BoS Conf Online is designed to be interactive, engaging and even more personal than in-person events. We want you to learn, develop, meet other great people and get answers to specific questions you have.
BoS Conf Online Fall 2021Tickets are being snapped up fast – just ask the dozens of forward thinkers who saved their space before the speaker line up started being announced. So what are you waiting for? Join other smart people who’ve guaranteed their spot before we reach maximum capacity.
In this conversation with Fall 2021 and USA 2019’s BoS speaker Teresa Torres, Mark Littlewood digs into her latest on customer discovery and what to expect in her new book and her BoS Fall talk Continuous Discovery Habits.
Teresa Torres is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and coach. She teaches a structured and sustainable approach to continuous discovery that helps product teams infuse their daily product decisions with customer input. She’s coached hundreds of teams at companies of all sizes, from early-stage start-ups to global enterprises, in a variety of industries. She has taught over 7,000 product people discovery skills through the Product Talk Academy.
This week on the BoS Podcast Sarah McVittie talks about data collecting and the culture of fashion.
In this talk from BoS Europe 2019, Sarah discusses why Dressipi started as a B2C play but the data it collected on customers has a much higher value to fashion retailers as it enables them to forecast demand more effectively and reduce their unsold inventory.
You will leave with ideas to stimulate creative, data-driven, approaches to problem solving and how you can harness culture to build long-term value in your business.
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In this guest post Paul Kenny (founder of Ocean Learning and long time BoS participant and speaker) argues that software and SaaS “proven sales playbooks” are BS.
I’ve spent the best part of 30 years thinking about ways to help salespeople to get better, to develop more from their customer base and to have satisfying and enjoyable sales careers.
Over that time, we have become much more sophisticated in collecting and analysing sales data. We know who our salespeople talk to, when, for how long, what about and in what level of progress they make. Our CRM system can prompt the team to make the optimum number of calls, to follow up efficiently and to be better at predicting call or demo outcomes.
What is the world of tomorrow going to look like? They say to find out what life is like in 20 years time, ask a current 10 year old as they are the adults of the future and what matters to them may not be the same as what matters to current adults.
In this talk from BoS Conf Online Europe 2020, Rita McGrath looks at early warning scenarios and discusses with a high school student the pros and cons of the sudden dive into the deepend of online learning thanks to the 2020 pandemic.
We’re running a very practical hangout this week on the topic of building a software ecosystem around your business.
The event is being led by Bill Cushard and PJ Marquez from ServiceRocket. They will be working with BoS attendee Simon Randall (CEO and founder of Pimloc) on a real-life case study during the hangout. Together they will help you understand the strategic and tactical challenge of building a strong ecosystem for a growing organisation.
Join us (free to attend) if you’re thinking about how you can build a stronger community of customers and users… and bring your questions.
If you’re running a software company (or somehow involved in strategy) you’ll be familiar with the conversations and debates about what the “next killer feature (or product)” is going to be.
While there are very few silver bullets in life, the Jobs-To-Be-Done framework is an indispensable tool in answering those kinds of questions.
The reason is that the JTBD framework (used and applied correctly) helps entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers clearly understand what “job” customers are trying to accomplish. This in turn helps you create products (or features or marketing campaigns) that resonate with customers and align with their goals.
New on the BoS Podcast: Radhika Dutt talks us through how to iterate less and achieve more with Radical Product Thinking.
Radika Dutt co-founded Radical Product Thinking to establish a movement of leaders creating vision-driven change. In this talk, she discusses where iteration goes wrong and why we need to rethink our approach. Methodologies such as Lean and Agile have democratised innovation by teaching us to harness the power of iteration to innovate faster, but our ability to set a clear destination hasn’t kept up with the pace.
Paul Kenny (Ocean Learning) returned to BoS in March 2020 to talk about Building Resilience in Sales Teams at BoS Europe Online and how some new approaches have proven successful at creating winning mindsets amongst salespeople. Particularly in changing or challenging circumstances such as what we’ve been experiencing in the past eighteen months.
The entire recording including links to the original slide deck and full transcript are below.
At our Spring 2021 Conference in April thefuture of the workplace was, unsurprisingly, a hot topic. We had two important keynotes on the theme (subscribe to get notified when they’re published), various breakout sessions, and innumerable conversations.
We took the opportunity to poll our attendees on their experiences, challenges, and plans for their future workplaces and work environments.
The results were exciting and not quite what we expected. In this post we’re publishing the full results as well as our own analysis and take on them.
Paul Kenny talks about the story you tell in sales and the people who make the best story tellers.
Paul Kenny has been developing salespeople for over 30 years. He set up his first training company largely out of frustration at not being able to find the right training for his own sales teams. The kind of training that was immediately useful and would stick.
Paul has trained salespeople in media, technology, medical, engineering, education, and professional services sectors. He’s helped to train the sales teams at Redgate Software and Stack Overflow during their early growth phases.
Dharmesh has been a frequent speaker at Business of Software over the years. Just as Joel Spolsky’s news last week prompted us to take a look at some of the talks that showed how his thinking has evolved over the years, Dharmesh’s give an insight into how his learning as an entrepreneur has grown as his baby Hubspot has too.
From insights around MIT, through building better businesses, successful businesses, big ass businesses, great businesses, you can see the trajectory of the company and the entrepreneur… This will be a business school case study one day.
Hat tip to Taylor McKnight, Founder of Virtual Events platform Emamo, who in the process of building his new website discovered the most active participant in virtual events in history. Just for fun and as a lesson in why stock photos are not a very good idea for your website…
If your company sells drills, your customers are buying holes. If the customer is using the holes to hang up picture frames then they’re buying the ability to be reminded of a happy memory. Putting up shelves? They’re buying storage space. You’ve probably come across this kind of statement before and for many of us it feel intuitively true.
You’re still selling “a drill”. But when you know what job the customer wants to get done with that drill you can pitch it better.
This is the principle behind the jobs-to-be-done (JTBD) theory and it has proven useful in all kinds of core business activities, and especially in sales and product management. It’s not so hard to see why. If you know what “job” your customer is “hiring” your product for it becomes much easier to prioritise building the right set of features or which ones to focus on in a sales demo.
Uncovering what jobs your prospects and customers are really trying to get done takes some skill. That’s where our experts Bob Moesta and Nopadon Wongpakdee come in with two new masterclasses.
Joel Spolsky, founder of FogCreek, Trello, Stack Overflow, HASH – and, with Neil Davidson, one of the original movers behind a thing called Business of Software Conference, announced that Stack Overflow has been acquired by Prosus, a European private equity firm that is the largest shareholder in Tencent, for $1.8 billion.
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.
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.
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.
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.