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Business of Software Conference in Europe and the USA

Business of Software is seven years old now. Thank you for being part of such an incredible community of people that care about making great software and building great businesses. Business of Software has always been a global community: last year half the attendees came from outside the US. As we have grown, we have […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Where were you when….? The 2012 schedule

Came to BoS 2012? Can’t remember the name of that great speaker just after coffee on the second day? Would like to know the title of Bob Dorf’s presentation? We have saved the schedule from 2012 here to help you out. Business of Software 2012 Schedule

Access BoS 2012 videos

Access all the videos of Business of Software 2012 talks now AND get a free copy of Dan Pink’s To Sell is Human - $150.

Index of all BoS talks from 2011 and earlier

Over the years we have accumulated a great deal of really useful content from BoS conferences: guest blogs as well as talks. But we know a lot of you come here for the presentations, so we have decided to index everything from 2011 and earlier here to make the search easier (of course, all talks […]

How delegates sum up BoS 2012

At the end of a packed 2.5 days in October we asked the attendees if they could sum up their BoS experience. Here are their responses – uncensored. Thanks for the feedback: where we can, we will tighten things up. And some of you definitely need more sleep. It was an action-packed thrill ride. I’m […]

How to watch Business of Software Conference livestream & participate online

Good news! Once again, you can watch the livestream of every talk at next week’s Business of Software Conference. We know it isn’t the same as being there to talk and network with some of the most interesting people in the software business today – but you will see some brilliant talks about growing long […]

Business of Software Dinner hosted by Avangate, Tuesday October 2nd. Limited availability.

If you’ve been to Business of Software before, you know that on Tuesday night (2nd October), delegates organize themselves into groups and form ad hoc ‘Listeners’ Dinners’. Avangate, sponsors of some free scholarship places for Business of Software will be hosting a dinner for their Scholarship Winners on Tuesday evening and would like to invite […]

If music be the food of BoS, sign up and play on.

If anyone wants to get involved in the music at Monday night's event at the Whiskey Priest, please get in touch. We have a really good core of guitarists, bass, keyboard, bongos etc but would welcome more of the above or other instruments. We need more cow bell. In fact, we currently have no cow bell. […]

Someone that can’t do email should not be at a technology conference but this is different!

Last year at Business of Software 2010, Young Me Moon gave a talk called, 'Different'. It was. In a brilliant talk, she talked amongst other things, about the evolution of bottled water… How can you differentiate between 50 brands of bottled water in one supermarket? In almost every instance, the managers of each and every one […]

Business of Software 2011 Lightning Talk presenters announced

These are the winners of the Lightning Talk submissions for Business of Software 2011. Thank you to everyone that submitted an entry, especially by video. We had a lot of fun reviewing them. I for one can't wait to see these talks for real. Lighting Talks, in no particular order: Corey Reid, Freshbooks, Be afraid, […]

Business of Software 2011 Workshop sessions – if you are registered, please vote!

If you are registered for Business of Software 2011, we want to let you choose which workshops we should run in the afternoon breakout sessions. If you haven't registered, what are you waiting for? Please register your preferences using the SurveyMonkey form here. We have lots of configurable space at Business of Software so we have […]

Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  We ran a quick analysis of some of the fastest growing companies in the UK and see who the most […]

Lightning Talks and Workshops – deadline extended to midnight PST, 14th August

Stop wasting your time sending apologetic emails about being late to submit your Lightning Talk and Workshop ideas for Business of Software. We are a pretty easy going bunch so we have given you a little more time to get your ideas in. Please submit to info@businessofsoftware.org by midnight PST on 14th August. If you […]

Special delegate rates for previous Business of Software attendees

One of the reasons Business of Software has become such a great event over the years is that extraordinary people have taken a risk in paying with time and money to come. We know it is not a cheap conference to attend – or produce (I would not recommend running this type of event if […]

Entrepreneurial business 1 – Global corporate 0

Remember that post from, oh, two days ago about entrepreneurs and incumbents? Congratulations to Business of Software 2011 speaker Jeff Lawson and Twilio on now being recommended by Ribbit as BT, who bought Ribbit three years ago for $105 million is shuttering Ribbit. I am sure this is more of a gesture than a revenue […]

Try the unconventional alternative

A guest blog from Josh Linkner, founder & Chairman of ePrize, the largest interactive promotions agency in the world and Adjunct Professor of Applied Creativity at the University of Michigan who will be speaking at this year's Business of Software conference in October. Most software, business (and life) decisions come down to a multiple choice question. Should […]

Business of Software on the cheap.

We have sold over 90 tickets to Business of Software this year – the first 100 tickets are available at the Early Bird Price of $1,595 saving $900 on the ticket price. One of the most common questions we get asked is how can we get there on the cheap? This is hard. This is a […]

We are taking all the money and heading off to the beach. Or maybe not. Tempting though.

One of the things that people have taught me at just about every conference I go to is the importance of measuring stuff. Yeah, yeah, blah, blah. I just learned a lesson. We opened Early Bird Registration for BoS on the blog a week or so ago and sent our first note to the mailing […]

Business of Software 2011. Site live, early bird tickets available. Professor Clayton Christensen to open conference.

We are pleased to let you know that the Business of Software 2011 site is now live. This year, the conference will be held in Boston from 24th-26th October and we are putting an amazing roster of speakers together. Even more importantly to those of you who know and love the event, the first 100 […]

BoS 2011 call for speakers

Speaking opportunities at Business of Software 2011.

Springboard 2.0 – the accidental incubator grows up

Last year, Red Gate ran Springboard. We called it the accidental incubator – we’d offered free desk space to a handful of interesting people and we figured that we might as well formalise it into an incubator. In true version v 1.0, lean startup fashion we just hacked it together and shipped it as soon […]

Business of Software 2011 – dates announced

What I enjoy most about what I do is turning nothing into something. It’s about taking an idea that most sensible people say is dumb, and trying to prove them wrong. It almost doesn’t matter whether it succeeds or fails – it’s about the thrill of the journey. The next step – turning that small […]

Three cool things we’re doing at #redgate

One of the great things about being part of Red Gate is that I’m able to support some really cool things. Here are three things we’re working on right now. Springboard 2.0 Last year, we ran an incubator out of the Red Gate offices. We had a bunch of really cool start-ups and some amazing […]

Red Gate’s 11th birthday

Red Gate was 11 yesterday. Dom (aka I Drink Lead Paint) took a fantastic picture to mark the event. Even more impressive is his video of the photo shoot. Enjoy: You can see the finished photograph, the full-sized video and the rest of Dom’s extraordinary photographs on his flickr stream. He is on twitter too […]

What happened to labor – a partial answer to Seth Godin’s question

Yesterday, Seth Godin asked ‘Whatever happened to labor?’ It reminded me of a couple of paragraphs in John Ruskin’s ‘unto this last’, written about the same the Brooklyn bridge was being constructed: “We have studied and much perfected, of late, the great civilized invention of the division of labour, only we give it a false […]

Free tickets for Business of Software 2010

Here’s the list of people who’ll be getting free tickets to come to BoS 2010: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1635106 If you’re on the list, drop me a line at neil.davidson@businessofsoftware.org

Pay it forward: how to get a free ticket for Business of Software 2010

I've got a handful of free tickets to hand out for this year's Business of Software conference. It should be great – Seth Godin, Joel Spolsky, Dharmesh Shah and Eric Sink are just a handful of the many speakers who'll be speaking about building long term, profitable and sustainable businesses. Plenty of people have written […]

How should I hand out free tickets to Business of Software?

Every year I hand out a number of free / heavily discounted tickets to Business of Software. I run the conference because it's a Good Thing to Do, and helping a few people who wouldn't otherwise be able to make it is part of this. But I've never been happy with how to allocate these […]