Since I started my company Ambiera
a few years ago, it was a lot of fun. And as several people predicted, I also had a lot of strange experiences. One of them happend some weeks ago:
A guy approached me and seemed to be interested in buying my companies flagship product, CopperCube
. But he didn't want to buy a license for the editor, but the editor itself, so he can sell it himself. Basically, I'm open for all kinds of business requests, even if this is selling one of my main products. If the buyer guarantees to continue development on the product so that the customers are kept happy, and maybe even has more resources for this than me, I think I would be ok with that too. But it went like this (drastically shortened):
Guy: I want to buy your editor. You transfer all rights of it to me and I go on developing it and sell it on my own. Is this possible?
Me: With some restrictions, basically yes. But it's one of my main products, and that means that this won't be very cheap.
Guy: I can give you 500 euro.
Me: Seriously? You realize that this is less than two professional licenses for the editor?
Guy: I can offer you 20% of all sold licenses additionally.
Me: Ahem. So you say you want to transfer all exclusive rights of my software to you for basically nothing, and offer me a fifth of what I get now? Why should I do that?
Guy: 25%. My last offer.
Me: No, thanks.
I'm still not sure if I have become the victim of a troll. Or if the guy at the other end was slightly confused. But this is a good example of the strange things which happen to you from time to time when running a software company. You basically sit there wondering about what just happened. :)