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Scaling a Technology Business is About Unscaling Technical Debt | Jeff Szczepanski, Stack Exchange | BoS USA 2015

Scaling a Technology Business is About Unscaling Technical Debt | Jeff Szczepanski, Stack Exchange | BoS USA 2015

Jeff Szczepanski, COO, Stack Exchange

In every successful technology businesses Jeff has worked in, the key challenge has been understanding how to scale technology and when to tackle the technical debt that inevitably accrues as a company runs ever faster and faster in pursuit of its business objectives. Jeff draws on his experience to help you understand what challenges emerge as a company moves from a Developer Centric environment to become more business focused.

How can you get the business people to have influence on a developer centric environment? How can you manage the challenges that marketing will present?! What principles can you apply to be aware of problems early? How do you trade Agile Practioners vs Architectural Astronauts in a fast growing business? What are the technical debt trade-offs, what problems can you buy yourself out of? What problems will kill you if you don’t move now?

Slides, Video, Google Hangout & Transcript below

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The Long Slow SaaS Ramp of Death AMA Video | Gail Goodman AMA, Building a SaaS Business

The Long Slow SaaS Ramp of Death AMA Video | Gail Goodman AMA, Building a SaaS Business

Gail delivered a talk for the ages at BoS USA 2012 with the “Long, Slow, SaaS Ramp of Death”.

At the tenth Business of Software USA, she returns to reflect on her time at Constant Contact with the talk “Lessons Learned in 17 years Building and Exiting a SaaS Business”. As someone who has been through growing a software company before – her experience is invaluable.

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Business of Software Europe 2016 Speaker Slide Decks

Last week we took over the Powerscourt Hotel, Ireland for the third BoS Europe Conference Europe. As ever, the speakers produced a great show for those in attendance, delivering thought provoking presentations with software businesses in mind.

The slides from most of the presentations are here – with thanks to the speakers for permission to share the slides with the wider BoS Community.

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Gail Goodman – Ask Me Anything | Wednesday June 1st – 1215 EST

gail goodman

gail goodman

One of Gail Goodman’s legacies to the software industry has been proving you can build a profitable business in the SMB space. Today, SME/SMBs are a recognised and attractive market segment for software companies and significant amounts of venture funding is available to go after it.

Beyond this, Gail delivered a talk for the ages at BoS USA 2012 with the “Long, Slow, SaaS Ramp of Death”. At the tenth Business of Software USA, she returns to reflect on her time at Constant Contact with the talk “Lessons Learned in 17 years Building and Exiting a SaaS Business”.

Before the conference, you have the opportunity to ask Gail anything on growing great businesses. As someone who has been through growing a software company before – her experience is invaluable and available to you during the one hour hangout.

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I Have a Face for Radio and a Voice for Silent Movies

I Have a Face for Radio and a Voice for Silent Movies

It is a good job someone in the family has communication skills…

This is Violet being interviewed last week at Business of Software Conference Europe in Ireland by the rather wonderful Bill Thompson and Gareth Mitchell from the BBC’s Click programme. The producer, Ania Lichtarowicz is holding the mic and set everything up.

You can listen to her here and the final programme here. It features some people that are well known to regular BoS Conference attendees – Betsy Weber (Techsmith), Clarke Ching (Royal London), Iris Lapinski (Apps for Good), Joan Mulvihill (Irish Internet Association) and John McEvoy (Irish Men’s Sheds Association).

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