MicroISV Digest 07/19/2010

Community News: Mike Stokes, HelpBurner, has released version 1 of this documentation/tutorial making tool. Have a look at this post about it, especially the comments. Sam Howley and his partner at OakFocus.net, have released CustomerCradle, a web based subscription service for small businesses to record and report on where their potential customers come from and how […]

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Now I know I’m in the wrong neighborhood…

Just came across a tweet by Rapportive’s Martin Kleppmann about this cool Google Map. So what are the geeky – and therefore desirable – parts of your city?

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Why I keep doing what I do.

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Got this email (reprinted with permission) from Mike Stokes in New Zealand yesterday on my birthday (yes, I am now version 5.3): Hi Bob, As a fan of your writings for years (and especially your books, which I still refer to), you are the first person I wanted to run our new software past. And, […]

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Do you really mean that?

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As I was watching yesterday a 50-year-old interview of Ayn Rand by Mike Wallace on my iPhone on YouTube while loading up a movie on my iPad from iTunes I realized new tools make for new habits, new ways of doing things. I’d always believed that one of the true evils in this world was […]

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Are iPhones/iPads worth it for microISVs?

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My good online friend Andy Brice posed this question today over at Joel on the Software Business of Software forum, and as much as my iPhone has become the Devil’s plaything of late, I see a strong, legitimate case for microISVs and bootstrapping startups to drink the mobile Kool-Aid. Here’s my experience: Continuous customer support […]

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Stand Out

Want to know what your customers think of your startup? Ask them. Now you already know that, but here’s an example from HootSuite that landed in my email box which demos how to ask them effectively: Email from the top. The From is “HootSuite — Ryan Holmes, CEO”. Those three initials still have a lot […]

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Visiting the Apple Temple in search of a cure.

On weekends I try to relax, but this Sunday I must make a holy pilgrimage to my local Apple temple to beseech the acolytes there to heal my precious iPhone 3G of the cursed affliction known across the interwebs as iOS4. After communicating with the junior gods at 1 Infinite Way this morning I was overjoyed […]

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Eye on the wrong ball?

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I’m struggling yet again to get a handle on all the things I should be doing: presently I have 39 projects spread out over 9 areas of responsibility and 435 tasks. (I use Things on my iMac, iPhone and iPad to organize all of this.) This is just crazy – or at least it drives […]

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The courage of your mistakes

About two months ago I was convinced the best way to grow StartupToDo.com was to go to a simple 30 day trial and then subscribe. That meant ditching my ‘get them to sign up through Amazon and then start their subscription if they didn’t cancel during the 7 day trial’ approach. After all, free is […]

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MicroISV Digest 07/02/2010

Community News: Quiet week before the Fourth of July weekend here in the U.S. Interesting Answers.Onstartups.com questions with useful answers: How can we communicate our message effectively without being seen as what exists already in the market? Would you put an open discussion forum on the products website? Sleep schedule and startup productivity News/posts for microISVs […]

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