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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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#BoSFAQ | Jobs-to-be-done

#BoSFAQ | Jobs-to-be-done

#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 we’ve been asked:

Q | Where do I start with jobs-to-be-done?

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The 5 Skills Of An Innovator | Bob Moesta, The ReWired Group | BoS USA 2018

The 5 Skills Of An Innovator | Bob Moesta, The ReWired Group | BoS USA 2018

Bob Moesta, Founder, The ReWired Group

How do you see innovation and how do you harness it effectively to make it work? How do people learn, and how can they work better? Every innovator comes across daily problems that they don’t know how to answer or where to even start thinking about the answer.

In this fast-paced talk from BoS USA 2018, jobs-to-be-done expert and lifelong innovator Bob Moesta helps give you the skills to make all your innovation outcomes more predictable, and successful. Bob has honed these key skills from his life working in everything from automotive, weapons systems, food, private equity, homebuilding, construction software, and more.

Video, slides, and transcript below

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The Accidental and Deliberate Growth of Shopify

The Accidental and Deliberate Growth of Shopify

The Accidental and Deliberate Growth of Shopify

Shopify is now a $39 billion market cap business listed on the New York Stock Exchange and on the dreaded, ‘Black Friday’ this year, Shopify merchants made over $900 million worth of sales.

In a recent interview with Underscore.vc, Tobi Lutke, the founder and CEO, shared some of the things that made him change his view of the business from a lifestyle business, to one that became venture funded and then listed on the public markets. It has become one of the most successful and significant ecommerce platforms of the past decade. He discusses how he came to realize that his approach to running the business was becoming a significant block to growth.

In this context, it is fascinating to watch his Business of Software Conference USA 2011 talk: How to make sure your business is on the right side of history through code & culture.

Even then, he seemed determined that he wanted Shopify to have a lasting impact and legacy on the world.

The Accidental and Deliberate Growth of Shopify.

Tobi Lutke Shopify Business of Software Conference 2011

While the early growth of Shopify was in many ways accidental, there came a time when, for Shopify, deliberate growth was required.


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Black Friday Deals // A BoS Autopsy on the Black Friday hype

Black Friday Deals // A BoS Autopsy on the Black Friday hype

A BoS Autopsy on Black Friday

Your inboxes have no doubt been flooded for most of November with “Pre-Black Friday Discounts”, “register now for early access to Black Friday deal” and my personal favourite “#000000Friday”.  So why does every retailer and business across the globe try to make Black Friday happen?

Cashing in on massive hype is not a new or ground-breaking idea in the retail world – ‘Boxing Day Sales’ is a very familiar term to us in the UK despite sales often starting late-November and continuing through to New Year. Recent rises in online shopping has been forcing high street shops to reduce prices earlier and earlier as they no longer have the upper hand in controlling consumer purchasing.  A recent Which? report shows that 48% of items were sold at a lower price after Black Friday and that 61% were actually cheaper before their Black Friday sale price.

How to combat Black Friday

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Rules & Tools For Scaling Software Sales | Stephen Allott, Seedcamp | BoS Europe 2018

Rules & Tools For Scaling Software Sales | Stephen Allott, Seedcamp | BoS Europe 2018

Stephen Allott, Seedcamp

There are three main aspects to sales: Planning, Selling, and Tools.  This talk from Stephen Allott takes you through the journey of planning for success and which rules and tools can help and hinder your organization. From generating good leads, to spotting good sales people and how to motivate them to be better.

Over 30 years Stephen has seen the evolution of software and tech companies with a fascinating career spanning computers, strategy, software , universities, chairing 8 companies, Government, and most recently in AI gaining a wealth of experience and some great insights to share.

Video, Slides, and Transcript below

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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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