And, you can find me on Google+
If you have questions about startups, you can find me and a bunch of other startup fanatics on the free Q&A website:
To the software entrepreneurs of the world:
Like many of you, I’m an avid reader and participant in the Business Of Software (BoS) forum. If you have not checked it out, I encourage you to do so. Some great discussion on many topics related to the business of software. Also, the hosts of the forum (Eric Sink and Bob Walsh) are great guys with lots of good ideas and insights.
However, for many months, I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated with some aspects of the BoS forum. Having given this some thought, I’ve come to the conclusion that most of my frustrations are not because there’s anything wrong with the BoS forum, just that I have certain needs that it was not designed to meet. This is completely understandable.
So, in the classic “scratch my itch” model of software entrepreneurism, I’ve decided to do something about it. I am officially launching the “OnStartups Forums” on this site. For those that are wondering whether the world needs an alternative to BoS, I will attempt to provide some rationale (using BoS as a point of comparison) and tell you how I’m hoping to create something different:
My hope is that a combination of the above factors will lead to a different set of discussions on the OnStartups Forums (OSf). It’s often hard to find really big issues on important startup topics on Joel’s BoS. I’ll be nudging some of my own personal contacts (across all of those topic areas) to participate in the forums so that we have a healthy mix of experienced entrepreneurs with insightful things to say and aspiring entrepreneurs that are looking for guidance.
Of course, it’s possible that the world doesn’t need an alternative to BoS and only a few friends and colleagues will register for the forums. Though I’ll be a little disappointed if this happens, I will comfort myself with the notion that “nothing ventured, nothing gained…”. Much of what I’ve done in life (including this blog) started as an experiment. Let’s see what happens. To register for the forums, simply click on the “Register” link in the upper right corner.
Look forward to interacting with you.
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Posted by Dharmesh Shah on Mon, May 01, 2006
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