5 Leadership Lessons Everyone Needs Right Now From GitHub COO Erica Brescia


In her session, Erica shares her hard-earned leadership lessons– from selling her company to what she’s learned at Github, we’ll share her most essential leadership principles for any stage of business. #1 Invest in mental and physical health and wellness.

Eoghan McCabe on the importance of authenticity in leadership

Inside Intercom

In a wide-ranging conversation, Eoghan explored the complex nature of ambition, the role of self-doubt in creating our drive to succeed, and the crucial role of authenticity in leadership. What distinguishes good leadership from bad?

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Janet Bannister on human-centered investing


Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart, self-aware, teachable entrepreneurs. . Now she’s all in, with an approach that she calls “human centered investing.” When she’s investing, she looks for the “conscious founder.”

The 4 Leadership Practices of Exceptional CEOs

OpenView Labs

What they often forget to think about is the critical component of building their company: their personal leadership. Self-leadership. Invest in self-awareness to build your foundation of leadership. “Learnership” Outstanding CEOs know that leadership is an evolving skill and that to master it they have to continuously learn. Therefore they commit to studying leadership right alongside their focus on new product releases, sales and operations.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

dropping on a low-value feature (Feature C), you may want to stop investing in it. industry as a whole, with their leadership involved in the. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS.

Seed Investing Today: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t with Aileen Lee and Jason Lemkin (Video + Transcript)


What Nobody Tells You About Seed Investing with SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and Cowboy Ventures Founder and Partner Aileen Lee. I think it gives us a perspective that maybe we don’t get in some other places, in addition to many great investments over the years. On either a scale of 1 to 10 or a percentage basis, where is seed investment? I think that’s going to be an awesome time to invest, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet.

Reddit’s Nick Caldwell on engineering leadership

Inside Intercom

He had to quickly determine which team members displayed a potential for leadership and teach them the fundamentals of management so they could make new hires and scale – without ruining the culture. I hosted Nick on the podcast, where we discussed the differences between management and leadership, fostering diversity in tech, and more. Here are five quick takeaways: Management and leadership aren’t one and the same. Podcast Startups engineering teams leadership management

Leadership Advice in Times of Crisis—from Highspot’s Oliver Sharp and Robert Wahbe

OpenView Labs

As a board member at the company, I’ve been impressed with their leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I wanted to understand how their experience from prior crises has guided their response to today’s challenges. There are timeless leadership lessons and best practices that we can draw on today. At Highspot, leadership communicates at least twice per week with the whole company about both the strategy and the plan. Unprecedented.

Using Product Led Growth as an Indicator for Investment w/OpenView Venture Partner, Ashley Smith (Video + Transcript)


I’m talking about product-led growth as an investment strategy, but really my background is 10 years of operating experience in the product-led growth world. Now I’m investing in that. I say investment strategy, but really it’s like how do you build a company that’s focused on product-led growth? I enjoyed that weird dynamic of trying to impress them and get them to invest in my company. We actually invest in this company.

PODCAST 75: 3-Layer Approach to Stage-Appropriate Leadership w/ Jason Holmes

Sales Hacker

Jason specializes in executive sales leadership with CRM, SaaS, and other tech companies. Jason’s 3-layer approach to stage-appropriate leadership [22:44]. Jason’s 3-layer approach to stage-appropriate leadership. Sam Jacobs : There’s a set of wisdom out there in the high-growth environment around stage-appropriate leadership and this idea that you need to slot leaders that have experience with that specific stage.

The Mindset of An Investor Today - Arlan Hamilton

Join Peter Cowen, Managing Director at Sutton Capital Partners, and top VCs as they look at the trends and perspectives on investing in today’s climate.

Are We Investing Enough in Our Managers?

Tomasz Tunguz

” I wondered, are we investing enough in our managers? Talent is the largest investment of an early stage company. Research shows employees leave their jobs because of poor leadership and poor management. This is why investing in each creates a competitive advantage. That’s a quite an investment for an early stage company. How should startup invest in improving its management? I met a seasoned executive recently. He made a bold claim.

Why B2B is finally investing in brand

Chart Mogul

It’s time for B2B SaaS to stand on its own as a mature category of software with its own thought leadership, unique user experience and branding. These SaaS companies are raising the table stakes for business software by leveraging the power of brand experience. So what does it take to build a standout B2B brand in 2018? It all started with subtle changes — the inclusion of friendly illustrations, new colors in landing pages and tweaks to website copy.

Six Lessons on How to Build a Platform that Fuels an Ecosystem with Plaid (Video + Transcript)


Quovo had focused on investment accounts and allowing you to programmatically interact with your investment accounts through third-party applications. If you think about the heyday, the early days of Wealthfront and Betterment, they came out and people started investing with them and they were really excited to grow their assets under management.

Why Hiring Senior Leaders Early Is Worth the Investment

OpenView Labs

It became clear after a month that our young team had a lot of enthusiasm, but lacked senior leadership. Investment is for this very reason, and in my experience, VCs get excited about the prospect of hiring big because they know that proven and seasoned winners really move the needle. Two things happened: We poured a huge amount of energy into hiring the senior leadership before hiring the team. I question if it’s even possible to build a great team without great leadership.

The Mindset of An Investor Today with Mark Mullen

Speaker: Peter Cowen, Managing Director, Sutton Capital Partners & Mark Mullen, Co-Founder, Bonfire Ventures

Join Peter Cowen, Managing Director at Sutton Capital Partners, and Mark Mullen, Co-Founder of Bonfire Ventures, as they look at the trends and perspectives on investing in today’s climate.

Leadership Tips, Team Culture, Choosing First Investor, and more – Mattermark Daily


Natasha Azur of Osage Partners takes a look at trends in venture capital activity ( which we’ve also been digging into lately on the Mattermark blog ) in “ What’s the Pulse on 2017 Midyear VC Investment? The post Leadership Tips, Team Culture, Choosing First Investor, and more – Mattermark Daily appeared first on Mattermark. Mattermark Standard is now $49 per month.

Why Should CEOs and Executives Invest in a Personal Brand?

The Marketing & Growth Hacking Publication

And investors don’t invest in your company. They invest in you. It will return the investment of time and effort in spades and is well worth it. Aaron Webber is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Webber Investments LLC , as well as a Managing Partner at Madison Wall Agencies. Why Should CEOs and Executives Invest in a Personal Brand? leadership life-lessons business branding mark-growth

WP Engine passes $100M in revenue and secures $250M investment from Silver Lake

A Smart Bear

Of course a nice chunk is primary capital, i.e. for the company balance sheet, to invest in growth initiatives, security and quality, and advancing our existing strategic priorities through acceleration and de-risking. And now, with Silver Lake’s investment and support, we can accelerate our growth investing even more into our strategic roadmap, and placing some new bets on ideas we’ve had but haven’t been able to find the space to explore.

The 7 Best Pieces of Business Advice I Was Ever Given


If you aren’t investing 20% of your time, you’re doing less important things with that time. Blog Posts Career Growth & Advice Company Stage Growth Leadership Resource Type Role / Function Topics

The Mindset of An Investor Today with Tim Draper

Speaker: Peter Cowen, Managing Director, Sutton Capital Partners & Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Associates

Join Peter Cowen, Managing Director at Sutton Capital Partners, and Tim Draper, Founder of Draper Associates, as they look at the trends and perspectives on investing in today’s climate.

10 Hacks to Have Happier Investors


Just assume none of your investors invest again. Professional investors can even write off any given investment if they have to. Blog Posts Fundraising Growth Leadership

Customers Love to Talk to the CEO. Do More of That Now.


Your customers have invested a lot in your product. Blog Posts Customer Success LeadershipAt the recent SaaStr Summit: Bridging the Gap, Stewart Butterfield, CEO of Slack, shared a funny story. He said with work-from-home, he was able to talk to a lot more customers. A lot more.

Is It OK to Fly First Class to Close A Big 7 Figure Deal?


Is $32k a fair investment to bring in a 7 figure deal? Blog Posts Leadership Q&AQ:As a founder of a series A startup, was it unreasonable for me to use the company’s money for first class tickets?

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I’m Tired of Running My Successful Start-up After X Years. What Should I Do?


You have so much invested in these shares, this company, this journey. Blog Posts Career Growth & Advice Company Stage Leadership Resource Type Role / Function TopicsSome founders just quit, Even once they have something. You can tell them You can help them You can hug them You can fund them. But sometimes, It’s just been too hard. Find someone to carry some of the load. — Jason BeKind Lemkin (@jasonlk) August 26, 2020.

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The Mindset of An Investor Today with Minnie Ingersoll

Join Peter Cowen, Managing Director at Sutton Capital Partners, and Minnie Ingersoll, Partner at TenOneTen, as they look at the trends and perspectives of active investors in today’s climate.

Your #1 Management Hack: Weekly 1-on-1s


There isn’t a better investment you can make in your VPs than meeting either once a week, or at least, once every 2 weeks. Blog Posts Career Growth & Advice Leadership Resource Type Role / Function TopicsFolks. DO YOUR 1-ON-1s. i know they arent always fun pic.twitter.com/Sb1BWxsWj3. — Jason ?BeKind? BeKind? Lemkin ?? jasonlk) July 10, 2020. When I catch up with founders on the march from $1m to $10m in ARR, the number one topic has always shifted to recruiting.

5 Very Good Days, and 5 Pretty Bad Days, as a SaaS CEO


And I’m also going to throw in a few small moments from running “SaaStr Inc” now to almost $20m in annual revenue, and investing in a handful of awesome unicorns. Blog Posts Company Stage Leadership Other Resource Type Role / Function Topics

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16 Rookie Errors Founders Make Pitching to VCs ? And Passing the ?20 Minute? Test


A cold email has to be so awesome, anyone would want to invest. You should know their other investments in the space. Share why your start-up may be of interest to them based on other investments. Show me a product I want to invest in — I’m in. Force yourself to distill the answer of “Why You Should Invest In Me” into 1 slide, the first slide. >> << To get a VC to want to invest no later than 20 minutes into the first meeting.

10 Things I Wish My Board and VCs Had Told Me


Invest more there. If yours is, invest more there and worry a little less about pressure to do new things, new market segments, etc. Now, I just tell the founders I invested in they can have what I have reserved for later whenever they want ( if they’ve earned it). Blog Posts Career Growth & Advice Company Stage Growth Leadership Resource Type Role / Function Topics

The Mindset of An Investor Today with Ben Narasin

Speaker: Peter Cowen, Managing Director, Sutton Capital Partners & Ben Narasin, Venture Partner, NEA

Join Peter Cowen, Managing Director at Sutton Capital Partners, and Ben Narasin, Venture Partner at NEA, as they look at the trends and perspectives on investing in today’s climate.

SaaStr Podcast #377 with Hashicorp CEO Dave McJannet


I do want to say, in terms of your leadership, leaderships change and evolved in terms of the styles. How have you seen your leadership evolve and develop over the last four years? If you are who you are as a leader, how do you think about leadership growth and development?

Raising Funding During COVID with Homebrew Partner Satya Patel (Video + Transcript)


The other thing that VCs are doing is one very important part of their jobs, and that’s meeting companies and studying markets to figure out where they might want to invest eventually. A very tactical piece of advice: invest in good lighting. “Do you invest outside the U.S.,

SaaStr Podcast #372 with 6sense CMO Latané Conant


And so what I like to do, typically, is I like to actually make sure that the leadership team, the executive leadership team, has done a strategy session. And again, I made a big investment to make sure that we prepped and everything was amazing.

If Times Are Tough — Don’t Hide. Be Present.


And more importantly, they are invested in you. Make sure net negative churn is at least covered and invested in. Maybe they can invest a little more, maybe they can’t. Blog Posts Career Growth & Advice Company Stage Early Leadership Marketing Resource Type Role / Function Sales Topics(Note: I wrote a version of this in 2017 when times were good. It’s just as relevant today, more so really, but thought it could use some updates.

SaaStr Podcast #376 with ZoomInfo CEO Henry Schuck: “10 Mistakes the CEO of ZoomInfo Made on His Journey to IPO (Part 2)”


They’ve invested in all of these other businesses. You should go fix that, so that you have the opportunity to make these types of investments along the way, but totally get that it’s not for today.” We all under invest. And we just invested in automation.

Try Micromilestones to Push Through Slower Growth


The fastest growing company I’ve invested in so far, Talkdesk — 4 years from seed to Unicorn — had almost no revenue its first 18 months. Blog Posts Early Featured Posts LeadershipWhen I was CEO at EchoSign, I made a big strategic error in Year 1. I set an insane plan of going from $0m to $2m in ARR in our first 12 months in business. It wasn’t because I couldn’t build a model — the model was sound.

Planning For Now & the Future with SendGrid Puppet, and Pledge 1% (Video + Transcript)


So if you imagine what it was like before the NBCA came out with a standard term sheet and how people were trying to invest in start ups back then, kind of what’s going on with people trying to do the equity pledge.

How to Prepare Yourself to Be a Great CEO


To invest in you when there’s no logical reason to. Blog Posts Career Growth & Advice Company Stage Hiring Leadership Resource Type Role / Function TopicsBeing a founder is easy. You just start something. Grab a smart friend, hop on over to WeWork, hit 99 Designs for the logo, and you’re off to the races. Being a CEO is tough. You have to convince people to join you. To drag the troops up the hill. To do the impossible. You probably haven’t done it before.

Starting Up In A Downturn with Cloudflare COO and Co-Founder Michelle Zatelyn (Video + Transcript)


And at the end of the day, that’s a leadership decision from founders of saying, “What kind of place do we want this to be for people to work?” You need to hire a leadership team that’s better than you in everything you do.