Community News:

  • Anthony Williams, Just Software Solutions Ltd, Tired of waiting for the upcoming C++ standard (C++0x)’s support of multithreading and concurrency? Just Software Solutions’ just::thread library is an implementation of the C++0x thread library for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and g++. V1.3 introduces support for the new std::async function for launching asynchronous tasks, support for 64-bit Windows and support for g++ 4.4..
  • There’s more than one way to create a startup: my friend Tsutomu Kodama in Japan has launched a site for non-Japanese who want to get to see the real Japan at If you’re thinking about broadening your horizons in 2010 by visiting a really different country than what you’re used to in the US or EU, check out this site. (I hope this clown’s picture doesn’t scare away visitors!)

Interesting questions with useful answers:

News/posts for microISVs and Startups:, The Startup Success Podcast and other plugs:

  • Two new Guides (so far!) at this week:
    • Copy protection of desktop software.
    • Handling subscription e-commerce with Amazon Payments – the Business Viewpoint.
  • Show #52 of the Startup Success Podcast is up:  [link] [iTunes].Bob and Pat talk again with entrepreneur and Silicon Valley consultant Sramana Mitra, this time about her newest book, Positioning: How To Test, Validate, And Bring Your Idea To Market. This is the third volume in Sramana’s Entrepreneur Journeys series. This was a fascinating interview that sliced through the what do I build – how do I find my market conundrum. Pat and Bob also talked a little bit about how Pat is positioning his new microISV, Spackle Software.
  • Sramana did a guest post here that’s must reading if you stuck because you don’t know the right questions to be asking to define your startup: Clarify your story.
  • Sramana offers free weekly strategy roundtables for entrepreneurs to address positioning, financing, and other aspects of a startup venture. Up to 1,000 people can attend each session, but only the first five who register to pitch will be able to present their business ideas. All attendees are able to join in on the conversations via a live chat.

(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.)

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