2014 Speakers

Mike Taber
Mike Taber
SingleFounder.com
Business Hacks & Epic Wins
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Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has founded five increasingly successful companies over the course of his career. He currently spends most of his time managing the development of AuditShark, a suite of security products in the audit, compliance, & configuration assurance space. The rest of his time is spent between the Micropreneur Academy and his blog at http://www.singlefounder.com/ where he runs a newsletter for bootstrapped software entrepreneurs.

Ian Landsman
Ian Landsman
UserScape
How To Slay the Customer Support Beast
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Ian Landsman is the founder of UserScape, growing the business from $7,000 the first year to millions in profit over the last decade, entirely bootstrapped. Ian is also one of the hosts of the popular Bootstrapped.fm podcast.

Providing great customer support sounds hard and to some downright scary, but it's easier than you think. I'll cover the few key things necessary to provide support that your customers will love, increases sales and improves your product.

Jesse Mecham
Jesse Mecham
YouNeedABudget.com
From Zero to $4M/year Without Quora, Hacker News, or Mixergy
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Jesse is the founder of YouNeedABudget.com. When he’s not speaking on, writing about, fine-tuning software for, or doing his own budgeting, he enjoys playing the piano, working in the garden, CrossFit, marksmanship, and honing his golf swing. Jesse graduated from Brigham Young University with a Masters of Accountancy degree. Immediately after he obtained his CPA license, he let it lapse so he could work on "You Need A Budget" full-time. Jesse lives in Utah, is married to Julie, and has five children.

I didn't know how to build a website, write sales copy, design, structure my business, close a deal, develop software, or do SEO. But I shipped, doing things I didn't know you weren't supposed to do. A few thousand mistakes later, we grossed $4 million. Here are my most embarrassing moments.

Hiten Shah
Hiten Shah
CrazyEgg & KISSmetrics
How to Grow Your Self-Funded Business Faster
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Hiten Shah is a serial entrepreneur who loves to help other entrepreneurs avoid the mistakes he has made in the past like wasting $1 million on a failed web hosting business. He started 3 successful Internet companies starting with a marketing consultancy, ACS. Then he went on to start Crazy Egg, a tool to help people visualize the user experience on their websites and most recently he is the CEO and Co-founder of KISSmetrics.

I've attempted to create a dozen web products, and learned a ton along the way. This talk will outline the most valuable growth and scaling tactics I've learned.

Brennan Dunn
Brennan Dunn
Planoscope
6 Tricks That Helped Me Triple My SaaS' Growth Rate
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Brennan Dunn quit running his consultancy to bootstrap products. He's the founder of Planscope, a project management SaaS, and has written two books, hosts a number of workshops and courses, and maintains a weekly newsletter and podcast for consultants and freelancers.

When people ask me how many people work on Planscope, I usually respond with '0.25'. On a good week, I might get a few hours of work done with Planscope, but I've still managed to triple growth in 2013 by creating processes that are helping me convert more trials and keep people around longer. In this talk, I'll cover everything I've learned about writing code that makes you money.

Rob Walling
Rob Walling
SoftwareByRob.com & Start Small, Stay Small
How to Validate Your Idea and Launch to $7k in Recurring Revenue
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Rob Walling has been starting companies for most of his life and is author of the book Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup. His blog, Software By Rob, is a top 20 startup blog and is read by about 20,000 web entrepreneurs each month. It covers startup marketing and software entrepreneurship.

As a software developer turned entrepreneur I’ve learned most things the hard way. Years of trial and error have unearthed a laundry list of false assumptions, missed expectations and times when “best practices” were not the right approach to a problem. Using stories from my experience I will share lessons I’ve learned over the past several years, each of which has had a profound impact on my ability to run my company.

Nathan Barry
Nathan Barry
ConvertKit
3 Habits for Building (and Growing) a Product Empire
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NATHAN BARRY is the author of two successful books on design, The App Design Handbook and Designing Web Applications. He is the founder and designer of ConvertKit, an email marketing company. Nathan speaks regularly at conferences and workshops in the U.S. and Europe, sharing what he’s learned about marketing and design. You can follow Nathan’s story at nathanbarry.com.

Learn how establishing the right habits can help you launch your first product and then grow it into a profitable product empire.

Sherry Walling
Sherry Walling
SherryWalling.com
Playing the Long Game: Making Entrepreneurship a Sustainable Life
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Sherry is a licensed clinical psychologist, an adjunct professor, author and speaker. She also finds time to host a weekly parenting podcast called Parenting Reimagined, and provide remote consultation to entrepreneurs and their families about the challenges of launching a business.

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Annie Cushing
Annie Cushing
Annielytics.com
10 Business Questions Every Entrepreneur Needs to Ask Their Analytics (And Where to Find the Answers)
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Annie Cushing is an analytics and SEO trainer who blogs at Annielytics.com. She has been teaching marketers how to corral marketing data using a plethora of tools and make it sexy in Excel. Her areas of expertise are analytics, technical SEO, and everything to do with data: collection, analysis, and beautification. She's on a mission to rid the world of ugly data, one spreadsheet at a time.

All good analysis of analytics data should start with questions. I will cover 10 business questions that entrepreneurs can answer with data from Google Analytics, including where to find the answers to those questions in GA.

Attendee Talks

UX Basics That Convert Users into Customers
by Samuel Hulick

How I Built (and Automated) a Content Marketing Machine For My SaaS
by Brian Casel

From Idea to $5k/mo in 5 Months
by Josh Pigford

I Thought $575/mo Was Good. Then I Did This and Turned My Side Income into My Job...
by Andrea Nagar

How to buy your way to fame and forture as a Bootstrapper
by Dave Rodenbaugh

Sales calls don't need to be painful
by Harry Hollander

How I Built My Business to $5M in Revenue in 3 Years
by Drew Sanocki

Selling to Developers: Mission Impossible?
by Benjamin Curtis

The 5 Most Depressing Consequences of Selling Software to Consumers...and How To Overcome Each Of Them
by Jordan Sherer

How I built a 6 figure WordPress Plugin Business while working a Day Job
by John Turner

Lifting the Veil: The Data Behind Successful Product Launches
by Ryan Delk