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How Business of Software Conference & Mikey Trafton taught me to Love Hiring People

Shawn Anderson, founder of Admin Arsenal, and long time Business of Software Conference regular writes about something he learned from Mikey Trafton – how to learn to love, not loathe, hiring people. “The only thing more stressful than firing an employee is hiring one”. I’m not sure if that’s a popular quote. I first heard […]

Useful short primer on selling enterprise software licenses

A guest blog post from Jeremy Aber, of Aber Law, on some of the important things to consider when selling software into enterprise. As software companies grow and start to sell their products into larger organisations, many come unstuck as they don’t consider some of the issues outlined here. A short and useful primer. Jeremy […]

Business of Software Conference accepts BitCoin & awards CPD Points

Of course we don’t. Both are ridiculous concepts. It is 1st April though. One is a ridiculous concept that encourages the wrong sort of people to participate in something in the hope of some sort of intangible gain, the other is either: An emerging virtual currency that allegedly offers early participants an advantage over latecomers […]

If you didn’t do what you do, what would you do?

On the whole, I am very happy in my work but if I was going to have another career a Polish fighter pilot would be quite cool from this evidence.

‘Support is never, ever as important as product development. Discuss’

Why is support still a dirty word in some companies? After more than 10 years in technology and support, including setting up the support function for 37 Signals, Sarah Hatter has some pithy, pertinant and downright hilarious stories to tell about why it’s important, what it can do for you and what it does to […]

Marc Andreessen, technology, investment and good behaviour

Interesting stream from Marc Andreessen on the role that venture capital has to play in encouraging ‘good’ behaviours and platforms. Investors are clearly part of the problem here, but they can also be part of the solution. More of them should be watching Kathy Sierra’s talks and demanding their startups do too. [View the story […]

Is Yiren Lu’s ‘Silicon Valley Youth Problem’ just about Silicon Valley?

A few excerpts from a very long, but very worthwhile read in the New York Times from Yiren Lu, a graduate computer science student from Columbia and recent Harvard Grad. Explores some of the tensions between the technology ‘old guard’ and ‘new guard’ from a very interesting perspective. Read the whole article here at the […]

Business of Software Conference in Europe and the USA

Business of Software is seven years old now. Thank you for being part of such an incredible community of people that care about making great software and building great businesses. Business of Software has always been a global community: last year half the attendees came from outside the US. As we have grown, we have […]

Building Things to Help you Sell the Things you Build – Patrick McKenzie at Business of Software

Put your hand up if you are convinced of the importance of any of the following for your business: SEO/Adwords A/B testing Conversion optimisation Funnel analytics Onboarding/first-run experience Lifecycle emails/drip marketing Now. Keep your hands up if you think you’ve totally got these sorted. No room for improvement. Hmmm, I’m not seeing a whole load […]

My colleague from Yammer went to Business of Software Conference & all I got was this great summary

We love putting Business of Software Conference together and often wonder, as we huddle together for warmth in the long, dark, grim days when Business of Software Conference isn’t actually running, what people do with the ideas when they get back to the office. Here is one answer, a guest blog from Kevin Davis at […]

Another day, another stupid ‘upgrade’ to something. Then this happens. Well played Basecamp, well played.

On my list of technology companies that annoyed me this week because their software automatically ‘upgraded my experience’ to a significantly worse experience for me is Google and Samsung: The arrows in the navigation bar in Google Chrome disappeared. My phone took a 500Mb+ upgrade over 3g without me being aware of it. Woo hoo! […]

Dharmesh Shah on Scaling Culture

Dharmesh came back to BoS in 2013, to look at a very precious and poorly understood asset for software companies – culture. Whilst Dharmesh himself claims to not even like humans (a point that he made to Hubspot’s CEO, Brian Halligan) when responsibility for Hubspot culture ended up on his desk, he approaches the subject […]

Going up against Google. We’re going on a bear hunt.

My thanks to my friend Rodolofo Rossini, CEO of Storybricks for reminding me of this rather wonderful bedtime story. Everything I learned about competing against Google came from ‘We Are Going On a Bear Hunt’ — Rodolfo Rosini (@rodolfor) January 30, 2014 He is so right. If you have children, you will probably know it. […]

The Business of Software 2013 schedule

Business of Software 2013 is over. Here is the schedule for the event that ran from the evening of Sunday 27th October to the afternoon of Wednesday 31st October. For more details of the schedule for the 2014 event, please bookmark this page. Sunday 27th October 13.00: Boston Photowalk – details 19.00: Registration open until 21.00 […]

We love it when a badass plan comes together

Delighted to hear that Kathy Sierra has finished her book on badass at last. We can’t wait to see the final version. I did it. Finished the book. 7 years since my last one; I’d started believing I was no longer capable. Then I went to @webstock & @bos. <3 — Seriouspony (@seriouspony) January 15, […]

Goodbye ‘Elevator Pitch’, Hello ‘Question Pitch’. Dan Pink on the power of asking a question

Elevator pitches are so 20th Century. When facts are clearly on your side, Question Pitches get people to do a little work and people often come up with their own reasons for agreeing with you and these are far more powerful than yours can ever be. The Question Pitch from Daniel Pink on Vimeo. A […]

Highlights and outtakes from Business of Software 2013

I honestly had no idea that my daughter had done so much interviewing behind the scenes at Business of Software Conference. Quite the scene stealer. This does a pretty good job of capturing some of the reasons we love putting Business of Software Conference on.

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BoS 2013: Videos of Business of Software Conference 2013 talks all in one place.

All of the talks from the 2013 Business of Software Conference are now online. If you attended this year’s event, you will receive a password to access all of the talks today by email. Contact us if you haven’t received yours. We will make most of the talks available online to everyone without a password […]

Delivering yesterday’s broken technology tomorrow. Product strategy is about saying, “NO”. Intercom’s Des Traynor

This is a fabulous talk/rant/stand up routine from Des Traynor, co Founder of Intercom on the core principles of Product Strategy. It’s only 7.5 minutes long but has lots of great points as well as a secret trick about watching your competitors that will guarantee you can build a useless sucky product that no one […]

Cool Christmas present. Take part in this SaaS Conversion Survey and you could win two tickets to Business of Software Conference 2014

“We have bought two tickets to Business of Software Conference next year. Do you mind if we give them away as a prize for someone that participates in a survey we are running?” “In principle, that is totally fine, but what sort of survey are you thinking of?” “We are trying to help SME SaaS […]

A video from a software company that actually gets that Kathy Sierra, ‘Don’t make your features awesome, make your users awesome’

A short note from Scott Farquhar at Atlassian who spoke at this year’s Business of Software Conference in Boston. “Mark, Once again, blown away by the calibre of speakers, but more importantly attendees at this conference.  Congratulations.  Hope you get time off to relax afterwards. Atlassian produced this video recently.  Though it uses Atlassian’s customers, […]

Business of Software Conference 2013 pictures from Betsy Weber at TechSmith

Every time I see a picture that Betsy Weber at TechSmith has taken, I realise I will never be a photographer. It kind of hurts, but her pictures make up for it. Some lovely pictures from the best conference picture taker ever. See Betsy’s full set here. Goody bag. Great question from Dharmesh. Greg bravely […]

Developers, entrepreneurs & depression. A wonderful talk at Business of Software Conference.

Developers, entrepreneurs and depression. We had the Business of Software Conference last week in Boston. Thank you to everyone that made it such a wonderful experience for us. This is the first talk that we will post publicly. It is the only talk in the history of Business of Software Conference that has ever had […]

Avangate Announce Their 2013 Business of Software Conference Scholarship Winners

Avangate, the leading Customer Centric Commerce solution provider trusted by thousands of Software and Cloud Services companies to grow their business worldwide, today announced the recipients of its Business of Software Conference Scholarship. The three winners - InternAvenue, Mochadocs, and Weekdone - will receive free passes to the Business of Software conference and the opportunity to attend a networking […]

Old laptop. New laptop. Stickers. T-shirts.

This is my old laptop. It goes to some of the best conferences in the world. This is my new laptop. If you want to cheer it up, feel free to bring me a sticker. In similar vein, I saw Peldi earlier this summer and he wore a continuous cycle of StackExchange, Balsamiq, Red Gate […]

The Storify of Business of Software Conference 2013, 28-30th October 2013, Boston, MA.

Selected social media and pictures from Business of Software Conference 2013. Tag any media #BoS2013 to be included. [View the story "Business of Software Conference 2013" on Storify]

Tech events in Boston in week of Business of Software Conference 2013

Thanks to Trever Lohrbeer at Lab Escape, for a neat run down on other technology events going on in Boston around the Business of Software Conference that starts next week in Boston… “Unfortunately, with closing my biggest deal ever & buying a house in the past month, life has not let up enough for me […]

4 keys for ‘Products and promotions that people really, actually love’ (c) Dharmesh Shah

Over at Hubspot, Dharmesh has been thinking about some of the key pieces of advice he’s found at Business of Software that really make the difference to how he approaches product development and promotion. It’s a great post and a great summary (full transcript below). If you want to really get to grips with these […]

Boston software entrepreneur? Michael Skok wants to take you to the Business of Software Conference

This is a repost of a blog post by Michael Skok, Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners (and serial entrepreneur before moving to the money side) and someone who came to Business of Software Conference last year. I have had the pleasure of talking to Michael on and off since and he is one of those […]



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