• Coming up with a microISV product idea. This final 47hats.com tip for microISVs for the month of August has to do with a question that gets asked often at the Business of Software Forum: How do I come up with an idea for my microISV? It’s damn hard, no doubt about it. In some ways, the answer to the question “What product […] 2 responses August 31, 2007
  • Nick Hodges of CodeGear talks about CodeGear, Borland and Delphi The MicroISV Show goes where blue badgers fear to tread – to the home of CodeGear, the Borland spinoff of all things Delphi, to get get the lowdown on what today’s other windows development environment has to offer microISVs. Nick Hodges, codegear product manager for Delphi makes the case and spills the beans. While the […] No responses August 30, 2007
  • A tiny favor to ask: Vote for me. You may have heard about the upcoming Business of Software Conference (10/29-30, San Jose, CA), and my first (extremely, horribly bad) video effort to win through your votes a speaking slot there. It was so bad it would have been banned by the Geneva Conventions (assuming we still follow them). So bad, I asked Neil […] 2 responses August 30, 2007
  • The real costs of buying your software Over at the Business of Software forum, there’s been a more than a little angst this summer over whether microISVs can compete with Free and Open Source (FOSS) software. After all, we have to charge for our software or go broke; there are a lot of really good FOSS apps out there; Microsoft is worried, […] 10 responses August 29, 2007
  • One (extra) hat you might not need to wear By Cristian Dorobantescu Affiliate Network Coordinator / Avangate BV Bob says that a (Micro) ISV owner has to wear about 47 hats to keep the business running. I have to agree with Bob on this one, as from my experience in working for and with (Micro)ISV, 47 it’s just about the right number of hats! […] One response August 29, 2007
  • The Silverlight is on Microsoft’s new search tool tafiti If you dismissed Microsoft Silverlight as a technology you didn’t need to track, you might want to go over to http://tafiti.com – Microsoft’s brand new search engine interface written in Silverlight. I happened across this item at Techno//Marketer (thanks Matt!). Matt Dickman does a very nice job on a screencast walking tafiti (which means “do […] 6 responses August 23, 2007
  • Deep Discounting and One Day Sales by Ellen Craw, Ilium Software and Bits du Jour [Editor’s Note: This a 47hats.com Vendor Profile, where I invite someone from a company that I think has something interesting to offer microISVs to make their pitch here. Interested in doing the same? email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com.] Thanks, Bob, for letting me post. I’m writing to […] One response August 20, 2007
  • Andy Brice makes Slashdot Front Page By Bob Walsh Andy Brice today the front page of Slashdot and has been jackpotting all over the Net at reddit, digg and elsewhere. Why? Because Andy turned on the lights on a stinky little cockroach of a secret in the online software industry: a lot of “5-star” software download sites awards are bs-lies. His […] No responses August 17, 2007
  • Be bold when you blog! [A 47Hats Tip.] Andy Brice did it today in the U.K. Collis Ta’eed did it today in Australia. Maybe it’s time you did it in your microISV’s blog. Today’s 47hats.com tip is be bold when your blog. Take a stand. Make some noise. Kick up a ruckus. Muckrake. Kick some ass. Lead. Blogging is no […] 8 responses August 16, 2007
  • Attention – sea change in progress. When Seth Godin speaks, wise microISVs listen. Seth’s latest post make a simple, compelling point: People that would never read a 200 page book will happily watch a three minute video. Here’s a page with a dozen or so videos to get you started. Seth’s right – video is by far the most convincing way […] 2 responses August 16, 2007