Anonymized from the conference feedback…
"My BoS commitment was to free myself up so I could dedicate as much time and energy to building my company and getting v1.0 of my flagship product ready for launch. Realising this was going to be near impossible while working a fulltime job, I made a commitment at BoS to quit my job at F(redacted) (who graciously helped me get to BoS, knowing my ambitions) as soon as I got home. It was very tough but after an incredible 7 year run working with some of the most talented people I've ever met, my tenure will come to an end next week.
"What BoS has helped me with is to give me the courage to take this step, by introducing me to an incredibly supportive community of brilliant entrepreneurs. People who have been on a similar journey to me and are able to offer support or a friendly ear for the challenges I am facing. And it's very heartening, hearing about how others have similar challenges and being able to offer my own thoughts. Outside the walls of this conference there are very few other venues that offer this kind of experience. Plus the fact that the delegates are just so friggin smart! I have been endlessly namedropping to the guys on my team all the great people I met but the highlight would have to be meeting Peldi from balsamiq. I love his style and how he built his fantastic company on his own mettle is truly inspiring. Jason's talk was the highlight for me, and also his critique of my product pitch (which I already rabbited on about in my other survey response so I'll leave it at that :)). My only regret from the conference was not saying hello to Mark! But I could see he had his hands extremely full. Oh and that I forgot to collect that bottle of champagne 😉 I would be delighted to blog about the experience above over my two BoS conferences 🙂 I'd love to hear from someone who still does desktop software and how some of the benefits of SAAS companies might be applied here. For example, measuring customer engagement and subscription-based pricing models. See ya next year! Provided I don't drive myself broke over the next few months ;)"
Congrats D! Hope it works out for you and come and write some guest blogs for us on how it is going.