Shareware Industry Conference Day 2 (Friday)

Yesterday Dan Fernandez, Jed Rose and I gave an hour long presentation and hosted an exhibit booth at the Shareware Industry Conference being held this weekend in Denver, Colorado.

I am pleased to report that it all went exceeding well and surpassed my most optimistic expectations.  Not only were the participants interested in our Shareware Starter Kit, they were candid and forthcoming with their opinions, feedback and questions.  They talked at length about the challenges of being a small software developer and their attempts, both successful and unsuccessful, to get information from and to work with Microsoft.

One of the most interesting discoveries is that we have answers for many of the questions and concerns that these small developers have but they have trouble finding this information.  In addition, they feel, and I know this problem personally, that they are constantly drowned out in their attempts to get their products noticed over the "loud" promotions paid for by larger companies.  If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to post a comment and I'll do everything I can to make sure you get the information and/or connections you need.

This developer community is something I know well having been a MicroISV most of my career, and I'm certainly going to take all this feedback to heart and redouble my efforts to both provide information and create opportunities.

When I return to Seattle I will be posting a link to the presentation and possibly even a podcast of the session which, with the attendee's kind approval, was recorded.

Comments (2)
  1. Mitchell Vincent says:

    Hi again Mr. Lehman, I wanted to start off thanking you, Dan and Microsoft in general for attending SIC. I very much enjoyed the sessions you and Dan were a part of and think they were two of the best at the whole conference. I hope I didn’t pester you guys too much with my questions and concerns but I was *really* excited to see my faith in .NET wasn’t misplaced. Visual Studio 2005 is amazing and I’m looking forward to it’s release along with the ‘gold’ version of the Shareware Starter Kit (which is also excellent).

    I brought up several things to you and Dan at the conference but I wanted to reiterate the importance of making the existence of the ‘ngen.exe’ tool known. Many, many author I’ve tried to convince to try .NET bring up the security of the code as their #1 concern (the requirement for the 20 meg .NET framework is the second). Ngen.exe being able to produce native images is a very, very significant piece of information!

    Anyway, thank you for being there (physically and idealogically) and I look forward to seeing you next year!

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