Sun.May 19, 2019

5 Interesting Learnings from Xero. As It Crosses $650m in ARR.


Xero is one of those SaaS companies most of us have heard of and know is a big success and sort of know about, but, not really ??. What lessons can we learn from this huge Kiwi SMB success, for other founders?

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a16z Podcast: What Time Is It? From Technical to Product to Sales CEO

Andreessen Horowitz

Since the startup (and founder) journey doesn’t go neatly linear from technical to product to sales, tightening one knob (whether engineering or marketing or pricing & packaging) creates slack in one of the other knobs, which demands turning to yet … design enterprise & SaaS networking bottom-up SaaS consumer-ization of the enterprise founder/maker stories pricing product-market fit

The Week In Cloud: May 19


Join our Quora group to get all of The Week in Cloud updates throughout the week. Go long. The founder of the Chinese telecoms equipment firm Huawei would “shut the company down” if he was asked by the country’s communist regime to eavesdrop on mobile phone calls“.

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The thought process that makes writing any email series easier

SaaS Onboarding Emails

Last week my boyfriend opened up pre-sales for his next React Native development course. He had an amazing 5-part email funnel that provided value and took people through the pitch. He knocked writing the emails out of the park and even received compliments from the people on his list.

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.

3 Simple Ways to Start an Exit Plan in 2019


You've heard the crazy statistics.90% of business owners don't have any exit plan. Well here are three simple areas to start thinking about that inevitable day when you exit your business