyanov (6)
Commercialize open source project Hidden (11)
Software Consulting vs mISV vs Software Development RK (4)
$5.00 discount or 10% discount on a  $34.95 license fee? Pricetag (10)
expenses for out of town travel Jason (4)
Is there a tool to see if your emails look like spam? Nicholas Hebb (12)
Question about big projects and databases QBYNEWBER (5)
Testing for software test candidates? Karl Perry (2)
ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library). Is it worth it to be followed? Ben (12)
Best example of search-destroying SEO I've seen yet. my name is here (12)
Delphi PHP oder Adobe FLEX? Michael (8)
Tool to record small demos to animated gifs? Steven Spielberg (4)
use of windows vista icons in commercial software. VI (4)
taxes junior (6)
Poll: What language do you use for your uISV? Anon for this one (32)
Marketing advice needed Pavel Chuchuva (2)
Mac based uISV Anon for this one (14)
Best structure: LLC or others-for new micro-ISV website Swaminathan Saikumar (6)
Microsoft Team Foundation Server JohnFx (9)
Should MicroISV Partner (to some extent) w/ Website firm ? Impressionable (8)
Product released, feedback welcome Daniel Plaisted (6)
A Question About Article Marketing Rocky Mountain mISV (2)
VisualHint's web site reviewed by 47hats Nicolas Cadilhac (5)
Protecting your program (intellectual property) Dmitriy Gorbachev (4)
Implementing Try Before You Buy shareware Clay Dowling (8)
customers - you've got to love them! Andy Brice (19)
Setting up source control neo (6)
Now Amazon has a payment service for us. Saurabh Dani (7)
Beta testers for a graphical editor Yanic Inghelbrecht (11)
Is it possible to license an ASP Software? bennyb (6)
Not providing trial downloads... Sanjay S (21)
Adwords blacklist question--asking here because... my name is here (4)
Looking for reliable host for asp.net application neo (7)
"The Flip Side of Entrepreneurship" Ken Kaczmarek (14)
Feedback required for English Premier League Predictions Site Aman Sahani (18)
18 month development time & then failed? Looking Back (25)
Windows based microISV: Delphi or VS.NET/C#? Sven Johansson (27)
Problems in need of a computer sol'n Mike (16)
Domain-specific wiki engine Harrison (6)
Resources to Pitch to VCs Anon for this (6)
Software Protection PM (17)
Feedback on new site. Sarat Pediredla (19)
Learn without going to a business school Victor (19)
listing on amazon junior (3)
Starting a μISV: Mac or Windows? Sven Johansson (43)
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