August, 2019

The ROSE Metric | The Return on Your Most Important SaaS Asset

The SaaS CFO

Measuring Organizational Efficiency There are a ton of SaaS metrics measuring sales efficiency, margins, revenue, and more. These are all important metrics (depending on the stage of your business) that you should be constantly monitoring in your SaaS organization.

The 37% Rule: How to Decide When to Stop Wondering and Start Deciding

Tom Tunguz

Earlier this year, I read Algorithms to Live By, a book that explains how to use insights from computer science in daily life. One of the rules is the 37% rule. It’s an important rule because it’s broadly applicable. But I had forgotten about it until I listened to the author on the Software Engineering Daily podcast. The 37% rule says that if you have a decision to make, you should spend 37% of the amount of time you have. This is called exploration period.

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“Land, Expand, Explode: How to Win the Long-Game in SaaS” Egnyte Chief Customer Officer and Co-Founder Rajesh Ram (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

The SaaS business model has risen to popularity for many reasons – it’s fast-paced, creates residual revenue streams, and well, the multiples are strong.

Going viral is over-rated

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I won’t lie to you. If one of my videos went viral, I’d be excited. It would definitely be cool to see the “views” tick up into the millions… or even the thousands. But here’s the thing. I wouldn’t expect that avalanche of views to translate into an avalanche of customers.

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

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The 10x Feature is Real. At Least, for a While. What’s Yours?

SaaStr

Recently there was a lot of discussion around if there are truly “10x engineers” or not. It’s a complicated topic. But one thing that is clearly true — there are 10x Features. Talk to any experienced SaaS sales leader in a competitive space. She’ll agree.

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How to Drive Traffic through Organic and Paid Channels

The Daily Egg

Traffic is something we all strive for in digital marketing. Without traffic, there are no leads and without leads, there won’t be any conversions. There are a ton of options to drive traffic to your website, but you have to make sure that the traffic is relevant and of high quality.

How AI is Changing the Sales Process

InsightSquared

In 2019, artificial intelligence (AI) is prevalent in our everyday lives. Whether it be selecting a movie on Netflix, shopping on Amazon, or ordering an Uber, AI is powering many of the decisions we make on a daily basis.

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Building an Entrepreneurial Culture

TechStars

By Carley Jacobson, Techstars Innovation Coach. I recently participated in a webcast hosted by SHRM on “Three Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Culture: Learn how to attract, manage, and build entrepreneurial talent.” You can watch a recording of the webcast here. .

The North Star Playbook

Every product needs a North Star. In this guide, we will show you the metrics product managers need to tie product improvements to revenue impact. If you are looking for a more-focused, less-reactive way to work, this guide is for you.

Benchmarking DataDog's S-1: How 7 Key Metrics Stack up

Tom Tunguz

Recently, we’ve seen a series of product-driven companies building huge customer bases with tremendous account expansion and terrific sales efficiency. DataDog is no exception. DataDog provides a very popular IT monitoring solution that has grown from its founding in 2010 to a huge business.

The power of positivity: how to inspire your team to leave their limiting beliefs behind

Predictable Revenue

Learn how to empower your teams to not only crush their numbers but cultivate a mindset that will empower them in all areas of their life. The post The power of positivity: how to inspire your team to leave their limiting beliefs behind appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

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.

Low Traffic? No Problem! How To Improve Your Website And Increase Sales

The Daily Egg

A common refrain we’ve heard is that people’s businesses are too small to use any sort of CRO tool that tells them what their visitors are up to. That their website traffic is too low.

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

Creating a Culture of Accountability

InsightSquared

It is crucial to have a “clean” Salesforce instance, but it’s another daunting task to maintain it. Startups are built from the ground up and one of the major stepping stones is promoting an environment of accountability among your sales reps to properly input data and to follow sales best practices.

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How Much Should I Pay My Employees? An Introduction to Compensation Philosophy

TechStars

Developing a compensation philosophy—and doing so sooner rather than later—is one key way to get compensation right. But what exactly is a compensation philosophy, and how do you go about developing one for your startup? .

One Call to Make Before Picking Your Startup's Headquarters

Tom Tunguz

If you must choose a long term headquarters for your startup, call an executive recruiter who focuses in that city. Ask her about each of the key roles your company will need to hire in the next 2 to 3 years. VP Engineering, VP Product, VP Sales, VP Customer Success, VP Marketing, or VP Operations. How large is the candidate pool for each search? Which are the hardest searches to complete in this geography? Where are the best talent pools to sift through?

How to build and evolve your first sales playbook with Bowery Capital’s Andrew Oddo

Predictable Revenue

We break down how to build your first end to end sales playbook. We cover everything from the benefits of having a documented sales playbook to maintaining quarterly playbook reviews.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Do successful SaaS companies have “transformational” opportunities beyond selling more and more of their core product?

SaaStr

Many do and have. As we see more and more SaaS companies cross $1b+ in ARR (wow!), Twilio being the latest, we see more and more adding new core products to their existing core products. Twilio started with SMS. Now that’s just a piece of Twilio, and its 81%+ growth at $1b (double wow!)

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9 ways to improve email deliverability

Close.io

For all the email marketing haters out there, it's worth noting that recent stats show the ROI on email can be up to 4,400%. That should perk up the ears of even the biggest skeptics.

Transitioning to a New or Merged Salesforce Instance

InsightSquared

An unchanging and permanent Salesforce configuration is almost unheard of in the start-up space. As companies grow and sales processes morph, we need to reconsider our Salesforce instance and adjust the set up in such a way that reflects our maturing business.

Sell More Faster: The Recipe for Startup Sales Success

TechStars

Sell More Faster is the book that every early-stage startup needs to help it find product-market fit. Every startup, at any stage, needs to get—and keep—more customers. Read it once, then keep coming back as your startup grows: it will be your guide over months and years of building your company. .

Build or Buy an LMS? How to Pick the Right Solution for Your Budget

BUDGET. When it comes to picking your next LMS that six-letter word is probably the most important part of the decision-making process. So, what are your options to get the best possible eLearning solution without breaking the bank? Build It or Buy It. This guide from Lambda’s eLearning experts details absolutely everything you need to consider so you can pick the perfect eLearning solution for your organization and budget.

What are the Benefits of Customer-Centricity?

Totango

Imagine if you could give your customers that “day 1” feeling of excitement and potential throughout the entire customer journey. That’s the goal Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has for his customers.

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The power of aligning brand and outbound sales with Sigstr’s Sarah Harbison Tosh

Predictable Revenue

Having alignment between brand and outbound sales is essential. Not only can sales help measure the power of and investment made in a brand, but brand can also help empower prospectors with great content, sales assets, and ensure that messaging is always spot-on.

What is the reality of startup life?

SaaStr

A few things that surprise you especially as a founder: Things are sort of … slooow. Yes, lots is always seemingly going on at a start-up. But the reality is, major releases happen only a few times a year. Really Big sales deals don’t close every day.

Ecommerce as Video’s Killer App

Andreessen Horowitz

As online video platforms seek a business model beyond advertising , and short videos start to look more and more like commercials, it turns out that commerce may be video’s killer app. And not only could video apps become ecommerce … ecommerce ai marketing tiktok video platforms

Growing your Startup? Find the Right Startup Financing for Your Capital Needs

Entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented circumstances right now. The capital choices you make will have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your company. Knowing the right questions to ask and how to compare your options is vital to making the best decisions. Download the Startup Finance Playbook to learn more.

A Sales Management System

InsightSquared

“There’s no stronger time than now, where a sales executive needs a really strong partnership with business ops or sales ops or revenue ops,” said Todd Abbott, as he opened his presentation at Ramp 2019, the revenue ops event of the year hosted by InsightSquared.

Harry Stebbings on committing to building a network & giving first

TechStars

Harry Stebbings, founder of the Twenty Minute VC podcast and Stride.VC, spends time every day connecting with each of his new followers on social media. He ends every email with “How can I help you?”

The Top Five Customer Onboarding Challenges and How to Solve Them

Totango

Some people think the most important moment in the customer relationship is when they make the initial decision to purchase. But the period after the purchase, the onboarding phase , is what really establishes the customer relationship.