• I’ve joined Microsoft. Well, at least a little tiny part of it – I’ve teamed up with Michael Lehman (Microsoft’s MicroISV/Shareware Evangelist) to co-host The MicroISV Show. This week at The MicroISV Show we have Joel Spolsky of Joel on Software, FogBugz, Copilot 2.0 and Fog Creek Software fame on the show. Joel was kind enough to share his insights on how […] Bob Walsh One response February 1, 2007
  • Step 1 on the micro-ISV path  Leon Bambrick has posted the first of his promised 25-part recipe for building a micro-ISV: good solid info there about an easy step to screw up. See:http://www.secretgeek.net/25Steps_1DomainName.asp Bob Walsh One response January 29, 2007
  • Taking a chance, looking for volunteers… As part of rebooting this blog, I’m starting a new feature where I review what works and what doesn’t at one micro-ISV’s web site each week. Kind of like this post, or the fun session I participated in at European ShareWare Conference 2006. I’ll be applying what I learned writing Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality, […] Bob Walsh No responses January 28, 2007
  • MyMicroISV gets some snap I’ve just added one new feature to MyMicroISV – Snap Previews. If you’ve not seen other sites that use Snap to show a thumbnail graphic of the URL you hover over, or your reading this in your RSS feeder, here’s what it looks like: I added Snap because: It let’s me preview the site and […] Bob Walsh No responses January 26, 2007
  • Micro-ISV business training from an expert I just noticed that Pamela Slim, Escape from Cubicle Nation, has teamed up with StartupNation.com to offer a three month weekly course: “10 Steps to starting a Business.” Pamela, besides being a really excellent blogger every exploited cube rat programmer should read, also runs a consulting firm (Ganas Consulting) helping people start break out of […] Bob Walsh No responses January 24, 2007
  • Do you have to write a business plan for your micro-ISV? The short answer, by way of Guy Kawasaki, is nope: The analysis revealed that there was no difference between the performance of new businesses launched with or without written business plans. The findings suggest that unless a would-be entrepreneur needs to raise substantial startup capital from institutional investors or business angels, there is no compelling […] Bob Walsh One response January 22, 2007
  • Objects in browser are smaller than they appear Eric Sink has fired off another totally engaging, funny and thought provoking post over at his blog. His point this time: don’t fall into the trap of thinking your world is the world. It’s not. This goes double when it comes to doing market research for a possible micro-ISV product: just because you read blogs […] Bob Walsh One response January 22, 2007
  • InnerWorkings’ Developer Learning Material on WPF By Brian Finnerty Director of Marketing, www.innerworkings.com I’ve read numerous articles, reports, and blogs on the promise of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) lately. Things got a little easier once I understood that WPF is a programming model for developers building rich Windows applications that incorporate UI, media, and documents. It took me some time to […] Bob Walsh No responses January 22, 2007
  • Doing a beta right By Bob Walsh Siddharta Govindaraj over at the Business of Software Forum is the latest but not the last micro-ISV to ask: How do I get beta testers? I’m sure over the course of the next few days there will lots of good advice there worth reading, but in the meantime, here’s my (short version) […] Bob Walsh No responses January 19, 2007
  • 8 minutes to loving WPF Lee Brimelow, a senior guy at frog design (yes, that frog design) has a 14 minute tutorial on using both Visual Studio 2005 and Microsoft Expression Blend at the same time to create WPF applications. So what? He creates the guts of a video player that looks great, plays well and has realtime reflection of […] Bob Walsh 2 responses January 17, 2007