An Annotated List of Software Startup Resources

Joel on Software
One of the first software blogs, Joel on Software is written by former-Microsoft employee Joel Spolsky, who traded in his keyboard for the chance to start his own shrink-wrapped software company. With almost six years of posts and numerous in-depth essays, JoS is is filled with insight, humor, and excellent writing. Joel covers software project management, starting your own shrink-wrapped software company, the business of software, and software design.

Eric Sink’s Blog
Eric Sink was the Project Lead of the team that built the original version of SpyGlass, which later turned into Internet Explorer. Eric started his own shrink-wrapped software company SourceGear in 1997, and writes about topics such as software marketing, leading software teams, MicroISVs (one person software companies) and hiring developers.

Paul Graham’s Essays
Paul Graham writes essays about the fast-paced world of venture-funded software startups. Paul was one of the founders of ViaWeb, which was purchased by Yahoo for $49.6 million in 1998. Paul is a huge proponent of the “hacker” approach of getting as much code written as quickly as possible for as little money as possible, all without a specification in sight. Paul recently started an incubator called Y Combinator that provides funding for college-age entrepreneurs interested in starting technology companies.

microISV is a community for independent software developers, and covers a wide range of topics relevant to one-person software startups, including: development languages and tools, entrepreneurship, software marketing, and microISV-related news.

Signal vs. Noise
Like ’em or not, 37signals is doing something right. Creators of Ruby on Rails and offering web-based project management and information management tools, 37signals has achieved great success with their sleek design and “simplicity rules” design ethos.

The grand-daddy of technology news websites, Slashdot was founded in 1997 by 21-year old Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda. Slashdot welcomes stories from anyone, but publishes around 15 editorially-chosen posts to the main page each day.

“With Digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.” Just over a year old, Digg is rapidly gaining popularity as a source for technology news. Keep abreast of tech news with one of Digg’s many RSS feeds.
“killer resources for entrepreneurs,” WorkHappy provides reviews and links to websites and services of interest to entrepreneurs.

TechCrunch provides daily reviews of the newest Web 2.0 companies. If you’re interested in this space, or just want to keep abreast of the happenings on the web, take a look at TechCrunch.

Bug Bash
A weekly dose of software development humor in comic form.

The Daily WTF
Whenever I feel depressed about code I’m maintaining, I read a recent post from the Daily WTF.

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