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The Best Software/SaaS Event I have Attended for Five Years

The Best Software/SaaS Event I have Attended for Five Years

GUEST BLOG POST: Jon Markwell. CoverageBook

Last week I attended the best conference I’ve attended for 5 years. And the conference I attended five years ago was the same one! It’s called Business of Software and yes, for businesses like yours, it is even better than the conference I used to run. [Guest blog post from second time attendee Jonathan Markwell at CoverageBook. |Thank you for sharing, giving us ideas and some inspiration for next time].

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If You Could Solve 1 Problem By Coming To Bos, What Would It Be?

If You Could Solve 1 Problem By Coming To Bos, What Would It Be?

With BoS Conference Europe next week, we took a quick look at some of the things that people want to learn and the  problems they want to solve by coming to the event.

Using our trusty, ‘Steve the Squirrel‘, wordcloud, here are the most commonly used words when people answer the question,

“If You Could Solve 1 Problem By Coming To Bos, What Would It Be?”

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The BoS Europe mascot Steve the Squirrel is a woman

The BoS Europe mascot Steve the Squirrel is a woman

Lemmy the Lobster was our BoS USA mascot last year. For Europe this year, for reasons that will become at least partially clear at the conference, we chose a black squirrel.

We were going to call her Ada, after Ada Lovelace.

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Return of the Speakers // BoS Europe 2019

Return of the Speakers // BoS Europe 2019

Business of Software Conference Europe 2019 is under 2 weeks away.

As always, the #BoS2019 schedule is designed to help Software Founders, CEOs, and Product Managers lead with confidence and grow a better business. Over 13 years of Conferences we’ve seen over 200 talks given by some brilliant speakers. This year at BoS Europe there are 4 returning speakers.

Read on to find out who is returning and to watch their previous knockout talks.

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The Dance Of The Possible | Scott Berkun, Author | BoS USA 2017

The Dance Of The Possible | Scott Berkun, Author | BoS USA 2017

Scott Berkun, Author

When is a creative idea a good idea? How do you manage creativity within your organization? And how can looking at history help you to be creative now? Scott Berkun, author of The Dance Of The Possible, spoke at Business of Software Conference USA 2017 about how to unlock your creativity and pursue it in your workplace. Looking back at examples from history including The Eiffel Tower, the invention of the Post-It Note, and the development of the Computer Mouse, Scott’s talk is all about how to think creatively at work – and why it’s so important.

Video, Slides, & Transcript below

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The Most Common Issues For Scaling Software Companies

The Most Common Issues For Scaling Software Companies

Business of Software Conference Europe 2019, 11-12 April 2019, Cambridge UK

This April we’re running our 18th Business of Software Conference. Over the past 13 years we’ve spoken to hundreds of founders and CEOs of software and SaaS companies looking to scale their business. We’ve seen a common set of problems and hurdles that they encounter during the growth stage.

This year at BoS Europe we’re answering some of the most common questions we see scaling companies struggling with. We’ve brought in speakers who have experience taking companies through these problems, either as CEOs/Founders scaling their own companies, or as consultants helping SaaS companies to take the leap into growth.

Here are the most common questions growth companies have – find some answers at BoS Europe

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How To Make Remote Working Work | Wade Foster, Zapier

How To Make Remote Working Work | Wade Foster, Zapier

Wade Foster, Founder/CEO, Zapier

We had a fantastic conversation with Wade Foster about remote working yesterday. Wade is the Founder and CEO of Zapier, a 200+ person company who’ve “never spent a dime on an office”, as Wade says. All their employees work remotely, distributed across the world. Wade has an extraordinary amount of insight into what it takes to make remote work successful and in this Q&A session we mined the depths of his knowledge, discussing hiring, onboarding new staff, how to manage employee benefits across countries and cultures, standup meetings, and how to communicate effectively across the company.

This hour of Q&A is full of useful insights and practical advice from someone who has spent years iterating on and improving the process of working remotely. Watch, listen, and learn.

See the hangout & sketch notes below

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Remote Working Q&A with Wade Foster | Wednesday 6th March

Remote Working Q&A with Wade Foster | Wednesday 6th March

Join us on Wednesday 6th March for a live online Q&A with Wade Foster on Remote Working, CEO/Founder of Zapier

Wade Foster and his co-founder started Zapier (it rhymes with ‘happier’) back in 2011 during a hackathon. Now, the company has over 200 employees and no office. Zapier is a fully-remote company, and has no intention of changing that.

Join us for a Q&A where Wade will share his processes for running a fully remote organization – how Zapier goes about hiring and onboarding their employees, how they run meetings, and how they work to continuously improve their culture.

The Q&A will also be shown live in The Bradfield Centre in Cambridge UK, preceded by a screening of Wade’s talk from BoS Europe 2018.

Scroll down to join us Online or at The Bradfield Centre in Cambridge, UK.

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Creative Trespassing: How To Sneak More Imagination Into Your Work & Get More Done | Tania Katan, Author | BoS USA 2018

Creative Trespassing: How To Sneak More Imagination Into Your Work & Get More Done | Tania Katan, Author | BoS USA 2018

Tania Katan, Author, Creative Trespassing

After years of smuggling creativity into the corporate sector without getting busted, Tania has learned that we don’t need to be in a job that is distinctly creative in order to be distinctly creative in our job. In fact, no matter how tedious the task, or how buttoned-up the office environment, we can all learn to conjure imagination anywhere, anytime.

How? By choosing to stand out rather than fit in.

Full of hilarious stories, wacky, battle-tested exercises for flexing your creative muscles and PowerPoint slides like “Fire Hierarchy,” and “Transform the Norm,” you’ll learn tools and strategies for taking more creative risks, leading with more imagination, facing fears and embracing obstacles as an opportunity to accelerate growth, and the ability to find inspiration where others see only limitations.

Video, Slides, & Transcript below

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Announcing 4 More Supporters For BoS Europe 2019

Announcing 4 More Supporters For BoS Europe 2019

11-12 April 2019, Churchill College, Cambridge UK

We couldn’t run Business of Software Conference without our wonderful supporters. Their support ensures we can focus on putting together a great schedule of interesting speakers, and help provide people who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to attend with Scholarship tickets.

Read on to find out who is supporting BoS Europe 2019, and how your company could get involved too.

Thanks to our supporters: Twilio, Mills & Reeve, Central Working, & The Bradfield Centre

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