May, 2024

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The Benefits of Digital Disbursements

USIO

As time presses on, a world of paperless transactions catches up with the world everyday. Over time the world has seen a speedy decline with paper checks. Paper checks usually cost around $4 to $20 and fluctuates due to certain companies and how they function. The reason why they can be so expensive is that overtime additional expenses go into paper checks like the costs of labor charges, working hours dedicated to making the check, material costs, and other charges levied by banks.

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Emergence: Top Quartile Startups Are Still Growing 100% at $10m in ARR

SaaStr

So Emergence Capital put together a great report here on B2B startups, “Beyond Benchmarks 2024” , with a ton of great data across 664 software startups. One piece I loved is how 2023 growth rates compared to 2022 for Top Quartile Software Startups. Now to be clear, and I know this is a bit brutal — “Top Quartile” isn’t in general enough to get funded by VCs.

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AI Spending Patterns : It's Not What You Think

Tom Tunguz

Ramp published its quarterly spending trends & revealed how businesses are spending on AI. There are many great data points that underscore the growth in AI but there are important nuances in the patterns. First, AI growth rates across the most popular vendors have fallen 78% annually. On average, these AI businesses are growing customer counts 105% ; the median is 38%. 1 However, this isn’t a uniform trend.

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Clouded Judgement 5.31.24 - Software Sentiment Crumbles

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 Software Sentiment Software sentiment is incredibly low at the moment - and rightfully so. Q1 earnings have been a disaster, and they’ve gotten worse as companies with April quarters started reporting. Nearly 70% of software companies who reported Q1 with an April quarter end guided Q2 below consensus!

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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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Unearned Revenue: What it is and What it Means for Subscription Businesses

Stax

When can revenue NOT be counted as revenue? If this question is confusing, you’re not alone. The concept of unearned revenue can easily trip up SaaS companies that offer subscription services and products on a recurring basis. Unlike when selling ordinary products, you cannot recognize the revenue earned from a subscription all at once. Although your business has received payment, this cannot be credited to your bottom line until delivery of the product is completed.

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The Future of ACH: The Value and How to Include It in Your Payment Strategy

USIO

Consumers are seeking faster, more efficient ways to handle transactions. The Automated Clearing House (ACH) network , a key player in the realm of electronic payments, has evolved to meet these demands. As we look to the future, ACH is poised to become even more integral to financial operations. Understanding its value and how to incorporate it into your payment strategy can offer significant benefits.

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Every Top Founder Ever: “I Should Have Acted on Bad Trends Earlier”

SaaStr

So there are times in startup life when it seems like a wave is just overpowering you, that there is only so much you can do. And so many times, you may quietly feel limited by the team you have. There’s only so much you can do, just so quickly. So many times you’ll default, partially, to Doing Nothing. For now. This works better at Bigger Companies, where real change is often measured in 5+ year chunks.

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BI's Third Form : Office Hours with Benn Stancil

Tom Tunguz

On Thursday May 30th at 9:30 Pacific time, Office Hours will host Benn Stancil. Benn co-founded Mode, a analytics platform acquired by ThoughtSpot. He writes about the future of data & analytics on his blog & asks deep questions about core tenets of software including Do software companies actually have good margins? & Disband the analytics team.

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Clouded Judgement 5.3.24 - Hyperscalers Report Q1 + Early Look at Software Reports

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 Cloud Giants Report Q1 + Early Look at Software Results Q1 earnings seasons has officially kicked off! We now have results from the three hypersclaers (AWS / Azure / GCP). Summary of results below: AWS (Amazon): $100B run rate growing 17% YoY (last Q grew 13%) Azure (Microsoft): ~$76B run rate (estimate) growing 31% YoY (last Q grew 28%) Google Cloud (includes GS

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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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An Anonymous Source Shared Thousands of Leaked Google Search API Documents with Me; Everyone in SEO Should See Them

Sparktoro

On Sunday, May 5th, I received an email from a person claiming to have access to a massive leak of API documentation from inside Google’s Search division. The email further claimed that these leaked documents were confirmed as authentic by ex-Google employees, and that those ex-employees and others had shared additional, private information about Google’s search operations.

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FastSpring Opens Austin Office, Strengthening Global Footprint

FastSpring

We’re excited to announce that FastSpring is set to broaden our global presence with a new office located in Austin, Texas. This strategic move is part of our ongoing effort to enhance our global footprint, which includes offices located in California, Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, and most recently, Singapore. Austin is already home to some of FastSpring’s key team members, including our Chief Revenue Officer Mark Kole and Chief Marketing Officer David Vogelpohl.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Payments for Software Companies

USIO

Here are some of the most FAQs software companies ask Usio about integrated payments, along with comprehensive answers to help you navigate this critical aspect of your business. 1. What are integrated payments? Integrated payments refer to the seamless incorporation of payment processing capabilities directly within a software application. This means users can make and receive payments without leaving the platform, providing a smoother and more efficient user experience. 2.

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Dear SaaStr: What Are Some Early Red Flags That Your SaaS Solution Doesn’t Have Real Product-Market Fit?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Are Some Early Red Flags That Your SaaS Solution Doesn’t Have Real Product-Market Fit? The biggest red flag I’ve found is when the “insertion point” you think is 10x+ better than the competition … doesn’t end up being something customers highly value once you launch it. Sometimes the 1.0 is cool, oftentimes it is clever, but many times it just isn’t quite the innovation customers are willing to pay for.

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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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Are AI Companies Valued Differently Than Non-AI Companies?

Tom Tunguz

The Theory AI Index of publicly traded companies continue to outperform more classical software companies since we published the index earlier this year. In addition to the delta in absolute multiple, is there a difference in the factors that drive valuation? Across the five most important metrics, AI companies’ valuation correlates isn’t that much different than non-AI companies.

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Clouded Judgement 5.10.24 - Software Weakness Across the Board

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 Q1 Software Earnings Are… Not Good We’re about halfway through Q1 earnings season, and it’s not been pretty. If I had to sum up software earnings in one quote it would be the following from Yamini Rangan, the Hubspot CEO: “Switching gears to macro.

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The Google API Leak Should Change How Marketers and Publishers Do SEO

Sparktoro

Recently, my good friend Wil Reynolds wrote a LinkedIn post questioning whether the recent Google Search API leak had actionable takeaways that would be applicable to customer campaigns.

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Open Models and Maturation: Assessing the Generative AI Market

Andreessen Horowitz

In this episode of the AI + a16z podcast, a16z partners Guido Appenzeller and Matt Bornstein discuss the state of the generative AI market, about 18 months after it really kicked into high gear with the release of ChatGPT — everything from the emergence of powerful open source LLMs to the excitement around AI-generated music. If there’s one major lesson to learn, it’s that although we’ve made some very impressive technological strides and companies are generating meaningful rev

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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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LinkedIn SEO: How to Optimize Your Account in 2024

Buffer Resources

Social media search is growing. Google search results are increasingly filled with results from social platforms. According to this study , 87 percent of social media marketers say social search is vital to their strategy. There’s even an industry inside joke that adding “reddit” or “pinterest” or, of course, "linkedin" at the end of your search terms will more likely deliver exactly what you need.

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38.4% Of Pre-Seed Rounds Are to California Startups per Carta

SaaStr

So I firmly you believe you can build an incredible SaaS startup from anywhere now, or at least, any major-ish tech center. See, e.g., Atlassian, Canva, Cloudflare (CEO now in Park City), Adyen, etc. Heck, Oracle apparently is moving to Nashville! And yet … gravity is coming back to the SF Bay Area. So many CEOs have come back, even if their teams haven’t.

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The AI Trust Fall

Tom Tunguz

If I asked you, “When someone turns in a work assignment, how accurate is it? 80%, 90%, 95% or perhaps 100%?” We don’t think this way about coworkers’ spreadsheets. But we will probably think this way about AI & this will very likely change the way product managers on-board users. When was the last time you signed up for a SaaS & wondered : Would the data be accurate?

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Clouded Judgement 5.24.24 - Software Environment Remains Strained

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 First Look at April Quarters Heading in to this week, software earnings have not been good. This week, we got a first look at companies reporting with April quarter ends (so we got the benefit of one incremental month of data).

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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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These People Aren’t Gods: How European Founders Can Stop Making The #1 Mistake in US Recruiting

Kellblog

“When you read their profiles and interview them, you think one thing: these people are gods.” — European founder on early US hiring. Despite numerous warnings , I continue to see many European founders fall into the same trap when it comes to hiring in the first years of their US expansion. Sadly, it feels like one of those lessons you can only learn from experience.

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Investing in Wiz

Andreessen Horowitz

As more workloads and data move to the cloud and generative AI takes over the enterprise , cybersecurity is more critical today than ever. And that’s because with every new paradigm shift—from the internet to cloud computing—the sheer magnitude of digital threats has exploded and threat vectors have become increasingly sophisticated. Some of the greatest software platforms in history have risen to the occasion in their respective markets to protect the enterprise against these evolving threats.

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How to set up a customer education program from scratch 

ChurnZero

Customer education is essential for the success of your product. If your customers don’t understand your product, they will not use it. However, not all companies have roles dedicated to customer education, and when customer education does become a priority, it can feel overwhelming to build a customer education program from scratch. It doesn’t have to be.

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The Official, Unofficial and Rogue SaaStr Europa 2024 Parties

SaaStr

We’re almost there!! SaaStr Europa 2024 !! And half the fun is meeting new work friends and colleagues. We’ll do 100s and 100s of braindates, roundtables and more at the venue, but parties after are another great chance to meet new friends. A current list: June 3 : VIP Opening Reception at Il Bacino Across The Street From The Venue This is a great outdoor venue literally across the street from the venue.

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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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A Series of Unfortunate Decisions

Tom Tunguz

When a person asks a question of an LLM, the LLM responds. But there’s a good chance of an some error in the answer. Depending on the model or the question, it could be a 10% chance or 20% or much higher. The inaccuracy could be a hallucination (a fabricated answer) or a wrong answer or a partially correct answer. So a person can enter in many different types of questions & receive many different types of answers, some of which are correct & some of which are not.

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How to Prepare for an SEO Conference, Including MozCon

The Moz Blog

Looking to make the most out of your SEO conference experience? Discover how the right preparation can boost your team's strength, energy, and enthusiasm during and after events like MozCon. Whether you're a seasoned attendee or a first-timer, our guide will ensure you maximize the rewards and make the most of this fast-paced environment. Let's dive in and make your conference experience truly unforgettable.

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Playing to Win vs. Playing to Make Plan: The Two Very Different Worlds of Silicon Valley

Kellblog

All strategy is a function of situation. Situation varies not only as a function of the individual company, but also of time. Remember that classic Silicon Valley strategy books were written in a different time and had some implicit assumptions built into them. For example, That you’re in a new category. That it’s a huge greenfield market, ripe for the taking.