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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 […]

Dan Siroker, Director of Analytics for Obama’s First Presidential Campaign to speak at Business of Software Conference

Dan Siroker heard Senator Obama speak when he visited Google Campus at the behest of Eric Schmidt back in the days when he wasn’t the POTUS. He was so impressed with what he heard that he volunteered to be part of the Campaign team, eventually resigning his position at Google to work on this full […]

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Guest blog from Adii Pienaar, Founder of WooThemes.

Adii Piennar, founder and CEO of Woothemes was one of last year’s Business of Software Conference speakers. Watch his talk (with transcript) about running a global business from the edge of the world here. Adii’s company, Woothemes celebrated it’s 1,000,000th download this week but Adii has moved on… Adii Pienaar… When I was a kid, […]

Rita McGrath, Columbia University & Scott Farquhar, Atlassian speaking at Business of Software Conference

Rita McGrath, Professor at Columbia Business School and Scott Farquhar, CEO and co-Founder of Atlassian, will be talking at this year’s Business of Software Conference. This is what they want to share with you… Professor Rita McGrath will be explaining why the concept of sustainable competitive advantage, long touted as a key principle of corporate […]

We need more white men in technology.

June 11th 2043 “We need more white men in technology and have to make more efforts to make sure that London and the South East are supported more. It is simply not fair that the technology industry is so dominated by women and the Wick technology cluster is still sucking talent from across the United […]

Thinking of you Boston

We were very sad to hear about the terrible news yesterday of the attack on the Boston Marathon. A horrible day for Boston but we will still be back for the Business of Software Conference, (in response to the email we had asking if the conference will still be going ahead, err, yes). Like millions of […]

Do we need a Code of Conduct for Business of Software Conference?

I don’t think so but I am interested in other views… There has been a lot written and tweeted in the past week or so about the fallout from PyCon which has spiraled out of control. Terribly. It led to PyCon revising its code of conduct for participants and subsequently, a number of people have […]

How to submit a killer Business of Software Conference speaker proposal. (And how to guarantee you will never get to speak)

So many people have asked us how we select speakers, or how they propose speakers for Business of Software Conference that we thought we would offer some thoughts that are relevant, not just to Business of Software specifically, but to any approach or submission to a conference. We have seen some terrible proposals and some […]

Sorry. That was embarrassing. We want to apologise unreservedly but also thank you to Lucy Boyes at Red Gate and WP Engine

If you went down to the Business of Software Conference site today to register for our Super Early Bird, you would have been in for a big surprise. The site was down and we were getting no email from early this morning. The Business of Software website was not there. We didn’t notice as we […]

A Business of Software Conference ‘speaker algorithm’

I am genuinely humbled by the number of incredible, extraordinary people who agree to share their stories and life lessons at the Business of Software Conference over the years. I know how much effort, thought and energy goes into each and every one of those talks and I can’t think of one that I didn’t […]

Business of Software Conference 2013 – FAQs – guest blogs, speaking, sponsoring, deals…

This is a quick set of the most popular questions flying in through the door at BoS Towers over the last couple of weeks. Are we accepting speaker proposals? Yes. BUT PLEASE PAY CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THESE GUIDELINES. We get about 10 approaches a day and we simply don’t get the time to respond to […]

Thank you! Under 30 CEO & Clarity.fm name Business of Software Conference on their lists of top software events! :-)

Thank you to Under 30 CEO and to Clarity for recognising Business of Software Conference as a quality, must-attend, event for software entrepreneurs. We love running Business of Software and we know people love coming but it is always rather wonderful to be rewarded with some attention. Hugely appreciated by all of us who work […]

Why is Business of Software going to be smaller this year than last?

Registration for BoS 2013 is open but please note we had almost 450 attendees last year but this year there will be a maximum of 400. We haven’t released any of the names of the speakers yet and our first early bird price break is just over two weeks away but already 60 places have gone. […]

Kathy Sierra: Building the minimum Badass User, Business of Software. A masterclass in thinking about software product development.

Stop what you are doing and watch this is you are involved in making software. Most people have been doing it all wrong. The inspirational Kathy Sierra kicked off the Business of Software Conference 2012 with this brilliant, brilliant, talk. Not only some of the smartest advice anyone has given about how to approach software […]

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

All of the talks from the 2012 Business of Software Conference are now online. Over the course of the next year we will make the majority of them available as videos and transcripts to everyone via the blog. All attendees to the 2012 conference have been given passwords to access all of the talks now […]

Index of the 2012 Presentations

Index to the summaries of the Business of Software 2012 presentations. Kathy Sierra – Building the Minimum Badass User Jason Cohen – How data, statistics and numbers will make you do the wrong thing Joel Spolsky – The Cultural Anthropology of Stack Exchange Dharmesh Shah – Valuation, Competition, Porter’s Five Forces and Culture Peter Bauer […]

Creating An Instant Board Of Advisors

This is a guest post by Brian Turchin. Brian is CEO/Founder of Cape Horn Strategies, a consultancy devoted to helping software CEOs create vibrant and flourishing businesses. Brian has helped dozens of CEOs successfully proceed from one business life cycle stage to another: he helps start-up CEOs become a growing profitable business; he helps CEOs […]

Business of Software videos and Business of Software 2013 date…

Hi folks, A quick update for you on two things that people seem to want to know about. Where are those videos of the talks from 2012? They are being processed – again – as there was a problem with the sound output. The good news is that we have been able to get a […]

Business of Software meetup – Washington DC

Jonathan Cogley, CEO at Thycotic Software writes… “Thanks for a great conference.  We thoroughly enjoyed it!  Learned lots of new things that we will be applying at our company over the next 6 months. “I came to BoS in 2011 and again in 2012.  One thing I have noticed is that the conversation works best […]

The Bootleg BoS BOS Big Band live.

Thanks to Stephen Kellett, English Bagpiper extraordinaire, for bootlegging the entirety of the BoS BOS Big Band live sets. Here are the two sets, in their entirety. The classic rock set, (and listen from about 8.00 minutes in for the jam session that gives you just an inkling of the talent in that scratch band). The […]

Links to all of outputs of all of the teams at the Business of Software Conference Workshops

BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, TEAM ‘AVENGERS’ OUTPUT BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, TEAM ‘DECRAPIFIED HAMSTER BADASSES’ OUTPUT BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, TEAM ‘WALLABIES’ OUTPUT BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, TEAM ‘BADASSES MAKING BADASSES’ OUTPUT BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, TEAM ‘REPLACEMENT REFS’ OUTPUT BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, THE ‘BADASS TEAM’ OUTPUT BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, TEAM ‘MARSHMALLOW MISFITS’ OUTPUT BOS 2012 WORKSHOP, TEAM ‘CAN HAVZ […]

BoS BOS Big Band live. Anyone seen the lost tapes?

Some short excerpts of the band at Business of Software this year. I know a guy standing at the front with an iPhone 5 got one of the songs complete on video. If you are that person, please get in touch. Would love to see it. If you see a man walking around Boston trying […]

Some of the post Business of Software Blog posts from attendees.

Here are some links to some of the blog posts from attendees at this year’s Business of Software Conference. Drop a link into the comments below if you want to add yours. First up, the BoS blogging demoness: Zuly Gonzalez from Light Point Security who is summarising each talk in a series of guest blogs.  […]

BoS 2012 Workshop, team ‘AVENGERS’ output

This year’s workshop sessions were designed to help get people talking and thinking together in smaller groups. We hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy themselves and meet some interesting people. Each team had a maximum of 20 people from different companies and they all worked together to produce a series of specific outputs to 10 […]

BoS 2012 Workshop, team ‘MISFIT TOYS’ output

This year’s workshop sessions were designed to help get people talking and thinking together in smaller groups. We hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy themselves and meet some interesting people. Each team had a maximum of 20 people from different companies and they all worked together to produce a series of specific outputs to […]

BoS 2012 Workshop, team ‘DECRAPIFIED HAMSTER BADASSES’ output

This year’s workshop sessions were designed to help get people talking and thinking together in smaller groups. We hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy themselves and meet some interesting people. Each team had a maximum of 20 people from different companies and they all worked together to produce a series of specific outputs to […]

BoS 2012 Workshop, team ‘ORIGINAL ORANGE BALLOON’ output

This year’s workshop sessions were designed to help get people talking and thinking together in smaller groups. We hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy themselves and meet some interesting people. Each team had a maximum of 20 people from different companies and they all worked together to produce a series of specific outputs to […]

BoS 2012 Workshop, team ‘WALLABIES’ output

This year’s workshop sessions were designed to help get people talking and thinking together in smaller groups. We hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy themselves and meet some interesting people. Each team had a maximum of 20 people from different companies and they all worked together to produce a series of specific outputs to […]

BoS 2012 Workshop, team ‘BADASSES MAKING BADASSES’ output

This year’s workshop sessions were designed to help get people talking and thinking together in smaller groups. We hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy themselves and meet some interesting people. Each team had a maximum of 20 people from different companies and they all worked together to produce a series of specific outputs to […]



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