* 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

 
How to fire an employee? Won't tell (46 comments)
Starting new project - do I care about Vista? Robert (27)
Samples for Cover CD Sorry, Anon for this (4)
Useing Templates for my website HTML (17)
TFS consulting Tfs Preoccupied (0)
Best Day to Send Marketing E-Mail Andrey Butov (5)
Subscription charging dilemma Nathan Ridley (8)
Bug Tracking for Micro-ISV Rx (18)
$179,562 in one month! Not my usual posting name (46)
Battery for my Dell Inspiron Karl Perry (10)
How do you put a price on software? Benjamin Oaks (12)
$113,160.53 in sales... Andrey Butov (11)
ISV Expenses & Budgets GNU World Order (7)
FYI: JoS Business forum spin-off for Russian-speaking world. Max Ischenko (6)
Best Practices for OEM Licensor: What Things to Consider? OEM Licensor (3)
Can anyone point me to a live human at Tucows? Patrick McKenzie (23)
Marketing partner Obviously, we are anon today. (11)
Customer Data/Order management tool Anon for now (11)
What is 1099 Tax Service? Coder from Europe (9)
Just started and already making monday??? TheInfoCollector (16)
Is anybody providing turn-key systems? *myName (5)
Market information for Email newsletter apps Alan O'Rourke (5)
adwords and time of day Pete (6)
Marketshare for various Excel versions? Hockey Player (10)
More dumbness Compaq/HP & CompUSA ~Eric (45)
How to guage market need & sentiment Asif (9)
Discount structure Anon (1)
Suggestion needed for software packaging Single Fighter (11)
Desktop/App sharing programs for web? Looking for app sharing tool... (23)
New Developer Laptop Rudolf F. Vanek (18)
Holiday Cards as Marketing? Chad (16)
What is a fair market for contract companies? contractor (17)
Partnering with a customer John (24)
Contract companies not paying you Developer (27)
Experience with and alternatives to Cafepress? Denis (8)
How do you think about China software outsourcing? Jason Dong (35)
Marketing-based Release B.A. (6)
XIN looking for developers Mikael Bergkvist (17)
Where do you place testimonials? Andrea N. - Direct Access (9)
Trial period enforcement? Jon (14)
Contracts and Right to Work states Developer (16)
program / tool / software / platform - what should I call it.. Martin R (10)
Are your help files consistent and concise? Nick Hebb (16)
MicroISVers - How do you manage your money? Graham Thorpe (18)
Customized product has problems and Customer wants it quick WhatToDo (15)
MicroISV Riding on 3rd Party Sucesss Asif (4)
Dynamically Created Applications Dan Hirsch (16)
Affiliate discount rates Robert (8)
Any good software/IT/business podcasts? Vadim (9)
FogCreek's SDLC and Methodology Vince (8)
Newsletter service or product Aaron Young (7)
New Media For Software Training? Parag Shah (2)
A little marketing experiment Marcus Tettmar (19)
License/Terms/... on a component ssst (3)
Selling software to large companies Anonymous (8)
Where do I sell my source code? Azad E.S (6)
Why Do I keep putting off the release of my software? HelpME (14)
bind configuration files Lee (4)
backfilling a spec Bankstrong (2)
Reporting hours To report or not (8)
Build vs. Assemble Smoothie (17)
getting CDs with DVD packaging printed in North America Andy Brice (12)
Meanwhile over on SlashDot SumoRunner (10)
Business model: Lost of little apps, or a couple of big apps? Business Model Man (14)
collecting project historical data Max Ischenko (2)
ORganizing a small team Small time leader (8)
Where are the simple problems? Researcher (9)
AutoRun PDF File Martin R (7)
Idea exchange RV (9)
Reseller via ShareIt Name goes here (4)
Any experience/opinions on disc duplicating machines? Mr. Analogy {Shrinkwrap µISV} (12)
Copyright?  What Types allow the free use in commercial software TheLicenseCollector (15)
64 bit support Name goes here (4)
W9 form - selling software in US & Canada Homme de Pierre (10)
Blogging...which product? Erhard Smit (9)
What is included in Support plan? Coman (4)
Useful info: hardware statistics Dennis Crane / Dr.Explain (3)
Small Niche Sean (12)
My first technical mistake Aaron Young (8)
Cool tools, gadgets or gizmos for ISV? (7)
Project Management Software Shawn Berg (10)
Upgrade to .NET or WTL or MFC or RCP or wxWidgets? Tim Weiler (22)
Here's an idea SumoRunner (9)
Eclipse RCP Opinions Jeff Mastry (8)
eBay Store - tax on revenue Anonymous for now (6)
Pricing an Upgrades and Annual Support Plan Annon. (8)
Switching jobs - should I disclose moonlightling looking for a change (18)
Reseller/Commission Percent Keith Maurino (3)
Should we tell employees how much the company makes? Zeeshan alam (16)
want to add "reporting" to my application BI-wanna (8)
I need website templates with Resell Rights TheTemplateCollector (10)
Software Registration Companies - limitations ? Ameno Rual (5)
TryBeta Looking For Early Adopters Paul Levine (6)
Advice needed: working at ISV making classic mistakes... Anonymous (13)
How Do You Market Your Website? Utah Dude (12)
Vendors - please provide Visio stencils for your products! D. Lambert (5)
We are not a startup or a MicroISV. So what are we? Jim (23)
Norton AntiVirus, crapware-1 Not likely (19)
Fog Creek Software Management Training - How is it going? Javier Jarava (6)
Borland/DevCo shoud read this (regarding TDE) Bee (8)
New product! and 5 star rating is real? Aaron Young (21)
Charging clients for work your are not an expert Confused with charging customers (7)
Proposing software projects for clients Shawn Berg (5)
No wonder custom software has been dead. Joeinmi (10)
What do you use for Site - Search sdani (9)
How do I justify failure? fullname (18)
Examples of "clean, professional" website design. webby (31)
Offshore rate? Anonymous (18)
Feelings of guilt. Andrey Butov (28)
Business Lists -- Or, I have to stop doing this... Alphabet Soup Guy (5)
When does it make sense for a mISV to learn a new language? Formerly Known as Open Source Pays (7)
Crap + 1 = not good enough Flow (6)
Differences Between CPL and EPL? Open Source Programmer (2)
Whats Your URL? TheURLCollector (34)
Burnout in the business Victor (1)
Business Blogging for Software Companies Dharmesh Shah (9)
avoiding the US patent fiasco software visualization (51)
Google Question Phil (11)
Opinion: Workgroup application creation tool Richie (11)
Iconshock? uNoob (18)
Ruby/Rails Developers – ROL02320-6 (8)
Deducting startup expenses - how far back? Not open for business yet (9)
Enterptise deployment of rich apps (9)
Adding faces in "About Us" a regular on this board (17)
Web Business Model For a Free Service Fat IRQ & Thin NMI (13)
Mac users seem to be buying a lot of software Jason (5)
Other options to Writely.com ? WritelyLover! (10)
Powerpoint presentation notes, and the projector George (12)
Help desk market Researcher (14)
Advanced Task Manager 3 released :) Dan (26)
Infected by an iPod ??? Warren Stevens (13)
How to win against Google, Yahoo and MS Dror Matalon (12)
Do domains matter? Adeel Raza (6)
Opinions on stealing (coping) an existing Product idea Anon for this one (13)
Exchange hosting with more than 2Gb/mailbox Claude Spielberg (3)
Comapny Logo Giammarco (17)
Congratulations to Joel Javier (10)
Sales weak at start of month Simon@AutoUpdate+ (11)
Opinion - The simple website creation tool for smb/designers Andy Stewart (9)
Project Managerment excel templtate ? Anon (5)
Paypal set-up (novice) Abby (8)
Pricing version 2.0 Matt Lavallee (4)
Turbo Delphi Explorer limitation is not truly true Bee (6)
Cool Laptop Lee (7)
Build or oursource new project idea? Hockey Player (11)
Forgot a colo name, someone might know Lee (4)
Web Sales and Marketing / Site Ranking Chris (9)
Web Site Traffic, but no downloads Nick Koranda (19)
Is this market worth targeting Mark Pearce (19)
New free distributed SQL database for Windows Marius Slyzius (13)
Do I have to acknowledge MS trademarks in my product? Gerry Smith (6)
My site get suspended for spam (20)
Competitive Markets - Some stats fer ya~! Ryan Smyth (12)
Do I need a manual/help files? chmachine (7)
Thanks for the insights guys... Crimson (10)
Release product with quirks or rebuild? Release or rebuild (15)
How big of a company is fog creek? Observor (31)
4 months - how much longer Empty Pockets (25)
Textpad / WinZip style pricing anon for now.. (5)
Andy gets "Web 2.0" competition Jon (11)
Site/Product Review: Live Internet streaming for bands Pete (18)
Learning to write in good english... Javier (23)
Ruby on Rails - protecting the source code Claudiu Spulber (15)
Is it necessary to grow into next phase of business? Asif (13)
20 million tasks of equal middling priority. How do you handle? Crimson (17)
making the case for database search sdani (5)
What's the big deal about VersionTracker.com? Just asking (9)
Computer games ruined my software business SadCase (38)
An example of viral marketing. Comments? MarcoB (8)
Obtaining a Microsoft Hotfix Martin R (6)
mySql hosts need a shared mysql host (4)
A company in trouble NotTheCEO (9)
Dreamhost coupons question Dreaming of hosting (12)
Saying a whole lot of nothing Carmen (16)
Taking an 'equity payout' to reduce self employment tax Curious (18)
Comments on running a software contract company Curious (12)
Pricing article me (6)
Unreproducible bugs Mouse (19)
Maybe I really AM incompetent anonymously incompetent (12)
UK English or US English on Norwegian ISV web site? Ingvar Nilsen (16)
monthly fee vs one time price TripleDots (8)
Outsourcing development Harry McBaine (11)
Should blog be part of company domain vladimir (8)
Direct Mailing CD's (6)
Windows .net server shared hosting for developers? Bored Bystander (13)
SQL Replication over Port 80 Lee (6)
Wall Street Programming Book Andrey Butov (7)
Understanding the formula Michael B (10)
New Product: Web or Windows ??? Warren Stevens (18)
entry-level job: right job, or right company? Dan Huber (20)
Incorporating a mISV in Nevada or Delaware LoudThinker & RubyDeveloper (5)
Live demo war stories Sumana Harihareswara (2)
Using Amazon EC2 for dev/backup server? cedric (6)
Business Email - Going Mobile? noCrackberry (9)
I want to sell the source code of a product - eBay? Manuel F. Lara (5)
I love this forum... K Jones (7)
How do mISVs do servers ? Orestis Markou (14)
Kiko once again Mohamed ElZahaby (7)
Approaching a site owner for an affiliate agreement Anon Issue (6)
An AJAX based Shopping app Dror Matalon (9)
Fun interviewing techniques Sarat Pediredla (15)
uISV product idea slartibartfast (10)
Improving double-opt-in confirmation Anon (7)
idea: selling prepackaged virtual environments Max Ischenko (10)
Simple Seating Marcin Brzezinski (12)
Windows vs MacOSX sales numbers Andy Brice (28)
The gap between gifted and talented Longing for More (29)
Blogging follow-up FullName (17)
Registration and admin rights to windows registry Jennifer Wright (37)
Project Concepts Albert Kennis (5)
Creating Supporting Linked Websites Anon (5)
cleaning up your LCD screen kahfei (18)
Help me analyze what's going on anon for this (10)
Fog Creek Software MBA Reading List Vladimir (9)
Top selling software Russ (9)
What to write for a Micro-ISV product? Andrew Robinson (17)
Hi all, REsellers cheating Oleg (7)
Digital River oneNetwork, care to comment? Aaron (5)
Hoping Closed Source Pays Better Formerly Known as Open Source Pays (11)
Joel On Finding Great Developers Grad (18)
Visual Fred Beta Bill Rayer (6)
Usability Review video Warren Stevens (8)
Where's Turbo? Jeff Mastry (22)
Is Yahoo's Overture worth the bother?  Damn, it's frustrating. Tom Rath (11)
Effective Product Pages Ben E. Beta (8)
Excellent article on software protection D (3)
ISV update goCRM Chris goCRM (22)
Can former employer sue? (failure of a misv part II) Orick of Toronto (16)
An interesting promotion Dennis Crane / Dr.Explain (4)
Replacing Expensive Employees What da. . . (50)
Man, pricing is hard! anon for this (16)
New website. Please give us some suggestion. Henry (14)
Inverted(full text) index based index server and report server sdani (2)
Application Review: Free Web-Based IDE + RIA Framework Iqbal (14)
Software Ready For Beta (Reposted) mrBETA (6)
Is this a good way to process orders? Richard G (8)
Do You Maintain a Backup Web Server? Maayan Porat (9)
microISV startup idea.. will this work? ssteo (23)
Improving developer ramp-up time PDF (19)
Language wars: Look "pretty" Jennifer Wright (14)
Once again - about mISV profit Victor Ronin (27)
targeting shared hosting accounts sdani (7)
Software products as a service? PA (8)
Other sites for Micro-ISVs Anon (3)
Rewarding beta participants with licenses GC (4)
Offer FTP Account to my users MagicPixels (8)
Rentacoder or elance? Or something different jz (15)
Post your software Lee (22)
Profit from creating websites Joeinmi (12)
Any experience with TopTenReviews.com??? Karen Stark (3)
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