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A.I., Hype, And The Future Of Humanity | Rick Nucci, Guru | BoS USA 2018

A.I., Hype, And The Future Of Humanity | Rick Nucci, Guru | BoS USA 2018

A.I., Hype, And The Future Of Humanity // Rick Nucci, Guru

We’ve all seen movies about artificial intelligence getting smarter than us and overthrowing our stronghold to make us obsolete, but how close are we to total subordination, and is the fear of losing jobs to robots as real as we are led to believe?

In this informative and witty talk by Rick Nucci – CEO and co-founder of Guru (a company based on empowering others to do their jobs) – we see that there are many factors to take into consideration before we start throwing in the towel on humanity and that the hype of every innovation gone before was the big thing to fear.

Rick is currently the chair of one of the most active entrepreneur groups in Philadelphia. He also an active blogger, and frequent speaker at industry events about startups, SaaS, and cloud computing.

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The 5 Most Watched BoS Talks of the Decade

The 5 Most Watched BoS Talks of the Decade

2010-2019: The 5 Most Watched Talks From Business of Software Conferences

As I hope you know by now, you can watch over 200 talks from Business of Software online for free. We think it’s probably the best collection of talks about building and growing great software companies available.

Here at Business of Software we often get asked what our favourite BoS talk is. We think that’s an unfair question – our conferences are like our children, and we love them all equally! Having said that, I love a list – and it feels wrong not to celebrate some of the fantastic talks across our conferences over the past decade.

So we’re joining with the great throng of Best-Of-The-Decade lists, with the 5 BoS talks that the internet hive-mind has watched the most over the past 10 years.

Without Further Ado…

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The Many Flavors Of Agile: What’s The Right One For Your Team? | Bethany Pagels-Minor, Apple | BoS USA 2018

The Many Flavors Of Agile: What’s The Right One For Your Team? | Bethany Pagels-Minor, Apple | BoS USA 2018

Bethany Pagels-Minor, Apple, The Many Flavors Of Agile: What’s The Right One For Your Team?

Agile methodology sounds confusing and difficult, but Bethany Pagels-Minor breaks it down to bite-size slices of delicious cakes that will will help every team work better, communicate better, and provide better returns. Bethany has been a firm believer in agile for many years and has been bringing the joy of lean, kanban, and scrum to the workplaces of many through thoughtful and direct communication and consultation.

In this talk, you will learn how to understand which version of the many flavors of agile is right for your company based on your company and team size, skill level, project complexity and more. Contains many cake references.

Warning – do not watch on an empty stomach.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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