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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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…

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…

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…

When You Hit The Bottom of The Trough Of Sorrows

When you found a startup, the odds are stacked against you from the beginning. The world can seem like it’s divided into two kinds of people: those who aren’t quite sure what it is that you do (most family members, pretty much anybody who…

This Week Rocked

In startups, sometimes you’re the horse and sometimes you’re the damn whip. “Ups and downs” is putting it mildly. I’m not sure if I was bipolar before I founded my startup, Speek—my wife Joanne is sure that I was, but I’ll let her save…

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…