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Live Q&A with Iris Lapinski, Apps for Good, Broadcast 12 noon EST 17th Oct

Because software (and work) is about more than just the money, the next of our occasional series of interviews with BoS speakers involves Iris Lapinski, the founder of Apps for Good. Join us on Thursday 17th October (12 noon EST) when we’ll be talking to Iris about her work with CDI Apps for Good (, an […]

Business of Software Conference. What attendees got out of last year’s conference.

At the end of a packed 2.5 days in October 2012, we asked the attendees if they could sum up their BoS experience. Here are their responses – uncensored. We think there are lots of reasons to come to Business of Software Conference – we have designed the event so that you can get, over […]

Live Q&A with Mike Muhney (co-founder of ACT!, CEO ViP Orbit) Broadcast 14th October, 12 noon EST

Bookmark this page! This is where we’ll be continuing our series of Q&A sessions with  speakers on 14th October, when we’ll be broadcasting a Q7A session with Mike Muhney. Mike pretty much invented the CRM industry when he co-founded ACT! 20 years before most of us were even thinking of opportunities in B2B software he […]

Scott Berkun’s open letter to new Microsoft CEO & the problem with competitive advantage

Scott Berkun wrote an open letter to Microsoft’s new CEO about what needs to be done to turn Microsoft into an innovation machine again. (Whatever you think about Microsoft, let’s assume for the purposes of this discussion that Microsoft has lost its innovation mojo and if you don’t accept that, just find and replace ‘Microsoft’ […]

Congratulations Joseph Regan at Intelliware

That was a harder one!

Companies you will meet at Business of Software Conference this year

Some of the companies and people that are coming to the Business of Software Conference, 28-30th October 2013, Boston, MA. It not just the talks that makes BoS awesome, (though we think they are world class), it’s the amazing people who come from around the world (almost half from outside the US), to talk and share […]

BoS 2012: Videos of Business of Software talks all in one place.

All of the keynote and Lightning Talks talks from the 2012 Business of Software Conference that we are making public are now online with the permission of their speakers. While Business of Software Conference won’t be livestreamed this year, we always want to share the ideas we discuss at the event with as wide an […]

The Avangate BoS dinner – *the* place to be on Tues 29th October

Previously, on Business of Software, Avangate have very generously supported scholarships for promising software businesses to come to BoS. Now they are extending their generosity to other BoS delegates, with a dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse on the evening of Tuesday 29th. We’d recommend it because Avangate scholarships reliably turn up some very interesting new faces […]

Competitive advantage is dead! Long live transient advantage!

Or not – it is transient after all. I went to see Rita Gunther Mcgrath last night in Nottingham. She was addressing a group of Boots executives on the ideas in her book, ‘The end of competitive advantage’. Would I normally spend 5 hours in a car to hang out with a group of pharmacists? […]

A question of transient advantage for BoS Conference attendees from Rita Gunther McGrath

Rita is opening the Business of Software Conference with a talk that explains her ideas about the end of competitive advantage as a strategic framework and the implications of transient advantage for entrepreneurial businesses. I caught up with her in Nottingham yesterday where I left with two things: the knowledge that we have an amazing […]

Dharmesh Shah on strategies for building great companies at Business of Software Conference 2012

Dharmesh Shah, introvert, CTO at Hubspot, founder of OnStartups, lover of startups and code offers some great insights into what strategy means, how you can apply it to growing big businesses and more than a few brilliant ideas for strategies and tactics for making your software business meaningful, profitable and valuable. Dharmesh is a BoS regular […]

Balsamiq raffling Business of Software ticket. Quick.

One of the amazing things about the Business of Software Community is how much people care and want to give something back. We will be letting you know a little more about some of the other things that go on behind the scenes later but here is something that you need to know about SHARP! […]

Finnish startup StartHQ wins free pass to Business of Software Conference

The winner of the latest code hunt is Oleg Podsechin, founder of StartHQ – a web app launcher, new tab replacement and SaaS directory. If you are selling web apps, you should get your self listed. Oleg sold his first software aged 14, but says he still doesn’t know what he’s doing, which is why […]

Live Q&A with Scott Farquhar, Atlassian. 12.00 noon EST, Sept 25th

If you have never experienced any crises in your business, you can look away now… this Q&A is not for you. For the other 99% of us, bookmark this page and come back at 12 noon EST on Wednesday Sept 25th when Scott Farquhar, CEO of Atlassian will be talking to BoS in a live […]

Student? Just graduated? Apply here for a Business of Software Grant

At BoS we believe in software entrepreneurship – and we really want to encourage future generations to get involved. So we do what we can to make sure content from BoS is available for students, but there is no doubt that a lot of the value comes from attending the conference, the hallway track and […]

What personality types come to Business of Software Conference? Here’s one way to find out…

Have you ever wondered how your personality and work style affects your colleagues? Are your strengths and weaknesses the same under pressure? How does your behaviour affect the people around you? Are psychometric tests and personality profiles hokum? Can you hack your personality? Can you ‘flex’ your style in different situations? Is there a ‘right’ personality […]

Worthy winner 1 for Business of Software Conference Pass competition

Congratulations to Gabriel Mays who won last week’s ‘Find the Code’ first thus winning himself a Free Pass to Business of Software Conference, October 28-30th. Good luck with Just Add Content Gabe, congratulations of finding the code ‘BoSKeyPie’ in The Whisky Priest Menu blog post and see you at Business of Software. Subscribe to email updates if you […]

All Cities Send a Message: Boston support networks for entrepreneurs

I’ve just finished reading an-old-but-great-essay from the inimitable Paul Graham about the messages cities send and how that affects enterprise culture. He makes the point that you need to live in a city and really understand it before you can fully decode its culture, but for a new girl in town like me, the most […]

Mikey Trafton on why company culture matters & how to build a world class culture in 3 easy steps. Watch or read this before you hire another person.

Mikey Trafton learned about ‘cultural fit’ the hard way when every employee in his 8 person startup quit on him in a single day. I think this is one of the best talks I have ever heard on culture and why it matters. It offers entrepreneurs and software people a very simple, effective three step […]

Live Q&A with Jeff Gothelf, NEO (and Author: Lean UX). 12.00 noon EST, Sept 19th

Where do you begin with embedding innovation practices in your growing software business? Tomorrow at 12 noon EST we’ll talk to Jeff Gothelf, CEO of NEO about his work and the big, audacious topic he intends to tackle at Business of Software – a step by step guide on how to build and support innovation […]

Business of Software – who’s coming?

Wondering who else will be at Business of Software?Well, here’s a bunch of interesting companies for a start: PHC, eMoney Advisor, OpenEye Scientific Software, Avontus Software, UserScape, Tuff Decisions Inc., Software Verification, Interapptive, Inc., Enova, Moraware, GoECart, Cape Horn Strategies, Zillow, TBD, CustLabs Ltd., Entrance, Schneider Electric IT DK ApS, Lobster Software, agileDSS Inc., Delivra, […]

The Business of Software Conference site tear down

Thanks to this website tear down that we asked our new friends Brecht Palombo and Scott Yewell at the ‘Bootstrapped with Kids‘ podcast we just noticed that we don’t actually say that Business of Software is a Conference, in Boston, on our homepage (among many other things). We don’t even say why people might want […]

Can your product help run a global software community or an event business?

If you make software that will make our lives, and the lives of our customers, easier, we’re all ears… We are currently starting to rebuild the Business of Software and BLN web sites as well as integrate these sites with our back office, billing, CRM, email marketing, social media, accounting functions etc. As we retool the […]

Whiskey Priest: Buffet Menu, Business of Software Conference Networking Dinner, Whiskey Priest, Boston, 28th October 2013.

Location: The Whiskey Priest. 6.30 pm till late. 28th October 2013. View Larger Map Buffet Menu, Business of Software Conference Networking Dinner, Whiskey Priest, Boston, 28th October 2013. Chicken Broccoli Ziti Beef Satay Grilled Lemon Chicken Scallops Wrapped in Bacon Crab Legs Golden Calamari Oysters on Half Shell Lobster Dip (with bread & chips) Spring […]

Live Q&A with Sarah Hatter, CEO CoSupport. 12.00 noon EST, Sept 10th

Support can be an unloved function in a software business, but what other part of your business gives you the chance to turn ‘ho-hum’ customers into raving fans? This morning/afternoon (depending on your timezone) we’ll be chatting to Sarah Hatter, founder of CoSupport, about why is support is such a dirty word in many software […]

Live Q&A with Dan Siroker, CEO, Optimizely. 13.00 EST, September 4th 2013.

This hangout is now history. Thank you Dan. You can view the conversation between Dan Siroker and Mark Littlewood about the growth of Optimizely and AB Testing and what keeps Dan awake at night below. Come and join Dan Siroker, CEO Founder of Optimizely and previously the man behind the data analytics for President Obama’s successful […]

Business of Software Conference Sunday photowalk

One of the highlights of BoS for me would be attending this but I never end up getting the chance as we are busy putting up signs, getting registration ready etc. That shouldn’t stop you going though. The chance to take photos and learn a few tricks with people like Betsy Weber and John Knox […]

Paul Kenny, GBP: It’s not your personality style holding you back in your professional or personal life, it’s your inability to recognise where your natural preferences aren’t serving you and to flex or adapt when required.

A guest blog from Paul Kenny, BoS hero. Paul offers some insight into the age old question of introverts and sale and offers some wider thoughts about how individuals can adopt different styles in different situations. – - I first spoke at Business of Software in 2008, when I delivered a rather nervous, presentation ‘Sales […]

Paul Kenny’s super-practical mini-MBA for software entrepreneurs who need to understand sales

Paul Kenny spends most of his time trying to persuade sales people to be more entrepreneurial. But most people in the Business of Software have the opposite problem. We’re entrepreneurial, but we need to more salesy. Over the years at Business of Software Conference, Paul has talked with a vast number of software people with […]

Once is funny, twice is silly, three times is boring/stupid.

Spoof startup pitches. How long till this ‘trend’ gets boring. September is our guess. Once is funny, twice is silly, three times is boring/stupid/derivative/a slap. Radimparency Radimparency, by Vooza one is well done and the guys that did it run a business creating viral videos. Funny. RydeMyPony The RydeMyPony one is too long but incorporates just about […]