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About 70% of SaaS Unicorns Are New Versions of Existing Categories of Software

SaaStr

Ok this isn’t the most profound SaaS post of all time, but now that there are 100+ public SaaS companies and unicorns, we can finally answer a question — is it better to start a company that remakes an existing category, or that creates a new one?

Five years later: Five ways to build a $100 million SaaS business

The Angel VC

Back in 2014, I wrote a post titled “Five ways to build a $100 million business”.

The top SaaS companies ruling the East Coast

SaaStock

As we wrote in our launch post about expanding SaaStock New York into SaaStock East Coast , our main aim is to foster a community of top SaaS companies that spans all the way from Florida to Quebec.

5 Key Psychological Biases That You Can Leverage to Drive Sales

InsightSquared

Our biases can make us do silly things. Our biases can also be leveraged to influence our decision-making. The best sales professionals and marketers understand how important it is to study human psychology and use that knowledge to create stories, messages and strategies that drive results.

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What Is (and Isn’t) Product Management?

Speaker: Steve Johnson, VP of Products, Pragmatic Institute

Product Management is one of the most exciting - and most misunderstood - functions in technical organizations. Is it strategic or tactical? Is it a planning role or a support role? Many product professionals are unclear about what is (and isn't) product management. After all, product management spans many activities from business planning to market readiness. In this session, we’ll examine many product activities and artifacts for product strategy, planning, and growth, and introduce a simple tool that you can use in your organization to clarify the roles of product management and others. Steve Johnson explores the many roles of Product Management in this fun talk focused on why product managers should obsess on problems instead of solutions.

Five Pillars of Success: Curated Content for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

TechStars

So you’ve got a terrific idea for a startup? Great! If you’re just starting out as an entrepreneur, you may feel overwhelmed by all the new vocabulary and concepts around building a business.

All You Need To Know About Fonts

The Daily Egg

Whether you’re in charge of designing a website, flyer, brochure, magazine, ad, street sign, billboard, textbook or ebook, you know the importance a font brings to your design. Design without fonts would be like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without the bread; it’s no longer a sandwich.

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The SaaS Valuation Environment in Mid-2019

Tom Tunguz

Every six months or so, I take a look at how the public markets are valuing next-generation software companies. There’s been quite a bit of volatility over the last five years, and this update is no exception. As of mid-June, the public markets value software companies at all-time highs.

Why free trials don’t always work

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

There's a reason lots of SaaS companies offer free trials. Done well, they work. They can attract paying customers to software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. But it doesn’t happen automatically. There’s nothing about a free trial that magically converts a free trialer into a paying customer.

How to Optimize Your SaaS Pricing Page? (Best Practices + Examples)

Incredo

Psychological facts about your consumers + advanced pricing page tips + real SaaS examples = your SaaS pricing page is ready to close! SaaS Sales

How SEO Backlinks Are Actually Built

SaaS Growth Strategy

By Geoff Roberts Every month I mentor a few students that are going through Springboard’s Digital Marketing Career Track —most of whom are either in the process of switching careers or learning digital marketing for the first time.

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Embedded BI and Analytics: Best Practices to Monetize Your Data

Speaker: Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst

By creating innovative analytics products and expanding into new markets, more and more companies are discovering new potential revenue streams. Join Azmat Tanauli, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Birst, as he walks you through how data that you're likely already collecting can be transformed into revenue!

Top Lessons in Building Great Teams from Khosla Ventures (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

Keith Rabois is an investment partner at Khosla Ventures where he focuses on consumer Internet, education, enterprise, financial services, and digital health investments.

Superhuman

Andreessen Horowitz

I spend hours and hours in my inbox every single day. When I was CEO of OpenDNS, I would triage constantly to not block some critical path for my team.

The 18 Awesome Women of SaaS in Asia

SaaStock

We want to think of International Women’s Day as a day to celebrate women – their power and glory – rather than their difficulties in navigating a male-dominated world.

Three Keys to Success in Sales: A BDR Perspective

InsightSquared

My transition into a BDR role at InsightSquared came shortly after spending my first few post-grad years gaining experience in a highly transactional, customer-facing sales role. If you’re late to the game like I was, life as a BDR is one hell of a grind. That’s not a gripe, either. It’s a fact.

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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.

Techstars and Innovation Leader Reveal Best Practices for Leveraging Startups in Corporate Innovation

TechStars

Research shows corporations create coherent partnering and investing strategies with startups.

6 Effective Ways To Drive Sales With Social Media In 2019

The Daily Egg

It goes without saying that social media is a very powerful tool that every business and entrepreneur should use to their advantage. According to MarketingCharts, 2 out of 3 US adults use social media on a weekly basis. While there are many social media platforms, 68% of US adults use Facebook.

The best (worst) outbound sales campaign by Growbots

Predictable Revenue

Surprisingly, outbound sales campaign is not about selling at all – the goal of your campaign is to stand out from the crowd and to catch somebody’s interest. That’s it. The post The best (worst) outbound sales campaign by Growbots appeared first on Predictable Revenue. B2B Blog Lead Generation

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Where Have All the Angels Gone?

Tom Tunguz

Rewind a decade. Angel investing was an important part of the Startupland ecosystem. Today, you can’t make the same argument. 2018 observed the fewest number of angel-led financing rounds since before 2010. Angels led 156 rounds last year, a figure that collapsed from 714 in 2015.

Nine Companies Share 30+ Best Practices for Creating Embedded Analytics Products

In this 4-part series, product and technology leaders share insights for successfully going to market with a data product. Download the eBook now, and find out how you can embed analytics in your solution, from building your business case to designing and launching your product.

Remind customers why they're paying you

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

attrition churn customer acquisition renewals SaaS marketing

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SaaS Freemium Model: What Works, What Doesn't?

Incredo

Do you love free stuff? Imagine that you can visit a sports complex for free but you are allowed to do it only twice a month, only for 3 hours in total and you have access to the swimming pool and cardio & strength classes only.

5 Interesting Learnings From Slack. As It Gets Ready to IPO.

SaaStr

With Slack’s IPO data and financials finally public, what is left to know about the app we all use and have been reading about for years? What’s interesting to know about Slack … that we didn’t already know? ??. Slack is obviously a rocketship going from $0 to ~$600m+ ARR (!)

5 Interesting Learnings From Zoom. As It Gets Ready to IPO.

SaaStr

Much has been written about Zoom’s impressive financials as it prepared to IPO, growing > 100% at $425m+ in ARR!

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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.

5 Interesting Learnings from Xero. As It Crosses $650m in ARR.

SaaStr

Xero is one of those SaaS companies most of us have heard of and know is a big success and sort of know about, but, not really ??. What lessons can we learn from this huge Kiwi SMB success, for other founders?

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29 Latin American SaaS Superstars

SaaStock

The Latin American SaaS landscape is hustling and bustling, having seen more IPOs in the last 6 months than the previous 20 years combined. We are excited to be part of its history in the making as we bring SaaStock to Sao Paulo from April 23rd to the 25th.

The New Forecast Flow

InsightSquared

Having an accurate sales forecast is critically important to the business. As these numbers roll up to the executive team and board members, many decisions are made from them including future investments, product launches, hiring and strategic planning.

David & Brad reflect on the first six episodes of the Give First podcast

TechStars

How has the Give First podcast been going? David and Brad reflect on their initial forays into podcast hosting, and come to the conclusion that, while they’re still learning, their guests are amazing. .

Top 10 industries for monetizing data: Is yours one of them?

Find out which industries, use cases, and business applications are the best opportunities for data monetization. Understand what data is being monetized, who wants it, and why. Use data you already own to create new revenue sources. Download the eBook today!

How to Use Keyword Analysis to Understand Your Customers

The Daily Egg

Keyword analysis has always been a vital element in every SEO strategy. You’d typically use it to identify what words people are typing into search engines to find your business and your products or services. But this application of keyword analysis is very one dimensional.

The second edition of From Impossible to Inevitable has arrived with new chapters, new case studies, and new sales tips

Predictable Revenue

We’ve recently published an exciting update to Aaron Ross’ and Jason Lemkin’s renowned book From Impossible To Inevitable. We’ve made updates and improvements throughout the book, including adding entirely new chapters, case studies, and critical sales concepts.

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1.01^365 = 37.7

Tom Tunguz

Before we’d leave campus - Christmas vacation or spring break or summer vacation - our rowing coach would tell us, “You’re either getting faster or you’re getting slower. There’s no such thing as staying the same.” It was his way of inspiring us to train hard during those times.

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Are you forgetting the “service” part of SaaS?

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

Ok, let me remind us all of the blatantly obvious: “SaaS” stands for “software-as-service.” Yup, “service” is right there in the name. But looking at the way most SaaS solutions are marketed, too often it’s all about the “software”, and not much about the “service.”

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.