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Friday February 02, 2007
09:25 AM

The Business of Software - Help for the microISV

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Over at my use.perl journal where I duplicate this blog, clscott left a really intriguing one-worded, hyperlinked comment - 'Marketing'.

Taking the bait, I jumped on the link and landed at Joel on Software. However it wasn't the entertaining posts that I was accustomed to by Joel on Software. It wasn't even Joel at all. It was a discussion forum with people talking about the art of microISVs.

microISVs are vendors where the project management, marketing, sales, coding, support and coffee is done by a single person. When reading this, I subconsciously paraphrased Homer Simpson. "they were guys like me. Guys like me? I'm a guy like me".

After lurking for a couple of hours and going through the archives I decided the test the waters. First post. Having been bitten on Usenet, Slashdot and Digg, I really didn't get my hopes up for a response.

What a surprise. Instead of hazing, condesendence or annoying flash ads, I got positive feedback, suggestions, links to gurus and even a request to be interviewed!

I would suggest that if your in the same boat and paddling up the proverbial stream, head over to BoS and feel the love.

Alfie John

Friday February 02, 2007

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  • Thanks for the pointer to the BoS Site++!
  • I had seen that site some months ago...but us uISVs have scarce little time for pouring over all those discussions, and I forgot about it. Your post reminded me of that "To Do" item, and now I've picked up a couple of the recommended books.

    if only I could find time to sift thru all those discussions...<sigh/>

  • I have heard about the forum, but never really taken the time to use it or follow it.

    But I can recommend the book [] by Eric Sink, which has it's foundation in his articles from MSDN.

    I gave a talk on starting your own microISV at YAPC::Europe in Birmingham and I am still in the process myself - if you want the slides I can make them available to you - and I actually think I have an article somewhere aswell.

    I am willing to share ideas and discuss things if you are interested.