Hi Mark, What do you regard as the best BoS talk ever given and why? I would be very interested in your response.Question from a newsletter subscriber.
Interesting question and we get asked it a lot. We’ve just been talking about this again recently and there aren’t easy answers. Here’s a few that stand out in different ways but this is by no means a ranked list…
Product, marketing, strategy, operations and company growth
- Kathy Sierra, Serious Pony: Building a minimum badass user A completely different way of thinking about your product and your users.
- Geoffrey Moore: Understanding the difference between core and context in your business What should you really focus on in your company?
- Rahul Vohra, SuperHuman: The product market fit engine How to drive product strategy and growth by understanding who your most profitable customers are and what they value.
- April Dunford: Positioning for growth – How to make complex products obviously awesome Everyone thinks they know what positioning is. This will make you reconsider.
- Professor Clay Christensen: The job your product does. A masterclass from a maestro.
- Wade Foster, Zapier: Building operating cadence with remote teams Lessons from building a 200 person fully remote team
Lessons in entrepreneurship
- Peldi, Balsamiq: What I learned in 10 years building my business. Lessons for entrepreneurs from Balsamiq and an incredibly open account of almost selling to Atlassian…
- Jason Cohen, WPEngine: Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. Insights from an astonishingly successful entrepreneur working through the issues of founding a successful company. Imposter syndrome is real.
Then there are ones like this…
- Patrick McKenzie, Stripe: Hello Ladies! A Lightning Talk about marketing to minorities.
- Greg Baugues, Twilio: Developers and Depression Without being dramatic, a talk that has literally saved lives.
The best BoS talks tend to be:
- Technically brilliant talks (a basic hygiene factor)
- Come from personal experiences and hard won lessons/expertise
- Inspire different thinking but also offer immediately actionable ideas
- From trusted and engaged members of the community it’s full of super smart people and entrepreneurs who really ‘get’ what the conference is about.
There’s some evergreen but very valid information about how we choose speakers here.
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