September, 2019

At the Top SaaS Companies, Most Co-Founders Are Not Equal (And That’s OK)

SaaStr

I was curious the other day how many of the recent Cloud and SaaS IPOs had founders that were equal co-founders from an equity perspective. That was how I was brought up (the first start-up job I had, the founders were equal shareholders).

Introduction to the Marketing Attribution Challenge

InsightSquared

One of the main responsibilities of your marketing team is determining which campaigns are the best campaigns. This is no small feet.

The SaaS Correction of Late 2019

Tom Tunguz

Last week, SaaS stocks fell by about 18% on average. The chart above shows the most recent enterprise value to forward multiple for a basket of next-generation software companies. The red line is the value and the blue line is the median over the same time frame.

LaunchPad Lift Elevates Top Student Entrepreneurs

TechStars

Forming mentor relationships, fundraising, growing sales, and adding talent are just some of the accomplishments the student teams in this summer’s cohort achieved. Seven student-led startups participated in the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Lift program.

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.

5 Easy Fixes that Will Instantly Help you Get More from Google Analytics

The Daily Egg

Google Analytics is without a doubt the single most popular digital analytics tool of all time. Full stop. While it’s impossible for anyone to give the exact number, according to many different sources it’s used by over 50% of websites on the internet.

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Keys to Effective Onboarding and Training for SDRs

Predictable Revenue

Keys for effective onboarding and training for SDRs. The post Keys to Effective Onboarding and Training for SDRs appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

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Campaign Attribution Models

InsightSquared

Before we dive in, let’s cover the basics: what are campaign attribution models and why are they important ? . Attribution modeling is a way to analyze which marketing channels are accredited with lead conversion. Think of your attribution model as a map of sorts.

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A Mental Model for Prioritizing Your Startup's Energies

Tom Tunguz

I’ve playing with a new mental model for early-stage startups: a pendulum. This pendulum oscillates between the limiting factors of the business at different stages. There only two limiting factors in this mental model: product and go to market. At the moment a startup is founded, the business is product limited. You can’t do much without a product. After the company establishes product market fit, the pendulum swings to go-to-market.

Two years into investing out of our first Impact Fund: here’s what we’re learning

TechStars

Two years ago, we raised our first impact fund, closing just under $7M in the fall of 2017. Since then, we have made over 73 investments and our fund is nearly fully invested. .

Introducing the Free Google Analytics Powered Heatmap: A Crazy Egg Experiment in Data Visualization

The Daily Egg

Note: We have spent the past 15 years building robust visual reporting tools for millions of websites. The big challenge has always been getting people to install the JavaScript necessary so their site could be accurately tracked.

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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.

How to scale a sales team: what the different stages of growth require from sales leadership

Predictable Revenue

We'll take an in-depth look at how to scale a sales team and effectively nail each stage of sales growth. The post How to scale a sales team: what the different stages of growth require from sales leadership appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

Justin Kan and Jason Lemkin: “Things VCs Say”

SaaStr

At the recent A+ Traction conference in Vancouver , Justin Kan and I had a lot of fun doing a presentation I hadn’t done or seen before — “S**t VCs Say” We went through some of the Top 10 things that VCs tell you, that is true but … biased. Every investor has a bias.

Marketing Attribution: Keep It Simple

InsightSquared

Marketing attribution is no buzzword. It’s a fundamental building block of achieving ROI. Sometimes seen as more art than science, it’s often given too little attention – or too much. When sales cycles are short, marketing attribution can be fairly straightforward.

The Three Rules of Freemium

The Angel VC

At the SaaStr Europa conference in Paris a couple of weeks ago I sat down with Joaquim Lecha, the CEO of our portfolio company Typeform , to talk about “Freemium at Scale”. Founded and headquartered in Barcelona, the company launched a free version of its service seven years ago.

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?"

Marc Nager & Dave Mayer on building rural startup communities

TechStars

You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to start a successful company. Marc Nager, Co-founder of Startup Weekend, and Dave Mayer, Founder of Aspen Entrepreneurs, are pros at building ‘non-urban’ startup communities.

Content Marketing’s “Inside Baseball” Laid Bare: If you Write It, They Still May Not Come

The Daily Egg

(A Note from Crazy Egg’s GM, Suneet Bhatt: This is a guest post from our friends at Verblio, a community of content marketing experts for hire, who focus on creating you excellent blog content and then, getting people to read it.

8 Tips For Writing Sales Texts For B2B Marketing

Predictable Revenue

Tips on how to write sales emails, social media, and other B2B marketing content that'll keep your customers engaged. The post 8 Tips For Writing Sales Texts For B2B Marketing appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

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A Big Thank You to Our First Unicorn Sponsor, G2. And What We’ve Learned.

SaaStr

So we are gearing up now for the 6th (!) ever SaaStrAnnual , March 10-12 in San Jose / SF Bay Area. So much has changed. We’ve added 200+ SaaS unicorns and 30+ IPOs. The Cloud has grown 700% since the first Annual, if we use AWS as a proxy.

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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.

Little Known Facts about the VC Industry

Tom Tunguz

I’ve been searching for a great history of the venture capital industry since before I joined Redpoint. There are a handful of books that are pretty good. Done Deals. eBoys. Creative Capital. But there’s a great one called VC by Tom Nicholas. Nicholas traces the history of the venture capital industry back to whaling. They were called venture capitalists back then, but they serve the same role. Men would broker relationships between wealthy individuals and adventuresome captains.

9 Shrewd Negotiation Tips Proven to Close More Deals

Sales Hacker

Negotiating is one of the most important skills salespeople can develop, yet it’s often overlooked.

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

How does a country go from lifting a national ban on television in 1999 to nurturing tech startups in 2019? What does a startup ecosystem look like in a United Nations’ classified Least Developed Country?

How to Successfully Find and Vet a Content Creator for Your Agency or Business

The Daily Egg

(A Note from Crazy Egg’s Departing GM, Suneet Bhatt: This is the second guest post from our friends at Verblio, a community of content marketing experts for hire, who focus on creating you excellent blog content and then, getting people to read it.

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.

The art of selling services: How Go Nimbly’s Troy Conquer listens, educates, and executes revenue operations consulting

Predictable Revenue

We'll take an in-depth look at how to scale a sales team and effectively nail each stage of sales growth. The post The art of selling services: How Go Nimbly’s Troy Conquer listens, educates, and executes revenue operations consulting appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

Your First VP Does Not Have to Be a VP of Sales

SaaStr

There’s a simple point I’ve been talking about a lot lately, but it’s a super important one: When the time comes when you have enough momentum, capital, etc. to hire a real VP or two … you don’t have to start with the VP of Sales.

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That Will Never Work

Tom Tunguz

I’ve gotten to know Marc Randolph as a fellow board member at Looker. Marc has helped many companies get off the ground, but the most famous is Netflix. Marc founded the business and served as its first CEO until Reed Hastings took the helm in 2003. In [That Will Never Work](), Marc recounts the early days of the $130B market cap company first started in Santa Cruz and it’s a remarkable story. One in which Redpoint partner Tim Haley has a cameo (Tim led the Series A.).

How China is Cashing in on Group Chats

Andreessen Horowitz

One sunny afternoon this April, a Chinese teenager nicknamed Gallen was backpacking through Bali, hunting for things to do. But he didn’t turn to TripAdvisor for crowd-sourced suggestions (too time consuming) or scroll through Instagram for local geotags (too imprecise).

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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.

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team

TechStars

Kelly will help Techstars increase connectivity between startups and the global venture community to fuel innovation and growth. BOULDER, Colo. – September 17, 2019 – Techstars is excited to announce the addition of Declan Kelly to the Techstars team as Head of Investor Platforms, EMEA.

Does Swag Work as a Sales Tool? (Here’s What the Data Says)

Sales Hacker

It’s a healthy question and one that has strong opinions on both sides… . Does swag work? Promotional products (AKA swag, tchotchkes, freebies, branded merchandise, you name it) have been around for some time. In fact, they date all the way back to George Washington’s campaign in 1789. .

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What To Do When a Customer Doesn’t Pay? Let it Go and Move On.

SaaStr

As you begin to scale and add a sales team, you’ll encounter more and more drama with “bad” customers. These so called “bad” customers from a sales team perspective will include: Folks that share licenses that shouldn’t be. Sales will get mad they aren’t buying more seats. Folks that use SMB or other editions that should be on your more expensive enterprise plans. Sales will feel they are getting ripped off; and perhaps the worst.

Build Delightful Products with Customer Validation

Speaker: John Little, Head of Product Marketing, Centercode

When it comes to delivering a solid product/market fit, customer validation is key. After all, you want to provide customers with a product that not only fills the need, but is delightful -- right? To get there, you need to commit to a vital blend of market research, strategy, and user testing. Join John Little, Head of Product Marketing at Centercode, as he explains a two-part approach to customer validation. First, how do you strategically identify your top product areas that need attention prior to release. And second, how do you turn user data into strategic priorities that help the right teams make the right decisions.