Archive for August, 2005

Success in 10 steps

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Most of what Charlie writes has been written before, but it never hurts read it again.

10 Steps to a Hugely Successful Web 2.0 Company

via Brian Sweeting

microISV profile: Derek Sivers, CDBaby and HostBaby

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

I first heard about CDBaby at a Billy Pilgrim concert back in 2000 or 2001 (oh, how I wish they’d make more CDs available) and when I checked out the site then I immediately thought it was the perfect example of how to use the internet as a platform for small business. Looking at it today, I still feel the same way.

Derek Sivers, the founder of CDBaby, has built a business that started as a hobby simply so he could market his own CD without having a distribution deal. Seven years later, CDBaby has become home to over 100,000 independent musicians resulting in the sale of over 1.7 million CDs…all with one programmer.


Are you lazy and dumb?

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Philipp Lenssen @ Google Blogoscoped: good programmers are lazy and dumb.

via Scoble

Just enough piracy …a good thing?

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail, argues that “just enough piracy” is a good thing and will let you charge higher prices.

via Download Squad

Go get your money

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Business 2.0 magazine asked VCs what they wanted to invest in and they responded with what they would invest in immediately. Could be some good opportunities for the right microISV team. Subscription may be required.

via Business Pundit

how much is an idea worth? …it depends

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

People in the microISV world tend to protect their ideas as if they were their first born. Derek Sivers points out why its better to spend that time on execution of your idea.

I wonder where Derek would classify CD Baby which is the company he founded and where he is the sole programmer.

via Business Pundit

Help choose a logo

Friday, August 19th, 2005

Over on the microISV forums, Jose has asked for help choosing his logo. Take a second and vote for your choice.

Negative into a positive

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Steve, from The Furrygoat Experience, posted that he really liked TopDesk from Otaku Software but was uninstalling it because of the nag balloons that prompt for purchase. James from Otaku found the post and, within hours, offered an explanation for their choice of using help balloons instead of crippled features or time restraints and also offered Steve a free copy. By providing top notch service and communication, Steve made the purchase and became a TopDesk evangelist.

via Scoble

Advice from a wannabe

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

A few days ago I posted a link on where to get some advice from the big guys. Today we have some advice from a small business wannabe.

Jason Pettus has two posts on the Fast Company blog (part 1, part 2) with some advice for those who are trying to launch their own business.

Need an idea?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Fred Wilson discusses the death of a web service when it appears that the Bloglet service is shut down. He has more than 1000 subscribers who are not getting updates and he now faces manuy hours of re-entering the data manually. Sounds like a good microISV opportunity to me.

Entreprenurial reading

Monday, August 15th, 2005 has posted a number of “Happy Links” for all of the current and aspiring business owners out there.

Help from the big guys

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Wouldn’t it be nice to have Larry Page (Google founder), Guy Kawasaki (The Art of the Start), and Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) advise you during the startup of your microISV? Well, here ya’ go. The Stanford Technology Ventures Program Educators Center has video clips, case studies, and course materials of high tech entrepreneurship resources available for free.

via Lifehacker

Supporting your microISV product

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Alex King, founder of King Design, who has produced Tasks (a web based task management app) and Feedlounge (a web based RSS reader) gives us his thoughts on offering support as a microISV business owner. He has made the choice to not offer free phone support but instead focuses his time on adding features and keeping the price of his software down.

Many people go into business as a microISV with the idea of creating a software product that will allow them to leave their day job and spend their days doing whatever it is they want to do. Often times, the reality quickly becomes days filled with tech support and no time left over to do what you had planned. Alex and Nick Bradbury are two people who have become excellent examples of allowing customers to help themselves and also allowing customers to help each other. This may cause some headaches because offering forums and other open support options can allow customers to air some of your dirty laundry, but in the end your openness will be seen as a benefit and will probably produce more sales.

Business for Geeks

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Sean Mountcastle has posted his notes from the recent Business for Geeks tutorial at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. The talk was given by Marc Hedlund, O’Reilly’s entrepreneur in residence. Marc appeared to really push the microISV concept of starting small, keeping your day job, and bootstrapping but that only scratches the surface of the things he touched on.

If anyone else attended, I’d be interested in hearing your experiences in the comments.

Code is easy, Logos - not so much

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

I came across this article about the winner of Entreprenuer magazine’s Ugliest Logo Contest and the article itself is interesting but its also a great piece of marketing for the company redesigning the ugliest logo.

By providing the redesign in this contest, LogoWorks gets advertising in a national magazine that doesn’t even seem like advertising. The author also points out the benefits of using LogoWorks’ service which will provide several concepts within 72 hours for a very affordable price ranging from $265 to $549.

Now we just need to see some microISV products getting similar attention. Who has some ideas?

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