2018

We’re Overthinking Seed Round Signaling Effects

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

There is much hand wringing in the startup ecosystem about various forms of signaling between the seed and A rounds. Conventional wisdom, and advice, abounds: entrepreneurs should never include a venture firm in their seed round because it’ll scare other VCs off from pursuing the A. After all, the “insider” VC has more information and. Getting Funded Entrepreneur Funding Raising capital seed deals Venture capital

The Ultimate Guide To Your SaaS Website Localization

Incredo

Adapting apps and services to foreign markets is something that many businesses are sleeping on, and it is often the missing link that stops them from really flourishing. That's not an overestimation.

How to Build Your Sales Operations Team from Scratch

InsightSquared

Sales operations has been around for quite some time, but lately the function has been gaining momentum. Instead of behind-the-scenes sales support, sales ops now acts as a strategic partner for sales VPs and leadership.

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Before you talk about the solution, point out the problem

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

Lots of people who you think should be interested in your software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, couldn’t care less. It doesn’t matter that they perfectly fit your “ideal customer” persona. It doesn’t matter that your solution is full of features built especially for them.

10 Observations from Dropbox's S1

The Angel VC

In last week's post I shared some thoughts about Dropbox and why, although Dropbox is unquestionably one of the most amazing SaaS companies ever built, I am a tad less confident in the company's long-term future than I am in other SaaS leaders such as Salesforce.com, Zendesk, or Shopify.

Predictions for 2019

Tom Tunguz

Here are some predictions for 2019 and a review of my thoughts for 2018, many of which were wrong. The M&A market slows meaningfully , especially at the multi-billion dollar level. The recent seasickness in the public markets forces most CEOs adopt a more conservative approach to acquisitions.

How to Define the Go-To Market Strategy for Your B2B SaaS Company

Aaron Beashel

I’ve been fortunate to work in a number of SaaS businesses in my career. Some of them, like InVision and SafetyCulture, seemed to just grow naturally without any help.

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Breaking Down the Ultimate Question – NPS

ChurnZero

Breaking Down the Ultimate Question – NPS (Net Promoter Score). First, let’s start with the very basics- what is a Net Promoter Score ? Net Promoter Score was first developed by Fred Reichheld, Bain & Company and Satmetrix in 2003.

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10 Most Important Sales Trends That Will Define 2019 (And Predictions)

Sales Hacker

It’s that time of the year again! Time for Sales Hacker’s Annual Top 10 Sales Trends and Predictions for the Future of Sales in 2019. Due to the proliferation of modern sales technology and people’s love of it, I added a new element this time. This new element is, “Companies to watch”.

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Retention, cohorts and visualizations

Inside Intercom

There are few issues more important than customer retention when running software-as-a-service businesses. It’s no good acquiring customers for $10, if they only stick around for a month or two.

Matrix Growth Academy – Zero to 100 Videos

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

Matrix Growth Academy – Zero to 100 was an educational event held in San Francisco, aimed at providing B2B Founders with a road-map for how to get from Zero to a repeatable, scalable and profitable growth process that would take them to $100m in revenue. Please find below the primary videos for They have been. Startup Help

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Which are the Best SaaS Development Companies in Eastern Europe

Incredo

Does your business have everything it needs? With new demands and even newer technology, it’s much harder for a business to develop its own mobile app or website interface. Finding a good software development team in North America for a reasonable budget is a rare occurrence.

Playing Nice: Easing the Tension between Sales and Marketing Teams

InsightSquared

One of the key elements of any successful relationship is communication — and that happens to be a huge factor in successful sales and marketing interactions, too.

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3 ways to fail at lead generation

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

When the lead generation effort is failing and we’re trying to fix it, we marketing pros usually head right into the weeds. Are there too many characters in the subject lines? Should we add more long-tail keywords? Is the call-to-action button the wrong shade of green?

Founders: Please don’t allow anyone to screw your early backers

The Angel VC

Understanding the mechanics of founder re-ups in financing rounds This post will likely not make me more popular and might offend some people. But if your core beliefs on how business should be done are at stake, you can’t try to win the popularity contest.

Just Where Are SaaS Companies Priced After the 2018 Correction?

Tom Tunguz

Reading the news in the past week made me wonder. Just where are we pricing SaaS companies today? The Nasdaq and the S&P have toyed with a bear market. Many stocks are down 10 to 50%. Absolute valuations are one consideration, but let’s understand it at a deeper level.

Rules to Run Your SaaS Business By

Sales Enablement, SaaS and Growth

I’ve been working within the software as a service (SaaS) industry for more than five years now. During this period I’ve learnt more than I ever thought possible about the SaaS business and my personal growth has accelerated with each passing year.

Yooz Wins Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award

Think Strategies

Cloud Service Intelligently Streamlines the Accounts Payable (AP) Workflow Process. THINKstrategies announced today that Yooz has been named a winner of the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award.

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Sales Tools – Made in Belgium

yoursales

Sales Tools: Made in Belgium. Tools for sales are flooding the market and the flood seems to increase in strength every year. That said, few know there’s a vibrant community of sales tools and sales tech stack vendors packed together in Belgium. They’re Solving Puzzles in Gent, Belgium.

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Sales Hacker’s 35 Most Influential Women in Sales

Sales Hacker

Welcome to Sales Hacker’s first-ever Influential Women in Sales list! In this exclusive list, we wanted to honor not just female leaders that promote their own sales platform (no shame in that!)

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Customer retention is the new conversion

Inside Intercom

Convincing potential users to sign up for your product isn’t easy. But what happens next is far more important. The latest batch of billion-dollar companies are built on high customer retention. They help their users be successful, and that means providing great onboarding.

WebSummit Presentations

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

I presented on two topics at WebSummit 2018 in Lisbon on November 6th. The slides and videos of those two presentations can be found below.

Academy as a Perfect Multi-Tool for a SaaS Startup

Incredo

SaaS Churn Rate

Five Key Skills for Sales Ops Career Success

InsightSquared

If you’ve ever thought about becoming a lawyer, the path is pretty clear: Get a Bachelor’s degree. Take the LSAT. Earn your JD. Pass the bar. The process may not be easy, but at least it’s laid out.

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SaaS Marketing for Start-ups: Don’t just start doing stuff!

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I get it. You’ve finally built a working product and now you’re ready to get it out into the market. You want to crank out a press release, put up a website, offer a free trial, execute an email campaign, buy adwords, or do whatever else you can think of or afford. Don’t do it.

There are over 100 SaaS unicorns. How long did it take them to get to $100 million in ARR?

The Angel VC

A few days ago I wrote that there’s more than one path to $100 million. I argued that while it’s awesome to see that some companies are able to get from 0 to $100 million in ARR in 7-8 years or even less, trying to grow that fast may not be the best choice for most companies. That raises the question: What are your chances of growing a little slower and still achieving massive success?

Which is More Important: New Account Growth or Account Expansion?

Tom Tunguz

If you have one marketing dollar to spend on your startup’s growth, should you spend it on acquiring a new customer or on expanding an existing customer? Mining the existing customer base for customer expansion seems very logical.

Creating a Sales Enablement Strategy

Sales Enablement, SaaS and Growth

One of the questions I get asked most frequently is around building a sales enablement strategy and what that might look like. While each company, context and industry is different, I believe that there are some fundamentals that should form the blueprint of any sales enablement strategy.

Why Salesforce Is Making Its Biggest Bet on APIs and Data Integration

Think Strategies

Salesforce.com’s definitive agreement to acquire MuleSoft for approximately $6.5 billion represents the company’s biggest acquisition yet and a calculated move to consolidate it’s position as the leading enterprise software company in the Cloud.

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5 steps to sales prospecting (for higher quality leads) in 2019

Close.io

When I first began selling, nervous doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt about sales prospecting.

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46 Bad Ass Sales Podcasts Every Sales Professional Should Follow in 2019

Sales Hacker

The path to sales enlightenment requires continuous self-learning, but there’s a real problem. Salespeople are BUSY. With the insane rise of text based content, we understand that not all salespeople have time to sit and read articles.

The top marketing statistics for 2018 and why they matter

Inside Intercom

There are few functions where the phrase “the more things change, the more they stay the same” rings truer than in marketing. For instance, the fundamentals of good marketing haven’t changed: crisp writing, a compelling story, strong brand, and of course, a great product to market.

2018 SAAS Private Survey Results- Part 1

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

For the seventh year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities) to share results from a survey of ~385 private SaaS companies. Thank you to the readers of forEntrepreneurs who participated in taking the survey! Thank you also to David Spitz (@dspitz) and the team at KBCM Technology Group for their. Startup Help SaaS SaaS business Sales & Marketing Machine Sales and Marketing

3 Stages of Effective SaaS Development Mid-Way Handover

Incredo

SaaS Development

Is revenue operations just another word for sales operations?

InsightSquared

During a recent analysis of the available “operations” jobs on LinkedIn, we discovered a significant number of “revenue operations” jobs — 59,110 to be exact. It sparked the question, “Is revenue operations just another word for sales operations, or are the roles fundamentally different?”.

SaaS Marketing Isn’t All About Talking; It’s More About Listening

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

If you’ve ever sat through a marketing agency’s pitch or seen an episode of Mad Men, you’d think that marketing is all about talking – pushing out clever messages so that people will buy whatever it is that you’re selling. Not exactly.

How Zapier Reached $35M ARR With This SaaS SEO Strategy

Ryan Berg

Want to drive more search traffic to your SaaS? In this case study, we’ll step outside the usual content marketing tactics most SaaS companies use. And look at how Zapier leverages SEO to drive millions of high intent searchers to their product every month.