For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

We’re Overthinking Seed Round Signaling Effects

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

There is much hand wringing in the startup ecosystem about various forms of signaling between the seed and A rounds. Conventional wisdom, and advice, abounds: entrepreneurs should never include a venture firm in their seed round because it’ll scare other VCs off from pursuing the A. After all, the “insider” VC has more information and. Getting Funded Entrepreneur Funding Raising capital seed deals Venture capital

2019 SAAS Private Survey Results- Part 1

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

For the seventh year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities) to share results from a survey of ~424 private SaaS companies. Thank you to the readers of forEntrepreneurs who participated in taking the survey!

Matrix Growth Academy – Zero to 100 Videos

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

Matrix Growth Academy – Zero to 100 was an educational event held in San Francisco, aimed at providing B2B Founders with a road-map for how to get from Zero to a repeatable, scalable and profitable growth process that would take them to $100m in revenue. Please find below the primary videos for They have been. Startup Help

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WebSummit Presentations

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

I presented on two topics at WebSummit 2018 in Lisbon on November 6th. The slides and videos of those two presentations can be found below.

Driving Discovery and Experimentation in your Organization

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk, David Bland, Founder and CEO, Precoil, and Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product LLC

If you want to build what matters, you can't move forward blindly. But to make progress, you can't let things slow to a crawl while you focus resources on gathering data. This is where continuous discovery and experimentation come in. Join Teresa Torres (Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk), David Bland (Founder, Precoil), and Hope Gurion (Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product) in a panel discussion as they cover how - and why - to build a culture of discovery and experimentation in your organization.

2018 SAAS Private Survey Results- Part 1

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

For the seventh year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities) to share results from a survey of ~385 private SaaS companies. Thank you to the readers of forEntrepreneurs who participated in taking the survey! Thank you also to David Spitz (@dspitz) and the team at KBCM Technology Group for their. Startup Help SaaS SaaS business Sales & Marketing Machine Sales and Marketing

How to calculate your total addressable market and make a great TAM slide for investors

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

I’ve seen hundreds of startup pitch decks in my time at Matrix, and have found total addressable market (TAM) slides to be among the most frequently mis-executed. I get the sense they are often included as a formality in an attempt to get VCs to check a mental box and continue on hearing about other. Getting Funded Startup Help Business Model Funding SaaS TAM TAM slide Total Addressable Market Venture capital

Onboarding your first Sales Hire as an Entrepreneur

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

In today’s blogpost I would like to introduce my partner for Zero to 100, Stephanie (Schatz) Friedman. Stephanie has been an executive in 3 successful startups and was most recently the SVP of Sales and Customer Success at Xamarin which has since been acquired by Microsoft. Stephanie joined Xamarin as its first non-engineering hire in. Recruiting SaaS Sales Startup Help Customer Success Growth Hiring Sales and Marketing

Zero to $50M – A Roadmap of the Key Stages, and How to Win at Each Stage

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

There are seven key stages in a startup’s evolution from $0m to $50m in revenue. Understanding where you are in that evolution, and how to act at each stage is critical for success, as what is appropriate at one stage is not appropriate at another stage. In my talk at SaaStr 2018, I will lay. Building for Success Getting Funded Interviewing Leadership Marketing SaaS Sales & Marketing Machine Startup Help growing SaaS revenue SaaS sales and marketing

Zero to 100 – A High Growth SaaS Playbook

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

I have great pleasure in announcing a new program called Zero to 100 – The Growth Academy. This program is my response to what so many of you have been asking for: a detailed instruction manual for how to take your startup from zero to $100m, with a particular focus on the area of building. Startup Help

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

SaaStock Dublin 2018: Get inside your Buyer’s Head – Improve Conversion Rates

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

At this year’s SaaStock, I presented on one of my favorite topics: how to improve your marketing and sales funnel conversion rates using a deep understanding of what is going on in your buyer’s mind as the navigate through their purchasing process, and experience your marketing and selling. Using the techniques outlined in this presentation, Marketing SaaS Sales & Marketing Machine Startup Help

The Never-Ending Journey: In Search of Product-Market-Fit

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

Intro Many potentially great companies fail each year because, while they have an incredible product, they don’t figure out how to get it to market fast enough. Figuring out how to reach customers and break through to Product-Market-Fit remains one of the hardest parts of building a successful startup. This post introduces a four stage. Startup Help PMF product market fit SaaS sales Sales and Marketing

Top Two Reasons for Churn

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

In working with a number of SaaS portfolio companies, I have found that there are two causes of churn that occur more frequently than any others. They are: Failure to successfully onboard the customer Loss of the champion who drove the purchase Looking at these in order: Failure to successfully onboard It’s easy to understand. Customer Success churn SaaS SaaS churn SaaS customer engagement SaaS customer retention SaaS renewals SaaS retention Startup Help

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A High Growth SaaS Playbook – 12 Metrics to Drive Success

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

I recently gave a talk at the 2018 SaaStock NYC conference in June. I had two goals I wanted to accomplish, present a simple model to understand SaaS business and to show a simple model of a SaaS business and to show the key levers a CEO can pull to achieve the greatest impact on their business. Building for Success Business Model SaaS Metrics Startup Help Growth metrics for SaaS companies SaaS SaaS business

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

Zero to 100 – Photos from the SFO Sept 2018 event

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

Thanks to all of you who helped make the Zero to 100 event in San Francisco such a great success. Please find below a selection of photos from the event: Startup Help

Building a Repeatable, Scalable & Profitable Growth Process

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

I gave a talk this year at the 2017 SaaS North conference in Ottawa, where I discuss the fundamentals of building a repeatable, scalable, & profitable growth process for a startup. Building a Repeatable, Scalable & Profitable Growth Process [View on Slideshare]. Startup Help Business Model Growth SaaS SaaS business Sales & Marketing Machine

What The Downturn Will Probably Look Like in SaaS

SaaStr

So, despite SaaS multiple and the public markets being at near record highs, we’ve seen things start to … wobble a bit overall in tech: The WeWork IPO simply failed , and the Peloton and Direct Smile IPOs were broken. No one really expected this.

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Your Sales Efficiency Will Probably Plummet Toward $10m ARR. Plan For It.

SaaStr

When a great SaaS business starts to come together, and crosses Initial Traction ($1-$1.5m), growing nicely (8-10%+ Month-over-Month Growth) … often times, the founders start to see the first bit of real economic returns on the model. It finally starts to make sense, this SaaS stuff.

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Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

SaaStr Comes to Art Basel!! December 5 at 500 Startups Miami!

SaaStr

We’re back to Miami for our second ever SaaStr meet-up there, this time bigger and better than ever during Art Basel!! Come join us on December 5 hosted at 500 Startups Miami for an evening of SaaStr talk, mentorship, unicorns, VCs and more.

5 of the Most Effective Ways to Reduce Business Operational Costs

The Daily Egg

You may be making a ton of sales every day – enough to bring in substantial profit for your business. But when you look at the numbers, you find that your actual revenue is only just enough to keep the business going. So what could be the reason behind this?

The Radically Different Early Stage Fundraising Market

Tom Tunguz

We’ve all seen the data on the average increases in round sizes over the last four or five years. Startups are able to raise larger early rounds because of the financial environment. One way of thinking about the early-stage fundraising market is as a collection of financial products.

At the Top SaaS Companies, Most Co-Founders Are Not Equal (And That’s OK)

SaaStr

I was curious the other day how many of the recent Cloud and SaaS IPOs had founders that were equal co-founders from an equity perspective. That was how I was brought up (the first start-up job I had, the founders were equal shareholders).

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

The SaaS Correction of Late 2019

Tom Tunguz

Last week, SaaS stocks fell by about 18% on average. The chart above shows the most recent enterprise value to forward multiple for a basket of next-generation software companies. The red line is the value and the blue line is the median over the same time frame.

Which Categories of Seed Startups are Thriving? Which Aren't?

Tom Tunguz

Which sectors see more startup company formation than others? The answer has changed quite a bit over the last 8 years. Some sectors have hit their apogee and are declining. Others have grown by more than 3x. Yet others are growing geometrically. Let’s take a look. Hot Spaces.

Justin Kan and Jason Lemkin: “Things VCs Say”

SaaStr

At the recent A+ Traction conference in Vancouver , Justin Kan and I had a lot of fun doing a presentation I hadn’t done or seen before — “S**t VCs Say” We went through some of the Top 10 things that VCs tell you, that is true but … biased. Every investor has a bias.

How to Steal a Customer From the Competition

SaaStr

So I’ve had a chance to observe some of the worst sales processes of all times in the past few weeks! What happened? Well, first I wrote a few small pieces on a challenge we had with a piece of software.

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.

Introduction to the Marketing Attribution Challenge

InsightSquared

One of the main responsibilities of your marketing team is determining which campaigns are the best campaigns. This is no small feet.

At $20m ARR or Above? Join the SaaStr CXO Summit at 2020 Annual, with 200+ Top CXOs and More

SaaStr

We’re adding a bunch of exciting things to 2020 SaaStr Annual, including our first-ever SaaStr CXO Summit. This will be an incredible event-within-an-event on March 11, bringing together 150+ top enterprise CIOs, CDOs, CMOs and more (i.e.,

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The Strategic Question at Seed Today

Tom Tunguz

I’ve written before about the Jacob’s Ladder of Fundraising. The Jacob’s Ladder is a children’s toy that flips over, and it’s a great metaphor for the seed market. Seed rounds are rapidly approaching and now often equal to the sizes of Series As just five years ago.

Marketing Attribution: Keep It Simple

InsightSquared

Marketing attribution is no buzzword. It’s a fundamental building block of achieving ROI. Sometimes seen as more art than science, it’s often given too little attention – or too much. When sales cycles are short, marketing attribution can be fairly straightforward.

Build Delightful Products with Customer Validation

Speaker: John Little, Head of Product Marketing, Centercode

When it comes to delivering a solid product/market fit, customer validation is key. After all, you want to provide customers with a product that not only fills the need, but is delightful -- right? To get there, you need to commit to a vital blend of market research, strategy, and user testing. Join John Little, Head of Product Marketing at Centercode, as he explains a two-part approach to customer validation. First, how do you strategically identify your top product areas that need attention prior to release. And second, how do you turn user data into strategic priorities that help the right teams make the right decisions.

What were the signs you missed before you lost a major customer?

SaaStr

I remember the first time I lost a six figure customer. It was a surprise: They used the product every day, and constantly. They had done a case study for us. In fact, they were on our homepage. They renewed the contract and added additional seats. And then one day, we got a call.