links for 2007-11-22

Escape from Cubicle Nation: Excellent reading for those paralyzed by fear of leaving their job A good pointer from Pamela for anyone holding back from pulling the trigger (tags: microISV) MicroPlace, an eBay Company: Make an investment, help relieve global poverty. Another kind of micro approach – this one sponsored by one of the giants […]

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A checklist for your microISV site.

Here’s a good starter list for making sure your microISV web site has the basics down in terms of ease of use: Scientific Web Design: 23 Actionable Lessons from Eye-Tracking Studies Again, nothing startling in this list, but if your site is breaking any of these best-practices, you’d better have a good reason why. Here’s […]

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links for 2007-11-13

All Day Laptop Battery Life—for Under $200 « Web Worker Daily The perfect holiday gift for the developer in your life! (tags: laptops, gifts) How to Use Google Analytics for Beginners – Mahalo A concise and to the point step-by-step guide to setting up and using Google Analytics. (tags: analytics HowTo) Kick Off Your Daily […]

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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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