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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Keep the Smart, Ditch the Phone

Let’s start by getting something out of the way: I am stone-cold sober. Didn’t even hit CES this year. I do, however, hail from DC, proud home of Mayor Marion Barry, who was smoking crack when Rob Ford was in short pants (suck it,…

Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned From Watching House of Cards

Building a company from a startup into a business is crazy hard work. I founded my startup Speek two years ago. We now have around $3 million in venture funding, 19 employees, and are post-revenue. One thing I’ve learned in Speek’s quest to fix…

Co-Founders & Life Partners – Sharks, Minnows and Lifeguards

Public service announcement – I am about to get crazy Emo on your ass. As the founder of a startup helping businesses do fast and easy conference calls, I am often asked by people how to find a solid co-founder. My standard response is…

The Ultimate Guide to Bitcoins for Entrepreneurs

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you have heard all of the hoopla surrounding bitcoins. At the time of this writing, a single bitcoin will cost you $866.60. As a startup founder, fixing conference calls for businesses, it is…

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…

7 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Younger

I’m not sure if it’s the holiday season, missing CES this year, or the fact that my startup Speek just released our SaaS business offering this week, but something’s made me sentimental and introspective as of late. I’ve found myself thinking back through my…

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…

Entrepreneurs Don’t Need College

My name is Danny Boice and I am a college drop out. There, I said it. I briefly went to college, realized I was spending a bunch of money I didn’t have while not learning anything that was going to actually help me do…

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…

Growth Hacking: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

As 2013 nears its end, I find myself reflecting upon the good, the bad, and the ugly of the past year. 2013 saw many notable IPOs, crowdfunding for startups appears to finally have become a reality, and my startup Speek is still here(!) fixing…

The Wu-Tang Clan: The Stealth Startup of Shaolin

When I’m not running my startup Speek where we’re busy providing the best conference calls possible, I love following music. And one thing I love is marveling at how much these two worlds have in common: the many parallels between the music industry and…

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…

How We Hustled Our Way into a Fortune 50 Partnership

Today is a very big day for Speek. We are announcing a partnership with Dell, a modest tech company based out of Round Rock, Texas, that you may or may not have heard of. HAHAHAHAHA just kidding: if you are reading this article, then…