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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.

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Purple Squirrels & Other Lies | Steve Johnson, Under10 Consulting | BoS USA 2016

Purple Squirrels & Other Lies | Steve Johnson, Under10 Consulting |  BoS USA 2016

Steve Johnson, Principle, Under 10 Consulting

Purple Squirrel (n) is used by recruiters to describe a job candidate with precisely the right education, experience, and qualifications to fit a job’s multifaceted requirements. “Your perfect candidate is as rare as a purple squirrel”.

In recent years, title inflation has exploded. We’ve seen new definitions for old titles and many new titles have been created. In product management, we’ve got product managers, product marketing managers, product owners, program managers, product strategists, product line managers, portfolio managers, and more. The more prescriptive your requirements, the less likely you are going to find the perfect person. The same applies across every function in an organization.

Steve explains why you should reconsider the areas of expertise needed to build a successful team. Identify contributors with a more limited skill set, but with specific strengths. Adapting processes to the strengths of your team can be a better approach to scaling a startup or optimizing an existing business. Six types of expertise are necessary for a well-rounded product team. They are rarely found in a single person but that doesn’t matter.

(PS. They are: Business, Market, Technology, Domain, Process, and Operations.)

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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Beyond MVP: Scaling Lean + AMA | Ash Maurya, LeanStack | BoS USA 2016

Beyond MVP: Scaling Lean + AMA | Ash Maurya, LeanStack | BoS USA 2016

Ash Maurya, Founder/CEO, LeanStack

Ash Maurya is the author of ‘Running Lean’, ‘Scaling Lean’ as well as the Lean Canvas business modeling tool.

Ash is driven by the search for better and faster ways for building successful products. He has developed a systematic methodology for raising the odds of success built upon Lean Startup, Customer Development, and Bootstrapping techniques.

Slides, Video, AMA & Transcript below

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Scaling to a Billion and Beyond | Zack Urlocker, Duo Security | BoS USA 2016

Scaling to a Billion and Beyond | Zack Urlocker, Duo Security | BoS USA 2016

Zack Urlocker, COO, Duo Security

Zack Urlocker is an executive, advisor and board member with over twenty years of experience in the software industry.

He has helped scale revenues in startups from under $6 million to over $100 million and has had multiple billion dollar exits. He has held executive positions at Zendesk (COO), MySQL (EVP Product), Active Software (VP Marketing) and Borland (VP Marketing) and is currently COO at Duo Security. In his spare time he writes rock operas.

Ninety percent of all startups self-destruct —mostly because they scale too quickly. So how do you go about scaling from a small company to a large one without blowing up? In this presentation, Zack Urlocker, Chief Operating Officer of Duo Security, walks you through some of the lessons he has learned in helping software companies like Zendesk and MySQL scale to billion dollar valuations. In particular he highlights what it takes to use a disruptive strategy and how to build a high-velocity business.

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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Should We Be Worried About AI and Machine Learning? | Azeem Azhar, Schibsted Media | BoS Europe 2016

Should We Be Worried About AI and Machine Learning? | Azeem Azhar, Schibsted Media | BoS Europe 2016

Azeem Azhar, Product Manager, Schibsted Media Group

It is early days but change is coming. Faster than you think. You should worry, but are you concerned about the right things? Should you concern yourself with terrible tales of, ‘The Singularity’, or about how AI and Machine Learning will change the way that your business runs?

Slides, Video, & Notes below

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What Do We Need to Know About AI? | Jana Eggers, NaraLogics | BoS USA 2016

What Do We Need to Know About AI? | Jana Eggers, NaraLogics | BoS USA 2016

Jana Eggers, CEO, NaraLogics

We expect AI and Machine Learning to have a significant impact on the jobs we do – Forrester estimate 16% of current US jobs will be done by AI by the end of the decade (while creating 13.6 million jobs, this still reduces the workforce by 7%). AI represents a significant opportunity for software businesses to embrace innovation within the industry that will destroy some businesses and provide a competitive advantage to others. Jana considers where AI is now, the problems that it can solve and what companies need to know to start claiming the benefits. What do you need to get started with machine learning and AI in your own organization?

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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Your Company Should be Your Best Product | Jason Fried, Basecamp | BoS USA 2016

Your Company Should be Your Best Product | Jason Fried, Basecamp | BoS USA 2016

Jason Fried, CEO, Basecamp

Since Basecamp was founded in 1999, it has pioneered a different way of doing things, a different way of working, a different approach to doing business. Started with four people, today Basecamp has about 50 employees across 32 different cities across the world. Everyone at Basecamp is free to live and work wherever they want.

With such a diverse group of people, from so many different places, Jason brings a unique perspective to some of the big issues facing all software companies in a rapidly changing world. He will consider some of the biggest companies face today with the benefit of 17 years pursuing a different path.

Video & Transcript below

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Switching from Consulting to a Product Led Business | Laura Roeder, MeetEdgar | BoS USA 2016

Switching from Consulting to a Product Led Business | Laura Roeder, MeetEdgar | BoS USA 2016

Laura Roeder, CEO, MeetEdgar

Almost everyone running a consulting, training or agency business, however successful, will admit at some point that they wish they could run a product business. Why don’t they?

Turns out it is quite hard – many of the skills required are complementary but stopping taking on paid clients to allow a team to build a product with no immediate prospect of return requires a brave and bold move. Laura decided to make the move a couple of years ago, while pregnant. Organically funded, the new business reached $100k MRR within a year and continues to grow – at $200k+ MRR when this talk was given. She shares some of her experiences changing her business and some of the things that have propelled the growth of SaaS business, MeetEdgar.

Slides, Video & Transcript below

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Speaker Slide Decks from Business of Software Conference Europe 2017

Speaker Slide Decks from Business of Software Conference Europe 2017

Business of Software Conference Europe 2017 took place over 2 days packed with networking and fantastic speakers. Our ace camera crew are busily working on the talk videos, but in the meantime here are the slides from the sessions in order of appearance. (Note not all speakers used slides, another reason that you should get there in person next time if you didn’t make it this time).

Slide Decks for Business of Software Conference Europe 2017

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Running a Conference? Don’t Break a Leg.

Running a Conference? Don’t Break a Leg.

The 4th Business of Software Conference Europe 2017 is over but the memories will stay with us for a long time, for lots of, mainly, great reasons!

The Planning Before the Storm. Pre-Event Briefing

 

We were delighted to welcome awesome software and product people for the first time to London last week. A huge thanks to everyone who came from around the world and made it such a special event. Who would have thought that when one of our speakers, Kirsten Butzow, offered a prize for the person that had traveled the furthest to attend, it would kick off a fight between the Australians in the room? (Thanks Scott and Tim. There was a New Zealander too but he was too polite to say anything).

Here are a few of the things that will stay with us.

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