Danny Boice is the CTO of Speek - a 500 Startups-funded startup that lets users do conference calls with a simple link ( 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 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...


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...


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...