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31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

A guest blog post – a quick read with 31 real life lessons learned building a SaaS business. Introducing Duane L Jackson, he’s like ‘Startup Jackson‘, but real.

Not Real

Startup Jackson – Not Real

 

There is so much well meant ‘advice’ out there on blog posts about entrepreneurship and how to do this our that it is sometimes hard to find things that add genuine value. We get pitched some ‘valuable insight’ every day for a guest blog post and the overwhelming majority of it is awful, derivative nonsense from people that write about, or write about other people writing about, being an entrepreneur.

Duane is different.

Any successful entrepreneur with a bio that includes the words, ‘which culminated in my arrest at Atlanta Airport with 6,500 ecstacy tablets‘ is not your usual sort of guy.

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“We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

“We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

I was very surprised to overhear this comment from a woman at BoS in September. Nothing could be further from the truth. If this is an environment where women feel that, then I can’t imagine how tough it is on other places. We can take some pride I hope in creating a community where people feel safe, introverts become extroverts for a few days. It is not perfect.

BoS is a very welcoming community, or we try to be. Many people tell us it is the only conference they attend, or that there is a unique ‘family’ atmosphere (thanks, you noticed!). But we sure as heck have a woman in technology problem and we sure as heck have a diversity problem. To be honest, I fear this is a tolerance and humanity problem.

Trigger Warning. This post contains links to sites that include some deeply unpleasant things. I would say it is NSFW but then again, imagine that you are at the receiving end of some of this and this stuff hits your inbox and social media accounts every (working) day?

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Families at Business of Software Conference USA

Families at Business of Software Conference USA

We are great believers in encouraging the next generation of software entrepreneurs!

Sadly for her, my daughter, Violet has just started ‘big school’ so won’t be joining us this year. She had a brilliant time last year

If you are thinking of bringing your children here are some things that you might like to know:

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What kind of AdWords user are you?

Google Adwords

The doyenne of Adwords wranglers, Dave Collins, has put together a nice little cheat sheet for anyone who is trying to use Adwords more effectively. If you use Adwords, here are Dave’s thoughts on how to get more from your adwords budget.

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