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Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality 1st Edition
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*Uniquely and squarely focuses on the needs of a startup ISV
*Several leading companies in their market segment are actually micro-ISVs, including Fog Creek (FogBugz) and Sun Belt Software (Counter-Spy). It’s possible to be small AND successful, and this book is perfect for those who wish to try
*Volume of Micro ISVs is increasing, signifying a deep, broad audience for this book
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About the Author
- Publisher : Apress; 1st edition (January 13, 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 398 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590596013
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590596012
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.85 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,550,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Having my own ISV for over six years now I have arrived at the point of having 10 people in my staff and having experienced most things any startup will bump upon. Sometimes that makes you think you've seen it all by now, but this is an illusion.
No matter how many staff you have working for you, there will always be a Micro ISV within the company... you! Exept for any partners, no one will do your job of creating the company or product vision and has the same kind of commitment. Some would say that's sad to hear, but I think this is reality. You hire most people to complement you on your own skills, so most of the time don't expect the vision to come from them.
Going through this book I sometimes skipped some of the pages. Some things I knew just to well to read about again, some applied on starting your own business and some parts applied to US / UK law only. Still, I managed to gain a lot of knowledge, ideas and feedback from this book.
Thinking of starting your own ISV business? Then get this book first! Already a business owner with some experience under the belt? The pick your paragraphs and read what you have to. Great book, especially for ISV startups!
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Its filled with excellent interviews of other ISVs, that give you the confidence to venture out on your own and the helpful advice from the entrepreneurs that have already learned things the hard way.
The only downside to this book is that it doesn't talk about OSS, open source software, which is really important for start-ups because it is free and has much lower maintenance costs. If it had a chapter about utilizing OSS and cross-platform development then I might be developing in PHP and MySQL right now.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has just started or is considering starting their own company.
I like the fact that Bob goes into a number of useful tools (both software and otherwise), and that the book has lots of screenshots and graphics. The sidebars include lots of interviews, and while many of the people interviewed are obviously pushing their own products, it's always nice to be able to read many different perspectives in a single book.
It's a good overview of running a small software company - I recommend it.
It mentions software to help you throughout the phases of development of your software, but sometimes it is windows or visual studio oriented. Java programmers need to search for equivalent software elsewhere. In such cases the good part is that with the help of the book you know what to look for.
It has four stars because it is really good, but the information can become obsolete quite quickly (legal changes, new software appears, etc).
There is not much available that addresses this market. So when you find one you tend to be glad to get anything. This book not only delivers decent info, but actually satisfies a good number of questions.
Top reviews from other countries
The author obviously talks about his own software products. Occasionally this does feels like as if it is verging on a sales pitch. But that is understandable in the circumstances and doesn't detract from the usefulness of the book.
[Disclosure: I am one of the micro-ISV owners interviewed in the book. However I haven't met the author face to face and have no financial interest in the book.]
The steps to take that are advice are still very valid and easy to implement.
It's good to be able to implement the suggestions as one reads the book.