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David Heinemeier Hansson – AMA Hangout – Friday 16th October 2015, 17:00 BST 09:00 PST

David Heinemeier Hansson – AMA Hangout – Friday 16th October 2015, 17:00 BST 09:00 PST

Google Hangout, DHH, Basecamp. Friday October 16th

We’re hosting an AMA with DHH on his talk at Business of Software – ‘Rewrite!’

The video, slides and attendee notes are available here.

Join us Friday October 16th, 17:00 BST, 09:00 PST for the Hangout with DHH.  Get your questions to the front of the queue, tweet @bosconference using #BoS2015.

Join the DHH Hangout. Friday 16th October

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David Heinemeier Hansson | REWRITE! | Basecamp | Business of Software Conference Video | DHH

David Heinemeier Hansson | REWRITE! | Basecamp | Business of Software Conference Video | DHH

What’s number one on Joel Spolsky’s list of ‘Things You Should Never Do’?

Rewrite your software from scratch.

David Heinemeier Hansson disagrees.

In this talk, ‘Rewrite!‘ at Business of Software Conference USA 2015, David Heinemeier Hansson, Co-Founder, Basecamp, and Creator of Ruby on Rails explains why he disagrees and discusses his experience in rewriting the code for Basecamp, not once, but twice, with the third version of Basecamp launched this month.

Video, slides, attendee notes and transcript below…

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Pride of Britain – Duane Jackson: His Story | Video: Fireside Chat at Business of Software Europe Conference 2015

Pride of Britain – Duane Jackson: His Story | Video: Fireside Chat at Business of Software Europe Conference 2015

Duane grew up in childrens’ homes in the East End of London, left school with no qualifications and ended up serving a 5 year prison sentence for drug trafficking. He served time in US and UK prisons.

On his release, with a baby on the way, he decided to “go straight”.  He struggled to use products like Sage and Quickbooks to keep accounts so developed a web-based application for his own use. He eventually spotted the opportunity to sell this product to other small businesses and KashFlow was born.

KashFlow was one of the first Software-as-a-service (SaaS) products and was at the forefront of the move of software from he desktop to the Cloud.

By 2013 KashFlow employed 40 people and was serving nearly 20,000 customers. In October 2013 the business was sold to IRIS for an undisclosed sum that has been reported as being “in the tens of millions”.

His extraordinary story is recapped in his recently released book Four Thousand Days and seen him be honoured in events such as the Pride of Britain Awards in October 2015.

See all the Business of Software Conference Europe 2015 videos here below and hear his story about building Kashflow.

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How to Get Your Website Converting | Brian Massey, The Conversion Scientist AMA Summary

How to Get Your Website Converting | Brian Massey, The Conversion Scientist AMA Summary

Everyone has heard the phrase ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’. These days, it could even feel more appropriate to say ‘Data Makes the World Go Round’. But what about when the two combine?

Brian Massey is The Conversion Scientist and makes a living by using data to produce websites and processes that optimise for conversions of all manners, including maximising the bottom line. In 2014, he spoke at Business of Software Conference USA on the subject of optimising web pages and email, outlining a check list of top things anyone can do to ensure their landing pages deliver time and time again. You can watch that video here.

As part of the release of Brian’s talk free to the public, we caught up with him to see what has changed in the world of conversion science since last year. Watch the video below for the full AMA hangout, or for a summary, see below the video.

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The Unicorn Bubble

The Unicorn Bubble

It is not in the interests of any investors or entrepreneurs to talk about bubbles. They are too profitable for some. Besides, ‘this time it’s different‘, is the stock response to anyone who question the increasingly high valuations of some companies.

It is in everyone’s interests to understand the implications and what this means for other companies.

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