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Software Business Scaling: How to do it. What are the Critical Components? | BoS AMA Masterclass with Stephen Allott | BoS Hangouts

Software Business Scaling: How to do it. What are the Critical Components? | BoS AMA Masterclass with Stephen Allott | BoS Hangouts

What is Critical in Scaling a Software Company?

Literally a billion dollar (or more) question we asked Stephen Allott, a man who has been there and done it numerous times – most notably through his experience with Micromuse (NASDAQ: MUSE).

Stephen took questions from Mark and an audience of software entrepreneurs on what are the most critical factors in growing a software business from startup, to scale up, to IPO. See the video below from the hangout, and join us for our regular master classes from some of the world’s most leading thinkers and practitioners in software scaling.

Stephen will be talking at Business of Software Europe Conference in Dublin on 16-17 of May 2016. Book your ticket now or see who else is talking.

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3 Reasons why I am returning to Business of Software Conference in 2016 | Guest Blog Post

3 Reasons why I am returning to Business of Software Conference in 2016 | Guest Blog Post

This is a guest blog post from Mark Stephens, the original posting of which can be found here. Mark is a previous BoS Lightning Talk speaker and Systems Architect/Lead Developer at IDR Solutions and took a few moments to note why he will be coming back to BoS in 2016. 

Software conferences consume lots of time, money and emotional energy. So you need a good reason to include one in your agenda. I tend to limit mine to really important sales events (JavaOne), things I believe passionately in and want to support (NetBeans days) or the chance to go somewhere amazing and be part of an awesome event (DevFest Istanbul).

In the past, I have also been to Business of Software. I first attended in 2008 (which was a real eyeopener for me on how to run a business. In 2009, I did the Lightning talks (still the most scary event in my life) and in 2010 I was lucky enough to go back as a speaker. Since then the date has clashed with JavaOne and I have got out of the habit of attending.

This year I have decided that it is time to return. There are of reasons to go (we have several clients in Boston, I love the city, etc) but my 3 main reasons are:

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How to Scale a Successful Software Business | Stephen Allott | Business of Software Europe

How to Scale a Successful Software Business | Stephen Allott | Business of Software Europe

Scaling Successful Software Companies

Stephen Allott led Micromuse, a London Headquartered company that floated on NASDAQ. Revenue in 1995 was c £1 million. In subsequent years revenue tripled, doubled, tripled, doubled, doubled and doubled to £142 million in 2001. That sort of growth is hard.

In this talk, Stephen shares his experiences and identifies the five critical things, aside from ambition, that you need to get right to scale a successful software business.

Stephen will also be speaking at Business of Software Conference Europe, May, 16-17th, in Dublin, Ireland about how small software companies can sell to large organisations.

Slides, Video, Video of AMA Here

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Bill Janeway Warburg Pincus | Productive Bubbles | Video Slides Transcript | BoS Europe 2015

Bill Janeway Warburg Pincus | Productive Bubbles | Video Slides Transcript | BoS Europe 2015

Bill Janeway, Founder of Warburg Pincus’ High Tech Investment team and investor founder of such companies as BEA Systems and Veritas Software is also a Cambridge academic who has analysed the economics of stock market bubbles over the years.

Are investment bubbles a good or a bad thing? The answer may surprise you. (No! It really might, this isn’t buzzfeed).

Bill argues, very cogently, that ‘productive bubbles’ are not only a good thing, they are essential to enable the creation of huge, market-transforming, disruptive ideas.

Slides, video and transcript below…

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The Most Selfish Words in Marketing

The Most Selfish Words in Marketing

Lake Superior University recently announced their 41st Annual List of Banished words and phrases. A collection of letters that when combined, produce sounds and meanings so heinous, they don’t deserve to be uttered any longer. Some of those listed were ‘vape’, ‘manspreading’, and ‘break the internet’ which frankly, is fair enough.

Unfortunately, Lake Superior missed one phrase, and the record needs to be set straight.
What is the most overused, and ultimately meaningless phrase in the world of marketing today?

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Website and SEO Best Practice

Website and SEO Best Practice

Finding a good SEO is akin to getting a reliable builder – it’s tough to get one. But once you know you have found someone who fits the bill and you can trust, it’s worth hanging onto them.

Despite every effort to not admit it – Dave Collins, Founder of Software Promotions and Co-Founder of SmartSEOtraining, is an excellent SEO and someone with great knowledge of what makes websites work and be seen.

In 2014, Dave took to the BoS USA stage to offer candid feedback on websites volunteered by the audience. After hearing Dave’s advice in the talk, every website has been changed.

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We heard you liked Business of Software Conference USA 2015

We heard you liked Business of Software Conference USA 2015

Putting on a conference is hard work (we know, not as hard as running a software business!). Fortunately, we have the best guests in the world. These were just a few of the things that people said in September when we sat back at the end of the conference, exhausted, and said, “Was it worth it?

Thank you.

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Relive BoS Conference USA 2016 – The Montage

Relive BoS Conference USA 2016 – The Montage

September 21-23 2015. Boston.

300 Software Managers, Founders, CEO’s and leaders filled the auditorium in the World Trade Centre once again for the 9th Business of Software Conference USA.

This year saw a fight back against the unicorn culture sweeping the tech world and Silicon Valley. We instead provided value for attendees in values: Growing software and Tech companies for all the right reasons – to help people and scaling businesses that produce profit in the long term.

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