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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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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 best conference I’ve been to in 20 years of industry conferences” – Why you should attend BoS Europe 2020

“The best conference I’ve been to in 20 years of industry conferences” – Why you should attend BoS Europe 2020

“I honestly don’t think there’s any conference quite like it”

No, I’m not just making up some ego-massaging marketing guff here – these are real quotes from attendees of Business of Software Conference Europe 2019.

BoS Europe has and will always be about helping our attendees grow their businesses. We do this in two simple ways:

  1. We put software entrepreneurs and practitioners on stage who have smart things to say and insightful stories to tell about building great, sustainable software businesses.
  2. We allow plenty of time for you to meet and chat with the other 200 software entrepreneurs and leaders who attend the conference.

But does it work? Is it actually different to other conferences?

Well these people certainly thing so – watch this video to hear why you should attend BoS Europe 2020…

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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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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 throught 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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Bootstrapping A Business In The Face Of Well-Funded Competition | Laura Roeder, MeetEdgar | BoS Europe 2018

Bootstrapping A Business In The Face Of Well-Funded Competition | Laura Roeder, MeetEdgar | BoS Europe 2018

Laura Roeder, Founder/CEO, MeetEdgar

Laura Roder is a signed-up member of the Bootstrapping club. Her Social Media scheduling SaaS MeetEdgar is proudly bootstrapped in a market that has some very well-funded competitors – Hootsuite alone has taken nearly $300 million in funding. Why start a business when your biggest competitor has so much cash to throw around?

Laura is convinced that being small and bootstrapped is an advantage when your competitors are big and funded. In this talk from Business of Software Conference Europe 2018, she explains some of the advantages with examples from MeetEdgar. Bootstrappers, be encouraged – there’s room for you in the market, however much money your competition has!

Video and Transcript below

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Making Product Roadmaps That Work: Q&A with Rich Mironov | Thursday 14th November

Making Product Roadmaps That Work: Q&A with Rich Mironov | Thursday 14th November

Join us on Thursday 14th November for a live online Q&A with Rich Mironov on Product Roadmaps & Prioritization

The roadmapping process is almost always broken. Roadmaps are met with frustration and boredom in equal measure. That’s Rich Mironov’s experience of working with Silicon Valley software companies for 35+ years.

Different voices in the company want different things. Sales need that one new feature for a big client, and they’re sure will only be ‘a few lines of code’. The executive team wants to know why you’re not getting more done. Support has hundreds of ‘good’ ideas from customers that they want to see. How do you manage expectations across the company, and create a product roadmap that prioritizes the right things while uniting your organisation?

Join us for a Q&A with Rich Mironov, product coach, seasoned entrepreneur, and author of ‘The Art Of Product Management’, who will be walking us through some tactics for designing a roadmap process that works.

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Say No With Confidence: How To Tell The Great Ideas From The Merely Good | Bruce McCarthy, Product Culture | BoS USA 2018

Say No With Confidence: How To Tell The Great Ideas From The Merely Good | Bruce McCarthy, Product Culture | BoS USA 2018

Bruce McCarthy, Founder, Product Culture

Wouldn’t it be great if no one could argue with your decisions? How awesome would it be if you could cut through politics, opinions, and circular arguments and have a clear way to prioritize? In this talk Product guru Bruce McCarthy arms you with his battle-tested approach to prioritizing your most critical initiatives that will increase your organization’s focus by increasing confidence in your prioritization decisions.

Learn the method that Bruce used to focus his team on the few critical things that resulted in the sale of his company for $125 million. He’ll cover:

  • Why prioritization is important
  • What’s broken about prioritization
  • Benefits of clear prioritization
  • Methods of prioritization
  • Scorecard deep-dive
  • Success stories

Video, Slides, & Transcript below

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What To Do About Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions | Rich Mironov, Mironov Consulting | BoS USA 2018

What To Do About Your Audience’s Real Roadmap Questions | Rich Mironov, Mironov Consulting | BoS USA 2018

Rich Mironov, CEO/Founder, Mironov Consulting

Your product roadmap is not a model, an algorithm or an artifact, it is an ongoing political process that requires careful management of the relevant stakeholders. One major challenge is that your stakeholders DO NOT WANT the same things. To make a Roadmap useful, you need an allocation model and a selling strategy that helps you: understand; manage the expectations of; deliver value to people across the organization who prioritize very different things. Rich explains some approaches to help you understand and manage a roadmap’s stakeholders so that your products and customers are prioritized over the requirements of other stakeholders.

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“Oops, I Did A Marketing” | Shawn Anderson & Shane Corellian, PDQ.com | BoS USA 2018

“Oops, I Did A Marketing” | Shawn Anderson & Shane Corellian, PDQ.com | BoS USA 2018

Shawn Anderson & Shane Corellian, Co-Founders, PDQ.com

How does a bootstrapped software company effectively market especially when its founders despise (and, in fact, suck at) sales and marketing? The answer for PDQ.com finally came, in part, from Charles Bukowski: Don’t Try. The founders just started doing what they loved: Talking tech. They offered solutions and suggestions for Sys Admins via content in blogs, KB’s, videos and webcasts. The content was created for people, not algorithms. In this talk, Shawn and Shane share some ideas that worked and some that didn’t…

Video, Slides, & Transcript below

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