The microISV Digest

zigThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending January 5th, 2009.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Jamie Gaines has jumped into the microISV waters with his startup Zig Internet Solutions, launching PhotoCannon. PhotoCannon is a cross-platform Adobe AIR application that makes it easy to resize and send multiple pictures at once. (via email)
  • After a horrible time with a home grown ecommerce solution, then fixing the problem by switching to FastSpring, Hector Sosa of System Widgets has rebooted PainlessSVN Professional 1.0.1, resetting its 30 day trial so that customers can have another 30 days try it and offering a half-off sale until January 31, 2009. (via email)
  • Sohail Somani, announced the official beta of Worklog Assistant (WLA). WLA gives you hassle-free time tracking for the JIRA issue tracking system so you never have to enter worklogs manually again. (via email)
  • I announced the start of my next Apress book project, working title The Startup Success Guide. Thanks again for all the support here and here and keep those ideas on what I should cover coming!
  • Pat and I released Show #10 of the Startup Success Podcast. We interviewed Scott Hanselman and announced the show’s new Facebook Page, where you can critique our questions for upcoming show interviews, suggest people to interview and remind me to speak faster, this is 2009 already!

    We’re especially looking for questions re the present and future of Delphi since we are interviewing Nick Hodges of Embarcadero Technologies. Thanks Zviki for your suggested questions! Who else has a question for Nick?

Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles

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Further (mostly relevant) Reading

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The MicroISV Digest

The MicroISV Digest for the week ending December 29nd, 2008.
(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Ron Mertens of Metalgrass has launched a new service for bloggers, marketers and people into online video in general: Video Alerts. The new service sends out email alerts when video you are interested in becomes available (Currently just YouTube) (Via email)
  • Vladimir Dubovoy of DimensionGears is looking for feedback on his site and his modeling program, TruePainter (via BOS)

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Further (mostly relevant) Reading

  • I just wanted to wish everyone reading the MicroISV Digest, and 47hats.com for that matter, a Happy New Year. I for one am so looking forward to it!

MicroISV Digest

The MicroISV Digest for the week ending December 22nd, 2008. (posted a day late due to cavorting female elves.)

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Gavin Bowman of Antair Games has launched a contest where you get to devour the losers: The Great Indie Bake Off 2008. The rules are simple: bake a dessert inspired by your game or app, post a photo of it and let Gavin know. (via email)
  • Torsten Uhlmann of Agynmix has launched Simidude, a cross platform drag and drop utility. with Simidude, you click and drag files, folders, urls, etc. between boxes regardless of OS. Very cool. (Via BOS)
  • Stephen Lombardo of Zetetic has released a major update to his product, Tempo Time Tracking service. Simple time tracking, powerful reporting and an iPhone interface. (via email)
  • I and Pat Foley released Startup Success Podcast Show #9 yesterday, wrapping up our three part interview with none other than Joel Spolsky. We’re making plans for 2009: what do you want more or less of?

Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles

Further (mostly relevant) Reading

  • David Allen’s long awaited new book, “Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life” comes out in the states Dec. 30. If you’ve got a better way of being productive than Getting Things Done, let me know. Otherwise, this book is definitely for you. I’ll be posting a review here once I digest (ahem) it and get a head start on everybody else.

MicroISV Digest

Top 100 Blogs for DevelopersThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending December 15th, 2008.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Peter Štibraný has launched Foglyn, an Eclipse plugin which lets you edit your FogBugz cases within that IDE. (via email) He’s also looking for site feedback. (via BOS)
  • Thomas Holz’s microISV IT-Services has released version 2.05 of Easy2Sync for Outlook. Easy2Sync let’s you sync multiple copies of Outlook without using Microsoft Exchange Server; the new version includes a built-in spam filter. (via email)
  • Keith Alperin of Helium Foot Software has moved Highbrow out of beta to 1.0. Highbrow enables anyone to utilize each installed web browser more effectively on the Mac by eliminating the annoyances that arise from using multiple web browsers. With Highbrow, users will always get the browser that they want. (via email)
  • Dmitry Leskov, Excelsior LLC, has been selling Excelsior JET – a tool for Java programmers who want to accelerate development, protect their codebase and create professional deployments. He wanted readers of the microISV Digest to know that while a standard license costs between $1,200-4,500, Excelsior Jet through their Microbusiness Licensing Program is substantially less through the end of this year. (via email)
  • Not wasting any time, Steve Cholerton has moved DataClean – a cross platform utility for cleaning large amounts of data and writing it out in various formats – to 1.0

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MicroISV Digest

TheTwitterSurvivalGuide.jpgThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending December 8th, 2008.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Gavin Bowman of Antair Games emailed that they’ve released their new iPhone game, Sneezies. Good going Gavin – and you can snatch up for now this game that rates an 11 on the 1 to 10 cuteness gauge for only 99 cents at iTunes. (via email)
  • Kristen Nicole and I released The Twitter Survival Guide. It’s an in-depth guide on how and why use Twitter to build your personal, microISV or startup online brand.
  • Keith Alperin of Helium Foot Software has released Highbrow 1.0 Public Beta. Highbrow enables anyone to utilize each installed web browser more effectively on the Mac by eliminating the annoyances that arise from using multiple web browsers. With Highbrow, users will always get the browser that they want. Beta until 12/15 when 1.0 will be released. (via email)
  • He’s at it again! – Steve Cholerton has released a preview version of Arten Science DataClean – a cross platform utility for cleaning large amounts of data and writing it out in various formats.

Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles

  • Paul Graham asks the question this month, do startups still need VCs? “Could VC be a Casualty of the Recession?“. In Paul’s words: “VCs and founders are like two components that used to be bolted together. Around 2000 the bolt was removed. Because the components have so far been subjected to the same forces, they still seem to be joined together, but really one is just resting on the other. A sharp impact would make them fly apart.” (pointed out by TechFlash’s John Cook.)
  • Show #7 of the Startup Success Podcast features the first of a three part interview with Joel Spolsky. This week Joel, Patrick and I talk about the “secret sauce” that makes Stack Overflow work. (iTunes link.)

Further (mostly relevant) Reading

MicroISV Digest

logfaces.jpgThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending December 1st, 2008.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Dima launched a new site for MoonLit Software at logFaces – and is looking for feedback. (via BOS)
  • Andy Brice has your microISV holiday gift giving covered with some nice looking microISV/startup-centric tee shirts at Zazzle. (via email)
  • Show #7 of the Startup Success Podcast should be out tomorrow with part 1 of a very special guest interview. Subscribe to the podcast in Apple iTunes.

Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles

Just when you thought maybe the economy is okay (2) …

  • Pownce, the Twitter-like microblogging startup, is shutting down Dec. 15th after being bought by Six Apart (makers of TypePad and Vox).
  • Federal bailouts, equity buys into banks and investment houses, liquidity infusions by the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, loan guarantees and economic stimulus checks now total $8.5 trillion, or an amount equal to about 60% of the annual U.S. gross domestic product, according to various estimates.

Further (mostly relevant) Reading

  • Nothing worth noting this past Thanksgiving (U.S.) week.

MicroISV Digest

Escape from Cubicle NationThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending November 24th, 2008.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Does Steve Cholerton sleep? Guess not: his microISV Arten Science just released another product: R10Cipher – a cross platform encryption tool for Mac and Windows. (via email)
  • Women 2.0 is putting on two Jumpstart your Startup workshops in the SF Bay Area early next year.
  • Congratulations to Rohan Almeida on his first sale of imsense 1.0. (via BOS)
  • Robert Champion is looking for feedback on his site and app, SEO Drop. (via BOS)
  • Show #6 of the Startup Success Podcast is up – This week, I interview Pamela Slim of Escape from Cubicle Nation fame. Pam offers extremely good advice on jailbreaking your life from the corporate scene. Subscribe to the podcast in Apple iTunes.

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Just when you thought maybe the economy is okay… The U.S. Treasury rolled out the crash cart for Citigroup, adding another $20 billion injection to the $25 billion already kicked in, plus a FDIC guarantee on $306 billion worth of bad citibank assets. Wall Street loved it.

Further (mostly relevant) Reading

  • Lessons of Survival, From the Dot-Com Attic, and interesting post from the New York Times. “Many of the companies that survived the dot-com bust did so by ignoring the prevailing “Get Big Fast” business model, Mr. Kirsch explains. Get Big Fast said that an Internet company should identify a market early and grow as quickly as possible, to shut out all competitors.”

    “Instead, many survivors pursued what Mr. Kirsch calls “micro niches”: markets that didn’t offer hundreds of millions in quick profits, but still presented viable Internet-based business opportunities.” Indeed.

MicroISV Digest

zeptoliner.jpgThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending November 17th, 2008.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Ryo Shimizu, CEO of Toyko-based Ubiquitous Entertainment Inc., has released Zeptoliner, an easy-to-use outliner for the Apple iPhone. I met Ryo in Tokyo this summer – he’s part of a growing list of Japanese-based startups joining the global micro software vendor world.(via email).
  • Keith Alperin, Helium Foot Software, wrote in to let me know that the latest installment of the podcast Mac Software Business: Year One is up. When 4 experienced Mac microISVs get together, what they say is well worth listening to. (via email)
  • Peldi Guilizzoni the founder of Balsamiq Studios and creator of Balsamiq Mockups has a very detailed post up: Hit $100,000 in revenue, time to start looking up. That’s in less than 5 months, by the way.

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MicroISV Digest

timesup.jpgThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending November 10th, 2008.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Justin Magaram (Rain City Digital LLC) has launched TimesUpKidz – A Windows desktop app for putting the brakes on your children’s computer usage. Curb those bad habits early! (via email)
  • Zviki Cohen is looking for feedback on his new microISV site for nWire. nWire is an Eclipse plug-in which expedites Java development.(via BOS)
  • Dharmesh Shah’s Business of Software Conference talk is now online at here – and seven other videos of talks by the likes of Eric Sink, Jason Fried and Steve Johnson are up on the Business of Software Social Network site. (via BOS)
  • Show #4 of the Startup Success Podcast is up: in this show Pat and I talk to Microsoft’s Larry Gregory about the new BizSpark program and I interview Peldi Guilizzoni creator of Balsamiq Mockups, a great Adobe AIR app.
  • Speaking of BizSpark – Microsoft’s new better than Empower program for startups – you’ll find more info in these BOS posts here and here, and my take here and here. If you’re interested in getting what BizSpark has to offer, email me. I’m a BizSpark Network Partner.

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All and all, a quiet week. I think it’s a combination of post-election fatigue and pre-Inauguration hopes…

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MicroISV Digest

isvtube.jpgThe MicroISV Digest for the week ending November 3rd, 2008.

(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at bob.walsh@47hats.com with the word digest in the subject.)

News and Announcements

  • Thomas Holz (Easy2Sync) has started ISV Tube – new blog, collecting videos of interest to microISVs and startups. Mostly from conferences, but some other good videos, too. (via email)
  • Steve Cholerton – Arten Science – has released Pointer+ for the Mac. Pointer+ changes the cursor to a circular magnifier 200 to 800 px in diameter. More info at: Pointer+ for Mac OSX. (via email)
  • Show #3 of the Startup Success Podcast is out. In this show I give Pat a hard time over Vista, he gives me the lowdown on PDC and Mairtini Ni Dhomhnaill gives all of us a quick intro to finance and accounting for microISVs and startups. Subscribe via Apple iTunes here.
  • Avangate is again helping to sponsor the European Software Conference (Berlin, Nov. 8-9), and upping the conference’s Epsilon Award prize money by 1,000 euros. (via email). [Disclosure note: by arrangement, I'm doing a post a month at Avangate's Blog, for example, Getting on the right side of economics.]

Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles

  • Scott Carpenter (InvoicePlace) spotted this post at Flying Solo (Australia’s online microISV/Startup community) you might be needing: How to grow your business without borrowing.
  • Patrick Foley – my cohost on the Startup Success Podcast – kicked off shall we say a very spirited exchange re why Cloud computing for microISVs, specifically Microsoft’s version. At BOS.
  • TechCrunch (the U.K based version) started a new feature, Send me an Angel, where they’ll be posting Q and A with Angel investors about their approach to investing.
  • Andy Brice found a good idea for a microISV while taking his son to a model train show. Maybe you need to get out more with your family like Andy did! (via BOS)

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