Speaking at BoS had been one of my goals in life since before I became an entrepreneur, so I can't tell you how proud SCARED I was of being on that stage, together with many of my heroes.
In order to properly prepare for the Boston event I went and gave similar talks in Prague, Cambridge, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Atlanta last year, each time learning more about what makes for a great talk and how to deliver it. It was a lot of work, but I'm very happy to have done it.
The Business of Software 2011 organizers have asked me to participate in a live one-hour online Questions and Answers session about my talk. The Q&A is scheduled for March 23rd, at 10.00 PST, 13.00 EST, 18.00 CET.
If you have an hour, watch the video below and make notes of any questions that come up: I'd love to answer them live, or post them here as comments if you can't make the online event.
I'd love to hear your feedback about the talk as well, it was one of the hardest things I've ever done. :)
I had the pleasure of giving a talk at Less Conference 3010 last May titled "Guiding Principles for Running a Successful Little Startup".
The conference was one of the best ones I have been to. Very well organized, very interesting talks, GREAT location with super-fast wifi, good food, fun parties...the works! They also limited attendance to 200 people or so, which made it nice and intimate.
If they organize it again this year, you should definitely try to go.
Last night Alan and Steve posted the video of my talk, embedded below. Aside from the obvious awkwardness of watching myself on video, the main feeling I had while watching it was "I can't believe that was me, only 5 months ago". I feel like I've grown a few years since the end of May, and now realize how naive my expectations of keeping the Balsamiq team frozen in time for the next foreseeable future was.
Anyways, the talk is a bit all over the place, full of mumbling and half-finished sentences...but it was very well received by the (very kind) audience, so I thought I'd share it here.
I hope it helps some of you a little, let me know what you think!
Hi this is Peldi from Balsamiq. This blog is a mixture of product updates, company updates and posts about my experiences as a programmer-turned-entrepreneur. If you're into 37Signals and A Smart Bear, this blog is for you.