Sun.Jun 23, 2019

Top Lessons in Building Great Teams from Keith Rabois and Founders Fund (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

Keith Rabois is a General Partner at Founders Fund where he focuses on consumer Internet, education, enterprise, financial services, and digital health investments.

The Relationship Between Marketing & Human Resources

Teamgate

In this competitive market, companies need to find new ways to attract the right customers and talent. While finding your audience is always a big step, having a strong group of employees might just be the most important way to find success today.

Should You Visit More Of Your Prospects In Person? Almost Certainly

SaaStr

I remember the first customer I lost due to not showing up in person. They were a Fortune 50 customer. We did a CSAT survey, and every user loved us. The implementation was flawless. There were zero issues. And … we lost them at renewal.

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Founding Stories: Anchorage

Andreessen Horowitz

We continue our YouTube series “Founding Stories” with the story of Anchorage. To set the stage, what do you do to keep a valuable asset safe? Well, if you were a pirate, you’d keep your booty in a locked treasure … cryptocurrencies & blockchains

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.

As a sales manager, you’re told to downsize your sales team. You have to choose between 2 salespeople. One underperforms, but is well liked and honest. The other is a top producer, but with questionable ethics? Which do you fire?

SaaStr

I would fire both. An underperforming rep that gets a pass just lowers the bar for everyone, unfortunately. No matter how nice they are. If it’s OK for Bob to always hit 30% of quota … then you just won’t have enough pressure and urgency on your sales team. You can’t have that. You also can’t have ethical lapses on your sales team. Not only will that bite you later — and it will — but it will again encourage similar lapses in the rest of the team.