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GeneralCurious, how many you started your own software house (your own product) and still doing it after years? Pinmemberdevvvy31-Jan-13 16:23 
GeneralRe: Curious, how many you started your own software house (your own product) and still doing it after years? PinsubeditorWalt Fair, Jr.31-Jan-13 17:10 
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GeneralRe: Curious, how many you started your own software house (your own product) and still doing it after years? PinsubeditorWalt Fair, Jr.31-Jan-13 17:41 
Actually it's Comport, with a p, not an f.
 
The way I got into software sales was indirect. I wrote some software to do some engineering evaluations and when I started using it in my consulting people wanted to know where I got it and if it was for sale. So I sold a few copies and decided I didn't want to be in the software sales and support business, so I found an organization that sold it for me. After a nice run, they decided not to sell software, so I put it up on the internet and sell a few copies here and there.
 
I would never have written the software solely for sales - I don't have the stomach for sales, marketing and dealing with inconveniences like lusers. I now write software primarily for my own use. I sell it in support of courses I teach and to people who may want to buy. If I never sell another copy, that's OK, since my income generation is from engineering consulting. By using my own software, I save myself (and my clients) time and software license fees - somewhere around $100,000 per year for licenses alone.
 
I have software that can pretty much replace all of the major petroleum engineering integrated systems. Once I finish my PhD and get back to consulting full time again, I'll likely find a partner or employee and put some effort back into marketing it again. Note that marketing may be more in support of clients, rather than sales on the open market. Sort of like: "Use this software to save us both time and money when I do your evaluations for you. The software is free. The evaluations you pay for."
CQ de W5ALT

Walt Fair, Jr., P. E.
Comport Computing
Specializing in Technical Engineering Software


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