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Last Chance to Apply for a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

Last Chance to Apply for a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

There’s not long left to apply to give a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

Lightning Talks are tricky beasts. You have just 7.5 minutes you have to communicate your point clearly and concisely – a harder task than it might seem. You are allowed slides, of course… but they advance automatically every 30 seconds. Not only do you have to be quick, but your timing must be impeccable.

However, if you conquer the challenge, you join the Pantheon of the Greats*. Below you can see brilliant Lightning Talks from Business of Software from Patrick McKenzie (patio11, Stripe)Des Traynor (Founder, Intercom), and Alexis Ohanian (Founder, Reddit).

Fancy yourself up to the challenge? You can submit your talk here.

*Not an actual physical Pantheon.

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Innovation: Catching The Next Wave | Hangout Replay with Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky

Innovation: Catching The Next Wave | Hangout Replay with Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky

What is an Inflection Point? And how can Software Companies take advantage of them?

Yesterday’s hangout demonstrated that Rita Gunther McGrath and Michael Sikorsky are two of the smartest minds we’ve had at BoS. We had a fascinating discussion about Inflection points, and how software companies can take advantage of them to innovate and take the lead in new fields, both in terms of product and org dynamics.

Read on to find the replay and more about Michael and Rita.

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Sense & Respond | Hangout with Josh Seiden

Sense & Respond | Hangout with Josh Seiden

Josh Seiden is the co-author of Lean UX and Sense & Respond.

Last Tuesday we sat down to discuss ‘Sense & Respond’, and how it can help product teams to produce better results. We had some great questions to discuss including: How Sense & Respond can be used in small companies (and why it’s different to Lean); How to hold employees accountable for performance when outcomes are less well defined; How to communicate LeanUX benefits to client/product stakeholders; and many more.

Josh is now running Sense & Respond Press – they publish short, practical business books. One of their authors will be speaking at BoS Conference Europe next month. Check them out – great stuff.

Video below

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Software Driven Inflection Points: How Emerging Business Models Drive Growth | Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky | BoS USA 2017

Software Driven Inflection Points: How Emerging Business Models Drive Growth | Rita Gunther McGrath & Michael Sikorsky | BoS USA 2017

Rita Gunther McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School & Michael Sikorsky, CEO & co-founder, Robots & Pencils

Rita introduces her new research on how strategic inflection points offer an opportunity to disrupt existing players using examples like Dollar Shave Club vs. Gillette to show how changes in technology can destabilise existing competitive advantages. Michael Sikorsky shows how companies create entirely new business models to solve perennial problems and drive growth – how can banks use mobile to appeal to millennials and machine learning talk to talk to your mobile?

Video, Slides, & Transcript below

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Leading FreshBooks Through a Re-Platforming | Hangout with Mike McDerment

Leading FreshBooks Through a Re-Platforming | Hangout with Mike McDerment

In 2011 Mike McDerment spoke at Business of Software Conference about the ‘litany’ of product management errors that defined FreshBooks up to that point.

Turns out he wasn’t joking. To eliminate the level of technical debt they had accrued, something drastic had to be done. In 2014, secret plans started to take shape in the FreshBooks offices – they were going to re-platform. And not just that – they were going to build their own competitor, BillSpring.

Now, thanks to the re-platform, FreshBooks is stronger than ever. We chatted to CEO and Founder Mike McDerment about the process of leading the company, the board, and eventually the customer through the transition.

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Apply for a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

Apply for a Lightning Talk at BoS Conference Europe 2018

Lightning Talk applications for BoS Conference Europe 2018 are now open.

Lightning Talks are tricky little beasts. You have 7.5 minutes and 15 slides, which advance automatically every 30 seconds.

Can you communicate your point clearly, use your slides effectively, and leave the audience inspired and enlightened?

You can watch some great examples from BoS Conference USA 2017 below by Brennan Dunn (RightMessage), Lianna Patch (Punchline Copy), and Alex Finnemore (Citrusbyte).

Think you have what it takes? Submit your application below.

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Sense & Respond | Josh Seiden | BoS USA 2017

Sense & Respond | Josh Seiden | BoS USA 2017

Josh Seiden, Author, Sense & Respond

Software has fundamentally changed the way business works. It’s not simply that software has given us new ways to reach our customers, or new capabilities to achieve our goals. Software has enabled—in fact it demands—a new way of working. Organisations that seek to thrive in the digital age must examine their core management practices. So much of our management practice was created in the industrial age and not all of it remains useful in the face of software. Managers and leaders inside and outside of the software world need a new set of principles for the next century of work.

Video, Hangout, Slides & Transcript below

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The Startup Way | Eric Ries | CEO Tales

The Startup Way | Eric Ries | CEO Tales

Eric Ries, Author

Lean Startup is not just for StartupsThat’s the message of Eric Ries’ latest book, ‘The Startup Way’. Through his experience working alongside some of the world’s biggest companies (GE, for example), Eric has seen how adapting Lean Startup can have a massive effect on innovation in a corporate setting.

Last November we hosted Eric for an evening of discussion and Q&A in London. He presented his ‘Startup Way’ for how how larger corporations can innovate and move quickly like a startup.

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