Archive for December, 2005

Eric Sink sells Winnable Solitaire

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Eric Sink is the person responsible for coining the term microISV and he did so when he created a program called Winnable Solitaire and wrote an article about becoming a microISV. Eric has just announced that he sold Winnable Solitaire which ends his microISV journey but maybe one day after he’s grown tired of that source control thingy he’ll try his hand at becoming a full time microISV business once again.

Eric, thanks for the term microISV. This community has grown a lot over the last year and it was you that kicked it off.

Forming an LLC

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Gianfranco over at GBGames has a good post documenting his experience of setting up an LLC in Illinois. His post gives a summary of what is required to set up the LLC and also has links to several items to read to give you even more information.

Are you sure you want to work from home?

Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

The Wall Street Journal Online has an article titled Working at Home Isn’t The Day at the Beach Office Mates Imagine where the author takes a look at the downside of working from home. The article comes off as somewhat amusing but I can see the true downside to the interruptions and the views of others who don’t work from home.

For those of you working from home, how do you handle the issues addressed in the article?

via Trader Mike

A guide to starting your business

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Chris Campbell posts a short guide to starting your business. He covers selecting a business structure and how to handle accounting, taxes and legal issues among other things.

One thing I’ll add to his advice is to not do anything until you actually have a true need to do it. There’s not a lot of use in spending money to have a perfectly structured business when there isn’t a product to sell.

via Stylegala

The end of a year

Monday, December 12th, 2005

Web design/development firm Forty Media is coming up on the one year anniversary of the launch of their business. James Archer takes a look back at the first year and gives some good advice for those just starting out.

via Stylegala

Squidoo has launched

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Fred Wilson notes that Squidoo has gone live today. Squidoo is where an expert can create a Lens on a topic and aggregate data related to that specific topic. There are already six microISV related Lens’.

How to create your own online software store
MicroISV Software Kit
Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality
Independent Software Vendor (ISV)

Developer needed, want to help?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Jay Graves has posted to the microISV forums looking for a developer to help him create a plugin for Microsoft Outlook. He has offered to fund the development and share a portion of the sales. If you’re interested, continue the discussion in the forums.

Mark Cuban on Success and Motivation

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has posted a list of his favorite entries that he’s written on success and motivation. Given that his original successes came from technology companies that he created, his stories are a good source of inspiration for us all.

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