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 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

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