The MicroISV Digest for the week ending August 10th, 2009.
(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

  • Pamela Slim, Escape from Cubicle Nation, will be holding a day-long seminar on just how to break the chains that are keeping you in your soul-destroying corporate bondage and finally take the plunge to start your own company August 28th in San Francisco. Pam is an extraordinary coach and the person you need in your life if you are stuck where you don’t want to be. Highly recommended. Details/costs here.
  • Join Dave Collins, SharewarePromotions and I for a hour-long Web Site Critique Webinar August 26 at at 5:00 PM UK time (Noon Eastern, 11am Central, 10 am Pacific). Dave and I will fold, bend and mutilate your web site – all to help you improve it and gain more customers.
  • Dave Cholerton, Arten Science, have released version 1.8 of their bulk emailing software for Windows and Mac OSX. R10BatchMail now supports multiple email attachments and name merge capability.(via email)
  • Anthony Williams, Just Software Solutions Ltd., have released the Linux port of their just::thread C++0x thread library. This library is an implementation of the multithreading portion of the upcoming C++0x standard, and is now available for gcc 4.3 on Linux as well as Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 on Windows. (via email)
  • You know your software is successful when other people start making software to complement yours. Enrico Berti, Napkee Labs, has released Napkee – which takes mockups created in Balsamiq Mockups and renders them to to HTML/CSS/JS and Adobe Flex 3 in one click. Awesome! Kudos to Peldi Guilizzoni, founder of Balsamiq for helping another startup founder make it.
  • Kurt Huber, Accounting ASAP, has just launched its new web-based accounting set of applications for small business. Accounting ASAP is designed be as simple to use as possible, yet still handle most accounting tasks needed by small business, such as Accounts Receivable (Invoices and Receipts), Accounts Payable (Purchases and Payments), General Ledger and Financial Reports. (via email)

Relevant Blog Posts, Podcasts, Videos and Articles

  • One of my favorite must-RSS sites is back from Limbo: Richard Buggy has reanimated Planet-MicroISV, a blog aggregation site for all good things microISV.
  • Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror has come up with one hell of a good post you should read: Software Pricing: Are We Doing It Wrong? Jeff argues that low software prices like that for the iPhone are force multipliers far more powerful than most software vendors realize.
  • Speaking of Escape from Cubicle Nation and Pamela Slim, Pam interviewed me for her Escape from Cubicle Nation Podcast this week: I think we covered several good topics for startups and microISVs.

Further (mostly relevant) Reading

  • And finally, in the public interest, or at least the interest of everyone reading MicroISV Digest who spends far too many hours at a keyboard, take a moment and read this Business of Software thread: A Developer with Neck and Back Pain. Besides the real experiences of some of us, you’ll find several very good links to resources for avoiding career-ending neck, hands and back issues. They are real and if you’re a developer the sooner you take them seriously, the less pain you will feel.

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