Bos2010 finished today with three talks which were both informed and very personal. Dan Bricklin told us all about how he created Visicalc and how his experiences at MIT and Harvard Business school fed into the design of the spreadsheet. He talked about designing products and brought it right up to today with his IPad application.
Derek Sivers offered the audience a choice of talks in classic A/B testing. He gave a very candid and personal talk on setting up CD Baby, about how he lost his enthusiasm for it and the selling process. He has highlighted some of the mistakes he had made and how he had failed to instill the proper culture.
Joel Spolsky explained the reasons for seeking VC capital for StackOverflow and the pitfalls of dealing with honourable and not-so-honourable VCs. Some had tried to play him and Jeff off against each other in the hope that they could pick it up on the cheap. Joel normally does a slick Powerpoint. For this presentation there were no slides – he sat in front of us all and poured out his heart.
I have been to three conferences and this has been the best by far. Neil Davidson put together a really amazing conference with an incredible set of speakers and he attracted a lot of very intelligent and interesting attendees. It was 3 days very well spent away from the keyboard. If you went, what did you think of it?