Community News:

  • The 19th annual Software Industry Conference will be held this year in Dallas, Texas at the Hyatt Regency DFW, July 15-17, 2010. The conference runs each year from Thursday through Saturday. It is designed for both beginners and experienced Micro ISVs and internet marketers. At SIC you can go to sessions on current software and internet marketing topics, take part in web site and marketing tutorials, participate in networking opportunities, attend Exhibit Night, and mingle with your peers at the Gala Networking Dinner. For more information on the SIC visit their web site at:
  • Mike Davis, Centripetal Software, has launched Centripetal Retrieve for Basecamp a comprehensive backup solution for 37Signals Basecamp. It provides automated backups of all your Basecamp files, writeboards and data and delivers it to you via Dropbox or FTP. If you’re interested, email Mike first and just mention mention my name, and you’ll get a discount.
  • Dennis Gurock, Gurock Software, has released his second product after 18 months of development: TestRail – a web-based test case management tool.
  • Will Rayer,, has updated Ubercode (a programming environment for Windows designed to make it easy to build EXE files). The improvements in v1.2 include full support for Windows Vista, updated help and documentation, over 63 tested example programs, CHM and HTML help, and many other tweaks and improvements.

Interesting questions with useful answers:

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

  • Four new Guides at
    • Getting Started with Rails if you’re a .NET developer.
    • Continuous Integration – Why Do It?
    • Creating a Business and Marketing Plan for a startup. Part 1: Introduction.
    • Email Productivity for startups.
  • Show #55 of the Startup Success Podcast is up:  [link] [iTunes]. Bob and Pat interview David Allen, creator of the Getting Things Done ™ methodology on what GTD can do for you and your startup. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the projects, tasks, and emails you need to manage to successfully build your product and startup, this show is for you.
    We focused in this interview on how to apply GTD to the common problems startups face: coping with email, beating your project/task list down to an actionable next steps, how and what a Weekly Review is and how it keeps the process going, what tools and technology David uses and much, much more.
  • Show #54 of the Startup Success Podcast:  [link] [iTunes]. Bob and Pat talk with Brian Fitzpatrick about his project at Google, The Data Liberation Front. The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products – and promotes making it easier for everyone to be able to do the same for any software product. And, Bob and Pat mull over the announcement of the Apple iPad.

(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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