Danny Boice is the CTO of Speek - a 500 Startups-funded startup that lets users do conference calls with a simple link (speek.com/YourName) rather than using phone numbers and PINs. A serial startup/technology entrepreneur and executive, Danny started his career as a software engineer working for startups like Network Solutions and MusicMaker.com in the 90′s. You can find Danny on Twitter @DannyBoice.

 

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How To Talk Nerdy And Influence People

 If you are a startup founder, product manager, user experience designer or otherwise playing any role that may influence a product in any way, shape, or form, you need to get familiar with BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model. I have made it my mission at…

So You Want To Be A (Guest) Writer?

In my capacity as co-founder and CTO of Speek, where we are busy making free conference calls fast and easy, I do a significant amount of guest writing for major publications. I write this weekly column for Tech Cocktail (you can sign up to write…

The Series A Crunch Demystified

My startup Speek is making free conference calls fast and easy. Speek has raised nearly $3 million in seed funding from a blend of angel investors and VC’s. We are currently going through the process of closing our Series A round. I’d like to…

Startup Celebrity Endorsements Done Right

My friend Michael Chasen wrote an interesting post the other day laying out the pros and cons of celebrity endorsements for startups. His post was great and his advice was dead-on. This article came on the heels of announcements that Justin Bieber is leading…

Startups Don’t Need PR Firms

If you have a PR firm on retainer as a seed stage startup (even, in most cases, if you are Series A funded), you’re doing it wrong. At Speek, where we’re making the conference call fast and easy, we see press placements as part…

Bridge Rounds vs Series A Rounds

The ways startups fund themselves are rapidly changing. In the late 90s you could get started with a little friends-and-family money and then go straight to a Series A round good for a few million bucks—pre-product, pre-revenue, and pre-traction. Then the bubble burst. In…

Fear and Loathing at CES 2013

True story: I once took a wrong turn at the Las Vegas Convention Center and ended up smack dab in the middle of a South Indian bazaar which featured such prized items as secondhand quilts/iPad covers with pictures of your kids screen-printed on them…

I Got 24 Problems But a Seed Round Ain’t One

My startup Speek just raised a large seed round – over $1.2 million large. 500 Startups came in first and really kicked things off for us. After a few more months of work, we got some really great angels and VCs in on our…

How to Narrow Down Your Job Candidates

This is the second part in a two-part series on hiring. Read the first part here: “Hiring is a Dog from Hell.”  Having a huge pipeline of candidates can almost be as bad as having little to no pipeline. Interviews can be a massive…

Hiring Is a Dog from Hell

We got Speek off the ground using a hive of moonlighters, freelancers, contractors, interns, sweat-equity employees, and founders. It was a bear, but it was what we had to do. Once we’d raised a little cash, it became time to establish a full-time team…