Business of Software conference news

STICKY POST: All Talks From Business of Software Conferences in One Place

STICKY POST: 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.


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Welcoming IQ Capital as BoS Conf Online Supporters

IQ Capital invests £0.5-10m at Seed and Series A in disruptive UK-based tech companies capable of dominating global markets.

This year we’re excited to welcome them as BoS Conf Online supporters and, of course, as conference participants themselves. Naturally this means that attending BoS Conf Spring in April is a great way of getting to know some of the UK’s leading tech VCs.

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Solve product problems next week with Rich Mironov

Rich Mirinov will be leading a breakout session at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April.

Rich is a seasoned executive and serial entrepreneur – he has been the ‘product guy’ (as CEO/VP Product) at six startups. With deep technical roots in B2B infrastructure, SaaS and consumer online, Rich combines ‘what-we-can-build’ with ‘what-markets-want’.

In his breakout discussion he will help you solve your gnarliest product problems through an open and engaging Q&A approach.

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Long Time BoS Supporters Balsamiq Return for 2021

BoS regulars will be familiar with Balsamiq and their CEO Peldi. In fact, for most of us, it would be a surprise not to see him at a BoS event.

We’re therefore delighted to announce that Balsamiq are once again supporting BoS in 2021 because Balsamiq and Peldi embody our values and what we believe make software companies great: a unique founder story, a successful product, and a willingness to share and give back to the community.

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Learn how to Make Multi-Country Hiring Work (in Practice) with Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess will be leading a Breakout discussion at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Hiring Challenges Across Territories.”

Pandemics aside, operating remotely comes with a lot of benefits for both employer and employee. A big one for entrepreneurs, is getting access to a broader pool of talent than what might be readily available on the home ground.

But making it work in practice can be challenging. When does it make sense to incorporate in different jurisdictions vs using contractor agreements? What are the tax implications? How do you deal with cultural and legal differences between regions?

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Scholarships: Attend BoS Conf Online.Spring 21 thanks to lovely supporters.

Business of Software is a paid conference with limited sponsorship. We focus on delivering value to our customers – the attendees. We know this means not everyone who would like to can afford the cost of attendance.

We’re delighted and grateful that the lovely people at Balsamiq Wireframes, Kevel, ServiceRocket, IQ Capital and Software Promotions are supporting us and the scholarship program to offer a helping hand.

We are always particularly keen to support entrepreneurs are the beginning of their journey, underrepresented groups in the software ecosystem.

This year, we’re also encouraging applications from you if, as a result of the pandemic, you find yourself between roles. The BoS community is open, welcoming and from previous experience, has been a great place to connect with companies who want to work with people like you.

Is it worth it?

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Asia Orangio Teaches You How to Take Control of Marketing Activity

Asia Orangio will be leading a breakout session at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “How Founders Can Get Better at Marketing.”

If the open Q&A session we had with Asia a few weeks ago is anything to by (it is) then you won’t want to miss this session.

As founder and CEO of DemandMaven Asia helps CEOs and founders make sense of marketing and focus on things that count and she now also serves on the board of directors for Moz.

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BoS Conf Online.Spring 21 Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions are your chance to share ideas and challenges about things that matter to you in a smaller group – with experts in their field and, of course, speakers.

They’re often described as the most valuable part of the event. Not only do you get to dig into something important, you spend time with a group of smart people with the same interests as you.

While some breakout sessions are set up, you can also suggest a topic for discussion.

You’ll be able to move from the main sessions into the room you choose on the day though if you have a question, we strongly encourage to submit in advance.

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Going from Venture-Backed Rocket Ship to Independent Business with Sahil Lavingia of Gumroad

Sahil Lavingia will be speaking at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “The Pros and Cons of Setting Your Own Goals as an Entrepreneur.”

Venture-backed or independent? That’s a question many founders and entrepreneurs have to answer when they start a software company. (And a highly charged topic for many.)

Sahil is one of the few entrepreneurs who’s gone down both paths, with the same company. After taking angel and venture funding for his company he radically rethought the goals and purpose of his company and pivoted back to an independent business.

We’re therefore delighted to welcome Sahil, founder and CEO of Gumroad, as a first-time BoS speaker to share his unique experiences with us.

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“Entrepreneurs Anonymous” with Gareth Marlow: A Peer Group for Founders

Gareth Marlow will be leading a breakout session at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Entrepreneurs Anonymous: Scaling a Tech Business is Hard.”

If you’ve ever worked with someone you didn’t trust, you will know how hard it can be to get even simple things done. Let alone taking big decisions.

Even harder is trying to deal with that alone.

In his session, Gareth will create a safe and welcoming space where entrepreneurs can work through difficult problems with peers who are attempting to navigate similar issues.

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Master Digital Teamwork Tools with Stefano Mastrogiacomo

Stefano Mastrogiacomo will be leading a breakout session at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Tips and Tricks for Using Digital Tools for Better Teamwork.”

Effective in-person, or remote, teamwork rarely just happens. It often requires work, effort, and deliberate focus.

You’ll know this if you’ve ever tried to solve or improve teamwork issues by trying a new tool. Be it a “whiteboard and stickies” or a “Slack and Google doc” situation, teamwork tools require process and skill.

But who has time to read the manual?

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Remote Working | Natalie Nagele & Peldi | BoS Online Europe 2020

Everything about remote working you need to know from the Co-Founder of Wildbit and the founder of Balsamiq

Streaming direct from the USA and Italy, two titans of remote working spoke at BoS Online Europe back in 2020.

Even fully remote companies who have been doing asynchronized work for decades have had to change their ways of working when the pandemic hit. In this talk, Peldi and Natalie discuss the aspects of remote worklife that are different now for working at home in result of Covid-19 including productivity, schedules, prioritisation, focus, and much more.

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Alison Coward (Founder of Bracket) Teaches You How to Run Exceptional Remote Meetings

Alison Coward will be leading an interactive breakout session at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Running Better Remote Meetings.”

At the heart of most teams lies The Team Meeting. It’s where issues are raised, decisions are taken, and plans are made. In a remote environment, its often also the only place where people see each other and catch up.

As building a high-performing, resilient, and adaptive team has never been more important, you’ll want to make sure your remote team meetings are setting you up for success.

Alison will teach you how in her session.

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Design Your Future (post-Covid) Workplace with Yodit Stanton, CEO of OpenSensors

Yodit Stanton will be speaking at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “The Future of Work and the Workplace.”

Well before Covid shuttered so many of our offices, Yodit was building technology enabling entrepreneurs and facilities managers to optimise workplace well-being.

In 2021, as many of us are considering a return to physical and shared workspaces, the big question is: how do we ensure everyone’s safety and wellbeing?

OpenSensors is ideally placed to help answer that question. In her talk, Yodit will explain (with examples) the five key themes that need to be considered.

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CEO Joel Gascoigne Reflects on the Highs and Lows of Building Buffer

Joel Gascoigne will be speaking at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Reflecting on Ten Years on the Roller Coaster.”

2020 marked ten years from the launch of Buffer. A product that started out being built in a bedroom has now evolved into a household name amongst social media management platforms.

Buffer now employs almost 90 people worldwide (remote-first) with a unique and loved company culture.

Joel will take us through the highs, lows, ups, and downs of his journey in a personal and intimate talk about his decade of building Buffer.

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Doist Founder Amir Salihefendic on Maintaining Growth and Impact in 2020 and Beyond

Amir Salihefendic will be speaking at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Reflections on Growing a Remote Company in a Pandemic.”

As founder and CEO of a successful remote-first company (Doist) Amir has been a passionate advocate of remote working as the future of work for a number of years now. His advocacy was particularly well-placed last year, as we all know 🙄

A bet on remote was not the only thing that enabled Doist to continue growing its reach and impact in 2020.

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Zapier CEO Wade Foster on Scaling a Remote Company (in a Pandemic)

Wade Foster will be speaking at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: “Reflections on Growing a Remote Company in a Pandemic”.

You might be forgiven for thinking that companies who were already operating remotely pre-2020 have had an easier ride over the past twelve months.

To a small extent that’s true: companies like Zapier who’ve been operating remotely for a decade didn’t have to work out how to work and hire remotely.

In practice though, even remote-first companies experienced huge productivity hits last year. After all, working remotely pre-2020 did not typically involve being locked up in your home — very often with equally frustrated partners, kids, and babies breathing down your neck…

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