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

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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 ).

How well do Governments Buy Catalog Items?

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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).

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Change Healthcare’s Intelligent Healthcare Network

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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 ).

SaaS Metrics for Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks (Bookings)

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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.

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.

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SaaS Metrics for Enterprise-Driven B2B Networks (Modified LTV/CAC)

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A couple of posts ago , I started a series on SaaS metrics unique to enterprise-driven B2B Networks. In that first post, I covered the Buyer-Supplier revenue mix. This time, let’s consider modifying the concept of LTV/CAC to include an enterprise’s ecosystem. Modified LTV/CAC.

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.

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

Upwork Versus Fiverr: Battle of the Freelance Marketplaces?

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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 ).

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

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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.

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

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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 ).

When Business Models Collide: HomeAdvisor and Angie’s List

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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.

As Software Platforms Grow, So Do the Oligopolies

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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.

Taulia Discloses A Few SaaS Metrics Relevant to Networks

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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.)

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

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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.

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Ferreting out Suppliers’ “Dirty Little Secrets”

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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.

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.

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” ).

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10 B2B Blogs Every Software Nerd Should Read

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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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11 Things That Set The Best Salesteams Apart From The Rest

SaaStr

The best salesteams seem to just do amazing things together. What differentiates them? Well, they do tend to work at some of the best companies, so there is that. But it’s more than that. A few factors that contribute to high-performing sales teams: High quota attainment.

Now We Start to Enter the Sad Phase. Take Care of Your Team.

SaaStr

This has been an incredible roller-coaster for us in SaaS and Cloud since March 15, for some even more than others, but an incredible amount of change for all of us.

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2021 Planning and Global Economic Collapse

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OK so this I think the first negative or at least “bummer” post I think I’ve ever written on SaaStr in 8 years. We’ve been through ups-and-downs in SaaS since 2012 (the start of SaaStr), flash crashes, multiple contractions, as well as the crazy bull run of 2020.

Public SaaS Companies Are Now Worth $1 Trillion

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Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon have made the headlines for a while for crossing $1 trillion in market cap each. That’s crazy growth — almost all fueled by the crazy growth of the Cloud. No SaaS company is yet worth $1 trillion, through perhaps that is coming.

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The Friends You’ll Lose. And The Ones You’ll Gain.

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Being a CEO changes you. Not at first. The first year or two are a lot like “before”, just more intense. Now it’s all on your back, and your shoulders. But over time, your brain does get rewired. You get focused.

A Framework For Your First SaaS Sales Comp Plan

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I’m not ashamed to admit that when I set up our first SaaS sales comp plan, I had no idea what I was doing. In my first start-up, yes I sold to the enterprise. I sold $6m our first year (man, that sounds good looking back on it).

Is It OK to Fly First Class to Close A Big 7 Figure Deal?

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Q:As a founder of a series A startup, was it unreasonable for me to use the company’s money for first class tickets? A European company was interested in doing a 7-figure deal with us and I paid $32k for 4 first class tickets. My VC is now mad at me.

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Your #1 Management Hack: Weekly 1-on-1s

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Folks. DO YOUR 1-ON-1s. i know they arent always fun pic.twitter.com/Sb1BWxsWj3. — Jason ?BeKind? BeKind? Lemkin ?? jasonlk) July 10, 2020. When I catch up with founders on the march from $1m to $10m in ARR, the number one topic has always shifted to recruiting.

Day 1: Who Should Be CEO? A Checklist.

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SaaStr has now passed 10,000+ pieces of content, and we’ve somewhat gone on a journey from the early days of a SaaS company, through the growth phases, to the Unstoppable phase, and now has time has gone on, even to the Decacorn phase ??

Behind the Round with SaaStr:  Chorus.ai Raises $45 Million

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Tom Taulli. Behind the Round with SaaStr: Chorus.ai Raises $45 Million. This week Chorus announced its Series C round for $45 million, which was led by Georgian Partners. This brings the total amount raised at $85.2 million.

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The “Covid Boost” for SaaS Will Last Years

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Q: What impact will the effects of covid have on the SaaS industry? Many of us in SaaS are really struggling now. Restaurants, events, recruiting, and so many other industries are in deep trouble.

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15+ of The Top Sales & Marketing Mistakes SaaS Startups Make

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A little while back we put together some of the top sales & marketing mistakes SaaS companies and founders make, especially in the early days. I thought it would be worth a quick update of the post. We’ve all made many of these mistakes ourselves, myself included ??

Atlassian and AWS Say: “Maybe Worry a Little Bit”

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These are crazy times. The economy has contracted at a record rate of -33%. Yet, the Cloud is on fire during Work-and-Do-Everything-Possible-from-Home. Shopify grew 100% at $3 billion in ARR. Zoom is growing at rates we’ve never seen before in SaaS and Cloud.

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SaaStr Podcast #358 with Tipalti Founder & CEO Chen Amit

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358: Chen Amit is the Founder & CEO @ Tipalti, the only global payable automation platform that scales with you and now remitting $5Bn annually across 3M suppliers.

Best Agile Project Management Tools

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Leading agile project management teams can be challenging if you’re not using the right software to stay organized. Agile project management tools help you jump from daily scrums to your next sprint while providing your team with collaboration features to accomplish the common goal.

When Even Selling for a Few Billion is Not Enough

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We’re approaching the age of 1,000+ Unicorns and despite a global pandemic, this remains The Best of TImes in Cloud and startups in general. But there’s a quiet cautionary tale to just think about.

The 21 Top Excuses for Not Closing A Deal

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Sales is hard. And not only is it hard, but you shouldn’t be closing every deal you are in. Well, if you’re closing even deal you are, you’re not been invited to the deals where your product has competition. Where it has gaps.

77% of You Aren’t Going Back to A Traditional Office. What That Means.

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The pace of change recently has been breathtaking. Just a few weeks ago, Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, was kind enough to join us at SaaStr Summit: Bridging the Gap. He said Slack wouldn’t be going back to the office until September. Now, just a few weeks later?

Behind the Round with SaaStr: Qualified.com Raises $12m Series A

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Tom Taulli. Qualified.com , which operates a conversational marketing platform, has raised a $12 million Series A round (the total funding is $17 million since inception). The lead on the deal is Norwest Venture Partners and the other investors include Salesforce Ventures and Redpoint Ventures. .

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Why If You Quit Every Year You Won’t Ever Make Any Real Money

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If you squint as you read TechCrunch, you’ll notice a pattern in a bunch of articles about Hot Startups. “Bob worked at Pinterest for 8 months before he …” or “after a stint as senior something engineer at Facebook [12 months], Bill joined …” etc. etc.

10 Hacks to Have Happier Investors

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We’ve crossed 6,000 posts and answers on SaaStr and we held off for a long time on writing one on How to Have a Great Board Meeting, and most other VC tropes. We might write that post, soon, however, just from a founder perspective.