Published date: May 07, 2007
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Interview with Eric Sink
Adriana Iordan, Web Marketing Manager, Avangate
Interviews, Published date: May 07, 2007
In the second issue of Avangate Digest, we had the pleasure to talk to Eric
Sink, who coined the term micro-ISV , who has been writing about the
business of software on his blog for several years, and wrote a series of
articles for MSDN . He has also published a successful book called "Eric Sink
on the Business of Software ."
He is also one of the hosts of The Business of Software , a discussion group which comes
highly recommended for software startups. He led the group that created the Spyglass web
browser, which later became known as 'Internet Explorer', he created the AbiWord open-source
word processor, and now he's one of the principals at SourceGear, which is a leading vendor of
version control tools.
Adriana Iordan: Can you tell us a little about yourself, your background and how you came to
write "Business of Software" and found SourceGear?
Eric Sink: I live in Champaign, Illinois, just a couple of hours away from where I grew up. I
came to college here at the University of Illinois. A couple years after graduation I ended up at
My experience at Spyglass was very positive, but I reached a point where I felt like I was done
there and ready to move on. The turning point was a men's pancake breakfast at my church.
The speaker that morning told us: If you don't like your job, then you either need a new
attitude or a new job. I tried to get a new attitude and failed. So I quit and started my own
company. My only real goal in starting SourceGear was to create for myself a job that I liked.
I started blogging several years later. My blog articles became reasonably popular, so that's
what led me to publish them as a book.