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Two people challenging a $28 billion industry

The Angel VC

eHub did a nice interview with Paul Youlten, the founder of a great project called Yellowikis. Yellowikis, as Paul put it, is "the 10 month old love-child of Yellow Pages and Wikipedia". Putting the Yellow Pages online has been tried before but I don't know if any of those projects really took off. Yellowikis' new approach makes this new attempt really promising.


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A lesson in arithmetics, the German way

The Angel VC

Here's a quick test, taken from real-life here in Germany: One political party wants to increase the VAT from 16% to 18%. Another party wants to keep it where it is. These two parties form a governing coalition. Question: Where do they meet? If you guessed 17%, you're wrong. Right answer: 19%. politics

GYM, the gorilla triplet formerly known as GMY

The Angel VC

Om Malik just coined the acronym GYM for Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (at least I read it at his blog first) and asks if you manage to not mention the GYM for a week. I think it'll be difficult. Given the resources, distribution and yes, innovative power and speed of the Big 3, the key question for most Web 2.0 startups is how they manage to compete with the GYM. BTW, someone called the GYM GMY a year ago already but it seems that acronym didn't catch on. google yahoo

The Next Wave in Digital Marketing

Adhere Creative

In 2005 , we saw the rise of inbound marketing. Marketing is evolving once again, and with the rise of big data and integrated technology, it’s changing rapidly. Digitial Marketing video production

Visitor Recordings Part One: Seeing Value And Overcoming Obstacles

The Daily Egg

Heatmaps have been our signature product since 2005. But we’ve grown quite a bit since then, and you may be surprised to learn about the full range of website optimization tools that we offer. Aside from heatmaps and the four other valuable reports we provide on the health of your website, we also give you […] The post Visitor Recordings Part One: Seeing Value And Overcoming Obstacles appeared first on The Daily Egg. Analytics User Experience analysis recordings user experience

Automating Financial Operations with a Platform Built for B2B SaaS


Founded in 2005, SkyWire provides the hospitality industry with award-winning point-of-sale (POS), spa and workforce management SaaS solutions. Originally focused on mobile marketing, the company expanded into POS technology and today is one of only two POS companies certified for gaming interfaces. As a quickly growing SaaS business, SkyWire is often making important business decisions and adjustments on the fly, many of which rely on accurate subscription and financial metrics.

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A SaaS Founder’s Guide to PR


Will Ferrell SNL Oracle Skit 2005 from Alford Media Services on Vimeo. So as a founder, I was fired by 3 PR firms. In a row. Two actual PR firms, and the third, a solo shop. I was fired for one simple reason: I demanded results. First, I demanded we actually measure PR.

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Three Secrets to a Successful Acquisition


In 2005, eBay spent $2.6 One of the most notorious examples of a post-M&A culture misfit is the 2005 merger of Kansas-based Sprint and Nextel. in 2005), recently acquired TalkIQ, a leader in the artificial intelligence and machine learning, and our shared culture and values have been a key factor to the success of this deal. By Dialpad CEO, Craig Walker, Dialpad Founder, and CEO. An acquisition can make or break your startup.

IBM puts Power Systems in SAP’s cloud

IT World

That could interest a lot of CIOs: SAP has offered its software on the Power platform since 2005, and ported HANA to the Power architecture in 2015. SAP is now hosting IBM’s latest Power Systems servers in its own data centers, as part of its HANA Enterprise Cloud managed offering. The move introduces a new hosting option for enterprises running modern ERP systems with large databases on the Power platform.

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Etsy goes cloud native to better scale to seasonal demands

IT World

Etsy was founded in 2005, well into the internet era but long before the explosion of public cloud services. Popular online marketplace Etsy recently completed a two-year migration from 2,000 on-premises servers to Google Cloud. The Etsy website and mobile app provide an online shop window to makers of hand-crafted and niche goods. With two million items being sold in 2018, the in-house bare metal infrastructure was starting to creak.

At Crazy Egg, Every Day Is Work From Home Day

The Daily Egg

Crazy Egg was founded in 2005, and ever since then we’ve built a globally distributed team of super smart, talented, hard-working humans from around the world. Not to sound too hipster, but we’ve been working remotely before it was cool. In celebration of Global Work From Home Day, we’re bringing you behind the scenes of […] The post At Crazy Egg, Every Day Is Work From Home Day appeared first on The Daily Egg. Crazy Egg remote


3 Ways Social Media Continues to Drive Sales in 2015


Social media advertising isn't new ' Facebook ran its first ad in 2005 ' but it has evolved significantly. As the world continues to cater to an ever-growing base of online consumers, it's becoming increasingly important for retailers to explore new ways to use channels like Facebook,…. The post 3 Ways Social Media Continues to Drive Sales in 2015 appeared first on ReSci

SaaStr’s Most Respected Leaders Awards 2019: The Top Ten


YC has funded over 1,900 startups since 2005 including Airbnb, coinbase, Dropbox, Stripe, Flexport, instacart and reddit. Meet SaaStr’s Most Respected Leaders of 2019. Our most popular CEO, COO’s and Presidents that spoke at SaaStr Annual 2019. Curious how we came up with this list? We found our most popular speakers by speaker views and likes, session bookmarks and ratings weighing categories more heavily for overall rating than initial interest.

The 18 Outstanding Speakers at SaaStock LatAm 2019


He co-founded Praesto Convergence in 2005 and served as its Managing Director until 2010. Latin America is undergoing a digital transformation, and the SaaS community is exploding as a result. We conducted intensive market research with SaaS practitioners across LatAm to dig into the reasons behind the region’s hypergrowth, and worked with the progressive global VCs who are fuelling the SaaS boom to understand the key players and the scope of the opportunity.

How To Grow Your Startup By Asking Better Questions


When we started Crazy Egg in 2005, it was pretty hard to get new customers without spending money on paid acquisition. Building a company is a lot like trying to predict the future. You’re looking through a crystal ball to see where the market is moving, and how you can adapt your product accordingly. You have limited cash, which means that you only have a finite amount of time and resources to scale your business.

10 Alternative RSS Readers if You Still Miss Google Reader

Neil Patel

Google Trends data shows a massive dropoff since RSS hit its peak back around 2005. Google launched Google Reader in 2005 and quickly built up a loyal following because it was simple, efficient, and free. The mid-aughts to early 2010s were the heyday for RSS feeds like Google Reader.

18 investors fueling Latin America’s SaaS superstars


Founded: 2005. As we showed you in the list of SaaS companies coming out of Latin America, the region has no shortage of SaaS superstars. How did this come about, though? What are the ingredients required to help foster such an ecosystem? A healthy availability of capital is one. We looked at the data and discovered a few vital moments in the funding history of the region.

38 Bright Asian SaaS Stars


Launched in 2005 in New York and Guangzhou, Gizwits has become the largest IoT development platform in China, as well as its first PaaS and SaaS platform. Founded : 2005. When we announced a few weeks ago that we would be bringing our leading SaaS conference to Asia, and running it in Hong Kong, many locals thanked us for choosing the city.

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Just How Far Along Are We In SaaS?

Tomasz Tunguz

in 2005 to $24B in 2015. About 15 years since the creation of the first SaaS companies, public SaaS companies account for 14% of total software revenues generated by public companies, a figure growing at about 17% per year. Over the last ten years, the total amount of revenue generated by software companies has tripled from $53B to $169B, meaning SaaS companies are both taking share and growing the market.

When Black Friday Comes


Cyber Monday is the brainchild of the US National Retail Federation (NRF), who coined the phrase back in 2005. Cleverly, in 2005 the NRF introduced the term Cyber Monday to the media in advance of Thanksgiving, the subsequently generated hype resulted in a substantial increase in online sales, up by over 25 percent on the previous year. The one good thing about Cyber Monday is that you don’t have to bash people square in the face to get what you want; or what you think you want.

Dropbox, the ultimate Mouse Hunter

The Angel VC

Until 2005 or so, most people used only one or maybe two devices to work with their files: a desktop PC and/or a laptop. I’m late to the party here, I know. Dropbox went public a bit more than a month ago and I’ve finally had a chance to take a close look at the company’s S1. I’ll be sharing a few specific observations from the S1 review, but let’s start with some more general thoughts about the company.

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Congratulations, You’ve Created a Category. Now What?


17] Which, for ancient software historians, was the failed strategy that Oracle gave a mighty try before giving up and acquiring PeopleSoft in 2005, the first in a long series of applications acquisitions. I was talking to an old friend the other day who’s marketing chief at a successful infrastructure startup. “Congratulations,” I said, “I know it was a long slog, but after about a decade of groundwork it looks like things have really kicked in.

Effective Networking, 40+ Employee Stumble, Start Angel Investing, and more – Mattermark Daily


Mr. Khosrowshahi has been the CEO of Expedia since 2005, building it into the $23 Billion company it is today. The Search is Over. It’s been reported that Uber’s board of directors has picked Dara Khosrowshahi to be its new CEO. You’ve probably read all about this in the major news outlets, but we really recommend Ben Thompson of Stratechery on “ Uber’s New CEO ” From the Operators.

How to Pull More PPC Ad Data

Neil Patel

SpyFu is an Arizona-based search analytics company founded in 2005. We’re losing PPC ad data. While it used to show you almost all terms, Google AdWords now only offers specific keywords that meet a certain volume threshold.

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Recur Now 9/11: Watch out Apple, Spotify Wants to be #1


We’re referring to Apple, which has offered podcasts since 2005. Today, Spotify wants to dominate the podcast industry. We're breaking down how it plans to get there. Plus, if you've ever wondered what it takes to develop a startup, wonder no more; we're dissecting Rand Fishkin's book, "Lost and Founder.". Today's Top Subscription News. Stripe Expands Across the Pond. Stripe, the online payment processing system for internet businesses, is expanding across Europe.

Micro Startup Acquisition: The Definitive Guide to Buying and Selling Small Startups

Neil Patel

The same goes for Google acquiring Android for a measly $50 million in 2005 with key employees joining the company. The problem with selling your startup is the long exit time. Sometimes it can take as long as seven years before you can sell your business and hop on the next idea.

Reflections on the early days at Zendesk (part 1)

The Angel VC

I had always been a consumer Internet guy, having founded comparison shopping engine back in 1997 and personalized homepage Pageflakes in 2005. Yesterday I posted a brief review of Mikkel’s excellent book “Startupland”. For me, the book is also a good opportunity for some reflections and to share some thoughts in relation to Zendesk’s journey. The first date When I stumbled on Zendesk in 2008 I knew absolutely nothing about enterprise software, B2B or SaaS.

One Great Adventure After the Next

Tomasz Tunguz

I remember reading about Google’s Android acquisition in 2005 and wondering what would become of the technology; and then later at Google seeing some of the first versions of the G1, the first Android phone. Yesterday, Redpoint announced something amazing: Andy Rubin, the creator of Android is joining Redpoint.

How SEO Has Evolved Over The Years - Then And Now


In 2005, Google partnered with Yahoo and MSN to announce the Nofollow attribute, which decreased the number of spammy links and comments on websites, especially blogs. It’s human nature to catalog what exists in the world. From early explorers to modern birdwatchers, people have always wanted to know what’s out there. The internet is no different. Search engines began appearing in the mid-1990s, scouring websites in an attempt to catalog the early web.

The Increasing Growth Rates of SaaS Companies

Tomasz Tunguz

Publicly-traded SaaS companies founded from 2008 through 2014 needed 50% less time to reach $50M than their counterparts founded between 1998 and 2005. SaaS startups are growing faster than ever before. I stumbled across this trend when looking at a different chart used in my S-1 analyses that compares the time to $50M for each of the 51 or so publicly traded SaaS companies. I’ve colored the companies founded in the last ten years in red. Newer SaaS companies grow faster.

The 5 Best Amazon Marketing Companies of 2020

Neil Patel

And the company that comes highly recommended is Thrive Agency : Thrive Agency has been helping Amazon sellers drive sales via PPC management since its existence in 2005 and have grown into a household name with offices in 25 locations in the US.

Best Cheap Web Hosting

Neil Patel

Other features and benefits of Bluehost include: 24/7 customer support Free domain name for one year Recommended by WordPress since 2005 Automatic WordPress installations and automatic WordPress updates Free SSL certificate Unmetered bandwidth.

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Are VC Mega-Rounds the New Normal?

Tomasz Tunguz

Each chart shows the number of rounds raised bucketed by size from $0 to $5M and up to $150M to $200M from 2005 to 2013. Each morning’s news seems to bring another fund-raising announcement of ever larger scale. Just a few months ago, Pure Storage raised $150M in the largest ever venture investment in a storage company. These record financings certainly generate significant press interest. But how representative of the fund raising environment are these mega-rounds?

SaaStr Podcast #214: Erica Schultz, CRO @ New Relic on What It Takes To Successfully Scale Into Enterprise


Erica Schultz: Well I actually started in the world of SaaS back in 2005 so about 14 years ago when I was still at Oracle Corporation and it was right after we’d acquired Siebel Systems and I took on a leadership role for what at the time was known as the CRM on demand team. And then as I mentioned in 2005, I took on the software as a service opportunity, which was a very nascent sales team and business for Oracle at the time. Welcome to Episode 214!

How to Combat Inaccurate Data and Faulty Statistics When Making Decisions

Tomasz Tunguz

In 2005, Stanford professor Johannes Ioannidis turned the world of research and statistics on its head. When presented with figures and numbers and statistics, it’s easy to take the conclusions as fact. Numbers in a spreadsheet carry a finality, a exactitude that belies how inaccurate they can be. He published “ Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. ” Ioannidis’ paper cast doubt on decades of research.

The Minimum Size Seed Round to Maximize Series A Follow On Investment

Tomasz Tunguz

Using Crunchbase data from 2005 to 2012, I’ve plotted the follow-on rates by size of seed investment quintiles across 2906 companies in that period. How large of a seed round should founders raise to maximize their chances of raising a Series A? Smaller seed rounds are simpler and faster to raise because they typically require fewer investors. They may also require less dilution because of the smaller investment size.

SaaStr Podcast #343 with Point Nine Capital Managing Partner Christoph Janz


Before that, he co-founded two Internet startups ( in 1997 and Pageflakes in 2005). 343: On today’s episode, Christoph shares his five tips for fundraising during a pandemic. Christoph has invested in more than 20 SaaS startups and lives and breathes SaaS, everything from “A as in AI-enhanced B2B software” to “Z as in Zendesk”. Christoph co-founded Point Nine Capital in 2011.

The Best Times of Year to Raise Capital for Your Startup

Tomasz Tunguz

I’m using Crunchbase data since 2005 for tech companies in the US. Aside from a startup’s internal considerations about the right time to raise money, founders should weigh the seasonality of the fund raising market when planning their raise. There’s a rule of thumb batted around the valley that the worst times to raise capital are in the dog-days of summer and after Thanksgiving. As it turns out, this aphorism is only a half-truth.

Winning customer trust

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

He tells the story of how dealt with a series of serious service outages in 2005 that was eroding the confidence of customers and prospects. In subscribing to software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions, customers aren't really buying a product ; they're buying a promise. They are not purchasing a finite set of capabilities to be delivered once the contract is signed, as they would with an on-premise license.

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