Sun.May 21, 2023

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High-Flying SaaS Startups' Surge Won't Change the Valuations in Ventureland

Tom Tunguz

The top publicly traded software companies have surged in the last few weeks. MongoDB (MDB), Snowflake (SNOW), DataDog (DDOG), Cloudflare (NET), & ServiceNow (NOW) have watched their forward multiples surge by 42% to 112% since the beginning of the year. The bond market has priced in a roughly 1% to 1.25% cut in the next 24 months. When interest rates fall, high-growth software surges.

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Dear SaaStr: How Do You Overcome “Stage Fright” as a First Time CEO?


Dear SaaStr: How Do You Overcome “Stage Fright” as a First Time CEO? Don’t worry about stage fright. It’s real. I used to have it. And … you’ll get over it. I remember the very first time I had to present to a Fancy Board Meeting. I wasn’t a founder yet, but I was told I had to get up in front of a half dozen very famous, very prominent Venture Capitalists. 10 minutes in, I frozen.

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How to Provide Proactive Help to Your Customers to Increase Customer Loyalty

User Pilot

Proactive help may be what is setting the bar for successful SaaS companies. Nowadays, it’s not enough for SaaS companies to provide their users with the necessary features and services and help them out when they have questions. Customers now expect personalized experiences and timely assistance, meaning that in order to win customer loyalty you need to identify and address potential issues before they even arise.

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Top SaaStr Content for the Week:’s Co-Founder, VC AMA at SaaStr APAC, Lattice’s CEO on Workshop Wednesday and lots more!


Each week, we round up our most popular content so you can catch up on anything you may have missed. Check out this week’s top blog posts, podcasts, and videos: Top Blog Posts This Week: SaaS Capital: Across 1,500 SaaS Startups, Yearly Contracts Don’t Actually Increase NRR Dear SaaStr: How Long Should a CEO Continue Being the Head of Product?

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The Executive Guide to Generative AI

Generative AI is taking the world by storm, but the questions that all CEOs, data leaders, and AI leaders are being asked are: What are we going to do about it, and what is our plan? The business and creative possibilities are practically limitless with generative AI. From productivity gains to finding new routes to revenue generation, generative AI is going to radically transform how we work.

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My Appearance on the Exit 5 Podcast: Traits of a High-Performing CMO


Just a quick post to highlight a recent podcast appearance I did on the Exit Five podcast , which is produced by the Exit Five community for B2B marketers, led by veteran marketer Dave Gerhardt. In the episode we touch on the following topics: My background and career path and my positioning of such: 10 years a CMO, 10 years a CEO, and independent director at 10 companies.

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