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Three Attitudes & Practices Shared by Successful Innovation-Driven Companies | Prof. Jaideep Prabhu, Cambridge University | BoS Europe 2015

Three Attitudes & Practices Shared by Successful Innovation-Driven Companies | Prof. Jaideep Prabhu, Cambridge University | BoS Europe 2015

Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Cambridge University

Why are some firms capable of innovating again and again?

Innovation isn’t easy – but it is do or die. In this talk from Business of Software Europe 2015, Professor Jaideep Prabhu of Cambridge University takes you on a journey of innovation. He shares his views on what innovation is, how to do it and the challenges it brings, and then closes by commenting on the practical implications for management for fostering innovation.

Expect an hour of practical insight, which could lead to a lifetime of being at the top of your field.

Slides, Video, Notes & Transcript below

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Scaling a Technology Business is About Unscaling Technical Debt | Tall Jeff , Stack Exchange | BoS USA 2015

Scaling a Technology Business is About Unscaling Technical Debt | Tall Jeff , Stack Exchange | BoS USA 2015

Jeff Szczepanski, COO, Stack Exchange

In every successful technology businesses Jeff has worked in, the key challenge has been understanding how to scale technology and when to tackle the technical debt that inevitably accrues as a company runs ever faster and faster in pursuit of its business objectives. Jeff draws on his experience to help you understand what challenges emerge as a company moves from a Developer Centric environment to become more business focused.

How can you get the business people to have influence on a developer centric environment? How can you manage the challenges that marketing will present?! What principles can you apply to be aware of problems early? How do you trade Agile Practioners vs Architectural Astronauts in a fast growing business? What are the technical debt trade-offs, what problems can you buy yourself out of? What problems will kill you if you don’t move now?

On June 16th, 12:00 EST, 17:00 BST, Jeff will be holding an AMA about this talk and unscaling technical debt. It’s free, and you can get your questions to the COO of Stack Exchange live. Click the button below to register.

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Slides, Video, Google Hangout & Transcript below

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The Long Slow SaaS Ramp of Death AMA Video | Gail Goodman AMA, Building a SaaS Business

The Long Slow SaaS Ramp of Death AMA Video | Gail Goodman AMA, Building a SaaS Business

Gail delivered a talk for the ages at BoS USA 2012 with the “Long, Slow, SaaS Ramp of Death”.

At the tenth Business of Software USA, she returns to reflect on her time at Constant Contact with the talk “Lessons Learned in 17 years Building and Exiting a SaaS Business”. As someone who has been through growing a software company before – her experience is invaluable.

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I Have a Face for Radio and a Voice for Silent Movies

I Have a Face for Radio and a Voice for Silent Movies

It is a good job someone in the family has communication skills…

This is Violet being interviewed at Business of Software Conference Europe in Ireland by the rather wonderful Bill Thompson and Gareth Mitchell from the BBC’s Click programme. The producer, Ania Lichtarowicz, is holding the mic and set everything up.

You can listen to her here and the final programme here. It features some people that are well known to regular BoS Conference attendees – Betsy Weber (Techsmith), Clarke Ching (Royal London), Iris Lapinski (Apps for Good), Joan Mulvihill (Irish Internet Association) and John McEvoy (Irish Men’s Sheds Association).

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Different areas of the brain respond to different words.

Different areas of the brain respond to different words.

What areas of the brain respond to different words?

Amazing.

This study maps brain activity amongst subjects listening to stories. The electrical activity in the brain is mapped and shows that different locations in the brain are stimulated by different words. Perhaps not surprisingly, some words that relate to, for example, colour, map to areas of the brain near the parts of the brain that process vision.

Single words, can activate multiple regions. ‘Top’, for example, stimulates parts of the brain associated with – appearances, numbers and measurements, buildings and places.

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Business of Software Europe 2016 Speaker Slide Decks

Last week we took over the Powerscourt Hotel, Ireland for the third BoS Europe Conference Europe. As ever, the speakers produced a great show for those in attendance, delivering thought provoking presentations with software businesses in mind.

The slides from most of the presentations are here – with thanks to the speakers for permission to share the slides with the wider BoS Community.

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