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The day I became a millionaire | DHH Guest Blog Post

The day I became a millionaire | DHH Guest Blog Post

This post is a guest blog post originally posted on David Heinemeier Hansson’s Medium page and has been reposted here with David’s permission. We thought it is important to share it as it speaks so much to what Business of Software is about – Creating Businesses for all the Right Reasons, not just the money. 

I grew up lower-middle class on the outskirts of Copenhagen. Anywhere outside of Scandinavia, the socioeconomic label would probably have been ‘poor’, but Danish safety nets and support systems did their best to suspend the facts and offer better.

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All of the Business of Software Hangouts

All of the Business of Software Hangouts

The Business of Software team is committed to delivering one thing above all else. Value.

So when we say you can speak with some of the world’s leading professionals in a whole range of disciplines, and ask them anything, free… we hope you agree we deliver such value.

We’ve held hangouts with many different speakers, from DHH to Rand Fishkin. Check out the playlist below for all of the hangouts from Business of Software. They’re all free to attend and ask questions at. Join our updates here to find out when our next AMA’s are happening.

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The Story of Raspberry Pi | Raspberry Pi Zero | Jack Lang Business of Software Europe 2015 Talk

The Story of Raspberry Pi | Raspberry Pi Zero | Jack Lang Business of Software Europe 2015 Talk

What started out as a project to boost the number of applications to Computer Science at Cambridge University by inspiring a generation of children programmers has turned into a worldwide revolution.

Today marks the release of Raspberry Pi Zero – a five dollar computer.

Stop.

Just think.

Five dollars.

Jack Lang, Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and part of the original Pi Team, took to the Business of Software Europe stage to share the story of Raspberry Pi in 2015: It’s incredible journey from project, to world changer.

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How to Build and Market a SaaS Business | Duane Jackson AMA Recap

How to Build and Market a SaaS Business | Duane Jackson AMA Recap

 “With SaaS you need to win the customer every month – you need to retain them”

Meet a man with a ‘colourful’ and ‘non-traditional’ past. Duane Jackson.

Duane’s story is well documented. You can hear the full story here. To sum it up in a sentence, Duane has bounced from children’s home… to prison… to accounting software.

But when we caught up with Duane for an AMA, the talk was far more practical than the inspirational message delivered at BoS Europe 2015. Duane built a successful accounting SaaS business incrementally over a number of years, before ‘upselling’ for an undisclosed sum reported to be in the region of £20 million. His marketing knowledge and natural business acumen are worthy of paying attention to – as are his words of advice.

Below is the hangout itself, but also some highlights from the AMA.

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The Most Viewed Business of Software Videos of All Time

The Most Viewed Business of Software Videos of All Time

Business of Software Conference USA is ten years old this year.  To celebrate, we’ve thrown open the archives, with over 200 hours of videos available right now, free, here.

Over the years the BoS stage has been graced by a vast array of speakers, talking on a range of topics which aim to fulfill the promise of helping anyone who listens build better software businesses.

To think of these videos as the most popular BoS talks of all time is perhaps a fallacy, as most attendees have their own favourite moments and talks which were relevant to them at the time. These videos simply represent the most viewed Business of Software Conference Talks of all time, all in one place.

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Can You Build a Business Based on Some Core Principles? – Joel Gascoigne, Founder of Buffer Video

Can You Build a Business Based on Some Core Principles? – Joel Gascoigne, Founder of Buffer Video

Joel Gascoigne, co-founder of Buffer, shares some of his thoughts on the on the advantages and disadvantages of building a business while sticking to the core principles that he and his partner Leo set out when they founded the business.

Can such a highly distributed, radically transparent approach to building a business pay off in the long term? See the video below to find out.

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Should you rewrite your software? Yes! (But only in the right circumstances) | David Heinemeier Hansson AMA Recap | Basecamp 3

Should you rewrite your software? Yes! (But only in the right circumstances) | David Heinemeier Hansson AMA Recap | Basecamp 3

The world is flat. The Four Humours. Geocentricism.

These are all examples of paradigms which have since shifted once thoughts moved on.

In a similar way to these paradigms, Joel Spolsky’s writing in the early 2000’s on joelonsoftware.com shaped thinking in the software business – some could say even forming paradigms of their own.

Top of the list of all of Joel’s 1113 articles* is ‘Things you should never do, Part 1’. This article states the worst strategic mistake you could ever make is ‘rewrite the code from scratch’.

David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Ruby on Rails and Co-Founder of Basecamp, disagrees with Joel. Rewriting should be an option.  

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Free Business Videos. Over 200 hours of talks.

Free Business Videos. Over 200 hours of talks.

We exist to make you more bad ass in your business. This means arming you with the knowledge to help you think differently and more efficient in your business. This also means by attending our conferences, you are able to meet the people who will help take your business to the next level.

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