The MicroISV Digest for the week ending August 3rd, 2009.
(If you have an announcement of interest to your fellow microISV, indies or startups, please email me at email@example.com with the word digest in the subject.)
News and Announcements
- Jake Liddell, FourPDF, has launched his URL to PDF service. I ran this site’s home page through it and was amazed at how accurate the rendered PDF looked. Instant brochure! Jake is looking for feedback on his site and his business model. (via BOS)
- Steve Cholerton, Arten Science, have released Version 3 of R10Cipher, of their cross-platform, comprehensive file and text encryption product. Version 3 adds numerous enhancements, key management and 384 bit encryption. Available for Mac, Windows and Linux. (via email)
- Thomas Kjeldahl Nilsson, Climbing Mind Ltd., has launched Version 1 of ThoughtMuse, an online mindmapping tool. Thomas is looking for feedback on his site and service. (via email and BOS)
- Alex, Jitbit Software, has released a new version of Jitbit CRM, a lightweight, cost-effective ASP.NET-based CRM. (via email)
- In show #31 of the Startup Success Podcast I talk to Jay Cincotta and Kendall Miller about their launch of Gibraltar Software. Jay and Kendall explain how they came to decide to do a startup, how their using Twitter to publicize it, finding companies to partner with and more.
Relevant Blog Posts, Videos and Articles
- Mike Gunderloy has released his newest ebook, Rails Freelancing Handbook. Mike is my personal hero in the tech book writing business, a member of the Rails Doc team, author of more IT books than I can count and manages the A Fresh Cup blog – must reading in the Rails community. For $9.95, If you freelancing/bootstrapping – especially Rails – this is a must-have ebook.
- Adam Goucher, who’s working away on Beautiful Testing – Leading Professionals Reveal How They Improve Software is recommending to you Jono Bacon’s The Art of Community – Building the New Age of Participation. I plan to read both books and start getting my money’s worth out of my Safari Online subscription.
- Robin Wauters over at TechCrunch has a post you should print and file with your notes for your next press release: 10 Words I Would Love To See Banned From Press Releases.
- Sean Ellis over at his Startup Marketing Blog has an excellent post about defining and measuring the key product/market fit and why that’s the foundation of your startup: The Startup Pyramid.
Further (mostly relevant) Reading
- Here’s an interesting statistic: Of the 30 entrepreneurs profiled for the 2008 Inc Top 30 Under 30, 18 have personal or business Twitter accounts and 19 host personal or corporate blogs. Check out Greg Rollett’s post, How Gen-Y Startups Use Social Media to Shatter the Status Quo. If you’re still not convinced that Gen-Y’s approach to the net is different from that of those of us who can still remember a pre-Internet world, give a listen to the BBC’s Peter Day’s World of Business podcast this week on how Gen Y is driving corporate training towards Social Media: Learning Curve.