Business of Software updates for registered attendees.

A few quick, new, updates for you about Business of Software (1-3rd October).

New Speaker Announcement. Peter Bauer, CEO, Mimecast – Founding Principles vs. Scaling Principles. A serial entrepreneur, Peter will share the lessons he learned in founding and building Mimecast into an organization that now employs 330 people (and counting), 6,000 customers (and counting), $50 million revenue (and counting). Peter will discuss some fundamental ways his role as a founder/leader has evolved in this journey and the major differences between the Founding Principles of the business and the Scaling Principles. The full speaker line up is here.

Conference Hotel Booking Deadline 27th August To get the special conference rate for rooms at the InterContinental you need to book by 27th August. After this, they will not be able to guarantee rooms.

Lightning Talk Speakers have now been selected. See the talks here. They will be joined by one speaker self-selected from a small group of ‘near misses’ who will present to each other on the first day of the conference.

Workshops We run the workshops to encourage participation, learning and interaction between the participants and to provide a break from some content rich talks. While we’re keeping the workshops under wraps for now, we think we have a format that will be both stimulating and fun. We are also introducing a slightly competitive element to them and a little competition means we should have some prizes. That’s why there is a large box of Raspberry Pi boards on my desk. I promise not to break them before October.

Business Model Masterclass Watch Alex Osterwalder’s talk from last year on building competitive advantage in software businesses. Fantastic case studies and some brilliant ideas about prototyping software business models. All the talks from last year can be accessed from here use the pass code 125BoS2011 if you’re prompted for talks we have not yet published on the blog.

Business of Software Scholarships Look at the Business of Software blog and you’ll find details about our limited, startup ‘Two for One’ offer, info about how to win yourself a scholarship pass to Business of Software if you are a graduate or recent graduatestudent courtesy of Moving Average, and how someone else in your company can win one of five scholarships to attend courtesy of Avangate. Please encourage any graduate engineers or colleagues to apply for the relevant scholarship.

Can you play guitar or Sing? The BoS band will be playing a set on Monday evening at the Julep Bar and are short of a guitarist. If you want to get involved (instrument provided), please get in touch with Jeff Gibson at

The Julep Bar has two separate spaces so there will be music in one and conversation in the other. For die hard sports fans, they will also be showing: Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears, SF Giants vs. Dodgers, NY Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies vs. Washington Nationals, New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers and the Anaheim Ducks vs. the Los Angeles Kings (assuming none of the teams are on strike).

BoS Social Network We’re just organizing the BoS Social network which will be open to registered attendees only to help you meet the people you want to meet. Details to follow soon.

If you want to stay up to date on everything BoS, ‘Like’ us on Facebook, of follow us on Twitter. Lots more at Business of Software (1-3rd October). Please get in touch if you have any questions. We hope to see you at Business of Software in October.

Mark Littlewood