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

SaaStr

In SaaS, once you have even a few million in ARR, the #1 challenge is recruiting top-tier VPs and building a truly top-tier management team: SaaS products mostly don’t sell themselves. You can hack managing and finding 1–3 reps yourself, but after that, you really need a VP of Sales.

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

SaaStr

In SaaS, it is recruiting your VPs and management team : SaaS products mostly don’t sell themselves. You can hack managing and finding 1–3 reps yourself, but after that, you really need a VP of Sales. You’ll need more than 5–6 core engineers to go big. She can be your CTO forever.

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

SaaStr

Third, I then managed a small team. This was critical to learning what management really was. The first team I managed I inherited, and I was terrible at it. But I started to learn what it took to recruit, inspire, and yes fail a team. And I learned to recruit. To hire our CTO, our first VPE, etc.

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How to Hire A Great VP Sales: The Full Video and Transcript

SaaStr

One of the first what How to Hire a Great VP of Sales at the New York Enterprise Tech Meet-Up (thank you to John Lehr and Work-Bench for setting this up). The Number One Thing You Can Do to Accelerate Your Business Post-Initial Traction is Hiring a Great VP of Sales. I don’t know anything about sales.

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SaaStr Podcast #356 with Atrium Co-Founder Pete Kazanjy

SaaStr

356: Pete Kazanjy is the Co-Founder @ Atrium, the startup providing proactive, always-on insights for sales operations, managers, and leaders. Alongside Atrium, Pete is also the Founder of Modern Sales Pros, a community of 15,000 focused on sales operations and sales management. Stop asking questions.

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10 Years In Tech

Outseta

I can assure you that most people in the tech industry spend countless hours thinking about how to make this happen, investing only a fractional percentage of time thinking about their impact. I’d need to learn to raise capital and recruit developers. Hopefully jack up your growth rate enough to be acquired for a massive sum of money.

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Engineering Your Own “Luck”: The 3 Key Rules of Building Globally Distributed Teams with Eventbrite (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

I started right at the end of 2011, and I started in the role of VP of engineering. The company was, their sales were quite a bit bigger than the other two companies. We learned that was a big mistake, and actually after we decided to hire recruiters in Mendoza, that sped up our ability to hire for sure. We were to go.