I thought I might mention it on this forum because it helped me a lot and many of you are probably in the same situation as I am.
A colleague and I created a self-funded startup . Because we had little funds, it was impossible for us to buy some of our development tools like Visual Studio or Intel Compiler, which cost several thousands dollars.
[*]In case you don’t know, Microsoft has a program called Bizspark, which allows you after going to a not-too-hard selection process, to get most microsoft programs for free, for 2 years (Including Visual studio but also office, and even windows !) . It’s obviously limited to independant developpers and/or very small companies. I don’t remember the exact requirements but you probably can find them out here : http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/
[*]Intel didn’t offer such a program so we decided to write them directly (you never have anything if you don’t ask ) , and they have been nice, offering us a couple of 1 year licence of most of their tools . I suppose they hope to get us hooked with their tools, so we will have to purchase them in the future, but it’s still a nice move from them.
Having good tools is really helpful in development so I really hope it can help some of you folks who are trying to bootstrap a business.
Feel free to share if you have other tips like that !