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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.

Enjoy!

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Black Friday Sucks | Business of Software Conference BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Black Friday Sucks | Business of Software Conference BLACK FRIDAY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Black Friday Sucks.

In the US, it was created as an opportunity to sell more stuff people don’t want to people who can’t afford it to while away some time while your at home with your family in a turkey coma and your critical faculties are severely weakened. Retailers dump unwanted stuff, at prices noone was prepared to pay for in the first place then add a DISCOUNT!! Blurgh. No thanks. This ‘tradition’ has spread to the UK and beyond now and this is the season that all those things you bought online or in-store come back to bite you in the inbox (or spam box), as marketeers go ‘MAD!’ with their BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!!!!

As everyone does it, we thought we had to, but we think these artificial festivals of consumerism suck.

Our Black Friday Deal is different.

Black Friday Sucks. So…

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#BoSFAQ | Expanding Into New Markets

#BoSFAQ | Expanding Into New Markets

#BoSFAQ – Your questions, answered by our expert speakers.

We like to help all our subscribers with a full catalogue of interesting and insightful talks from our previous Business of Software conferences.  With over 200 talks to watch there is something for everyone – the first step is knowing your problem; that’s where #BoSFAQ comes in. Here we answer your questions, with the help of our expert speakers.

This week the question is:

Q | How do I scale my hiring efforts during rapid company growth?

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“It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times” – Every CEO Ever | Tim Barker, DataSift | BoS Europe 2018

“It Was The Best Of Times, It Was The Worst Of Times” – Every CEO Ever | Tim Barker, DataSift | BoS Europe 2018

Tim Barker, CEO,  DataSift

Tim Barker has established three startups and has seen the ups and downs of the startup journey, from his first business being acquired by Salesforce – where he spent five years in the formative age of cloud computing – to his current company DataSift being acquired by Meltwater in 2018.  He is a keen advocate for transparency, eating humble pie, and being big enough to own your mistakes.

In this cathartic talk from Business of Software Europe 2018, Tim talks about some of the lessons learned he learned during some very, very tricky days for DataSift. How do you lead well when disaster strikes your business? How do you motivate and lead a team when the future is uncertain? Tim shares his experience of leading DataSift through an unexpected nightmare, and the importance of uniting your company around shared values.

Video, Slides and Transcript below

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Alex Osterwalder and Rita McGrath Named Top 5 Business Thinkers in 2019

Alex Osterwalder and Rita McGrath Named Top 5 Business Thinkers in 2019

Never the smartest in the room…

They say if you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room. The lovely thing about Business of Software Conference is that you are likely to be surrounded by some extremely smart people but as I am likely to be there, you don’t run the risk of being the dumbest. I aim to serve…

I was in London yesterday for the bi-annual Thinkers50 Awards, a day of talks and conversations with some of the people who are recognised as being the best ‘thinkers’ and communicators on business management in the world. Their ‘Thinkers50’ rankings are published annually. I was very touched to be invited by Rita McGrath, probably mainly because she was intrigued to know if I owned a suit…

Congratulations to Alex Osterwalder and Rita McGrath who were both ranked in the Top 5.

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Making A Product Roadmap That Works | Q&A with Rich Mironov

Making A Product Roadmap That Works | Q&A with Rich Mironov

Rich Mironov, Smokejumper Product Executive

Following on from his BoS2018 talk “What to do about your audience’s real roadmap questions“, Rich Mironov joined Mark yesterday to answer questions from all over the world about how to make roadmaps that work.

Your product roadmap is not a model, an algorithm or an artefact, it is an ongoing process that requires careful management of the relevant stakeholders. What do you do when your stakeholders don’t agree? What is the MVR (minimum viable roadmap) for a product company? How do you truly understand customer demand and need? With so many questions posed to Rich, this jam-packed hour of Q&A is full of useful advice and answers for helping you to map out the right roadmap for your company.

See the hangout below

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#BoSFAQ | How to move from a consulting to product business

#BoSFAQ | How to move from a consulting to product business

#BoSFAQ – Your questions, answered by our expert speakers.

When we welcome new subscribers to the Business of Software newsletter, we point them towards our catalogue of talks from previous conferences. There’s over 200 videos that might be able to help them with their current business problem. You can find those 200 videos here.

As you can see, there are a LOT of talks and, sometimes, it is hard to find the one you need (especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for!). So, we encourage new subscribers to reply to the welcome email with a direct question and we try to suggest some useful content. Think of it as our ML enabled content engine; where ML = Mark Littlewood, not Machine Learning. Our regular subscribers can, of course, drop us an email any time with a question too and we will try to help.

There are some recurring themes in the questions that people ask so we thought we would share some of them with you our wonderful subscribers. Let us know if you have a challenge that might be interesting to others

Q | How to move from being a consulting to product business. Read on…

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SoftBank Investor Presentation November 2019

SoftBank Investor Presentation November 2019

SoftBank Investor Presentation November 2019

With all the talk about WeWork and its disastrous pulled IPO, founder shenanigans etc, it is interesting to read SoftBank’s latest investor update. SoftBank’s Vision Fund has, rightly, come under scrutiny for its investments in WeWork and other ‘punchy’ investments. Their shareholder update is at significant pains to point out that (a) the value of the the overall entity has risen in the past three months by some $13 billion USD and (b) they have a cunning plan for WeWork…

Quite an ‘interesting’ read. We thought it was a parody at first. Much of it reads like some sort of junior school project. It illustrates some very ‘high-level’ thinking and that putting some charts into a report solves everything. Don’t forget, there is over $200 billion value of market cap in SoftBank Holdings. That a company of that size and complexity can produce such an astonishingly simple report makes us think, if your share price is underpinned by some businesses that shell off money, you get a lot of leeway to play.

SoftBank Investor Presentation November 2019

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Bootstrapping A Business In The Face Of Well-Funded Competition | Laura Roeder, MeetEdgar | BoS Europe 2018

Bootstrapping A Business In The Face Of Well-Funded Competition | Laura Roeder, MeetEdgar | BoS Europe 2018

Laura Roeder, Founder/CEO, MeetEdgar

Laura Roeder is a signed-up member of the Bootstrapping club. Her Social Media scheduling SaaS MeetEdgar is proudly bootstrapped in a market that has some very well-funded competitors – Hootsuite alone has taken nearly $300 million in funding. Why start a business when your biggest competitor has so much cash to throw around?

Laura is convinced that being small and bootstrapped is an advantage when your competitors are big and funded. In this talk from Business of Software Conference Europe 2018, she explains some of the advantages with examples from MeetEdgar. Bootstrappers, be encouraged – there’s room for you in the market, however much money your competition has!

Video and Transcript below

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The State Of Innovation | A Conversation with Rita McGrath & Alex Osterwalder | BoS USA 2019

The State Of Innovation | A Conversation with Rita McGrath & Alex Osterwalder | BoS USA 2019

Rita McGrath (Author, Seeing Around Corners) & Alex Osterwalder (Founder, Strategyzer)

At Business of Software USA 2019 we were joined by two titans of innovation thinking. Rita McGrath & Alex Osterwalder both gave fantastic talks at the conference and shared enthusiastically in the 3 days of learning. It’s probably fair to say that Alex made more notes than anybody!

Rita & Alex sat down together on the third morning of the conference to discuss the state of innovation as they see it in companies across Europe and the USA. A fascinating 10-minute discussion unfolded between two of the smartest people we know.

Watch the Video & Follow the Transcript below:

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Harry Potter & Star Wars: Nobody is a Villain in their own Story

Harry Potter & Star Wars: Nobody is a Villain in their own Story

A Conversation with Andy Ellis (CSO, Akamai)

Andy was one of the speakers at this year’s BoS Conference USA 2019 and talked about why humans were awesome at risk management and why humans were awful at risk management. Subscribe to watch the talk when it is published. It is good. Very good. At the speaker dinner, we got into a conversation about how people can take the same data to come to derive completely different meanings. He’d been thinking about this and explained how you can take the Harry Potter stories and come to some very disturbing conclusions. In this discussion with Andy, he explains, using both Harry Potter and the Star Wars trilogy as examples. Very entertaining and thought-provoking… Harry Potter fans might not like it.

You will also learn how to tell whether your house is haunted. A true Halloween spooktacular!

Watch here…

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