New Speakers: Isa Watson, Greg Baugues & Bruce McCarthy
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We're delighted to announce 3 new speakers for #BoS2018 - Isa Watson, Bruce McCarthy, and Greg Baugues.
Isa Watson is the CEO/Founder of Squad by Envested, who help you create community in your offices by introducing employees with similar interests who might otherwise not meet. She'll be speaking about Making Workplaces Work For Humans, and why she believes the CEO plays such an important role in building the morale of the whole company.
Bruce McCarthy will be a familiar name to BoS Newsletter readers - he spoke at BoS Europe this year (see the video of the great talk below), and gave a workshop at BoS USA last year. Bruce is returning to the BoS stage in Boston next month to talk about Saying No With Confidence: How To Tell The Great Ideas From The Merely Good. Bruce will arm you with his battle-tested approach to prioritizing your most critical initiatives in order to increase your organization's focus.
We think this is such a great fit for the event. So many people tell us that the talks and the hallway conversations fill their heads with so many ideas that they can struggle to work out what to do first so Bruce's talk about how to prioritize, ruthlessly, is going to help you come up with a plan of action to take back home.
Greg Baugues spoke at BoS USA 2013 about Developers, Entrepreneurs, & Depression - an incredibly honest and brave talk about his own story with depression. Greg will giving a short talk this year at BoS USA titled Mental Health - What You Can Do - an update on his story, and some thoughts on how you can help employees and coworkers who might be struggling with their mental health.
With less than 3 weeks to go, you are running out of time to save your place. See the schedule and book your ticket here:
(We also have 3 rooms available at the conference rate at the Seaport Hotel, they are not available direct from the hotel and will be gone by the end of the week). Drop us an email when you register and we will send you details.
New Talk: Product Culture Eats Execution Culture by Bruce McCarthy
Bruce McCarthy has sensed a movement in Product Companies – a movement away from ‘how do we sell more of what we’ve already built?’ and towards ‘what new value can we provide?’. He calls this movement ‘Product Culture’. In this talk from BoS Europe 2018, Bruce argues that this more entrepreneurial approach walks all over a more corporate ‘Execution Culture’, and outlines the 4 key aspects of a Product Culture:
Lead with a vision of Human Awesomeness
Build small diverse teams
Trust people to manage their work
Learn and improve continuously
Bruce will also be speaking and leading a workshop at BoS USA 2018 (1-3 October, Boston MA). Find out more here.
Watch Bruce's Talk
The BoS USA 2018 Reading List
See the BoS USA Reading List Here
What makes Business of Software Conference speakers so smart?
Like most smart people, they read a lot. We always ask which books have had the biggest influence on their business lives and what they are reading now. It’s fascinating to hear what books other people read and great to see so many BoS speakers appearing on the list. This year’s book list is here.
(There is more diversity in the book list than the speaker walk on music choices this year by the way – any guesses as to most requested walk on music this time round?)
See what some of the smartest people in software are reading, here.
Upcoming Hangout: Why Wistia Took On $17m Debt
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Recently. Wistia's co-founders Chris Savage & Brendan Schwartz turned down the offer to sell the company and have instead taken on $17m of debt – seemingly a strange move. Why? Because Wistia are in it for the long run – they want to run their business their way.
On September 18th at 10.00 ET, we'll be talking to Chris Savage, Wistia's CEO & Co-Founder, about the thought process behind the decision, how it affects their future planning, and the pressure of taking on that responsibility as a CEO.
Bring your own questions too for Chris to answer in this interactive Hangout.