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Man, this ISV thing is tough

Well! I am proud to announce that progress is being made, and soon we'll be unveiling my new company, Chubby Game Studios. I'm using the ol' "Don't quit yer day job" strategy for this foray; I'll keep you posted on how it goes.
We don't have a production game yet, and in fact the website isn't ready to go, but I just had to announce the name of the company as it was a major undertaking just to settle on one out of many candidates. The selection was made easier by the dearth of available domain names that are even in the same solar system as your company name. Sheesh! As if cybersquatters weren't bad enough, what's up with all the lamers taking perfectly good domain names (think ${foo}studios.com) and putting some piece 'o crap blog on it? And updating it every eight months. Arrrrgh. "Here's pictures of my cat." "Duhhh, Google is overrated gwaaaaah..."

Yeah, I'm two weeks into this, and I already know both why people start their own businesses and why they do not. Oh, there's the thrill, and the satisfaction that comes from making something (something that works, anyway). And sometimes it's just fun to make decisions.

Then again, sleep is kinda nice. Think I'll go get some here within the next... twenty hours or so.

Oh, almost forgot... can anyone recommend a jsp webhost?

Like nails on a chalkboard

You know the feeling... someone says something in a meeting that just grates on you. You know it's not true and now you have a choice. Do you nuke them, politely point out where they've erred, or do you simply forget it and go on with life? I had the opportunity to review a slew of Project Management books recently and Applied Software Project Management by Andrew Stellman, Jennifer Greene was one of them.

Their phrase "All developers are created equal" grated on me in this way and initially I went with the third route, but when they recently wrote an article for OnLamp titled What Corporate Projects Should Learn from Open Source and then it made Slashdot, I had to respond.

The Right Idea?

If I believe everything I read: ideas are cheap; it's all about execution. Developers are sitting on dozens of great ideas for products or services, if they only had enough time and funding. It wouldn’t matter which idea they chose, as long as the execution was right.

Although there's plenty of truth in the "execution is everything" school of thought, it’s important not to completely devalue the idea, a good idea will imply and steer you towards the right execution.

Micro ISV Blogging: Summary

Over the last few weeks I posted a series on Micro ISV blogging, here is a brief summary of the five articles so far.

Micro ISV Blogging: Useful Extras

After my slightly under-whelmed take on affiliate programs and advertising for Micro ISV blogs last week, I’m really feeling the pressure to include something good this week. Fortunately, there are a couple of really useful services that I haven’t touched on yet in this series, Technorati and Feedburner.

Apple Creates Evangelists

Everyone seems to be excited about Apple's move to reward the top contributors to their WebKit Open Source Project. They're giving out a dozen computers, five invitations to attend Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference 2006 on Apple's dime, and probably a bunch of other things we're not aware of at this point. Everyone seems to be surprised by this, but you're forgetting that Apple has always done this sort of stuff.

Micro ISV Blogging: Gold Rush?

This week I’m going to look at affiliate programs. It’s highly unlikely that you’re starting a Micro ISV blog to make money from affiliate programs, your blog will be about communicating a message or trying to engage with prospective customers. You want visitors to stay on your site and look at your products, so you don’t really want to give them an easy way out; even if you will make a few cents from the clicks.

But, affiliate programs can be tempting, fun or even profitable. In the rest of this post, I’m going to take a quick look at some of the most common options, and then try to start a conversation on whether affiliate programs are a good idea at all for Micro ISV blogs.

MSDN Channel 9 Interview with Gavin Bowman

In case any of our readers are interested in hearing a bit about the man himself, an interview with our very own Gavin Bowman is available on Channel 9 Shows » The MicroISV Show.

Check it out and enjoy.

Micro ISV Blogging: How?

Over the last couple of weeks, I tried to tackle the what, when and why of Micro ISV blogging. This week, I’m taking a look at some of the software and services that will help you get your blog up and running.

There are a lot of different ways to start or host a blog, many of which are free. I don’t have first hand experience with them all, so I’ve just provided a brief overview of some of the best known options. Whatever system you’ve been using, I’d love to hear about your opinions and experiences in the comments.

Micro ISV Blogging: What and When?

Last week, I started this mini-series on Micro ISV blogging with Why? I put forward the reasons I think Micro ISV founders can benefit from blogging, along with a few reasons not to start a blog.

This week, I decided to try to tackle the "what and when" of Micro ISV blogging. I wouldn’t go so far as to say you need to have a strategy when you start a blog, but sooner or later you will need to think about what you’re doing.