* 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

 
Developer's Program / API Rick Watson (4 comments)
Initial Consulting and Research Mark (2)
Revenge As A Motivating Factor Would Be µISV (17)
Starting a Micro ISV... GK (9)
New internet unix webserver, doing backups Berlin Brown (5)
What am I doing? GK (7)
identifying the client needs nvictor (7)
How do you do reporting for hosted solution? j2e (3)
The Million Dollar MicroISV? CuriousCodeMonkey (11)
New Website, I'm about to shell out bucks and I'm scared JT (22)
Options vs. Royalties? Sam Bilstin (12)
Web 2.0: new opportunities? elloco (8)
Web Server/Database Platform - Do buyers care anymore? Smoochie (9)
Any Empower enrollees here? Nick Hebb (10)
Web-based SuperDuper Sales/Support Tool (Help Desk/CRM/Bug Track Silver Bullet Hunter (6)
Setting Up Private Member Areas: Any recommendations? XoR (8)
multiple domains Andy Brice (12)
What improves sales Alex Bers (15)
CRM system for small ISV Lee (16)
John Seely Brown lw (3)
modification of a company logo nvictor (4)
the most often encountered in NTIC-oriented companies... nvictor (2)
project managment software. nvictor (6)
business partner conflicts Mike Gnary (12)
New Software 500 list is out Nick Hebb (17)
The Non-intuitive Manager: The Gratuitous Walkabout Arsalan Zaidi (10)
Freedom to develop on your own? Martellus (5)
Forums for the Software developers John Davis (4)
Building one customer at at time steve (5)
Switchboard Content Management System Mark (8)
licensing picoISV (2)
Getting out of the gate mikeymo (7)
Where to look for problems (aka "the pain")? elloco (4)
Paul Graham KC (15)
Joel Test for marketing? Curious tech guy (17)
Patenting an idea Mahatma (11)
Micro-ISV Tip #11: Joel Spolsky on Finding the Pain Bob Walsh (2)
What's Your Least Effective Marketing Avenue Stephane Grenier (23)
banner ads Jason (7)
Software Product Development Case Studies Light Reader (3)
Japanese translation of a software utility - will it sell? Fred (9)
soft or ware? Philipp Schumann (18)
Need a goto to a Open Source Maven Bob Walsh (33)
TextDrive and Lifetime Hosting - not spam Berlin Brown (9)
organising your business info in a wiki? Andy Brice (10)
RadioShack's new cubicles shacked (17)
What's the best sales website you've seen? son of parnas (22)
Our website is our Salesman. Is it good, bad or ugly? Amanvir (18)
Making money from scripting app? complete kidult (3)
Reasons to move from ASP to .NET dan (7)
New Product Release - My Tickler File Solomon Folks (15)
Auction software Ajay Kumar G (3)
Educational Software dil.b.ert (10)
Keeping open-source competitors at bay? Gili Tzabari (19)
Print Ads Tim Boland (1)
Strange support requests Andy Brice (15)
Protecting your source code Dave (14)
Anyone developing for linux? elloco (17)
Looking for Micro-ISVers to interview... Bob Walsh (1)
Timed e-mail Autoresponers Growing ISV (4)
Copying product idea - is it legal? JD (20)
business advice needed nvictor (5)
Monetizing product & domain names? Mark L. Smith (2)
Buy medium computers more often or powerful computers less often Syracuse (23)
Fog Creek Support Engineer Mitch & Murray (from Downtown) (9)
Micro-ISV Tip #10: The issue of Quality. Bob Walsh (6)
My first product...released! Andrey Butov (9)
Good release management software (10)
Scott's iPods anonymous for this post (12)
First Real Product Michael Johnson (10)
Freelance Business Consultants and Where Berlin Brown (7)
How long away from selling this product Leiju (19)
MS Empower and VS.NET 2005 Jason (12)
Register ISV with Dunn & Bradstreet? Nick Hebb (9)
Protecting PHP Code DenM (6)
Grow & Hire More | Hire More & Grow  ? . (12)
Software as service. + software lincese j2e (4)
How about making your product in a cheap city in South America? Cortez (42)
Is writing IT books and articles a decent way to make a living? Cortez (14)
Speaking of new books... Ryan (3)
best way to end a neverending contract? (9)
[New Book] Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality Bob Walsh (12)
the Pitch... Patrick (4)
Pricing Unsure (3)
Barriers to Entry Li-fan Chen (5)
independent consulting for the defense sector? anon (7)
Think big, or start small? gt (15)
Free trial conversion rates (a la FogBugz) Colin Dellow (8)
Tool for Management and Tracking of Test Cases Pep (2)
Working in software - why do we do it? Bob the Builder (40)
How much do you make as a micro-ISV? anonymous for now (10)
Great read if you are a contract IT person Bob Walsh (3)
The importance of a decent web hosting provider? 22.5 cent (5)
Remote Support Robert Lerner (5)
Company Naming Strategies Would Be µISV (15)
Where to find successful ideas? Mister White (16)
How to alientate your users: A lesson from Yahoo Rob (8)
Excellent Opportunity - Company's App Source Code Weef (8)
How big is the software development industry? John Davis (9)
Shareware Tracker ordering process is how NOT to do it unhappy with s.t. (6)
Web based clinic management system or not? Unknown this time (27)
PayPal alternative (3)
Mindmap, Screen Flow or Process Flow Diagrams Steve Nelson (6)
Micro-ISV Tip #9: A conversation with Eric Sink. Bob Walsh (3)
Building sales channels? Robodale (8)
Download full version or 'activate' demo version. Andrey Butov (13)
Selling Software through Amazon Andy Brice (4)
Yahoo! Music as an employment benefit Michael B (26)
Ok - so how much money do you ISV owners take home? Cortez (49)
Outlook extensions? sedwo (1)
I suck as a Manager of Engineering. Topar (17)
Location Location Location.... Phil (13)
Smells like opertunity ian (4)
Is this book really good? The Buddha (26)
TRIZ... GiorgioG (4)
'Strategic Vendor'-ship wisdom? not-so-anon (5)
Red Hot Ebooks? Brandon Doyle (5)
Casual games Aaron F Stanton (13)
Blog Hosting Programs TrojanMan (7)
Web Based Help Desk System Edward Livingston (11)
DevDirect ad Gabriel (3)
Skype and eBay JD (23)
Startup Biz utilities... Robert Matthews (16)
To store my application data on another company's server? Alex Dong (1)
Eliciting customer feedback Andy Brice (14)
Issues with working remotely, Subversion factor Berlin Brown (6)
µISV In The UK - Who's The Secretary? Would Be µISV (11)
What is the potential for a system/OS to build large online grap Mike Lee (12)
Acceptable Use Policies for Software companies unknown (5)
Selling Your Software And Ebooks On Ebay? Brandon Doyle (4)
How to handle the early support... Phil (16)
swreg Forthcoming ISV (9)
anyone know a good patent attorney? son of parnas (6)
Developing for a domain you have no knowledge of? elloco (17)
Did listing your software on Download.com, etc. Help SE Rank? Mr. Analogy {uISV} (6)
Hawking my super elite design skills to programmers Nathan Ridley (17)
Make money - write a commercial graphics application/OS Berlin Brown (24)
Contract Change Clause strvariant (6)
Marketing... Matt (23)
A case against shareware download sites steve (10)
What's Your Favourite ISV? Matthew Wilson (12)
Health of the Pipe? Anon (4)
Soft skills, any good books? Li-fan Chen (8)
In defence of mass marketing Mark Pearce (4)
good book recommendation on the manufacturing domain? grover (6)
Product Selection for your ISV - fate or choice? Robodale (14)
Is there a real good programmer with lots of free time around? H Loti (27)
Software for managing business accounts stuff MB (5)
"Piercing the corporate veil" - how and when? Bored Bystander (9)
Request for comments on technology selection Paul Dix (7)
"product" management software chesterjones99 (3)
SugarCRM & dotProject Integration KC (6)
Micro-ISV Tip #8: Legal Mysteries Bob Walsh (0)
What books on business and management do you own? Berlin Brown (27)
any reasonable suggestions for obtaining part time work? (13)
When To Set Up Shop? Would Be µISV (7)
A Gentle Prod or a Full on Rant? Frustrated (9)
Buyout TK-421 (13)
Ubercode Trial Pack Bill Rayer (0)
Domain Name Insanity Paul Dix (18)
Getting a Bargain Rich Rogers (28)
Like many others before me... I've released my first product JAG (13)
Website and price comments Andrew Rowley (17)
Charity Affiliate Programs? TrojanMan (0)
Follow up to: "help choosing a name" redeye (10)
Paying wages abroad Jawad Shuaib (8)
Providing Medical Insurance for Employee... PPO or Bust (9)
code Coverage tool for C++ Buuur (4)
What are ISVs "independent" of? Berislav Lopac (29)
Company to translate software from English to German? Jim (6)
How well magazine ads work, for example MSDN? David (5)
New Orleans Mitch & Murray (from Downtown) (5)
Am I going to lose my company name, Ataraxis Software? Michael Sica (21)
Launching my application - your thoughts? Nathan Ridley (22)
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