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 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.

Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles

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.

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