The MicroISV Digest for the week ending August 24th, 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

  • Want a free copy ofMicroISV sites that Sell“? Then be among the first 100 people to sign up and attend Wednesday’s Web Site Critique Webinar. Think of it as an hour long free class on what your web site shouldn’t look like. Join Dave Collins, SharewarePromotions, and I August 26 at 5:00 PM UK time (Noon Eastern, 11am Central, 10 am Pacific).
  • Tom Gallard, Stratford Software, has released Driving Test Cancellation Checker – a .NET application that allows UK users to book an earlier driving test. Now if Tom would only apply his skills to California’s own DMV!
  • Marc Durdin, Tavultesoft Pty Ltd, has launched KeymanWeb. KeymanWeb is a web-based universal keyboard, letting people enter text in over 600 languages and can be easily integrated into any web application. The KeymanWeb Demo Site lets you write emails, search the web, and tweet in hundreds of languages.
  • Jay Cincotta, eSymmetrix Inc., is looking for feedback on his new case study video about their .NET development tool, Gibraltar. Gibraltar combines the functionality of ELMAH, log4net, perfmon and other tools in one easy-to-integrate package. (via BOS)
  • 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.
  • In show #34 of the Startup Success Podcast I talk with Nathaniel Talbott, founder of Spreedly, a subscription management service for startups. If your startup works with subscriptions instead of sales, managing those subscriptions quickly turns into a major undertaking. Nathaniel talks about how Spreedly came about, how he bootstrapped from consulting to startup, one way to keep partner disagreements to a minimum, and more.

Relevant Blog Posts, Podcasts, Videos and Articles

  • At a loss for an idea to build a startup around? 6 Awesome Apps Begging to Be Developed over at ReadWriteWeb might spark an idea or two.
  • If that doesn’t, here’s two takes on Y Combinator graduating class of the summer of ’09. I don’t think copying what these companies will work – they already have a head start – but their examples may inspire you.

Further (mostly relevant) Reading

  • Tweets, like headlines and haikus require a certain finesse to write. Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox this week, Twitter Postings: Iterative Design give you a good demo of how a few light touches can make your tweets stand straighter and work harder.

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