Sat.Feb 20, 2021 - Fri.Feb 26, 2021

The Rise of Private Equity in SaaS: A Gift to Founders

SaaStr

Let’s take a look at a few recent $1B+ “exits”, i.e. sales in SaaS: Pipedrive acquired by Vista for $1.5B. Thoma Bravo acquires Sophos for $3.8B. Insight Partners buys Veam for $5B. Gainsight sells a majority interest to Vista at $1.1B valuation.

Why SaaS Companies Are Giving Away Their Products–And Why That’s Here To Stay

OpenView Labs

End users—whether it be a developer , individual marketer, sales rep, or someone at the edge of an organization—are now the most important constituents in software buying.

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How to Build a Community to Grow Your SaaS Company

Chart Mogul

Building and running a private community for your market is time-consuming — but can lead to huge rewards. How can you drive growth with a community? Lots of SaaS companies talk about their communities. Welcome to the [company] community, they say on Twitter, when a new customer comes on board.

Project Management Process – The Beginner’s Guide

The Daily Egg

The biggest problem many project managers—especially inexperienced ones—face is lack of clear goals and a lack of clear communication about who is responsible for what. Poor communication also causes ineffective results and unclear ideas about the project’s deliverables.

Realizing the Benefits of Automated Machine Learning

How are organizations using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to derive business value? Renowned author and professor Tom Davenport explains the rise of automated machine learning, its benefits, and success stories from businesses that are already using it.

The 48 Types of VP Sales. Make Deadly Sure You Hire the Right One.

SaaStr

Ah the VP of Sales. The toughest hire. Such a high failure rate. I want to help. So this is the third in our series. The first post is What a Great VP of Sales Actually Does. So you expect the right things, and hire your rockstar at the right time to do the right things.

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Prospect Smarter Using LinkedIn

Predictable Revenue

With over 40 million decision-makers using LinkedIn, the professional networking platform has become one of the best places to prospect. The question is; are you approaching those potential customers correctly? The post Prospect Smarter Using LinkedIn appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

Project Management Principles to Know

The Daily Egg

You come up with an excellent idea you believe will boost conversions and reduce operational costs. But you can’t execute your idea without a plan in place. Without a plan, you’re likely to fail at your mission, which may even cost you your job.

On “Paying” Your Mentors and Advisors: The 2.5x Rule

SaaStr

If I had 1 mentor, just 1, Who said: If you are at $10m ARR, Growing 100%, With 150% net revenue retention, With 80% viral and free lead acquisiton, And 50+ NPS, Then, You have already build a unicorn-in-waiting. If i'd had just 1. Find yours.

Investing in Optimism

Andreessen Horowitz

Ethereum has proven itself to be an extremely popular computing platform, with both developer and user demand growing dramatically.

B2B SaaS Financial Operations Trends Report 2021

From the economy to funding to the downstream impacts of ASC-606 adoption, we explore what finance teams and founders alike are most concerned about in 2021 in our report. If you're in B2B SaaS, you don't want to miss this one.

The Importance of Account Planning

Predictable Revenue

We always hear people talk about how to land big accounts, but today Collin Stewart & Greg Callahan will be diving deep into how to expand on the accounts you’ve already got. The post The Importance of Account Planning appeared first on Predictable Revenue.

Requirements Management – The Beginner’s Guide

The Daily Egg

Managing requirements proactively in anticipation of change is a necessity as they aren’t cast in stone. As stakeholders gather more insights and knowledge, requirements change. Now, requirements management might look easy and effortless—on the surface.

10 Rules to Being a VP of Sales in a Startup

SaaStr

Brendon Cassidy, my VP of Sales wrote a version of this piece a while back. It had 2,398 likes and clearly hit a chord with people.

Localization: translating content for a global audience

Trint

Global offices and distributed teams were becoming a lot more common in the modern workplace even before the pandemic hit. Teams need the tools to work together in real-time, no matter where they are. At the same time, brands need to be able to capitalize on the exposure that comes from virtual life.

What is Contextual Analytics? The Next Evolution of Embedded Analytics

Download this white paper to learn what contextual analytics is, how BI platforms like Yellowfin revolutionize the way users discover insights from their data with native contextual analytics, and how it adds value to your software solution by elevating the user experience.

Investing in Reforge

Andreessen Horowitz

The rate of technological change over the last decade has been astounding. We’ve not only seen new companies and industries established, but also entirely new jobs and skills.

Earned Value Management – The Beginner’s Guide

The Daily Egg

The International Space Station originally had a $36.75 billion budget. But when it ended—six years later than planned—the cost had skyrocketed to $105 billion. That’s a 186% hike from its planned value and is essentially a disaster.

Your #1 Sales Rep Should Be Driving an M8 Convertible By Month 12. (And Not Buying a Panerai Watch.)

SaaStr

I want to spend a few posts and some time on sales comp plans for early-ish stage SaaS companies (up to say $20m in ARR). Because almost all the sales comp plans you are going to read about, and learn about are great — for SaaS companies that are well post-Scale.

Create a killer video strategy: your ultimate video content creation guide

Trint

Video is booming and it’s everywhere. In fact, it’s become so successful as a marketing tool, that it can do more for your brand than any other content type.

Brand Health Report: Tech Talent Ranks the Most Innovative Companies They'd Love to Work for and Why

Hired surveyed more than 4,000 tech workers to find out which companies rank as their most desirable employers and how other organizations can compete for their attention. Download this report to learn what tech talent values most in a potential employer and how to improve your employer brand.

Our Investment In Emotive

Mucker Capital

Mucker’s first meeting with Emotive happened in November of 2018, though our initial investment wouldn’t happen until 18 months later in May 2020 when we would lead their Series A.

Waterfall Project Management – The Beginner’s Guide

The Daily Egg

In the project management world, waterfall is as straightforward as it can get. It’s a linear project management approach where you gather stakeholder and customer requirements at the beginning of a project and then follow a sequential project plan to accommodate those requirements. That’s it!

Google Says Cloud Will Triple Again in Next 5 Years

SaaStr

We did a deep dive on Google Cloud’s incredible numbers the other day here but there was one point in particular it’s worth doing a deep dive on.

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Create a killer video strategy: your ultimate video content creation guide.

Trint

Video is booming and it’s everywhere. In fact, it’s become so successful as a marketing tool, that it can do more for your brand than any other content type.

"I Love Filling Out 12-Page Applications and Waiting Weeks For a Response,” Said No Merchant Ever

Learn how becoming a payment facilitator can improve a merchant’s experience and your revenue.

How to Build Online Authority For a More Effective Sales Process

Sales Hacker

Every experienced salesperson dreams of a short, uncomplicated sales cycle – especially in the B2B world, where we can forget about the impulse buy. In this space, there’s an art to delicately nurturing a lead while also driving them toward closure.

Scrum Project Management – The Beginner’s Guide

The Daily Egg

Scrum is Agile, but Agile isn’t Scrum. The Scrum Master and Product Owner aren’t the same individuals. Sprint planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, and Sprint retrospective are all a part of Scrum.

You Really Don’t Know if Your Market is Too Small For Quite a While

SaaStr

One of the things that causes a lot of anxiety in SaaS is market size. If you’re creating the latest Pinning app, or Social Network, the odds are surely against you.

6 Essentials when Selecting Customer Success Tools

Totango

Customer success tools can help you increase your revenue by promoting client satisfaction and retention. To get the results you want, it’s important to invest some time in selecting the right software. Here are six essential features to look when selecting customer success tools. Easy Integration.

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

The new DevSecOps team is up and running, and you feel ready to take on rising security threats while delivering quality software updates. But that leaves just one question: how do you monitor your new program as effectively and efficiently as possible? Join Shannon Lietz, Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and award-winning innovator, to learn the answers to these questions so you can lead your DevSecOps team to the top!

How to Sell to a CFO: 8 Tips to Keep In Mind

Sales Hacker

Businesses play an essential role in shaping the world around us, and this happens through the collaborative efforts of executives and the workforce.

How to Run a Cohort Analysis in Google Analytics to Better Segment Your Traffic

Neil Patel

Google Analytics is a staple in every experienced digital marketer’s set of tools. This is primarily because it provides a wealth of data, covering virtually everything you might want to know about how visitors interact with your site.

5 Interesting Learnings from Upwork at $400,000,000 in ARR

SaaStr

Upwork is one of those products and marketplaces many of us use all the time — including Team SaaStr — but we don’t often see discussing that much as a public SaaS / Cloud company. But it should be.

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