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Here are some common questions about ISV Connect ED

Who can be a Member of ISV Connect ED?

ISV Connect ED is intended to be a place where ISVs can compare ideas and share issues that are highly relevant to them. For that reason, only existing or aspiring ISVs are accepted for membership. We do not want vendors selling services to our members, nor Microsoft employees or end customers peeking over our shoulders.

Why is there a cost?

While it would be awesome if this was free, maintaining a site like this is a lot of work, and we have set the memberships rates to where our target members can easily afford them. Our hope is that the value received by members far exceeds the membership cost. If it ever does not, please let us know.  If you are an Aspiring ISV and cannot afford the Membership, please reach out to us.

Are there any additional costs?
We have classified certain content, like Masterclass Courses and Mastermind Groups for example, as “Premium Content” as they require a great deal of effort to create and manage. We also seek out external experts to create this content, or facilitate these groups, and it is fair that they are compensated for their knowledge and efforts.
What is an ISV Mastermind Group?
There is synergy of energy, commitment, and excitement that participants bring to a mastermind group. The beauty of mastermind groups is that participants raise the bar by challenging each other to create and implement goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. 8-10 Mastermind participants act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues.

The concept of the mastermind group was formally introduced by Napoleon Hill in the early 1900’s. In his timeless classic, “Think And Grow Rich” he wrote about the “master mind” principle as:

The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.

He continues…

No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.

In an ISV Mastermind group (also known as a peer advisory board), the agenda belongs to the group, and each person’s participation is key. Your peers give you feedback, help you brainstorm new possibilities, and set up accountability structures that keep you focused and on track. You will create a community of supportive colleagues who will brainstorm together to move the group to new heights.

You’ll gain tremendous insights, which can improve your ISV business. Your ISV Mastermind group is like having a objective board of directors.

What is the Cancellation and Refund Policy?

You can cancel your membership at any time, it is month-to-month. We will not provide refunds for partial months.

Also, if you are not satisfied with the value received for any of the other paid content, like Expert Courses for example, we will offer a refund within 10 days of purchase, no questions asked. 

Can I advertise on this site?

Since the intent is that the members are your peers, it does not seem make much sense to advertise to them. However, if you happen to be an ISV who offers solutions for other ISVs, we have a Marketplace channel in the Member Forum. We are not considering external advertisers at this time.

Why is there "Preview" content on this site?

ISV Connect ED is just launching, so we are in that Chicken/Egg time. We are working with Experts to Produce Masterclass Courses and additional content.

Our first “Live” Benchmarking Survey will go out to members on January 1 2021 for the 3rd and 4th Quarters of 2020, and the “real” results will be available to members starting February 1st 2021.

We are also actively recruiting members for our inaugural Mastermind Groups.

We appreciate your patience as this site “grows up” and its value to you increases every day.

Who created ISV Connect ED, and Why?

ISV Connect ED was created and is managed by Steve Mordue, a 5-time Microsoft MVP and ISV. Microsoft’s ISV landscape, including ISV Connect and AppSource, has been continuously evolving. While some ISVs have found success, many others struggle. ISV Connect ED‘s goal is to be a community of Microsoft ISVs, sharing knowledge for the success of all ISVs.