Talent worth hearing

We aim to get a wide spread of talent to make your ears tingle and synaptic neurone positively glow with excitement.

You won’t want to miss the hard-earned lessons from these veterans of the software industry.


These splendid souls are already confirmed

2012: Gail Goodman

CEO, Constant Contact

Gail is a small business advocate and visionary, whose work as the CEO of Constant Contact has allowed more than 500,000 small enterprises to build better relationships with their customers.

2012: Kathy Sierra

Founder, Javaranch

Kathy Sierra is the author of books that have sold over a million copies on knowledge management and design and winner of several Jolt Cola/Software Development Awards.

2014: Rand Fishkin


Inbound marketing and radical transparency are two of the things that Rand is renowned for. He will talk about both at Business of Software Conference 2014.

2012: Joel Spolsky

CEO, Stack Exchange Network

Avram Joel Spolsky (born 1965) is a software engineer and writer. He is the author of Joel on Software, a blog on software development.

2013: Dharmesh Shah

Co-founder & CTO, HubSpot

Dharmesh is co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. HubSpot provides inbound marketing software that helps businesses attract, convert and engage customers on the web.

2014: Alex Osterwalder

Founder, The Business Model Foundry

Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. Together with Professor Yves Pigneur he co-authored Business Model Generation, a global bestseller on the topic of business model innovation.

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2011: Clayton Christensen

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Professor, author, entrepreneur, missionary, husband, and father: Clayton Christensen wears many hats in his life. As an academic, he has been recognised as the world’s most influential business thinker.

2011: Alexis Ohanian

Founder, Reddit

In 140 characters: Alexis is a startup guy making the world suck less: reddit, Breadpig, hipmunk, Y Combinator. Investor, speaker, host ofSmall Empires, author of Without Their Permission.

2010: Eric Ries

Author, The Lean Startup

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startu