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All Talks From Business of Software Conferences in One Place

All Talks From Business of Software Conferences in One Place

All the talks from previous Business of Software Conferences from one place. Great SaaS & Software Talks.

If you want to watch previous BoS Talks, you can access all of the publicly available ones from here, listed by year. The more recent talks will link to the video of the talk, a transcript, the speakers slides, any follow up online AMAs and attendee notes. Great talks on building SaaS and software businesses.

Enjoy!

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Ask Rand Fishkin and Promise Phelon Anything. 23rd and 25th August.

We do our best to get you as close to your tech heroes as possible, so you can ask them the questions that matter to you.

That’s why we hold regular AMA sessions – and we’ve got two more here, just for you. Click on the links to either (or both) and press ‘yes’ on are you going to watch? That way, you’ll get an automatic calendar invite and email reminder before we go live. The two sessions are:

Rand Fishkin, Co-Founder of Moz/Inbound.org and as close as to a SEO deity on earth you will find.

Rand recently gave a candid talk at Business of Software Conference USA on the things he’d change, keep the same, and is yet to know when reflecting and looking forward to his Moz and life journey. You can see the talk here.

On August 23rd, 1800 BST, 1300 EST, you will be able to ask Rand anything about his journey, SEO, inbound marketing or whatever you like. Click here to register for the Rand hangout and be reminded before it goes live.

Promise Phelon, CEO of TapInfluence and complete Badass.

At Business of Software Conference 2016, Promise’ll be talking how to build great company cultures.

This important part of a business is often overlooked, often to a company’s peril. Promise is a veteran at fostering great workplace cultures, and you’ll be able to ask her how she does it, and how you can benefit.

On August 25th, 1600 BST, 1100 EST, you can ask Promise how to grow great cultures. You can be reminded about the event right here. 

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The Things I Wish I Could’ve Told Young Mr Fishkin | Rand Fishkin, Moz | BoS EU 2016

The Things I Wish I Could’ve Told Young Mr Fishkin | Rand Fishkin,  Moz | BoS EU 2016

Rand Fishkin, Founder, now Wizard of, Moz gave a very honest and open talk at BoS Europe this year reflecting on what he could have told his younger self. We’ll let Rand provide some context for the talk from his blog post about it but take it from us, it will both make you smarter and move you. A talk that is not just about SEO and Inbound marketing but the entrepreneurial journey. Thanks to Rand and Geraldine for sharing this story.

Slides, Video & Transcript below

Rand Fishkin will be holding an AMA with us on August 23rd, 1800 BST, 1300 EST. It’s free and live. Click here to be reminded before the event goes live.

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Scaling Lean Methods | AMA with Ash Maurya | Video

Scaling Lean Methods | AMA with Ash Maurya | Video

Ash Maurya is the author of ‘Running Lean’ and the newly published, ‘Scaling Lean’ as well as the Lean Canvas business modeling tool.

He regularly hosts sold out workshops around the world and serves as a mentor to several accelerators including TechStars, MaRS, Capital Factory, and guest lecturers at several universities including MIT, Harvard, and UT Austin. So, all in all, he’s  pretty good guy to listen to if you want to think about scaling lean methods in your business.

Ash is speaking at Business of Software Conference 2016 on Scaling Lean Methods, but before he does, he took your questions based on your particular problems.

In an entertaining half an hour, Ash covered a range of topics and previewed what is to come in his talk perfectly.

See the video below.

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Culture Eats Perks for Breakfast | Promise Phelon, CEO, TapInfluence | Guest Blog Post

Culture Eats Perks for Breakfast | Promise Phelon, CEO, TapInfluence | Guest Blog Post

Game room, free lunch, fully stocked kitchen, on-site barista, and free beer. These elements of a job description are used to capture the the attention of industry talent.

However, it’s not what truly engages or retains them. In today’s technology field, perks are a game of one upmanship in the recruiting wars and while they may land you some good people, your best people stay for the culture that underlies the glossy perks.

Culture is a very different animal, but unfortunately I often see it conflated with perks. I understand the value of perks for both businesses and their employees. At TapInfluence, I want to make our office an enjoyable place for people to work, and providing creature comforts helps employees stay in the game. But perks should simply be an extension of culture, not a mask for a weak one.

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How to Grow and Stay Agile – Part 2: Top 6 Software Development Decisions | Guest Blog Post | Dirk Paessler

How to Grow and Stay Agile – Part 2:  Top 6 Software Development Decisions | Guest Blog Post | Dirk Paessler

15 Years of Continuous Improvement

When you are running your business based on a single software product, decisions about software development are as integral to your success as business decisions—in fact, they are directly related to your business. This is why the second part of this blog series about the inseparable connection between growth and agility focuses on the top 6 software development decisions we have taken in the last 15 years. These are the decisions that, in retrospect, we consider important—most of them didn’t feel so important at the time:

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The cheapest Michelin starred food in the world.

The cheapest Michelin starred food in the world.

Congratulations to Chan Hon Meng who runs a street food stall, HK Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle, in Singapore that has just been awarded a Michelin star.

At S$2 (US $1.50), Mr Chan’s soya sauce chicken rice and noodle is the cheapest Michelin-starred meal you can get in the world.

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Hiring at Scale | Patrick McKenzie, StarFighter | BoS USA 2015

Hiring at Scale | Patrick McKenzie, StarFighter | BoS USA 2015

Patrick McKenzie, StarFighter

Patrick McKenzie (or patio11 as he is better known on the Internets) gave a great, practical and actionable, talk about how to get better at hiring engineers at Business of Software 2015.

“Every hiring process sucks, but think of hiring as a funnel.

  • Outreach — Creating the eco system (100 nerds)
  • Attract — Getting people to come to you (10 nerds)
  • Assess — Do they meet the requirements? (6 nerds)
  • Close — Give them an offer (Your new employee)

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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What is Your Software Saying Behind Your Back? | Sarah Allen, Ultrasaurus | BoS USA 2015

What is Your Software Saying Behind Your Back? | Sarah Allen, Ultrasaurus | BoS USA 2015

Sarah Allen, Ultrasaurus

Even data warehousing software has a personality – even if you might not want to spend your leisure time with it. Whether you are aware of it or not, everything you ship will reflect the values and culture of your business. Organisations spend a lot of time reflecting on and thinking about their internal values but these are not necessarily embedded in the software you ship. All software has a personality – it can be passive-aggressive, boring, dominating, supportive, helpful, even fun.

What does your software say to your customers? Can you build software people love, even if it’s doing the kind of things people hate to do? Sarah draws on her experience delivering projects at every scale to show how you can build software that delights customers, no matter what it’s doing.

Video, Slides & Transcript below

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