Personal branding – turning developers into entrepreneurs

by Dan Schawbel http://www.danschawbel.com/ Who said that developers can’t be entrepreneurs? Well in a web 2.0, they are given the chance and opportunity to be that CEO. In a web 1.0 world, developers were slaves to corporations enlisting their services to sell products to customers, become profitable and then update those same products for the […]

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Truer words never spoken

I caught the kick off conference call of the Personal Branding Summit this morning and I’m glad I recommended it here yesterday: some really good insightful discussion about building a brand for individuals and small companies. Best quote of the session in my opinion goes to Andy Sernovitz: “Without a brand, you have to sell […]

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Another microISV blog worth reading

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Here’s another (select) microISV blog to add to your reader: Software by Rob. Rob Walling is both a .NET microISVer (DotNetInvoice) and a consultant (The Numa Group), so he gets both how hard it is currently to bootstrap a startup and do software development. Now if I can only get him share where he go […]

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26 Branding Seminars free Nov. 8th.

Branding is something microISVs should know a lot more about. My friend Pamela Slim (Escape from Cubicle Nation) just clued me in on what sounds like a great free resource for microISVs: My buddy Jason Alba from JibberJobber has organized a pretty cool free learning event tomorrow, entitled Personal Branding Summit. Details are here. It […]

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The secret formula of microISV success.

A programmer friend of mine emailed me a few days ago with a frustration I’ve heard often: The projects I can think of working on are rather generic (and probably the low-hanging fruits): File backup/restore, information storage/retrieval, money management… I can’t seem to figure out how to find more “niche” problems. What can I do […]

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links for 2007-10-23

Good News, Bad News about Facebook Application Market: Long Tail Rules Of 5,000 Facebook apps, 87% of the usage goes to only 84 applications. If you’re thinking about doing a Facebook app, it would be well worth your time to look at those 84 apps. (tags: 47hats, facebook, longtail) Startups at Berkeley – ST@B Cal […]

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Process and the mISV

By Starr Horne theStartupLowdown Every so often someone in the Business of Software forum asks about process. For most mISVs, formal methodologies like extreme programming are extreme overkill. But there are a few “processes” that I’ve found essential to my business productivity. Keep in mind – process is fundamentally different for a one-person company than […]

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A vision of students today.

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Every so often something floats by in the river of news that disjoints you. One moment, you see the world this way – the next, you don’t. Michael Wesch, a professor at Kansas State University is someone who keeps whacking my head in a totally thought-provoking way. First there was The Machine is Us/ing Us. […]

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Jobs to Developers: please come back!

Posted 5 minutes ago at Apple hotnews by Steve Jobs: Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new […]

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Colors matter

Starr Horne pointed me towards a very good post about what colors communicate over at Kidson Talks. Why does it matter to you? Because your web site’s colors communicates with your customers – whether you are aware of what you’re saying or not. If you don’t have a good sense of what colors work together, […]

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