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Guy Mucklow and Thomas Smale – AMA | No Exit | 16 Feb

Have an eye to selling – even if you don’t want to sell.

One of the key things that came out of this discussion is that having an exit strategy in mind isn’t just about wanting to sell your business.

Almost everything that has anything to do with exit strategy as you build and grow your business will add value in the long term – having clear processes and documentation, ensuring contracts are clear, developing new products and markets etc will all mean your business runs better and should you be in a situation where you want to sell, they are in place.

Having to make those things happening at the last minute as you try to go through a sales process is a killer.

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It’s not the tools you use, it’s the tools you don’t use.

Wise words from Bridget Harris, Founder & CEO of YouCanBookMe in this Hangout with Peldi from Balsamiq, two organisations with a commitment to doing things another way. Bridget, discussing the tools that they use everyday to facilitate remote working was referring to using email as a communications tool. She said the company only really uses email for external communications as in her view email encourages the wrong type of behaviours in teams Рhoarding of information etc.

This was a wisdom filled hour. Rewatch the Hangout below or see the original talk and talk transcript that sparked this discussion.

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Why We Turned Down a $100 Million Sale | Guy Mucklow, PCA Predict | BoS Europe 2016

Guy Mucklow, Co-founder, PCA Predict

Guy and his co-founder Jamie Turner founded Post Code Anywhere in 2000. Like many self-funded, profitable businesses, they had a steady stream of investors knocking at their doors but never had any interest in taking the money or selling. Last year, they were considering how they should grow a big data startup, Triggar, they had started together. Should they fund the startup with the profits from PCA Predict or sell their profitable business and use the funds to focus on Triggar? Initial conversations with an investment bank about strategic options turned into offers for the business and months later they were a whisker away from selling PCA Predict for close to $100 million. Guy discusses why they pulled out of a deal costing them a significant amount of money and time, the danger of being sucked into a process (albeit willingly), and why he feels that keeping the business was the right decision for shareholders, customers and the team.

Slides, Video, Notes, Hangout & Transcript below

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How We Almost Messsed Up Trello | Michael Pryor, Trello & Paul Kenny, Ocean Learning| BoS USA 2016

Michael Pryor, CEO, Trello and Paul Kenny, Ocean Learning.

Michael Pryor is CEO of Trello, the tool that helps entrepreneurs organise their businesses and lives.¬†He’s also the co-founder and President of Fog Creek Software, sits on the board of Stack Exchange.

In this interview, with Paul Kenny, Michael talks about some of the things he got wrong building Trello and discusses the reasons things went wrong as well as what was done to get it right.

Video & Transcript below

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Join us online: Bridget Harris and Peldi discuss remote working and more…

Join Bridget Harris, (YouCanBookMe) and Peldi (Balsamiq) to discuss remote working and more…

Bridget’s, YouCanBook.me has grown since 2011 from tens of customers, to now booking in over 750,000 appointments monthly. Watch Bridget speak at this year’s Business of Software Europe on investors, remote working, inclusivity, hiring and more here with notes and transcript.

Peldi runs Balsamiq, home of easy mockups, with a team of great people spread around the globe. Here he is talking about growing up, reluctantly, at last year’s BoS USA.¬†Both Bridget and Peldi are longtime friends of BoS and both have a passion for building businesses that dare to be different.

Thursday 24th November, 1600 GMT

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The Buskers Guide to Running a Tech Startup | VCs, Remote Working, Hiring and more.

“Wait a sec‚Ķ if I DON‚ÄôT take your money, I will fail. If I DO take your money I will likely fail‚Ķ what?!”

Bridget is the co-founder and CEO of YouCanBook.me, a SaaS tool which allows your customers to easily book your time, fuss free. At BoS Conference Europe 2016, she discussed the growth of the company, and likened her busking background to that of her experience of growing a company. She touched on many of her experiences in growing YouCanBook.me, from dealing to VC’s, to remote working, to the hiring process and their policy of ‘blind hiring’ to ensure the best people get the job based on merit alone, and shared actionable tips on each of these.

Comprehensive notes are found below, courtesy of Jonathan Prisant,  as well as the full video and transcript of the talk.

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BoS USA 2016: Wireframe App

One App to rule them all

During our breakout session on Monday 12th September, we asked participants,

“Wireframe an App that would make your life better.”

You can find some of the designs here.

Add a comment below and let us know what you think.

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BoS USA 2016: Spirit of BoS

From our breakout session on Monday 12th September, we asked participants to design a picture/cartoon or take a photo which sums up the spirit of Business of Software.

Below are a few of the designs submitted.

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Tips to Stand Out to Event Organisers and Get More Speaking Opportunities

How do we select speakers for Business of Software Conference?

Business of Software has gained a great reputation over the years as being one of the best software conferences in the world. As a result, we receive tens of approaches a week to speak at the event, despite only having 15 slots to fill over 3 days. Most of the speakers at BoS are previous and/or regular attendees. Many people who attend the conference would be keynoting at another event but we are lucky to be able to convene so many great people together under one roof to discuss the things that really matter in their businesses.

In the hope this helps your application to¬†speak at any event, we’ve put together a list of things we look out for in potential BoS speakers. Related to this, we’ve also wrote up the 15 traits of the most brilliant conference speakers too.

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BoS USA 2016: Suspended M&Ms and Spaghetti Structures

From our breakout session on Monday 12th September, we asked participants to suspend M&Ms from a structure made from materials including spaghetti, marshmallows, strawberry laces and other things they had at hand. Scores were calculated by multiplying the number of individually suspended M&Ms suspended at least 2 inches from the structure by the height of the lowest M&M off the ground. (Simpler than it sounds!).

Below are a few photographs of the mess that was made genius designs they came up with!

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BoS USA 2016: Why Agile Sucks

From our breakout session on Monday 12th September, we asked participants:

“Why Agile Sucks?”

They have a minute to explain.

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