Sat.May 11, 2024 - Fri.May 17, 2024

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58% of You Say Sales Cycles Are Even Longer in 2024

SaaStr

So not everyone is seeing tougher times these days. SaaS outside of classic “B2B’ is often holding up well. Klaviyo, Toast, etc. just had very strong quarters. More B2B2C there. And AI is obviously on fire, pulling up AWS, Google Cloud, Azure, etc. Security remains on fire overall as well. But classic B2B SaaS is definitely in many cases seeing tougher times.

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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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The Power of Market Validation and Strategic Experimentation

Predictable Revenue

Explore aspects of market validation, the importance of founder-led selling, and how strategic experimentation can drive growth. The post The Power of Market Validation and Strategic Experimentation appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

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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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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 Amplitude Integrations SaaS Businesses Need in 2024

User Pilot

What are Amplitude integrations? How do they work? These are 2 of the questions we answer in this article. The main reason you should read it? To learn about the 15 best integrations that the Amplitude product analytics platform offers its customers! Let’s dive right in! TL;DR Amplitude integrations are connections that allow businesses to sync data between Amplitude and other tools or data sources for cross-platform data collection, management, and analysis.

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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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How to Manage Recurring Billing with CardPointe

Subscription Flow

Did you know that the value of all card payments grew to more than $8 trillion in 2018? A major payment gateway that handled all this was CardConnect. A few important reasons why businesses flocked to CardPointe was because it simplified the payment process for their end consumer, it seamlessly integrated with other systems like accounting software, and offered solid security to the businesses to protect their end consumer’s payment details.

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Strategy as a Series of Beliefs

Kellblog

I’m always looking for better ways to distill strategy. My favorite strategy author is Richard Rumelt , who wrote Good Strategy, Bad Strategy and the more recent but less acclaimed follow-on, The Crux. I love Rumelt’s work for two reasons: He takes a wrecking ball to the garbage that is often passed off as strategy. Aspirations are not strategy.

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8 Effective Customer Communication Skills for Your Small Business

Groove HQ

When a customer has an issue, how you communicate can make the difference between them leaving a 5-star review or turning to your competitor. Customers come in all shapes and sizes: friendly and patient, interested and indifferent, angry and erratic, etc. So how can you make sure that no matter what the situation is, you get […] The post 8 Effective Customer Communication Skills for Your Small Business appeared first on Groove Blog.

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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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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: Is It Common To Have a VC Fund a Seed Round in Milestones?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Is It Common To Have a VC Fund a Seed Round in Milestones? It’s not common with typical Silicon Valley investors. But outside of that? It’s a little old school, but it’s not that uncommon. And run from a milestone-based “second check” Because really, it’s just a one-way option for the investor. If you had just one investor, then in a perfect world, this investor would get to dole out chunks of the initial investment and see how it goes.

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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 5.17.24 - April CPI 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 April Inflation (CPI) Update After rising to ~4.7% about 3 weeks ago, the 10Y is now back down to ~4.35% April CPI: April CPI YoY was +3.4% vs expectations of +3.4% (and +3.5% in March) April CPI MoM +0.3% vs expectations of +0.4% (and +0.4% in March) April Core CPI (ex Food/Energy) YoY +3.6% vs expectations of +3.6% (and +3.8% in March) April Core CPI (ex Food/E

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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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What Founders Get Wrong About GTM Efforts

Predictable Revenue

Kellen Casebeer and Collin highlight the strategic matrix approach. This approach aligns marketing efforts with current market realities. The post What Founders Get Wrong About GTM Efforts appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

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Dear SaaStr: Should Founders Start Their Vesting at Date Of Incorporation So They Have Vesting Prior to Raising VC Capital?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: Should Founders Start Their Vesting at the point of incorporation so they have shares vested prior to signing a deal with investors? No. At least, don’t do too much of this. I got this backwards , as do most founders. We think “being vested” protects us from VCs. Yes, there can be some corner cases where that is true, I guess. Maybe.

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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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Generating growth: Insights from a former software company CRO | Episode 37

Payrix

When it comes to software, success doesn’t hinge on innovation alone. Instead, it’s about understanding how to harness efficient growth. No one knows this better (or more intimately) than a software company Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Adam Tesan, CRO at Worldpay for Platforms, is a seasoned executive leader with decades of experience in sales, marketing, and revenue in the software space.

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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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FastSpring at WordCamp EU 2024!

FastSpring

Ready to join the ultimate gathering in Europe for around 3,000 WordPress enthusiasts? If so, join FastSpring at WordCamp EU 2024 at Booth 13! We’d love to talk with you in person! Join us at the Lingotto Conference and Exhibition Centre in Torino, Italy from June 13 to 15 for an extraordinary event dedicated to all things WordPress. Immerse yourself in a diverse array of programs, workshops, and presentations, where industry experts will share their wisdom and cutting-edge trends will be unveil

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The Top 5 Secrets for Building Great Products with Leaders at Slack, Rubrik, and Grammarly

SaaStr

As Product leaders, you have to build trust with CEOs and founders, align on vision and strategy, stay focused on the customer’s problem, and effectively navigate misalignment to ensure your product has the greatest chances of success right out of the gate. But how do you tactically achieve all of that? Tamar Yehoshua, former CPO at Slack and Partner at IVP, Anneka Gupta, CPO of Rubrik, and Noam Lovinsky, CPO of Grammarly, share practical advice from the trenches so you can build great products

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What would be considered a good revenue share agreement from a payments service provider for processing payments through my software platform?

USIO

A good revenue share agreement with a payments service provider depends on various factors including your software platform’s volume of transactions, the average transaction size, industry standards, and the services provided by the payment provider. Typically, revenue share agreements with payment service providers range from 1% to 5% of the transaction value.

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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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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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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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What’s Happening in B2B SaaS in 2024 and Beyond with Zapier CEO Wade Foster and SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin

SaaStr

On the first episode of the Angles and Insight podcast, SaaStr Founder and CEO Jason Lemkin chats with Zapier CEO Wade Foster about the future of B2B SaaS in 2024 and beyond. They dive into the nuances of topics like: Evolving dynamics of remote work The most effective marketing channels of 2024 Owned assets vs. “walled gardens” The practical realities vs. the hype around AI As everyone here at SaaStr knows, Jason sold his first company, Echosign, for $400M.

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How to Recognize and Block Fake Instagram Accounts

Buffer Resources

Over the past decade, Instagram has grown exponentially, with more than a billion monthly active users. However, with that increase in users has come an equal rise in fake accounts. According to this report, as of 2019, there were approximately 95 million fake Instagram accounts, representing about 9.5% of the platform's total user base​ With about 1 billion active users, that means roughly 1 in 10 Instagram accounts are fake.

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3 Questions With… Varun Krishna, Rocket Companies

Andreessen Horowitz

This content first appeared in the May 2024 Fintech newsletter. If you’d like more commentary and analysis about news and trends from the a16z Fintech team, you can subscribe here. It didn’t take much to convince Varun Krishna, the Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Companies and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Mortgage, to join the retail mortgage giant last year.

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12 Reasons Snowflake Costs Get Out of Control — And How to Solve It

With no barriers to entry you can get started with Snowflake for next to nothing, but as you may already know, costs can quickly spiral out of control. While usage costs can be better managed for your internal BI use case, Snowflake costs skyrocket for SaaS providers because the need to deliver real-time, interactive analytics in a multi-tenant environment is always on.

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GTM 94: Mastering Branding, Pricing, and Customer Success for AI Startups with Holly Chen

Sales Hacker

Holly Chen is the Managing Partner of ExponentialX, a Marketing and Growth Advisory Collective for high-growth SaaS startups, advising companies like Miro, Loom, ServiceNow, Appsflyer in their growth journeys. She also guest lectures at Berkeley and NYU, teaches at Section and Maven, mentors at First Round Capital, and is an active angel investor. Previously, Holly was the Global Head of Digital Marketing at Slack, helping it grow $100M to $700M ARR and going public.

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5 Interesting Learnings From Squarespace at $1.1 Billion in ARR

SaaStr

So with public SaaS companies continuing to grow, but revenue multiples often at relative lows, it can make sense in some cases to “go private”, invest in more growth for a few years, and try to IPO again down the road. Qualtrics did it, nCino just did it, and the latest is Squarespace. They are going private at an almost $7 Billion valuation.

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10 Best Mixpanel Integrations for 2024

User Pilot

What are the best Mixpanel integrations in 2024? Hard to tell, as this depends on your needs and what you already have in your tech stack. Here are 10 possible contenders for the title, covering multiple use cases, from customer engagement through analytics , customer relationship management, experimentation, and digital experience optimization. TL;DR Mixpanel integrations enable you to connect it to other tools for seamless data sync.