Here comes da Judge!


Well, sort of! Eric Ly, CEO of Presdo, has asked me to join LinkedIn cofounder Allen Blue, Mike Maples, Jr. of Maples Investments, and social media guru Ben Metcalfe to judge which three developers should win brand spanking new Apple iPhone 3Gs. The catch? You need to do something cool with the Presdo API and […]

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Hard numbers about blogging and social networks.


Tipped by a tweet by Steve Ruble, I was excited to see a post about new polling numbers from the Pew Internet & American Life Project regarding blogging: 42% of all Americans have read a blog at least once, 33% still read blogs, 11% read blogs regularly, 12% have created a blog, 5% blog regularly. […]

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A Tale of Selling a MicroISV

By Rob Walling of Software by Rob About two months ago I put my Micro-ISV, a web-based invoicing system, up for sale. The sale played out exactly as I expected except for one detail: I didn’t sell it. Instead, I took on a partner. You can read the full account of what I learned from […]

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Weekly Site Review: TwistedWave


With this post I’m doing three things at once: Bringing back my public site reviews of microISVs and startups who ask me to review them. Showing off for the first time a very small part of Project X that functions right but has the CSS styling of the south end of a northbound cat: you […]

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Clients making news.


One of the cool things about consulting with microISVs and startups is when your clients reach and pass important milestones on the road to success. Four of my clients (that have given me the okay to talk about them) have done just that: Tim Sullivan – Spice, an innovative SaaS application for hiring managers launched […]

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Dealing with information overload: Lincoln and RSS.


Michael Slater – cofounder of – asked one of those questions I find keep popping up in my life: How to do you cope with the information flood? The techniques I used back last century fail utterly in a world of blogs, social networks, intermittent twitter service, iPhones and RSS. I’ve had to find […]

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Deathmarch not over; but I’m back.


Faithful (and I know you’re faithful because you’re reading this even though it’s been six weeks since my last post) readers know I’m attempting a hat trick not unlike sticking your head in a lion’s mouth and getting it out again: write a new app for the microISV/startup community that will rock (Project X) in […]

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Crowdsource Testing your Application

[Note: This is another in a series of posts by vendors I’ve invited to write a guest post here because they have something to offer of value to microISVs. If you have a product or service that helps microISVs succeed and would like to do a guest post here, please email me at] By […]

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5 tips for focusing on your MicroISV

In some ways, it’s the hardest hat a microISV can wear: how do you stay focused and keep moving forward as you build your microISV? It’s not easy, as “The Tired One” lamented in this post at Business of Software recently, but it can be done. But first, you’re going to have to disenthrall yourself […]

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Lighting can strike and surprises happen

Two posts I came across today work more than a glance: first off, in this business lightning can strike, as Luckas Biewald at Dolores Labs woke up Sunday to find their crowdsourcing app, FaceStat, featured on the front page of Like in front page of, the single most trafficked site on the entire […]

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