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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 a BoS Conf Online Supporter: Software Promotions

Most BoS supporters tend to be relatively large companies. Where by “relatively large” we mean more than two people.

Not so for Software Promotions. One of the things that sets them apart, and proudly so, is that they’re only two people — and they have no plans on ever changing that.

They believe this what has kept many of their clients with them for years.

What do they do? Well, they promote software. Check out Dave’s talk from 2016 to learn why and how they do this differently and come join them at BoS Conf Online Spring on the 26th and 27th of April.

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Jason VandeBoom: Bootstrapping to a $100 Million Round

Jason VandeBoom will be speaking at BoS Conf Spring.Online 26-27 April on the topic: Inflection Points on a Journey from Side Hustle to 1,000 People.

Jason is the founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign. He went against a lot of traditional advice for startups: staying in your lane; not going after big companies as your first customers; treating customer support as a cost centre…

Those unorthodox decisions have been key to the growth of ActiveCampaign.

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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.

Update: And to the kind generosity of BoS Mensch Dharmesh Shah…

Apply Here Now.

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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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