January, 2020

Should Your Free Edition … Be Even Free-er?

SaaStr

Aaron Levie and Karen Appelton, his ex-head of partnerships came to the 2018 SaaStrAnnual.com to talk partnerships and one point on “free” deeply resonated with me. Aaron said he wished his API could be 100% free for everyone , for everything.

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What is a Best in Class Payback Period for a Software Company in 2020?

Tom Tunguz

Payback period is one of the best composite diagnostic metrics of product market fit. I've written before about the benefits of short payback periods. In short, startups with shorter payback periods require less capital and also grow more quickly. In 2020, what is an excellent payback period[1]?

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How to Set Up and Optimize Your SaaS Sales Funnel So It Doesn’t Let You Down

Incredo

Say you want to know how videos can help you increase the impact of your social media ads. You searched it on Google, found an article on a video software provider’s blog, and clicked on the headline. At the end of the post, you saw a freebie on a similar topic.

How to sell if you work in a unique niche

Predictable Revenue

Just because what you are selling is unique, it doesn’t mean that it must be hard to find people who would buy it and convince them to do so. Indeed, the biggest drawback of being in a unique niche is figuring out where you stand in the product landscape and how competitive the market is.

Driving Discovery and Experimentation in your Organization

Speaker: Teresa Torres, Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk, David Bland, Founder and CEO, Precoil, and Hope Gurion, Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product LLC

If you want to build what matters, you can't move forward blindly. But to make progress, you can't let things slow to a crawl while you focus resources on gathering data. This is where continuous discovery and experimentation come in. Join Teresa Torres (Product Discovery Coach, Product Talk), David Bland (Founder, Precoil), and Hope Gurion (Product Coach and Advisor, Fearless Product) in a panel discussion as they cover how - and why - to build a culture of discovery and experimentation in your organization.

Overcome Infobesity with Integration and Enablement

InsightSquared

Technology is changing the way that marketing and sales organizations work today. There has never been so much data and insight available around accounts and individuals that enables organizations to do all sorts of activities more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

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How can anyone start a big business by small startup?

SaaStr

Q: How can anyone start a big business by small startup? Why would any big business take a risk on a start-up? They wouldn’t. Unless, the gain way outweighs the risk. And yet … they do all the time.

B2B vs B2C: How Should Your Sales Team Be Allocated to Maximize Success?

Tom Tunguz

If you're starting a SaaS company, should you prefer to sell to B2B or B2C companies? And if you would like to sell to both, how should you allocate your sales teams? If you were to hazard a guess about the share of B2C vs B2B companies, what would it be?

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SaaS Founder’s Guide To Conversational Marketing

Incredo

Conversational marketing has conquered the SaaS industry long ago. Software companies engage, qualify, and recommend visitors with the help of chatbots who set new rules for improving user experience.

Write more relevant messaging with the Chain of Relevance

Predictable Revenue

Building an unstoppable outbound sales machine requires skills in numerous areas – list building, meetings, well-timed follow ups, the list goes on and on. And crafting compelling messaging that illustrates that your product or service is what your customers actually want will set you apart.

The Magic of Intent: Start Knowing The Goals of Your Users

Speaker: Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, Zalando, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher, Zalando

It's important to know your users - what are their preferences, pain points, ultimate goals? With user research and usage data, you can get a great idea of how your users act. The tricky part is, very few users reliably act the same way every time they use your product. Join Terhi Hanninen, Senior Product Manager, and Dr. Franziska Roth, Senior User Researcher at Zalando, as they explain how they were able to reach a new level of user understanding - by taking their user research and segmenting their users by point-in-time intent. You'll leave with a strategy to change how your product team, and organization at large, understands your users.

Don’t Let Your RevOps Data go to Waste

InsightSquared

You’ve collected massive amounts of data. But the question is—how is that data improving decision-making across the company? . Sure there are data visualization dashboards that help people see and understand data. And there are repositories (like CRMs) that helps sales and service professionals track their prospects and customers. . These tools may tell you what has happened and can even run models showing what is likely to happen in the future—all great insight for data analysts.

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David Cohen & Brad Feld on what they’ve learned from 20 episodes of the Give First podcast

TechStars

David Cohen and Brad Feld muse on the terrific guests they’ve talked to so far and tease some new guests, announcements, and books coming soon.

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As a venture capitalist, what are some red flags that would make you reject a startup immediately?

SaaStr

Q: As a venture capitalist, what are some red flags that would make you reject a startup immediately? First, there is a lot of marginal behavior that doesn’t lead to an immediate rejection, but does lead to immediate skepticism: Metrics that don’t quite make sense.

Trust is at the Core of Software Marketing

Tom Tunguz

Today, the world's most valuable brand is Apple. Forbes estimates Apple's brand is worth $205B. Why is Apple's brand worth so much? It's the trust the brand inspires in consumers. Apple customers know Apple the company. They understand the product philososphy, the history, the quality of typical Apple products, and the reputation for quality. A strong brand is the lagging indicator of having built trust. We won't buy from people or companies we don't trust. The same is true in software.

Encouraging Innovation in an Established Product Culture

Speaker: Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies

Innovation is both a process and an outcome. The best way to begin innovating your products is by innovating your internal process. We'll explore the challenges, solutions, and hands-on techniques for becoming a successful "agent of change" within a well-established product culture. We'll examine the importance of UX and user-centric feature analysis, the adaptation of Agile Methodologies to the creative process, as well as a way to drive successful culture change for setting expectations and winning approvals with cross-functional stakeholders. Innovation and Leadership go hand in hand. Join Richard Cardran, Chief Creative Officer and VP Strategy, HIA Technologies, as we assess some case studies to see how to lead with a clear strategy well-defined tactics, and an unbiased understanding of the fundamental question: "why are you innovating?"

Investing in WorkBoard

Andreessen Horowitz

Running a business is hard — there are many things a team could be doing, but only a small number they should be doing. Organizations waste a lot of mental calories figuring out where to focus and trying to track … The post Investing in WorkBoard appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Dissecting outbound sales with Aaron Ross and Jeremy Donovan on The “Hey Salespeople” podcast

Predictable Revenue

An effective outbound machine – from your outreach, to your meetings, follow ups, even compensation plans – is a holistic process. Too often we think of outbound sales as a collection of piecemeal artifacts, typically with email templates occupying the most important position.

How To Get a Sales Job in 2020: Do’s & Don’ts of LinkedIn That Could Make or Break The Decision (Part 3 of 3)

Sales Hacker

Job hunting can be a minefield. One wrong step, and your chances for a great job can go up in smoke. . This is part 3 of our sales hiring series. In Part 1 we had just begun our journey to fill one of our positions at Sales Hacker, and we shared how we got over 375k views on our job posting.

New Book From Techstars’ General Manager, Claudia Reuter, Encourages Women to “Lean In” By Starting-Up

TechStars

YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! HOW WOMEN START UP, SCALE UP, AND BUILD THE LIFE THEY WANT. YES, YOU CAN DO THIS! IS SET TO BE PUBLISHED BY TECHSTARS PRESS , A PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN TECHSTARS AND WILEY, ON FEBRUARY 19 TH.

Embedding Operational Reports: Everything Product Managers Should Know

Speaker: Dean Yao, Sr. Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Businesses are run with analytics - but companies continue to struggle with interpreting, analyzing, and distributing data. Operational reports help get information to the people who need it most, in formats they understand, and in a timeframe that matters. Join the webinar to learn how embedding operational reports can give your users a precisely formatted, ready-to-analyze view of their operational activities. World-class software teams are embedding operational reports to empower end users with interactive data visualizations, detailed information, and highly precise formats that can be shared via email, PDF, print, or online.

The 20 Hottest Sessions at 2020 SaaStr Annual (So Far)

SaaStr

We launched registration for 2020 SaaStrAnnual.com March 10-11-12 this week and while it is too early to tell which sessions will be the most packed (some aren’t even out / up yet), we can say with certainty that at least the hottest 20 sessions so far will be full to the brim.

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The Health of the US Venture Market in 2020

Tom Tunguz

We are 12 years into the longest bull market in US history and this bullishness has powered the venture market. Investors deployed $117 billion in 2019 up from $106 billion in 2018. This market has grown 20% over the last five years. It's been go, go, go for nearly a decade.

Inside-Out vs. Outside-In: The Adoption of New Technologies

Andreessen Horowitz

There are broadly two adoption paths for new computing technologies: inside-out and outside-in. Inside-out technologies are pioneered by established institutions and later proliferate outward to the mainstream.

How to cultivate presence and show up on every sales call with Zentap’s Kyle James

Predictable Revenue

At the core of that clarity, and James’ growth, is the ability to achieve a consistent state of presence in every aspect of the job – that means in every call, every demo, and every CRM update.

Your 2-Part Metrics Audit for High-Value Products

Speaker: Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, Startup Patterns

You know what they say: what's measured improves. As product managers we're in a golden age of being able to get all sorts of metrics and run all sorts of experiments. But what are your measurements and analytics focused on? Are they really truly objective? Do they contribute to the ultimate vision of your product? And is everybody clear on that vision? Join Sam McAfee, Product Development Consultant, as he takes you through a two-part measurement audit. First, you'll learn how to make sure your measurements actually align with your product strategy. And second, you'll learn how to evaluate your culture of using measurements, so future experiments will more consistently provide high-value results.

Miro’s Andrey Khusid on the art of distributed teamwork

Inside Intercom

?. Andrey Khusid, founder and CEO of Miro , hasn’t done many interviews. In fact this is his first podcast appearance, so we were delighted late last year when he agreed to join us in the studio.

We sold Intros for $100,000: Turning a product failure into a business success

Baremetrics

In 2018 we launched a product called Baremetrics Intros, which essentially helped companies and investors find each other based on their actual data instead of just who they knew. Three months later… we shut it down. It was, commercially, a failure.

The 20 Trending VC Sessions at 2020 SaaStr Annual!!

SaaStr

It’s still early — the 2020 SaaStrAnnual.com isn’t until March 10-11-12 in the SF Bay Area — but we can already start seeing some of the hottest VC sessions at Annual. There will be almost 1,000 (!) VCs at Annual and folks will be handing out term sheets!

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The Redpoint 2020 Go To Market Survey

Tom Tunguz

Go to market questions are some of the most common questions startups discuss in board meetings. This is especially true around the end of year because many companies develop their financial plans. To help startups understand how their go to market teams compare to peers, Redpoint has constructed a survey. You can find the survey here. The survey will answer questions like: How does the sales team structure differ by stage? by target buyer? by price point?

Measure the Immeasurable: Beyond Vanity Metrics

Speaker: Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor, Product School

As a product manager, it's your job to realize your product’s vision by executing your chosen strategy. It’s also your job to deliver value to the business. Ultimately, these two outcomes are aligned so the temptation is to focus primarily on business metrics. Doing this can cause you to lose focus on the real value you are trying to achieve, in favor of moving the vanity metrics such as launches and time spent. Join Sari Harrison, Product Management Instructor at Product School, as she explains how to use immeasurable success criteria along with your more standard KPIs to deliver products that don't just get used a lot, but deliver real value.