December, 2023

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We End the Year at All-Time Lows for SaaS Growth. A Buying Signal — Or The End of an Era?

SaaStr

So 2023 wasn’t a rough year for everyone. Shopify, Canva, Monday and tons of other SaaS leaders less focused on tech and startups had big years. And broader Cloud players had great years too, from MongoDB to Cloudflare to Azure, if not quite as crazy as at the peak of 2021. But overall, overall … well SaaS and Cloud growth hit record lows per the BVP Cloud Index: As you can see, even though 2022 was a tough year in the public markets and for valuations, revenue growth still held up

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How To Know If SIP ALG is the Problem, and Steps to Disable It

The Daily Egg

If you are a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) user, you may experience some occasional glitches and choppy sounds. These can be. The post How To Know If SIP ALG is the Problem, and Steps to Disable It appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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Step-Ups & Duration : The Shape of Things to Come to the Series A in 2024

Tom Tunguz

The typical software startup raised their Series A 15 months after raising their seed at 2x their seed valuation. A year ago, that Series A would have been raised three months earlier at 3.5x the valuation. Here’s another way of visualizing the data. The red dot is 2023 - the other years are in grey. Across rounds for the 50th & 75th percentile of companies, step-up valuations are the lowest multiples in about ten years.

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Big Ideas in Tech for 2024

Andreessen Horowitz

Smart energy grids. Voice-first companion apps. Programmable medicines. AI tools for kids.
We asked over 40 partners across a16z to preview one big idea they believe will drive innovation in the coming year.

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Merchant Insider Report: Payment Insights for Software Leaders

From emerging payment technologies to the importance of intuitive software design, the world of embedded payments is rapidly evolving. How do you stay ahead while serving up what merchants really want in your software offerings? The Merchant Insider report is here to help, offering unique insights into the merchant perspective. It analyzes responses from over 500 merchants in the U.S. and spans key industries, so you can understand the challenges, preferences, and expectations that are shaping s

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15 Signs You Have A SaaS Metrics Problem (and How to Fix it) with Dave Kellogg, EIR at Balderton Capital

SaaStr

Numbers don’t lie, but sometimes the stories we tell around them do. Dave Kellogg, EIR at Balderton Capital and 25-year C-level veteran, shares the top 14 signs that you have a SaaS metrics problem, the five reasons those symptoms exist, and a SaaS metrics maturity model with five layers to help you move the needle at every stage. First, let’s deep dive into the 15 ways that people misuse and abuse SaaS metrics.

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Demystifying Credit Card Interchange Fees: What You Need to Know [2024 Rates and Updates]

Stax

When you research payment solution providers , you’ll start hearing the term “interchange” used when talking about payments. Interchange is the fee that credit card companies like Visa and Mastercard charge businesses to accept their cards. The interchange fee depends on a number of factors and isn’t always easy to understand. In this article, we will break down credit card interchange fees so you will know exactly how much you’re spending when running your business.

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Helpshift Review

The Daily Egg

Efficient customer support can set your business apart from the competition, and in today’s tight market, you need every advantage you can. The post Helpshift Review appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion

Tom Tunguz

Mongo announcing earnings yesterday concludes this quarter’s index of software buyers. As the chart above shows, the software market is plateauing & some companies are rebounding. Why is a flat growth rate something to cheer? First, 30% growth is now top quartile. Second, each of these businesses has scaled, doubling or more in the last three years.

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FastSpring at NAMM 2024!

FastSpring

Looking to be truly hands-on with the technology and tools needed to boost your career in the music industry? If so, join FastSpring at NAMM 2024 on Jan. 25–28, at the Anaheim Convention Center at booth 8200! We’d love to talk with you in person! The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation celebrates and promotes the intrinsic value of music education.

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The Top 5 Ways to Monetize Your Subscriber Base

Grow your revenue with iolo’s comprehensive guide designed for senior business leaders. Discover effective methods to deliver premium features and monetize your subscriber base for maximum profitability. Gain practical insights and learn new approaches to drive sustainable growth in your business. Download your copy and start expanding your business today!

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Raising Venture Capital in 2024? The Air is Very, Very Thin Above $200,000,000 Valuations

SaaStr

If I had to summarize venture capital today, it would be like this: There is Very Little Oxygen Today Above $200m Valuations What do I mean? It’s still a weird world in venture: Firms are both shutting down and raising new funds. More entrepreneurs are doing direct investing themselves than ever. Unicorns are hurting, but — Nasdaq is at an all-time high.

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Clouded Judgement 12.29.23 - Year End Review

Clouded Judgement

Every week I’ll provide updates on the latest trends in cloud software companies. Follow along to stay up to date! Subscribe now 2023 Top Performers In 2023, there were 14 cloud software companies that were up 100%+ this year (in the index I track of ~80 total)! Only 20 traded down on the year, and the median year-to-date performance of the basket of companies was +40!

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From Bacteria to Bedside: The Arrival of CRISPR Medicine

Andreessen Horowitz

Originally discovered in bacteria, CRISPR quickly became the workhorse gene-editing system underlying the next generation of programmable medicines. Today’s landmark approval by the US Food and Drug Administration of Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ and CRISPR Therapeutics’ Casgevy, the world’s first CRISPR-based treatment, marks a groundbreaking shift in how we tackle intractable diseases.

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Desku Review

The Daily Egg

Fast, friendly, and effective customer support is the backbone of any successful ecommerce or SaaS business. With so many customer service tools. The post Desku Review appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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How to Improve Your LLM : Combine Evaluations with Analytics

Tom Tunguz

The future of LLM evaluations resembles software testing more than benchmarks. Real-world testing looks like this , asking LLMs to produce Dad jokes like this zinger : I’m reading a book about gravity & it’s impossible to put down. Machine learning benchmarks like those published by Google for Gemini2 last week , or precision and recall for classifying dog & cat photos, or the BLEU score for measuring machine translation provide a high-level comparison of relative model perfo

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Is What Epic Wants for App Stores What Other Game Developers Actually Want?

FastSpring

As mobile game and app developers gasp for air under a player-gouging 30% duopoly-tax on nearly all mobile game revenue worldwide, Epic Games has emerged as the de facto leader of the gaming community in the fight for open computing on mobile. That said, Epic’s $5B+ in annual revenue, blockbuster titles, and extensive games marketplace makes them an unlikely “little guy” in this fight, as Epic’s needs don’t always represent the needs of most game companies.

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My App Stack: Udi Ledergor, Chief Evangelist at Gong

SaaStr

“My App Stack” is a new series where we dig in with top CMOs, CROs, CTOs and CEOs on just what apps they’re really using to run their business. I always learn a lot from these — they are in essence a best practices list from each leader. Last week we had a great one with Jack Moberger, Director of Enablement at Algolia, check it out here. This week we have Udi Ledergor, Chief Evangelist at Gong!

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Clouded Judgement 12.15.23 - November Inflation + FOMC Update

Clouded Judgement

Every week I’ll provide updates on the latest trends in cloud software companies. Follow along to stay up to date! Subscribe now Macro Update the 10Y rate dropped to 3.9% this week. That’s the lowest it’s been since the summer, and down nearly 25% from where it was just two months ago. That’s a huge move in rates in such a short window.

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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5 Tips That Made Me A Consistent Content Creator

Buffer Resources

Think about five content creators you admire. Regardless of who they are, there's a common thread: consistency.  Now, consistency might sound simple, but let's be real—it's tough. I know firsthand because I struggled with it myself. Before 2019, I was a freelance writer trying to make a name for myself. I joined LinkedIn hoping for opportunities, but my sporadic and lackluster posts went unnoticed, and my online presence was, to put it bluntly, a flop.

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If Port 5060 Is For Unencrypted Traffic, Why Is It Used?

The Daily Egg

Ports are the usual suspects and scapegoats when something doesn’t work right in any internet connection, whether it’s a multiplayer video game. The post If Port 5060 Is For Unencrypted Traffic, Why Is It Used? appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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Data Product Teams : Best Practices for a Modern Data Team

Tom Tunguz

Data teams are becoming software engineering teams. On December 14th we welcomed Philip Zelitchenko , VP of Data from ZoomInfo, to talk about how he has built this discipline within his team & it was fascinating. The video is here. Like the Devops movement, the Dataops movement aims to scale the use of data within companies without increasing the headcount of the data team.

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Why FastSpring is a Great Complementary Solution for your Existing Video Game MoR Integration

FastSpring

If you’re selling video games direct-to-consumer (DTC), there’s a good chance you may be taking advantage of a “merchant of record” payment platform like Xsolla and others. Merchants of Record are a great choice for video game companies because they allow you to offload the complexity of payments, fraud, global taxes, and more so you can spend your team’s time on making great games.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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5 Interesting Learnings from nCino at ~$500,000,000 in ARR

SaaStr

So if you are outside of fintech and banking, you may not have heard of nCino. But if you’re in the space, it’s a big player. They’re at almost $500m in ARR, with 1,850 customers, now growing a modest but steady 19% and they have gotten pretty efficient, like most other public SaaS and Cloud leaders. Non-GAAP operating margins are now +17%.

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Clouded Judgement 12.21.23

Clouded Judgement

Every week I’ll provide updates on the latest trends in cloud software companies. Follow along to stay up to date! Subscribe now Revisiting the “Is Software Expensive” Question The current median revenue multiple for the software universe is 6.4x, which is ~17% below the long term average multiple of 7.8x. However, when looking at growth adjusted multiples, the current median is 0.48x, which is ~75% above the long term average of 0.28x (you can see this chart later on in this p

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Announcing Our Latest Open Source AI Grants

Andreessen Horowitz

We’re excited to announce the second batch of a16z Open Source AI Grant recipients. This program is designed to support a thriving open source ecosystem around modern AI. We provide grant funding (not an investment) to developers and small teams who are building critical pieces of the open source AI stack. More information about the program and a list of prior recipients are available here.

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When to Use a SIP ALG Detector Test and What To Do Next

The Daily Egg

So you’ve just installed your VoIP phone system, but now you’re facing issues. Maybe your calls are dropping or the audio is. The post When to Use a SIP ALG Detector Test and What To Do Next appeared first on The Daily Egg.

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SaaS: How They’re Turning Payments Into Profit Centers

Discover how top SaaS companies are earning up to $700k + and zero upfront cost with Usio Integrated Payments.

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2024 Predictions

Tom Tunguz

Every year I make a list of predictions & score last year’s predictions. Here are my predictions for 2024. The IPO market remains closed through the first 6 months of the year. But a few mega issuances, especially Stripe & Databricks in the summer or fall, re-open it for others. The Fed cuts rates, which helps. M&A accelerates throughout the year.

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FastSpring at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2024!

FastSpring

Ready to jump start the new year learning about the latest and greatest in the global games industry? If so, join FastSpring at Pocket Gamer Connects London 2024 on Jan. 22-23! We’d love to talk with you in person! Pocket Gamer Connects is the leading international conference series for the global games industry. It brings together delegates from across the entire ecosystem with all the key formats covered, from mobile, PC and console to XR, AI, and blockchain technology.

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2023 Was The Year of Hiding Inside the Base. 2024 Has to Be The Year of Growing It.

SaaStr

So there’s a perhaps obvious conversation everyone should be having, but isn’t: “Look, in 2023 we basically hid inside our existing customer base. We pushed through record price increases. We made it harder to cancel. We tried everything we could in upsell. And most importantly, we relied on our 100%+ NRR to stay in the game.” While I don’t love it, I get it in a tough year. 100%+ NRR helps you stay in the game even in tougher times.

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