Business of Software 2008 is being run by Joel Spolsky and Neil Davidson. We want to run a conference that inspires and teaches people about the business of software. Although the conference has a strong software focus you don't have to be a geek to come. Last year we had product managers, development managers, marketeers and project managers turn up, and they all enjoyed themselves. We're trying to put together an eclectic mix of sessions. We're inviting speakers who we have something to learn from, who we think are cool or who we want to hear speak. We're hoping you will too.
Confirmed speakers include:
* Joel Spolsky, founder of Fog Creek software, author of several books and the man behind the joelonsoftware blog
* Seth Godin, Business Week's "Ultimate Entrepreneur for the Information Age", is the best-selling author of 7 books (including Permission Marketing and Purple Cow) as well as the most popular eBook of all time.
* Eric Sink, founder of SourceGear, author of "Eric Sink on the Business of Software" and the person who coined the term "Micro ISV"
* Steve Johnson of Pragmatic Marketing and winner of last year's Software Idol competition
* Richard Stallman launched the development of the GNU operating system, now used on tens of millions of computers today. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment
* Paul Kenny is one of the UK's top sales trainers, consultants and speakers. He has worked with many customers in three continents, including IBM, Perot Systems, The Guardian and tens of others.
* Dharmesh Shah is a geek, serial entrepreneur, founder of HubSpot and blogger at OnStartups.com
* Jessica Livingston is author of Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days and a founder of Y Combinator
Official Website: http://www.businessofsoftware.org/
Added by jonpierce on March 31, 2008