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MORE JOEL ON SOFTWARE: Further Thoughts on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity by Joel Spolsky

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twenty-sixHITTING THE HIGH NOTES

MONDAY, JULY 25, 2005

In March, 2000, I launched my site, Joel on Software, with the shaky claim that most people are wrong in thinking you need an idea to make a successful software company (www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000074.html):

The common belief is that when you're building a software company, the goal is to find a neat idea that solves some problem which hasn't been solved before, implement it, and make a fortune. We'll call this the build-a-better-mousetrap belief. But the real goal for software companies should be converting capital into software that works.

For the last five years, I've been testing that theory in the real world. The formula for the company I started with Michael Pryor ...

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