Sun.May 12, 2019

5 Interesting Learnings from Fastly. As It Gets Ready to IPO.


Fastly isn’t quite as well known as the others in this 5 Interesting Learnings Series — Zoom, Slack, PagerDuty, etc. But it has some very interesting learnings for founders. Especially on how bigger deal sizes can work with free, freemium, self-service, etc.

Is Your SaaS Charismatic Enough to Build a Tribe?


Nurturing the characteristics of a charismatic company to inspire devoted, loyal advocates to provide social proof. Social proof is huge in SaaS marketing. What people think and say about your SaaS has a lot to do with its momentum and market fit.

What successful startups were launched while the founders worked 9 to 5 jobs on the side?


I’m not aware of any huge successes in SaaS that were active side projects while the founders worked at different companies. But there are a bunch that were side projects at the same company: Mailchimp was a side project while the founders ran a web-design agency.

Speaking at Host Perform 2019


Just a quick post to plug the fact that the kind folks at Host Analytics have invited me to speak at Host Perform 2019 in Las Vegas on May 20-22nd, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing many old friends, colleagues, customers, and partners on my trip out.

What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

If smaller VC funds outperform large VC funds, is Softbank’s Vision Fund destined to fail?


The data in everything in venture is … mixed. Yes, the crazy outperformers in venture are smaller funds, from Lowercase Capital to Benchmark, etc.

5 Things Running Taught Me About Building a Valuable Business


Think running and business have nothing in common? Think again. Here are five things I learned from running that can help you build a more valuable business