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Startup CTO or Developer

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But hiring a lead developer, or even a VP of Engineering, can create a gap between the founders and the developers. Closing the Gap: Hiring A Fractional Startup CTO We’re not suggesting that early-stage startups should hire a full-time CTO. Instead, they should consider a Fractional CTO who can help close the gap.

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Dear SaaStr: What’s The Number One Challenge for Scale-Up Stage Founders?

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You can smother customers with love alone in the early days, but as you scale, you need a seasoned customer success team and VP that has done this before. Or churn will increase, NPS will stagnate and decline, and upsell and revenue retention will be a fraction of what it could be. You’ll need more than 5–10 engineers to go big.

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Everything is Sort of the Same at a Given ACV (Annual Contract Value)

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But there’s one thing I can tell you in SaaS, at least: Almost Everything Except the Product Itself is Sort of the Same at a Given ACV (Annual Contract Value) Level. One VP of Product. One VP of Marketing. The post Everything is Sort of the Same at a Given ACV (Annual Contract Value) appeared first on SaaStr.

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5 Interesting Learnings from Okta at $2.5 Billion in ARR

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Founder CEO Todd McKinnon was VP of Engineering at Salesforce and left to start Okta in the depths of the last downturn. Seat Contractions Have Brought NRR Down From 120% to 111% While 111% NRR is still quite an engine at this scale, the drop in NRR from seat contractions explains a good chunk of the headwinds Okta has seen. #2.

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What’s The #1 Challenge After $1m-$2m ARR?

SaaStr

You can smother customers with love alone in the early days, but as you scale, you need a seasoned customer success team and VP that has done this before. Or churn will increase, NPS will stagnate and decline, and upsell and revenue retention will be a fraction of what it could be. You’ll need more than 5–6 core engineers to go big.

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Meet the SaaStr Europa 2022 Speakers!

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Dave Kellogg, Principal @ Dave Kellogg Consulting. Krista Moroder, Director of Engineering @ Checkr. Pierre Alain Bouchard, VP of Engineering @ Zendesk. Giorgos Ampavis, VP of Engineering @ Tide. Take a look at our amazing lineup of speakers: Matthew Jacobson, Partner @ Iconiq Capital.

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What were 5 distinct milestones that you encountered on the road to becoming a CEO?

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To hire our CTO, our first VPE, etc. And to close $6m in customer contracts through founder-led sales. Bootstrapping is far better. But if you do need to raise money, it’s the CEO that has to do it. And I learned to recruit. I’m still learning. View original question on quora.