Starting my Micro ISV - General Setup
A couple of weeks ago I opened Octopus to private beta, and now the betas are available for public download. As well as working on the technology, I've also spent a lot of time on the general business set up.
- Registered Stovell Software Pty. Ltd. using eCompanies
- Registered an ABN (75 151 504 095) and for a company TFN
- Book keeping with Saasu
- Business bank account with the Commonwealth Bank
- Set up a PayPal business account
- Registered the domains (OctopusDeploy.com and StovellSoftware.com.au, plus variants)
- Discussion board/KB with Tender at help.octopusdeploy.com
- Email hosting with Google Apps
- Cloud server hosting with Ninefold
- Mercurial source code hosting with Kiln
- Task tracking with AgileZen
- Continuous integration with TeamCity
So far the business is operating at a loss of $840. The only way to go is up (or further down)!
Though I'm sure I'll grow tired of it, I've found the general admin side of things quite interesting so far. I actually went to sleep one night reading the business activity statement instructions guide. Adventures ahead.
Welcome, my name is Paul Stovell. I live in Brisbane and work on Octopus Deploy, an automated deployment tool.
Prior to founding Octopus Deploy, I worked for an investment bank in London building WPF applications, and before that I worked for Readify, an Australian .NET consulting firm. I also worked on a number of open source projects and was an active user group presenter. I was a Microsoft MVP for WPF from 2006 to 2013.