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Clarke Ching – AMA | Making Tricky Concepts Sticky| 23 Feb

Clarke Ching – AMA | Making Tricky Concepts Sticky| 23 Feb

Have you heard the Agile Parable? Do you want to explain tricky concepts and make them sticky? Find out how with Clarke Ching, Agile Lead at Royal London.

Clarke Ching is an expert in Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints and  author of ‘Rolling Rocks Downhill’, an Agile business novel that never mentions Agile and, ‘Rocks into Gold – The Agile Parable.’

Watch Clarke’s AMA below

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Rock, Paper, Scissors – Stuff So Easy You Wouldn’t Believe It Works | Clarke Ching, Royal London | BoS Europe 2016

Rock, Paper, Scissors – Stuff So Easy You Wouldn’t Believe It Works | Clarke Ching, Royal London | BoS Europe 2016

Clarke Ching, Agile Lead, Royal London

Clarke is an expert in Eli Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints – he has to be in his role as Agile Lead at Royal London, the UK’s largest mutual life and pensions company with over 5,000,000 policyholders and 500,000 members.

Clarke wrote, ‘Rolling Rocks Downhill’, an Agile business novel that never mentions Agile and, ‘Rocks into Gold – The Agile Parable.’ Clarke’s aims to make software developers happier in their work – making IT profitable is the first stepping stone. He is passionate about Agile, but not a zealot.

Slides, Video, AMA, Notes & Transcript below

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Business of Software Europe Hotel

Close to the Rich Mix venue for BoS Europe, we have negotiated a discount on rooms at the wonderful, 5-star Courthouse Hotel.

Courthouse Hotel 2

The Courthouse Hotel is conveniently situated just a 10 minute walk from Rich Mix. Newly renovated, the hotel originally served as the Old Street Magistrates Court and Police Station and many of the original features remain, providing plenty of character. We have negotiated a preferential rate on rooms – use the discount code BOS17 when booking.

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Guy Mucklow & Thomas Smale – AMA | No Exit | 16 February 2017

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 happen at the last minute as you try to go through a sales process is a killer.

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

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

“Wait a sec… if I DON’T take your money, I will fail. If I DO take your money I will likely fail… 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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The Things I Wish I Could’ve Told Young Mr Fishkin | Rand Fishkin, Moz | BoS EU 2016

The Things I Wish I Could’ve Told Young Mr Fishkin | Rand Fishkin,  Moz | BoS EU 2016

Rand Fishkin, Founder, now Wizard of, Moz…

…gave a very honest and open talk at BoS Europe this year reflecting on what he could have told his younger self. We’ll let Rand provide some context for the talk from his blog post about it but take it from us, it will both make you smarter and move you. A talk that is not just about SEO and Inbound marketing but the entrepreneurial journey. Thanks to Rand and Geraldine for sharing this story.

Slides, Video, AMA, Notes & Transcript below

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

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 & Transcript below

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BoS Europe announces London Venue – Rich Mix

BoS Europe announces London Venue – Rich Mix

Rich Mix Venue

 

We are delighted to announce that this year’s BoS Europe venue is the funky Rich Mix creative space in the bustling artistic and innovative area of Shoreditch in East London.

Our conference talks will take place in Rich Mix’s boutique and very plush cinema thoughtfully decked out in BoS’s colours!

For more details, map and directions see our Venue page.

 

 

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Join us for two exciting AMAs in January

Join us for two exciting AMAs in January

AMA events Jan 2017We have not one, but two, fabulous new AMA’s for the New Year.

Please note the date change for Alex

First on 24th January 17:00 GMT is Alex Osterwalder, Author and Founder of Strategyzer, discussing the fascinating topic of Business Culture – and how to get it right.

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On 25th January 17:00 GMT, join Bridget Harris, (YouCanBookMe) and Peldi (Balsamiq) to discuss remote working and more.

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All Talks From Business of Software Conferences in One Place

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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