Software Platform Consulting

SaaS Metrics for Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks (Buyer-Supplier Revenue Mix)

Software Platform Consulting

There are many great articles about SaaS metrics on the web (e.g., see here , here and here.) There are also great resources for metrics specific to marketplaces (see here ). But much of my work is with a special kind of network, where one side of the platform is an enterprise buyer (or supplier) and on the other side is their supply base (or customers). Typically one side’s enterprises tend to be much larger than the other side’s. That’s why I call them enterprise-driven.

Change Healthcare’s Intelligent Healthcare Network

Software Platform Consulting

Change Healthcare is going public (again). The IPO provides another opportunity to examine a massive B2B inter-enterprise network, Change Healthcare’s Intelligent Healthcare Network. I previously wrote about this network when it was called Emdeon ( see here ). It’s a story of how a small EDI player became an impressive company through acquisition and organic growth. Every network entrepreneur should know this great story.

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SaaS Metrics for Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks (Bookings)

Software Platform Consulting

Source: [link]. This is the third in my series on SaaS Metrics for Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks. I spend very little time on issues of compensation on this blog. But it turns out, this is a really important issue for Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks. As discussed in the prior post , many networks of this type, subsidize one side of the network, to make money from the other side.

How well do Governments Buy Catalog Items?

Software Platform Consulting

As taxpayers, we should want to know how well our dollars are spent. At the Federal level, most of these dollars are spent on social security, healthcare, and defense (see below). Articles about spending in these areas are easy to find, but the price of F-35s or my dad’s medicare is too complex for this blog. Instead, let’s focus on the prices paid for common commercial catalog items that we can all relate to. Government Catalog Spend.

Report by Dresner Advisory Services: Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study

According to the 2020 Dresner Embedded Business Intelligence Market Study, embedded business intelligence is crucial for application success. This report explores the current state of BI and why application teams are increasingly choosing an embedded solution.

Fleetcor Acquisition of Nvoicepay Yields Insights on B2B Payments

Software Platform Consulting

Fleetcor (FLT) closed on its acquisition of privately-held nvoicepay on April 1, 2019. Fleetcor’s first quarterly earnings report since the acquisition provides insight into the economics of the B2B payments space. Nvoicepay. Nvoicepay is interesting, in part, because it is a pure-play payments provider. The company takes a payment file from a buyer. It then disburses the funds to the buyer’s suppliers in a manner nvoicepay has determined in negotiation with the supplier.

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Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Procure-to-Pay Suites (with Valuations)

Software Platform Consulting

Gartner recently published its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Procure-to-Pay Suites. Once again , I have superimposed valuation information onto the Magic Quadrant. (I I still don’t understand why Gartner has not varied the size of the “dots” to add more information to the charts. For instance, each vendor’s dot could be sized in proportion to their NPS scores, revenue, or valuation. See Spend Matters’ Solution Maps.).

The Phreesia Triple Threat

Software Platform Consulting

My last post was partly about healthcare payments in the form of Change Healthcare’s Intelligent Healthcare Network. I did not set out to write another post about healthcare payments, but reading Phreesia’s S-1 compels me to. Phreesia has three “businesses” in one: SaaS applications, payments, and life sciences advertising. Phreesia Threat #1: SaaS Applications. If you have been to a doctor you have some idea of what Phreesia’s SaaS applications do!

SaaS Metrics for Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks (Buyers per Supplier)

Software Platform Consulting

Welcome to the last, and most important, in my series of posts on metrics unique to Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks. The last metric, buyers per supplier, is easy to calculate if your platform is architected as a network. (If If you did not architect your platform so suppliers have one account for all buyers, shame on you.). Suppliers Per Buyer. Every enterprise-driven B2B network proudly tells you they are great at enabling your enterprise’s suppliers.

Upwork Versus Fiverr: Battle of the Freelance Marketplaces?

Software Platform Consulting

Fiverr, a marketplace for freelancers just joined the parade of software companies going public. The Fiverr filing sets up a comparison of Fiverr versus Upwork, the grand-daddy of freelancer marketplaces. Upwork went public last year.) (See See here and here ). Upwork Versus Fiverr: A Different Approach to Services. The most basic difference between Upwork versus Fiverr is fascinating. On the Upwork platform, buyers issue RFQs for projects and invite freelancers to bid on those projects.

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SaaS Chart of Accounts

It’s no secret that general ledgers aren’t optimized for SaaS companies. Your QuickBooks or Xero Chart of Accounts is no different. The following Excel template is a sample Chart of Accounts that you can download and customize to fit your business needs.

B2B Payments Economics Courtesy of Bottomline Technologies (Paymode-X)

Software Platform Consulting

Last week I wrote a post about Fleetcor’s acquisition of Nvoicepay. The acquisition represented an opportunity to learn more about the economics of B2B payments. The acquisition also prompted me to review Bottomline’s financial reports. Bottomline owns Paymode-X, the largest B2B payment network in the US. Paymode-X boasts payments of more than $200 billion annually and over 400,000 payees. Nvoicepay, by contrast, processed payments of approximately $20 billion annually.).

Two-Sided Markets and a Two-Sided Supreme Court: The Amex Case

Software Platform Consulting

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of American Express (Amex) in an antitrust case 11 states had brought against Amex (see here ). If you are interested in two-sided markets, platforms, and pricing you will want to read the Supreme Court’s decision written by Justice Thomas and the dissent written by Justice Breyer (see here ). Full disclosure: There’s a fair bit of legalese, so I skimmed it. But, it sounds cool to say I read a Supreme Court opinion.)

When Business Models Collide: HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List

Software Platform Consulting

Established in 1995, Angie’s List was the pioneer in the home services marketplace. Home Advisor (IAC) announced last week it is acquiring Angie’s List (ANGI) for more than $500 million. This price represents a 44% premium over Angie’s List’s depleted closing stock price (see below)). I am sad to see Angie’s List go. Triumph of the One-Sided Pricing Plan. Angie’s business model was a prominent differentiator from its competition in the home services market.

As Software Platforms Grow, So Do the Oligopolies

Software Platform Consulting

I love the word “oligoply” It’s a fancy word for a market structure in which a few companies have the large majority of market share. The recent news reminds me just how many markets are becoming oligopolistic–especially those dominated by platform software. Before We Get to Software… Warren Buffett recently announced that he was buying airline stocks. This is a man whose greatest quotes include many disparaging remarks about the airline industry (see here ).

Guide to Data Consulting Success: What to Know & Ask Before Your Next Data Project

Whether you're starting a new data initiative or benchmarking a current effort, this guide breaks down how to develop a coherent data strategy, avoid common pitfalls, and work with data consultants to improve business visibility and drive growth.

Taulia Discloses A Few SaaS Metrics Relevant to Networks

Software Platform Consulting

Early (and Fuzzy) Saas Metrics From B2B Networks. Until a B2B Network catches on, the metrics can be gloomy. (The The first few years of the Ariba Network were pretty dismal, for instance.) The result is that for the first few years of a B2B network’s life you tend to see silly press releases from these networks touting their growth in all manner of odd metrics: percentage growth versus growth in absolute numbers (always huge when you start from zero). new partnerships. awards.

Uber for Truckers: Cargomatic and the Perils of B2B SaaS Marketplaces

Software Platform Consulting

Sunday’s Business Insider had a great article on, Cargomatic, a company promising (as do many others) to be the “Uber for Truckers” By that, Cargomatic means it will match shippers with goods to ship with truckers with excess capacity. On paper it is a great idea in a huge market: less than truckload (LTL) shipping.

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Ferreting out Suppliers’ “Dirty Little Secrets”

Software Platform Consulting

Three separate events last week reminded me that every spend category has its “dirty little secrets” Suppliers can exploit these “dirty little secrets” to squeeze a little more from buyers than buyers bargained for. Not all of these secrets are nefarious, but all reflect the inherently deeper category knowledge suppliers have and the limited resources buyers have to “sweat the details” in every category.

Angie’s List and Two-Sided Market Pricing

Software Platform Consulting

For those of us who follow pricing strategy in two-sided markets, last week was a milestone. Angie’s List, which invented the home services marketplace (in 1995) announced it would drop its “paywall” The paywall charged buyers to search its directory and reviews before communicating with contractors. Angie’s List will now offer a freemium model for homeowners (buyers) and will continue to offer a freemium model to contractors/service providers.

5 Tips to Advance Your Career as a Technical Recruiter

Just as the tech industry revolves around innovation, so does technical recruiting. To advance their career by attracting top candidates in a competitive landscape, modern recruiters must commit to actively adapting and advancing their hiring strategies. This step-by-step guide is designed to provide technical recruiters with tips and tricks to achieve tangible results that accelerate their recruiting efforts—and career.

Take Rates for B2B Marketplaces

Software Platform Consulting

The two questions I’m most often asked are: 1. How do you keep your hair looking so lush and luxurious? How much can a B2B Marketplace or Multi-Sided Platform charge for its services? Some folks call this the platform’s “take rate” ). The answer to the former question will need to remain a mystery, but the answer to the latter follows. B2B Marketplace Services.

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10 B2B Blogs Every Software Nerd Should Read

Software Platform Consulting

The vast majority of tech press is about B2C software companies or software for IT department (e.g., databases, security, performance monitoring and other stuff) that does not excite me. But, there are a few good b2b blogs and newsletters those of you interested in enterprise cloud business applications should follow for inspiration. My nominations, in no particular order, are as follows: Price intelligently.

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CRM Strategy – The Complete Guide

The Daily Egg

There are many businesses that implement CRM solutions with the belief that they will magically solve all of their problems. But adoption does not necessarily guarantee success. It’s not even just about investing in the right software; your CRM efforts could still fail for a number of reasons.

The Top SaaS Companies Have An Average of ~350 Integrations

SaaStr

Your API. If you are a B2D company, it’s your product itself, your API. But for most B2B companies, your API, your partner programs, and the like are extensions. Not your core product, but an important layer for improving customer experience.

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Onboarding Projects and Clients? Here are 5 Tips for Success

As a company that has onboarded thousands of clients, users, and projects over the past decade, Aysling has learned a handful of tips to streamline processes. With its award-winning support, they wanted to share their successful onboarding tips with all.

Yes, You Need to Fundraise 52 Weeks a Year. The 1-and-30 Rule.

SaaStr

“I don’t want to meet [That VC]. I don’t need money now and it’s distracting.” ” — most founders, post Seed round. …… There’s a superpower some founders have.

The 10 Things I’d Tell My Younger CEO Self to Do Better Next Time

SaaStr

We’ve hit some of these points before, but what are the Top 10 things I’d tell myself to do better, if I could go back in time? My top list: Slow down big decisions — when you aren’t sure.

Don’t Confuse Room at the Bottom with Disruption

SaaStr

A few years back, a very wise VC asked me what I thought about a small but scrappy competitor in the space of my last company, Adobe Sign / EchoSign. I told him I didn’t know the company that well, but from what I’d seen, some things might seem appealing.

9 Reasons Good Salespeople Fail

SaaStr

Strong salespeople fail all the time in new roles. Good reps, that could otherwise do well, and have in the past. And it feels like it’s happening more often these days, when in tech at least, frictional unemployment approaches 0%. Why do good reps fail at a new role?

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5 Interesting Learnings from UiPath at $600,000,000 in ARR

SaaStr

UiPath is one of the most amazing not-really-an-overnight success stories in Cloud, SaaS and software.

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If Your VP Hasn’t Done Some Key Part of the Job by Day 90. He Never Will.

SaaStr

Recently, I met with a great SaaS founder doing about $1.5m in ARR. She was telling me about her VP of Marketing who, in the Bay Area, she was paying $95,000. I was a bit skeptical. Because that’s rather low for a true VP out here in the Bay Area (see typical VP Marketing comp packages here ).

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As You Scale, Most Of Your New Revenue May Well Come from Existing Customers

SaaStr

Q: Can the majority of a SaaS company’s revenues come from existing customers? Yes, especially once you are at scale. In fact, as you get bigger, it gets pretty common with bigger deals and in the enterprise. Let’s take some examples: #1.

The Confounding Logic of Discounting

SaaStr

There can be nothing more frustrating in the middle-early days than when sales closes some great deal for say $125,000 a year … but you “knew” they could have gotten $200,000 if they just held the line on discounting.

Realizing the Benefits of Automated Machine Learning

How are organizations using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to derive business value? Renowned author and professor Tom Davenport explains the rise of automated machine learning, its benefits, and success stories from businesses that are already using it.

The 4 Questions Every Founder Should Ask Every VC. That Almost No One Asks.

SaaStr

When you go to raise venture capital, if you are in the fortunate group of start-ups with access to venture capital, you’ll either have options (more than one VC wants to fund you), or you won’t.

7 Simple Tips to Being a (Much) Better First Time Manager

SaaStr

One privilege I get as part of mentoring and investing in a few dozen startups is a chance to work with first-time managers. The reality is, most start-ups are better off with a Stretch VP than a Never Did It But Has a Great LinkedIn VP. More on that here.

BATNA – Why You are So Bad at Sales

SaaStr

The other day, a sales leader working asked me how I got to be “so good at sales.” ” I’m not. You might think so that after almost 3,000 answers on Quora, 300 blog posts, and 35,000 tweets. But I’m pretty bad at it.

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5 Ways to Enter a Crowded Market. And 3+ Ways Not To.

SaaStr

Zoom even at $100m ARR still felt like it was in a crowded market. So that’s not really an excuse pic.twitter.com/rUyeUzMKC6. — Jason BeKind Lemkin (@jasonlk) December 22, 2020.

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