* 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

 
On using Java for a desktop product Pedro Estrada (25 comments)
Currency conversion and weak dollar. Currency Newbie (6)
Sales Tax for downloadable software (12)
corp to corp question corp to corp newbie (9)
Balancing day job and startup? better not say (19)
New version launched. Need some feedback... Virgil (2)
Donationwares... Victor N. (11)
Anybody home at Plimus??? Not Impressed (12)
product idea and ethics.. dan (15)
Business Of Software Conference Scoopex (12)
Digtial Music Service Recomendations ICantLiveWithoutMyRadio (4)
Attractive maps for software product? Doug (6)
Example of Good Training Module? micro (1)
Senioritis Phibian (14)
How to go about getting a Micro-ISV or Software Started Joel Marcey (32)
Should we encode web based application? Hidden (4)
Tell prospective client about the product you're working on Anonymous (7)
Programming hourly wages in EU J.A. (8)
Getting a business credit card without SSN Aleksey (12)
Python for Web App wannabe_pythonista (7)
How do you work efficiently? BoggedDown (19)
Naming Advice Mauricio Macedo (7)
Almost 600 registered companies! (10)
Good GIS Starting Book Lee (4)
how important is it to have an office for an ISV? Contractor (10)
Business card readers/scanners Steve Marion (5)
How to move applications to a new hard disk? Francesc, from Barcelona (8)
Standard hours for business owners Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (20)
How would you market Russian software R&D group focused on AI? Rinat Abdullin (6)
Can I use "Getting Things Done" as a tag line ? MTM (17)
.NET framework coder needs help (19)
how long did it take you to develop your software? Contractor (22)
Well, it took me a year... Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (23)
purch order cancelled but end-user received software a month ago BurntMicroISV (19)
Looking for Suggested alternatives to Visual Source Safe. JohnFx (21)
Has anyone gone open source to commercial? Chris (14)
Hosted SMTP Solution? Tobin Schwaiger-Hastanan (4)
Will screen resolution continue to increase? Victor N. (22)
Mass mail to existing customers / service Trygve (5)
Sales slowdown ... anon_for_this (14)
I Need a new logo designed. Floyd Price (19)
Need suggestions on tools -S (15)
Nick Longo is now coaching ISVs Methy (23)
Give away free software or give free with every purchase? JP (4)
Any of the Interns from the 'movie'coming to the BoS conference? Mr. Analogy (0)
Little Story about Employee Share Offers Anon for this one (11)
Any mISV using SalesForce.com for managing their Customers? Scoopex (8)
Business Owners – do you allow “buy ins”? TomEUS (the windows mobile guru) (9)
Office Space Wanting my own company (34)
Shotgun vs. laser Derek Illchuk (10)
Testing and Feedback service (4)
Do you publish a roadmap? (14)
Tell your competitors what you do Michael Mathy (10)
has the weak dollar helped American ISVs? Contractor (5)
Finding out keywords used by my competition Scoopex (11)
What happend to Fogbugs on Demand Small Business Edition? Vladimir Dyuzhev (3)
Employee Pay Business Owner. (33)
The GTD Process Victor N. (10)
Reverting adwords changes? Daniel Plaisted (4)
Need beta-testers quick Mite (8)
Do users care about the interface being text-based? Victor N. (13)
Andy Brice in The Grauniad Chaotic Evil (13)
personal wiki: uISV request for feedback Dan Helfman (14)
What hurdles I should anticipate ? Tony (7)
Freelance Photographer for small job Stormbringer (7)
What happened to FusionDesk ? IloveMyCustomer (11)
UPDATE: the emerging isv handbook: an incomplete guide hal carroll (8)
Experiences of offering money-back guarantee Robert (15)
Are you afraid to tell your employees your taking day off? Richard Gardner (23)
Advertising using Banner Ads Floyd Price (6)
Is it possible to host your trial version at e-junkie ? Scorpio (1)
Licensing Engine for Eclipse Plugins? Anon (1)
Vigilante Justice and the Tale of Two Llamas (peer review) Joshua Volz (7)
Feedback wanted on www.esellerate.net Anon (15)
Great Idea, Bad Timing The Royal We (8)
WhatCounts eCommunications Suite (used by JOS). Any Experiences? OP (3)
Which One Do You Use? Trac or FogBugz? BenBen (19)
Rewrite or Release Sean M. Severson (7)
Best customer service letter ever Mark Pearce (3)
Is Microsoft Empower membership publicized? Anon for this (7)
Am I publishing another image processing software? Fransiscus Herry (6)
How to make your software multilingual support? Lingo (7)
What's good to do/see in San Jose, CA during the BoS conference? Mr. Analogy (10)
Internship programs or temporary jobs in the States Anon (7)
Copying another site's terms of service language josh (7)
Should I sell my CMS? Nathan Ridley (10)
Startup owning issues Alex (14)
Asking For The $ Up Front: Dumb, Smart, or Dirty? Paul Young (18)
support@misv.com or support@mycompany.com Codex (13)
Registering a web site before the product is started Codex (6)
Doing my business plan - estimate needed for a few jobs Codex (4)
Should I use WordPress to host my site?? Joe (10)
Whateverlife.com On CNN Just Another mISV (9)
bas things about the competition in support forum (5)
Subscription Pricing Model Phillip Flores (12)
Recurring payments provider in UK ? EnglishPerson (8)
Please recommend bug tracking AND helpdesk software for ISV TN (17)
To be a successful MicroISV ... Ray Smith (13)
Any suggestion about Real Time Web Report for retailer James Choi (3)
Anyone using MS Business Contact Manager? Goldmine replacement? Mr. Analogy (1)
Good Elastic Hosting Jim Martin (20)
US Doller Depriciation Piyush Patel (10)
POLL : Do you do your own accounting or you outsource to a compe Codex (14)
A mISV opportunity? J. Smith (8)
Do you have (want to have) a toll free number? newbieISV (11)
Why so many in Toronto? anon (4)
PSA for AdWords Content Network users Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (3)
What To Do About The Crappy, Crappy U.S. Dollar Paul Young (44)
New release & How to get your SaaS product listed? Joannes Vermorel (8)
mISV Download Tracker glen harvy (12)
Idea! would you buy the product? XYZ (15)
No place like home; is there a place like basecamp? bankstrong (6)
Building a uISV brand? Brandon Smiles (14)
.ca domains & DNS Lee (4)
Anyone know of a software delivery app for microISVs? Rob Walling (9)
Billing + customer management software for my mISV selling SAAS? microISV (4)
microISV survey - comsumer more profitable than business? Andy Brice (7)
Introduction new software in USA James Choi (4)
Gotta love Google Adwords! The Royal We (6)
Why don't they put up salary ranges? Anon for sure on this (10)
Better late than never? Dilemma (12)
Otaku Software Releases 3D Virtual Desktop James Stewart (6)
revoking a software licence not even properly purchased microISV (12)
I need new books! Chris Stewart (8)
Anyone remember the post about that girl... Doug (3)
>30 days money back guarantee? Johnny (17)
Pricing idea Brody (9)
Recommendations on who to get E&O insurance from? Joel (5)
POLL for uISVs:  Did you have sale$ before you quit the day job? Mr. Analogy (12)
Solid Business Idea? Nilesh Jethwa (5)
Selling a microISV just pondering (15)
how does an ISV do marketing? Contractor (12)
Do you need NAntBuilder? David (7)
Indian Programmers ?? WTF ?? MohitGarg (23)
Best Website Uptime/Downtime Monitoring Service? OP (14)
How do you motive yourself to work on your own project/microisv? . (36)
Replace an Access "Backend" Paul the Database Seeker (20)
New product idea Andrew Morrow (25)
Hiring web designer/coder Trygve Inda (3)
Hiring a good programmer Hopeful Manager (35)
Local regulations beyond belief Why (14)
How much do assembly programmers get paid? Aspiring programmer (19)
What to Choose? C Corp, S Corp, LLC, Sole Proprietor john h (36)
Disclosing the upcoming product features A newbie blogger (11)
uISV large or small app? Martin (7)
GMail for Enterprise. Worth It Compared to GMail for Small Biz? Mailer (15)
Is it better to have a separate blog for a MicroISV product? Pedro Estrada (2)
Webhostbackups.com Backup Solution. Any Experiences? anAdmin (1)
Paypal put my order on hold! anon for this (7)
Marketing / advertising ideas Matt (4)
SSL Site Seal Certificate. Do We Need It? smallISV (11)
Do Assembly programmers get paid a lot? Get rich or die trying (8)
DON'T DO IT! Your Micro-ISV Competitor (21)
big banks, purchase orders and indirection NoMoneyInMyAccount (4)
Most imaginative discount offer? IanH. (2)
Software box shots Paul Farnell (1)
How are compilers compiled (16)
Micro ISV results - part 2 Neil D (13)
How to license a subset of a large group of users Marek (6)
Are certain projects/applications just not possible for a mISV? (10)
*Amazing* consultant web site Bored Bystander (4)
one month update saurabh (6)
Can a microISV become a company with over 1 mil$ in revenues? Mite (25)
Training Issue sam (4)
Interview with Nick Longo - What would you like to hear about? The Dot Net Preacher (4)
Web Application Revenue Estimation john h (11)
Incorporating a startup john h (6)
sole proprietor and business checking account Just curious (7)
Code Cleaning Company? phil jones (14)
Can I run MAC on VM Ware? NeedToSupportMac (14)
Using International Call Forwarding. Is It "Ethical"? smallISV (16)
Best Java Obfuscator ? Impressionable (11)
Falling short on a customer request -- almost looks like spite Derek Illchuk (9)
New Project... Too Many Ideas (7)
Click fraud Anon for this (6)
Payment from client company's debit card CJ Singh (10)
Add-ins as a business... Jason Hiltz-Laforge (14)
Term for shared office like Office Suites Plus dood mcdoogle (5)
Micro ISV survey results - part 1 Neil D (11)
Virus False Positives Ethan (4)
Digest Anniversary Gavin Bowman (0)
Blog or other marketing before a product exists? Christopher Wells (8)
TechRepublic are effing spammers Locutus of Borg (6)
Quarterly tax - US pampe(red) (5)
How many developers do I need? CJ Singh (22)
Antair company status Andrey Butov (10)
Suggestion for affiliate network Andrea N - Direct Access (6)
Letting users upload mp3 clips to my server Haa (5)
Micro ISV Survey: Results Full Name (3)
Magazine advertising Stuart T (6)
mISV who also does freelance jobs - Online presence JazzCat (5)
PR Firm? Annon for this (9)
EDS' early retirement offer: harmful? CodeClarity (7)
mISV & Blackberry Codex (13)
Interview with MicroISV Owner Kevin Hoctor Paul R (4)
Web-Wx / Go To Meeting competitor? (11)
Suggestions on my new website? eser (8)
Locating previous Vality, Inc. employees John Singer (5)
Selling the dream Antony (13)
Best Practices of IT companies RK (6)
how to contact the website distributors? stephen0928.vip@gmail.com (2)
Article: "How to price your web application" Paul Farnell (7)
Advertising slogan Stanislav Kuzmin (15)
Print your invoices on orange colored paper mathew johnson (5)
Size of Website - Does it matter or what Elvis Presley (10)
What is meant by selling by "Quote"? Nilesh Jethwa (10)
End User Software Factories - the future ? Stevie (46)
Collecting Telephone Numbers (continued...) Cyclops (9)
uISV site feedback request Etienne Tremblay (10)
How many licenses have you sold for the first year of your mISV? Fransiscus Herry (20)
Antair Releases BlackBerry Call Screener Andrey Butov (14)
OnGTD: How to set TBird to check email only at specified time? mISV-want-to-implement-GTD (7)
Productivity tracking: 3 Lists Joshua Volz (14)
Phone Calls? Phil (9)
New to Business NewToBusiness (9)
website redesign - need some opinions before i get too far Patrick From An IBank (19)
Do you collect phone numbers? Nilesh Jethwa (23)
Micro ISV minimum ROI? farmboy (24)
Should I compare with the competition? HowToCompete. (13)
Web App vs. Desktop App - Making a profit The Royal We (24)
Power of Bloggers - Part 2 Still Anon. (4)
Jaxtr Victor (2)
Web development infrastructure help CJ Singh (17)
Web hosting service for my website. diane (11)
deducting medical insurance from taxes for a 1 person company Contractor (6)
Where to find great non-developers? Bankstrong (11)
Legitimate key loggers for hard-to-track bugs? Karl Perry (9)
Using our own "private label" name server. Is it worth it? TheNS (15)
Do you have to buy some rights to launch your online business? Victor (11)
Resigned to mild price increases Sales Figures Included, so Just a Business Owner (9)
Filekicker.com down? down (2)
Software Development Process… Decoded Alac Mathew (18)
Mass TLD lookup Arethuza (4)
MicroISV survey: a quick reminder Neil D (7)
Electronic Software Delivery Loco (7)
3 silly questions regarding Shareware for MacOS (3)
Translation / Localization: Testimonials? Duncan Werner (5)
Ingram Micro Ben Gordon (4)
Need (Negative) Feedback For Our CSS Editor—Pessimists: Go Nuts! Paul Young (26)
Second product out Nicolas Cadilhac (11)
How to find the size of a market/what the competition is doing Pete (10)
Interviewing... Delaying Offers anonymous_coward (9)
website update now! waiting for the new version of software stephen0928.vip@gmail.com (10)
Localized versions - Warning: many questions inside :-) Loco (8)
Slippers Nick Hebb (24)
Spam Extortion Nilesh Jethwa (16)
How am I doing? HowAmIDoing (10)
offering medical insurance to corp to corp contractors Contractor (16)
How to validate a small business account? Hari Rajagopal (1)
VPN Client software Jaap (5)
Google/Yahoo Maps Terms of Usage: too restrictive? Vladimir Dyuzhev (9)
What should I do next? Bob (8)
how to find a part-time micro-ISV administrator one-person micro-ISV taking a trip (11)
Partners Private Agreement Ubercoder (7)
Data Center Standards Lee (2)
Component pricing: per developer seat -OR- per deployed server tiny bubbles (13)
Resources, sample contracts, agreements etc. Martin (6)
Sales from China? Gautam Jain (18)
Micro-ISV, the corporate way? AverageMidget (19)
Hiring A Marketing/Sales Rep Jim Duffy (5)
Training customer support staff DLarsen (4)
Reflective Surface Web Graphics SCADA Guy (6)
Distribution and Bundles Anon (2)
Comparative stats of Adwords, Yahoo Overture, MS Adcentre Piyush Patel (4)
Price plan explained to customers Nicolas Cadilhac (7)
Feedback on my new product Thomas P. Boesen (13)
Request for suggestions to improve my new site Robert Bunn (23)
Seriously, how DO folks find contract work for an mISV? Jeffrey Dutky (8)
MicroISV site feedback request Pedro Estrada (11)
If your website name has two words use dash or at least reserve? AceLondon (6)
how we gets the project of software development Naren Malik (15)
Role of mISV owner RK (6)
Resume cartoon S.Wilson (8)
Is there a market for efficient GIS algorithms? Maxim Wirt (9)
Web stats package Stuart (6)
My product has been cloned Anon Poster (20)
The Value of Recognizing When You're Wasting Time steve (17)
Simple bug tracking software BugMe (17)
I'll try to be more specific this time, sorry... Pete (7)
Google Charging Me For My Own Blog Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (19)
Sales tax on programming services provided? Dodo (3)
microISV web site, menu design? Steve (3)
hey check this site bluetooth desktop message sender application gonca budak (4)
Looking for a new home for forumtrackr.com /A (2)
What tools do I need for marketing? Pete (10)
We've just been "podcasted"... Anna-Jayne Metcalfe (2)
Increasing sales of Site licenses anon for now (9)
MicroISV survey Neil D (10)
What's my position based on sales? mISV 2 (6)
Adwords and purchase conversion Bump (2)
Pricing product RK (4)
How important is voice-over in product demo? Gautam Jain (7)
How much is an mISV worth? BuyME (10)
Pricing problem... (Are we too greedy?) Paul Young (20)
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