Archive for October, 2004

Return of the homebrew coder

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Most modern software is written by huge teams of programmers. But there is still room for homebrew coders, at least in some unusual niches

Return of the homebrew coder []

You can get more than an education from your university

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Many colleges and universities have annual business plan competitions that provide companies with the opportunity to pitch to venture capitalists and business leaders. Some competitions even result in an equity investment in the company that could be as much as $1 million. Forbes profiles several companies that got a boost from a business plan competition, one of which is buySafe which provides escrow services for eBay auctions.

Big Plans On Campus [Business Week]

Small & Midsize Businesses - More opportunity for microISVs

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

Many small and midsize businesses can’t afford or don’t need full enterprise level solutions or custom development teams. With most of the businesses in America being small to midsize businesses, there is a lot of opportunity for small software companies to step in and fill the gap.

Evolution Sometimes Favors the Small [Intelligent Enterprise Magazine]

Looking for microISV’s to profile

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

If you are a microISV owner and would like to be profiled on, send an email to profile at or click the Submit Info link to the right. Please include a link to your product site and your personal site if you would like to make that known as well. Even if your product isn’t completed, or even started for that matter, still submit your information for consideration.

Are you on Autopilot?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2004

smallbusinessnewz has an article on the benefits of automating your online business as much as possible.

Automate, Automate, Automate

What’s your download to buy ratio?

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Boris Yankov has started a blog focused on software and shareware. Boris’ recent post talks about a subject that is of interest to all shareware developers, how many downloads does it take to make a sale. Everyone knows that its 100 downloads for 1 sale… isn’t it?

Download-To-Buy Ratio: The Myth [Boris Yankov]

Cincinnati Enquirer profiles 6 person web/database firm

Friday, October 15th, 2004

AI Systems, with only 6 employees, counts the Cincinnati Bengals, Federated Department Stores and United Health Care as its clients.

Small Amelia company takes big leaps in tech

microISV creates software to recall email

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

Asbury Park Press profiles, a service that allows email to be recalled, erased or self destruct.

Profile: Company’s e-mail product allows you to change your mind

The Many Hats of Software Development

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

An article from the December 2003 MCP Magazine outlines the several roles that go into software development.

The Many Hats of Software Development

Project Management for microISV’s

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Basecamp, a web-based project management solution by 37signals, is perfect for any microISV. The Free plan allows for one project with multiple users at no charge. It is also a great example for web based applications and usability.

Basecamp from 37signals

The money’s in the niche

Sunday, October 10th, 2004

The biggest opportunities for micro ISV’s today exist in finding a niche that isn’t being filled by one of the big software companies. The best part is that many of these companies are betting that you’ll do exactly that.


RSS Feed for microISV

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

The feed for the site has been updated to use Feedburner. You can point your RSS reader to this URL. The previous RSS2 feed is still valid.

Steve Pavlina on planting the seeds of success

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Steve Pavlina, of Dexterity fame and one of the big micro ISV success stories, has started a blog. He has posted an entry on planting the seeds for success that is a must read for every micro ISV.

Ten things I think about what Eric Sink thinks he thinks

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

Eric Sink has released his first report on his micro ISV experiment. I won’t rehash his entire article (although I will borrow gratuitously from his format) so I encourage you to read his article and then come back to my comments below. Eric’s comments are in bold.

1. I think I am disappointed.

  • Just as nearly everyone goes through the same 5 steps in greiving, this is usually the first response for a shareware developer upon the release of their new application. We all go through the development process thinking we have done everything just right only to find that there are still miles to go before we have a product that will sell consistently.

2. I think this proves my experiment was fair.

  • The following you have among the developer community is almost certainly not the primary demographic to which you will be marketing Winnable Soltaire. My mom certainly doesn’t know who you are, and she’ll be much more likely to purchase Winnable Solitaire than me. Therefore, I agree that your results have proven that your experiment is entirely fair.


A micro ISV with no programming - Is this the future?

Thursday, October 7th, 2004

Jotspot is planning to allow people to create composite applications by utilitzing pre-built templates that require no programming. The more tech savvy users can then customize these templates if necessary.

An article from Business Week had this to say:

Backed with $5.2 million from venture-capital firms Mayfield and Redpoint Ventures, JotSpot has created wiki software that lets people assemble, Lego-style, basic components such as mailing lists and calendars. With JotSpot’s wiki tools, users also can create applications that draw on the power of the Web. With a few keystrokes, data and services from other Web sites can be automatically tapped and deposited on the wiki.

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