Quick Poll: Software Dev. Business
I'm curious, who here is currently building or running their very own small business in software development? and what type of software do you do?
Process Control and document management.
I'm too ashamed of myself to say!
I know I know!
CTO of a small startup, writing software for marketing professionals, using .NET.
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Nuclear medicine management suite w/ good ol' Win32. If you're looking for a niche market, you won't find one much smaller. :)
Developer's tools for Win32, various embedded OS, and Linux.
Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Okay, I don't know.
Mostly modifying accounting systems. Not as dull as I would have guessed when I reluctantly took my first such gig. Among other things, I worked with the CAD guys to get drawings integrated with inventory so that custom jobs (and they're all custom jobs!) have accurate bills of material and costs every step of the way.
Currently working on an Underwriting, Claims and Admin system for Insurance industry, using ASP.NET and SQL2000.
Steve Jones (UK)
Output management and printer drivers
We are writing software for (Metals) Comodity Management... a huge trading package, build with PowerBuilder on an Oracle db.
I consult and do work on Multi-Valued database systems (Pick/d3/UniVerse). This often involves working with some ones code that was often written 15 years ago. Most of the new d3 systems run on windows2000, or Linux.
Albert D. Kallal
We are a small independant company. We have a website that we will be charging a yearly subscription to in the future and one we wrote that we are leasing to a mortgage company. Our site is www.NetGolfLeague.com
I am starting selling software.
It's not my own, but I helped found it.
I'm ramping up a small game company on the side, which makes web-based games. Not Solitaire or chess, either; full-fledged games.
Brent P. Newhall
Developing custom business apps (usually around accounting functions) as well as maintaining legacy Business BASIC accounting applications.
Knowledge Management, just me, very slowly.
Games for cell phones.
I've identified a highly unprofitable niche (inventing high level computer languages) which has been strangely neglected by the market. Take a look at http://www.lingolanguage.com and you'll see what I mean!
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