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BoS Conf Scholarships 2023

Business of Software Conference Europe 27-28 March, Cambridge UK

Business of Software Conference USA (Dates and location TBC)

The brightest software entrepreneurs from across the world will be meeting at BoS events throughout 2023 to interact with their peers, discuss the big issues around running a software business, and participate in interactive sessions led by experts.

Every year at Business of Software Conference, the generosity of our supporters allows us to offer full conference tickets to deserving entrepreneurs and leaders who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend the event.

This is a brilliant way to get a leg up in the industry and meet some extraordinary people who want to help you succeed.

You will leave with ideas that will make a difference and an amazing network of people who can help you make it happen.

This year is no different.

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BoS Podcast : Mergers and Acquisitions

What is happening in M&A in 2022 and beyond?

Interesting conversation with Christopher Moore at Quiet Light Advisors on the state of the economy and how it has affected acquisition activity for SaaS and software companies.

2021/22 has been a frantic time for exits with a huge amount of capital deployed in rollups and acquisitions. However, many aggregators have found it harder than they expected to find the deals that work for them and the cost of capital has risen so while there is still an active market, many are being more choosy about the deals they do.

Christopher discusses what buyers are looking for, the outlook for the market and how entrepreneurs can best prepare for their sale. You might be surprised to hear an M&A guy say that many entrepreneurs should not sell. He explains why he thinks that is the case and why entrepreneurs should run their business as if they will never sell but be in a position to sell tomorrow if they had to.

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Preparing for Exit

If you are considering an exit for your business, you will have plenty of questions.

BoS may be able to help.

Starting January 2023, we’re running a programme where you’ll join a small group of others in a similar situation and together we’ll define your goals and timelines and thrive through this exciting and challenging time. For more information…

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Quality baked in

I was an avid traveler, lived on the road and full time RV’d with my family – building our business, schooling kids, & living as cheaply as possible. Full stop March 2020.

I’ve admittedly been afraid to leave the house since. I’ve been working up the courage recently, but found many excuses not to travel – even to nearby cities. I’ve attended BoS online conferences since 2020 and they have forever changed the way we work and run our business; the talks are welcoming, intimate, and – most importantly – the people and organizers of BoS are always there to help with anything. The BoS community is unlike anything I’ve come across.

I missed the first “post Covid” in-person spring European conference this year out of fear. I regretted it, and committed to the conference in the fall.

I decided a 9 – 12 hour drive from Ontario to Boston might be a better first step than a flight. So, that’s what I did!

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How BoS Sparked Inspiration

This was my second time attending the BoS conference in-person, and I learned that’s a common denominator of the event. Bob Moesta told me, “you don’t ask ‘have you ever been to BoS’. You ask ‘how many times have you been?

This event draws people in again and again, and for good reason. The content is of the highest quality, the people are friendly and approachable, and – as a woman traveling alone – I always feel safe at this event (and I can’t say that for other events). This time, I walked away with an explosion of inspiration, and I couldn’t wait until I got home to put things together.

©️Ian Clifford

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Takeaways from being a newbie to a Business of Software conference 🥡

Flying nearly 6000 miles to Boston and back in two and a half days to see some of the world’s most talented product, marketing, and startup leaders? Count me in!

You know when you go to a conference with all the intention of applying what you learn? You turn up, you get a good seat, and then you listen to the presenter sharing their take on a subject. You nod away in agreement to what they’re saying, and you take what seems like 100+ photos of their slides, all with the best intentions of applying the learnings when you get back to the office.

And then you don’t do a single thing with anything you’ve learned. Not a single thing.

For me, this is what made BoS a completely different conference to what I had attended previously.

That’s because it was the first conference I attended where I *actually* came home, applied what I learned, and have started to see results.

As a newbie, I was pleasantly surprised by the tight-knit feel and authenticity of the whole thing. And the questions from the audience were just… *chef’s kiss*.

But, what made it really worth it was when I got home I instantly put into practice a lot of my learnings, for both my own business and for my clients.

©️ Ian Clifford

Over the course of the conference, I watched a number of speakers present, including Elizabeth O’Neill, April Dunford, Bob Moesta, Katherine Thompson, Bill Spruill, Asia Orangio, and Bruce McCarthy.  Some I had seen speak previously, others were new to me.

These are the three main takeaways for me:

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Jed’s first BoS Conf USA

There’s something about in-person events that are just different. Although I can rattle off a list of awesome things that happened ‘over the pond’, some of the most exciting moments for me certainly lay with seeing people connect with other like-minded people over coffee, dinner, and – most importantly – happy hour.

The magic may have happened in these moments but what really lifted the event were the world class speakers who nailed their sessions throughout the week.

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“Take me out to the ball game” ⚾️

©Ian Clifford

After BoS Conf USA 2022, the BoS Team decided to head out to Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox play against the Baltimore Orioles. Did we know anything about baseball? Did we know the names of the players? Did we realise it was going to be three+ hours and very little scoring? Did it matter?

In baseball you’ve got to not only hit the ball (which is very hard) but then make it to the first base before your opponent can get the ball to the first base ahead of you. You’ve then got to make a call of can you go further or will you wait for you team mate to also hit their ball and both of you can progress in hope of scoring points. 

We face the same issues in work life and in personal life. We might strike out a few times, but when we do hit the ball, we have to make quick decisions and trust our team mates can help us get round the diamond of life and help us make a difference.

Some of us are pitchers. Some of us are catchers. We all take our turn batting. We all need to be able to trust our team to have our backs.

“What’s this got to do with BoS USA 2022, Kirk?” I hear you ask. Well,

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Are You Recession Ready?

Jason Cohen of WP Engine fame introduced me to Jonathan Slain at Recession.com earlier this year. He and the WP Engine team work with Jonathan and he is a pretty interesting guy. We invited him on the podcast to discuss how SaaS and software companies can prepare for, and take advantage of, a recession.

We discuss:

  • How you define a ‘recession’, beyond the standard economist’s answer about GDP. Have you ever considered your company’s GDP?
  • The things that you should do to be prepared for a recession when they inevitably hit.
  • The opportunities that a recession can offer for those that are prepared properly and how to take advantage of them.
  • The common mistakes companies make when faced with a downturn.

You can take Jonathan’s recession readiness assessment here and see how you compare to over 1,500 other companies when it comes to being prepared for the next recession.

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BoSton Dinner recommendations

We’ve hunted down a selection of top local places to eat in the Seaport district for you to enjoy whilst at BoS Conf USA.

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Why BoS Conference is Different

We can’t wait to be back in person for BoS Conference USA. IT’S NEXT WEEK…!

Business of Software Conference USA, Boston MA is coming up next week, 26-28 September.

As we prepare for our first in-person US conference for three whole years, we were looking back at some of the things that we think make BoS a special place for all who attend, as speakers, supporters and most important, attendees.

You can read some of the thoughts of previous attendees including Dharmesh, Des Traynor, Tobi Lutke and many more here.

I ended up spending more time than I meant to watching some of the old BoS summary videos that try to take some of the lessons learned at each conference, talk to the speakers and participants about what they learned and took away.

A real trip down memory lane but it did strike me that while many things have changed over the years in the world of software, the core values and spirit of BoS have kept consistent.

BoS is about providing a place for entrepreneurs and software folk to spend time with kindred spirits talking and thinking about how you can build great products and great companies.

Here are a few of my favorites, featuring some very young looking people, some of whom now look a little older…

How many people can you name?

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BoS USA 2022: Sunday Duck Tour

Although BoS Conf USA doesn’t officially start till Monday 26 September we do also provide Sunday afternoon activities and this year Quiet Light have generously put on a Duck Boat Tour of Boston for attendees!

Join Quiet Light and the BoS team as you venture off on a tour of the city by road and water. You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden domed state House to the Boston Common, the historic North End to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, it’s time for a big splash as your ConDUCKtor drives right into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

The tour sets sail from the Seaport Main Entrance on Seaport Lane and will drop you back off at the same place. BoS Legend (and scholarship supporter) John Knox will be on hand to provide more Boston factoids and information the onboard ConDucktors driving the boats may have missed.

We’d really appreciate if you could indicate if you’d like to go on the tour in advance by letting Kirk know and confirming we can look forward to seeing you about 4:45pm on Sunday 25 Sept.

If you’ve not got your tickets for BoS USA 2022 yet there is still time!

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Supported through the years

After 14 years of doing BoS Confs, we have seen dozens of supporters help us make magic happen for hundreds of BoS attendees. They power us to build a stronger community for you to enjoy and it’s our honour that they come back time and time again to meet more of you and to keep BoS an open and welcoming place.

This year, for BoS USA In-Person 2022, all of our supporters are returning patrons who want to be a continued part of the BoS story.

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What to pack for BoS USA 2022

As we get ever closer to BoS USA In-Person, there’s a bunch of things we all need to think about. Over the next three weeks we’ll be sending you some information about what you’ll be doing over the three days you are in Boston for BoS.

When you are packing your bag for travelling it’s good to pack some items you might need whilst at conference. You don’t have to overthink things (like I did back in April for BoS Europe) but there are maybe some things you haven’t thought of.

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Her Majesty The Queen

We are saddened to learn about the death of Her Majesty The Queen and extend our condolences to the Royal Family.

As Brits, we have all grown up with her being a constant presence in our lives and her sense of service and duty was something that will define her rule for over 70 years.

For everyone around the world, this is a moment in history to pause for thought about how we live our lives, what we contribute to the world around us, and the legacy we wish to leave behind.

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Things to do in Boston 25-30 Sept

You don’t just come to Boston for a conference and leave without seeing some of the wonders the city has to offer.

Your time out of conf is just as important as your time in conference and we encourage you to make the most of your visit.

Here are just a few things happening in Boston the same week of BoS Conf USA:

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BoS Conf USA 2022 – The Talking Points

BoS Conf USA is just under three weeks away in Boston, MA, 26-28 September and WE CANNOT WAIT to see people in person after three years.

When my eldest daughter was 3, someone asked her what her Daddy did. She replied,

“He goes blah, blah, blah all day”.

Violet Littlewood

Probably true, but talking with people is how we learn, how we teach, and how we get more from life.

As always at BoS, there is going to be plenty to talk about. We ask attendees for a conversation starter to put on their badges and, as ever, there are some common themes and some, err, slightly weird interests…

Here are some topics of conversation this year…

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