* 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

 
Purchase orders...necessary evil Phillipe (9 comments)
Burned out - what do do? Anon Demotivated (18)
emerging b2b isv mindmap available for download isvprime (13)
Anyone doing the 30-day challenge marketing thing this year? Steve (8)
copyright violation - part III LittleRedRidingHoodScared (11)
Enterprise data center reviews/testimonials Matthew Damp (4)
Webmail alternatives Michael Johnson (10)
Great place for Executive Suites in Utah shazi (0)
Strategies In The End Times Tim Haughton (32)
Any suggestions for Hosted Shopping Carts (Ecommerce)? Mr. Analogy (7)
SEO tools / resources - what do you use? anony (9)
Hosting Suggestions - Take 2 Sara C (13)
Hosting suggestions please Rensy (9)
Promotions: Beginning or End of Month? Shalin Jain (4)
human scalability wannabe.isv.com (18)
ASP.NET and unverifiable components Steve (6)
Dogfooding at the day job Rachael (11)
Sales have died for 2 days.  Anything special going on? anon (11)
Phone number - how important is it? George (9)
Best mechanism for for providing updates Luke Miller (5)
Renting a business address (not an actual office) in the UK & US Mike T (17)
How should I redirect a domain Nicholas Hebb (13)
Learning Quickbooks Batty Consultant (5)
A wonderful flash demo! Edwin Yip | Mind Mapping Made Easy (5)
$30 or $10 for 3 months? Bill (12)
Making a message resonate with both technical and business users Sanjay Bhatia (5)
ARG! My eyes! Payment processor page looks aweful Rensy (10)
Contracting - Dealing with a Big Ball of Mud ShyAnon (23)
Multi-User Document Editing. Any ideas? You all know me. (3)
Idea: PPE - "Personal Porn Explorer" Nano Developer (21)
Helpdesk software designed for integration Jason Abate (6)
free resource guide for small businesses Jason (6)
Mailing service for small mISV anon (4)
Attack Normandy or go directly for Berlin? Macbeth (14)
Hiring an overseas developer - legal protections? Clueless About Offshoring (16)
Really Young Software Architect Question Josh Moore (21)
What flv video player is this? Rensy (5)
2Checkout vs. FastSpring, oh no not again :-) Rensy (19)
Rookie questions Rookie @ business (13)
Thick client vs. Web based - where's the Smart Money ? Belinda Johnstone (34)
Selling a "simple" / "plentiful" application ? Daniel Hadstone (15)
Idea voting site Neil D (13)
Beta testers wanted for windows application Atle Iversen (20)
Career Dilemma Michael Petka (19)
Selling the source code of a freeware that I have written. moonlit (28)
Suggestions for ASP.NET WebHosting JohnyWest (6)
Easier & Faster ways to work with Cleansing Tool - QualityStage John Singer (1)
The road for my first international product Mario A. Montoya (9)
SmartLayouts- Powerful layout manager for Winforms Smart Components (4)
EULA gone awry... Don't Fix What Ain't Broke (10)
Is anyone else having a slow September? JS (15)
copyright violation - follow up LittleRedRidingHoodScared (9)
Using Coupons to drive annual renewals Tim Haughton (2)
Anyone else having issues with SwiftCD Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (10)
Best webhost for a small ASP.Net app mainly to generate licenses .Net (10)
Google Adsense craigvn (5)
Need advice: annual vs. lifetime subscription NameMyPrice (21)
Do you sell to China, Africa and Russia? anon (28)
RE: Imaginary Product Jim Lamb (13)
Need help about licensing scheme Serge (11)
"6 mo.s savings" where to put it? Anony (33)
Organizing search landing pages Aspired mISV (2)
Improve search rank for new product Aspired mISV (5)
Free 2008 SaaS Survey Webinar on September 24th at 12PM, EDT rick chapman (1)
Paint.NET used to serve web images Calciu Sorin (11)
My visitor count dies around 10pm to 3am PST Time. What Gives? Cali (11)
In praise of StackOverflow Gili (18)
How to get Health Insurance (USA)? Anony (19)
English as a second language mISVfit (15)
question for MISV owners Sara C (12)
Product idea - is this worth pursuing? John Moody (26)
Safe bank? Anon Regular (23)
Resellers and Distributors Jupiter (5)
How to approach resellers in Australia ? Vivek Rajan (8)
Handling pre-sale efforts for B2B software Hiding from my customers (9)
Transition from Sole Proprietorship to LCC entre (11)
Best chart/graph components for ASP.NET? Phil (10)
Selling out to the "Big Boys" naturally ANON (4)
Adwords clickthrough Matt Craighead (19)
Best / worst experiences with recruitment agencies and why? Just say no to agencies (20)
Solution for (mobile) devices of the future Doug (10)
How to be a millionaire in 10 years? Ambitious (48)
Inspiration anon4this (10)
Sending large e-mail newsletters (900,000 subscribers) - how? Innovative Solutions (13)
Accouting Issue Charlie (7)
How should I partner? Anon for now (9)
Should we partner with Microsoft? Anthony (17)
how to compete against a multi-national company ? bumperbox (10)
Got a response from a live human at Paypal Patrick McKenzie (Bingo Card Creator) (6)
stackoverflow ui Marlon (7)
Syncing Tasks, Contacts, Notes, Calender? Anon For This One (4)
Please help choose logo TN (19)
How important are reviews that show up in Google? You all know me. (6)
oneNetworkDirect: any recent experiences? Dmitry Leskov (0)
Which day on Bits Du Jour? Gautam Jain (2)
Any Micro ISV use virtuemart.net ? // TaqwaSoft (1)
Contemplating getting a job Worried (15)
Tips on how to deal directly with client and avoid recruiters eHealth Solutions Consultant (32)
Joel Spolsky Grows Up! RL (10)
Why Do IM Gurus Use "Long Copy?" Love BoS! (31)
Productizing "add-on" components to commercial apps? SAS Productizer (2)
Timing of download // TaqwaSoft (2)
Blue Host for an early stage Micro ISV // TaqwaSoft (5)
Need help drafting a late notice Anon Regular (10)
Anyone used Mega Health Insurance company? Doug (5)
SharpWidgetsUi v1.0 released Aflava - SharpWidgetsUI (12)
an experience with echeck failed. Saurabh (0)
Fair Profit Sharing Anon (19)
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTY Aspired mISV (11)
Basing new product off GPL software RMS (49)
When should I quit my full time job? D H (15)
How will you defend your business from Google? Dashboards (20)
Marketing for Developer Tools Jordan Shepherd (6)
Productivity Tip: Work in the library Dr.Albert James (PHD) (19)
Redesigned Site - Thanks for the Help BOS Guys! (7)
iPhone copyright Andy K (8)
Where to submit a press release for free anon (5)
DreamTemplate.com and Other Subscribtion-based Template Sellers? Joe (6)
Short term consulting - how to charge Luke (14)
Failover server and duplicate content penalty B2B MicroISV (8)
Anyone know of any forums for Mail Order companies? Mr. Analogy (2)
Any way to monetize this? caustic (33)
Command Line Interface to Create Self-Extracting .exe Nile (14)
Need a forum - don't want to write :) Doug (8)
0 Sales For 2 Days! What The **** Rizal Firmansyah (9)
Any mISVs from Cheltenham,UK here? mISV in Cheltenham,UK (9)
Who wants to take over the world? Tim Haughton (43)
Growing a Q&A Web 2.0 Site Jam (4)
Template for a mISV product for less than 500$ Ixion (14)
How to protect enterprises' data? luo (1)
Walking off a cliff? InAwe (20)
Bookmark only certain segment of a podcast for my site? Dscheste (3)
Stop me writing my own forum Grown fat with decadence (25)
Site not getting indexed properly? Matt Craighead (13)
Directing traffic to a blog p (14)
Samsung support Karl Perry (7)
GTD - checklist (not tasks or todos) Bill (8)
Anyone use Advanced Installer? Tim (8)
Funding ebook at bitsdujour today Mike (0)
Anyone use gmail for multiple domain name? mndocy (13)
Is this normal for a small software development company? davethedave (31)
Want to Buy Asus F5RI. Anyone Use Asus F5RI Before? Ben (6)
What Do Think Of This Idea? Love BoS! (15)
Software trial conversion rates Jon Gillespie-Brown (17)
Data Deduplication for the Desktop? Grown fat with decadence (5)
Support email address to avoid spam filter Aspired mISV (8)
Check list for a successful product launch AP (16)
What is that website where you Sara C (19)
Oursourcing options, pro and cons Keith (6)
Do you write specs when you're the only coder? Dr.Albert James (PHD) (23)
Epsilon Award 2008 Voting has started David Boventer (1)
Local backup solutions for Mac OS Tiger? Alex (17)
Advanced To Do lists, target, progress etc Joe K (22)
Messages shown to users Steve (the other one) (14)
Is there any MS guide line on building a Control Panel for Windo . (5)
Attending a conference as a delegate to recuit beta testers Ron (7)
Localizing Administrative UI - Worth It or Not? PonderingAnon (6)
Anybody on this list actually USING Microsoft's SLPS for DRM? Patrick Foley (21)
Plimus account security broken? Anyone else? Anon (13)
TechCrunch50: FairSoftware Colin (6)
Lifetime Gross Sales? Just Curious (13)
What are your options as a website with 20,000+ visitors a month Sara C (13)
Advice-Want to start something on my own (8)
Hosting customer data elsewhere? You're not paranoid if they're really after you... (7)
screenshots - anyone using flickr or picasa? Bill (5)
Devshop's videos Gili (3)
better DRM? Colm (13)
No other choice but to telecommute qrious (21)
Spore. A case study of the futility of certain types of DRM. Rensy (87)
Does anyone know a good localization/translation service? James Stewart (6)
Liability Insurance? Rick Bell (3)
Use Robosoft submission service, submit-everywhere.com? Hiding from my customers (11)
Where did everyone go? EveryoneIsGone (23)
What kind of jobs and where ? Zarir Karbhari (3)
EULAs - where to get one? SoonToBeuISV (8)
Mail orders - shipping suggestions One of the Steve's (7)
Strange search traffic... Anon for this (15)
Belgium Redux Fernanda Stickpot (3)
Node Locked Licenses Tim Haughton (8)
No liability clause.. Zarir Karbhari (5)
Is there a market for this? (12)
Qt for MicroISV Haider (16)
How to name company/product/project, a comprehensive guide Dashboards (9)
Yahoo APIs usable in commercial apps? Adam++ (8)
Procrastination Help Anon for this (24)
OT - gmail - thunderbird - different numbers saurabh (3)
Newsletters News hound (6)
Conflict of interest? Jarod Newman (13)
hosted repeating ToDos moonlighting ISV (7)
Enterprise Logging Suite Dima (18)
An interesting dichotomy in licensing models Failed professor turned software developer (10)
Microsoft recommends not using Chrome ;) Dr.Albert James (PHD) (23)
Politics and Micromanagement Abc (6)
Hosted Wiki Neil D (5)
Software development consultants Failed professor turned software developer (15)
design a dashboard with real time charting/graphing requirements dev (10)
yet another Self Insurance question - what about pregnancy? Jason (22)
Which Payment Gateway do you Use? Grant Webster (13)
The Softletter 2008 Software Marketing Survey rick chapman (8)
UK citizen contracting partly in Belgium, partly in Netherlands? Fernanda Stickpot (13)
Off-site conversion factors / people search Google for reviews gl3nn chan (0)
Sales just completely DIED! What gives? WTF (30)
Bostonist covered the BoS Conference Lou (0)
Software articles gvozdok777 (2)
OT: Selling Domains as Godaddy Reseller. Profitable? Kwinder (15)
Trip Report from the Boston Business of Software Conference My TPS report has no cover (2)
Direct wire transfer - safe? Anon (20)
How to ensure that your email is not considered as a SPAM? Gautam Jain (12)
Adding Newsletter to website Rensy (4)
Blessings from a user... :) Dominic (14)
Reference Library glen harvy (3)
Recommended UK Escrow Agents? David Logan (5)
Translation help.. MikeP (3)
Is anyone else having PayPal problems today? B2B MicroISV (5)
Do Software Developers click on Adwords Ads? Norbert Ruessmann (22)
Requests for Training - How do you handle this. basildon (16)
iPhone App - Update Ethan (5)
Google testing Failed professor turned software developer (10)
When will Plimloc eventually be available? Waiting too long now (10)
Which tool can make such a flash demo? Edwin Yip | Mind Mapping Made Easy (5)
Nice stuff I found today: add "ShareThis" to your website Edwin Yip | Mind Mapping Made Easy (7)
Bookkeeping New To This (9)
Search tool for Windows Vista? Gili (25)
Any one has experience in bundling Alexa Toolbar? Robert Lee (9)
SAS 70 compliant hosting, any recommendations? Ken Kaczmarek (6)
ISV Idea (14)
How to make best use of (extended) commute time? Pete C (25)
Question about consulting client dictating tool usage I-Didn't-Do-It-My-Way (12)
Offering Live Support home_gym_guy (5)
Starting a company (14)
Special tools, etc., pricing for MicroISVs? Anon for this one (11)
Government Dept wants source code license Anon for this one (23)
Do you guys offer free lifetime upgrades to your customers? Rensy (20)
Thoughts on Chrome Patrick McKenzie (57)
Page Up and Page Down are patented by Microsoft Alex (10)
Windows Community Script? Adam (6)
Conference Call & Web Demo - Any recomendations? Mark (11)
Google Chrome Andy Brice (32)
business structure for international partner Mark Walsen (5)
Volume of Google searches vs. other sources Drew Kime (3)
lgpl licensing question Josh Moore (5)
ASP.NET on Linux vps (7)
Do I have to GPL? isv (6)
Does adding search add value? Ethan (8)
Announcing JoltMagazine Starr Horne (ChatSpring Live Chat) (14)
Site Opinions Please Tim Haughton (23)
Best Microsoft package to get all their goodies... Hilroy the great (13)
How do you reward yourself? Aspired mISV (21)
Your thoughts on an "Elevator pitch"? Michael Johnson (17)
Pre-sales and Post-sales services Ana (1)
Sites to submit press releases AP (3)
Where to submit pad file AP (1)
Independent Contractor or Employee? The 20 Factor Test yet-another-contractor (29)
Licensing/Technical Jerk (3)
Silverligth demo Andreas (4)
Conversions: is this for real? Failed professor turned software developer (22)
Google adwords doesn't convert compared to other traffic sources Gl3nn Chan (18)
Text Messaging / SMS Semi-Anon Here ... (7)
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