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Here comes Labor Day and the end of the summer. One thing before you clock off…

As it is Labor Day on Monday it really is the official end of the summer. I hope you all had a great one. Personally, I had one of the best ever – hanging out with some of the friends and family of some of the people I have met at Business of Software over […]

Is BoS doing a livestream this year?

The short answer is, ‘No’. The longer answer is that while we have for the past two years as an experiment the cost of doing so is simply too high to justify for us. It isn’t just the hard cost of delivering the livestream (over $25,000), it is a business model question and a question of […]

Depression, entrepreneurs & software developers

So this is a big thing for us all I think even if we can pretend it isn’t. Greg Baugues is a developer who has Type II Biploar and ADHD. He applied to do a Lightning Talk last year but it wasn’t picked to present. It was an interesting talk about how to overcome natural […]

Coding is the easy part. Peldi shares what he has learned as an entrepreneur growing Balsamiq Mockups

Peldi, Balsamiq, Coding is the Easy Part. Business of Software Conference 2012 A wonderful talk about an entrepreneurial journey over the almost five years of Balsamiq’s birth and growth. Packed with tips and tricks about what to worry about, what to ignore, how Peldi’s views on some things have changed while core values have remained […]

It’s back! Avangate’s BoS scholarships to support innovative software vendors.

Great news – the nice people at Avangate are once again funding Business of Software scholarships for innovative software vendors who would benefit from BoS but would otherwise not be able to finance it. There are scholarships for three companies – businesses that aim to be future software leaders – and we’re very excited to […]

Lightning Talks – the soon to be more famous five

Here are the Lightning Talks that will be presenting at Business of Software Conference 2013 in Boston. You may have noticed that we have already added an additional speaker to the programme, Greg Baugues who will be talking about, Depression, entrepreneurs and developers. Greg applied to do a Lightning Talk and we have shuffled the […]

‘Go for the speakers. Re-go for the audience’

We’re sometimes a bit guilty, here on the BoS site, of focussing on our speakers during the build up to the event, but I’ve been re-reading some of the feedback from 2012, and the truth is, speakers are only part of the story. This is, after all, an event for peer learning and one of […]

Lightning Talks are in. First impressions and next steps.

So the Lightning Talk entries are in… I try to make a point on NOT looking at them as they come in as they are a HUGE distraction. And then we start to go through them all… The Lightning Talks provoke a combination of guffaws, ‘Aha’ moments, giggles, sighs of disbelief (did Frank Slickman really submit […]

The truth about Van Halen’s M&M Rider – just good operations.

When it comes to tales of the diva-ish behaviour of rock stars, the rumour that Van Halen had a rider that demanded a bowl of M&Ms without any brown ones is infamous, but is it true? Could anyone be that much of a prima donna? According to Dan and Chip Heath’s new book, Decisive, How […]

Hello Ladies! Patrick McKenzie’s 362 day working year & other secrets of his success. A guest post from @Patio11

Does anyone remember an incredibly nervous looking geek at Business of Software 2010? As he stood, gulping air and muttering to himself at the back of the auditorium, the contrast between the bright blood red Twilio jacket he was wearing and the white, bloodless face, was remarkable. This was a shy introvert on the brink […]

Tom Erickson, CEO of Drupal experts Acquia to talk at BoS2013 about growing a global software business

We want to let you know that the CEO and co-founder of one of the most successful open source companies on the planet will be speaking at Business of Software Conference this year about how to scale internationally. Please welcome Tom Erickson, CEO of Acquia to the Business of Software Conference family. Tom has a […]

Lightning Talk Competition: submissions for Business of Software 2013. Deadline 7th August.

The Lightning Talk Competition is always one of the highlights of the Business of Software Conference programme and last year’s speakers did us proud – the highest quality set of talks overall we have ever had. We had over 50 video submissions to speak so picking the presenters wasn’t easy even if it was entertaining. This […]

Should you ask an expert? Probably not if you want to know how to do something

Such an entertaining reminder that sometimes asking an expert isn’t the best way to work out how to do something. Balsamiq’s Peldi is a pretty phenomenal cook in his own right but when he made this delicious dish for us recently he told us that it was a recipe from his Grandmother who is the […]

Why you should give a Lightning Talk

I came across this guest post from last year today and thought it worth repeating – thanks to Joe Corkery and Zuly Gonzalez for sharing. ‘This is a guest post from Joe Corkery. Joe is Vice President of Business Development at OpenEye Scientific Software in Cambridge, MA. Remarkably, Joe has been with OpenEye for nearly 13 […]

Welcome O’Reilly Media

Question for you: what do Eric Ries, Jeff Gothelf, Scott Berkun and Kathy Sierra have in common? Yes, they’re all BoS speakers, no prizes there. They also share a publisher, O’Reilly Media, an organisation which, in its own words, is put on this earth to ’spread the knowledge of innovators’. After 25 years of working in […]

Resistance is futile. Paul Kenny at Business of Software.

Whenever I hear Paul talk I hear two things: Some of the best, most straightforward advice on selling in the software business you’ll ever hear. The soothing tones of my native Yorkshire. He makes me homesick. Paul’s ability to demystify sales and turn it into an understandable, even fun process, has made him a firm […]

How to prepare your Lightning Talk – the alumni speak.

So, apparently I have to write a blog post today which doesn’t mention royalty or babies, despite every other media outlet in the United Kingdom being awash with nannies, nappies and nurseries. So let’s talk about Lightning Talks, shall we? The gestation of a Lightning Talk is relatively short, at only 12 weeks, and although the […]

Anything you Want

I read, ‘Anything you Want‘ by Derek Sivers after he shared this wonderful talk at Business of Software Conference 2010. Most business books are long and become boring as there is a central point that is repeated ad nausem as publishers are still stuck in the, ‘More is more’ publishing paradigm. ‘Anything you Want‘ is […]

If you missed the Business of Software Conference newsletter, here you go. Sign up & don’t miss the next one.

Three more great speakers confirmed for Business of Software Conference (28-30th October 2013). We hope you will be as excited as us about the new additions… First and second, Bob Moesta and Chris Spiek from Re-Wired Group will be doing a talk, ‘Uncovering the Jobs-to-be-done‘. You might remember Clayton Christensen’s talk a couple of years ago when he introduced this concept […]

The Cultural Anthropology of Stack Exchange. Joel Spolsky at Business of Software Conference 2012.

Joel Spolsky doesn’t really need any introduction does he? No. A long time and partner and supporter of the Business of Software Conference, he used to partner with us on putting the conference together until he realised, very smartly, that software is his future and running conferences is for schmucks…  He is always a welcome […]

Business of Software Conference speaker, Iris Lapinski, CEO, Apps for Good, named by Forbes magazine as one of five, Innovative Rising Stars

One of the things we really, really enjoy at Business of Software is discovering new, relatively undiscovered, talented people who are changing the world with technology and have something to say that is relevant to running great businesses and building great products. Congratulations then to Iris Lapinski, CEO of Apps for Good (and Business of […]

Building the minimum bad ass user. Some unfinished business… Kathy Sierra at Business of Software Conference 2013.

Kathy Sierra‘s talk last year, ‘Building the minimum bad ass user‘, is one that has had a huge impact, not just on the people that were there in the room on the day, but on people who have watched it online subsequently. One of the key metrics we use to measure the value of the talks […]

Chris Spiek & Bob Moesta talk at Business of Software 2013 on, ‘Jobs to be done’ and why customers switch products

Remember that amazing Professor Clayton Christensen talk at Business of Software 2011 about life, marketing and the jobs that people hire products to do? You could almost hear the pennies dropping as he talked about the importance of understanding the job that your product does. Before we tell you a little bit more about Chris […]

We’re so excited…

But we are going to have to wait till Monday to share some news with you. Reminded me that people are awesome… I am feeling as sharp as the guy at 1.12 on that video right now though it is really nothing to do with me.

Bob Dorf, co-author startup owner’s manual, Customer development: the science of acceleration for growth businesses

This was another incredibly well-received talk at Business of Software Conference last year – for good reason. Bob Dorf has earned his startup chops, is entertaining, highly experienced and has seen a whole lot of successful and unsuccessful businesses. More importantly though, he has spent a huge amount of time thinking about why he was […]

Business of Software Conference update – new speakers and EARLY BIRD deadline TODAY!

Two new speakers for Business of Software Conference (28-30th October 2013) and a reminder that the EARLY BIRD rate of $1,695 closes in 24 hours time. Scott Berkun will share his experiences working at, one of the top 20 websites in the world (by traffic), one of the world’s most distributed companies – there is no office. […]

Scott Berkun to speak at Business of Software Conference about his year without pants and the future of work

We’re delighted to announce Scott Berkun as a speaker at this year’s Business of Software conference, 28-30th October 2013, Boston, MA. Scott is a thoughtful and insightful character, and you may have already read one of his books, Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds. If you […]

RIP Doug Engelbart. Computer Scientist, human, inventor, visionary, deliverer of ‘the Mother of All Demos’

—- ——— — DOUG ENGELBERT RIP Doug Engelbart, inventor, visionary and apparently all round good guy, died yesterday aged 88. He will probably be most remembered for inventing the computer mouse though his legacy is much more significant than that – this is a nice appreciation from Bret Victor - that explains the problem of describing […]

Lightning Talk Competition: submissions for Business of Software 2013. Deadline 7th August.

The Lightning Talk Competition is always one of the highlights of the Business of Software Conference programme and last year’s speakers did us proud – the highest quality set of talks overall we have ever had. We had over 50 video submissions to speak so picking the presenters wasn’t easy even if it was entertaining. This […]

Jason Cohen, CEO WP Engine, Why data can make you do the wrong thing.

“So when it comes to matters of style and perspective and creative work, we find the, ‘Wisdom of the Crowd’ does exactly the opposite. It cuts away the interesting edges, leaving you with something bad.” Jason’s talk at Business of Software Conference 2012 was typically funny, insightful and thought provoking. Jason Cohen, CEO of WP […]