2024

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Clouded Judgement 6.14.24 - Is Seat Based Pricing Dead?

Clouded Judgement

Every week I’ll provide updates on the latest trends in cloud software companies. Follow along to stay up to date! Subscribe now Is Seat Based Pricing Dead? If AI delivers on its promise, it may spell the end of the SaaS business model as we know it. Historically, cloud software businesses charged a recurring fee based on the number of users of their software - the SaaS model.

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Maybe Only 10%-15% of VC Backed Startups Can Raise Another Round Right Now

SaaStr

So we took a look at some of the data from Emergence Capital’s survey of 600+ venture-backed software startups the other day , and they updated it with a bit more data on the Top Decline of Venture-Backed Startups Here: The summary data of the Top Decline leads to a rough conclusion: only the top 10% or so of venture-backed start-ups can likely raise another VC round.

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Three Ways SaaS Organizations Can Create Recurring Revenue Without Spending a Dime

USIO

In the competitive world of Software as a Service (SaaS), generating recurring revenue is essential for sustainable growth. While many strategies involve significant investments in marketing, sales, and technology, there are also effective methods to boost recurring revenue that require minimal financial outlay. Here are three ways SaaS organizations can create recurring revenue without spending a dime. 1.

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This Message Will Self-Destruct in 33 Seconds

Tom Tunguz

The average American attention span has fallen from 150 seconds in 2004 to 75 seconds in 2012 to 47 seconds in 2023 - a 5-6% annual rate of decline. Year Avg American Attention Span (sec) CAGR 2004 150 - 2012 75 -6% 2023 47 -5% How does this compare to these blog posts? In 2013, the average reader dwelled on this site for 47 seconds. Today, it’s 33 seconds, a 3.6% decline - which is a bit better !

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Marketing Your Video Game Outside of Game Marketplaces & App Stores

FastSpring

Todd Harris knows how to leverage effective video game marketing strategies to get games in front of players. As the former COO and Co-Founder of Hi-Rez Studios, he spent 15 years making games and marketing them to gamers — with the studio’s games reaching 150 million players. (At the time of writing, Hi-Rez’s 2014 release SMITE sits at #15 on Steam’s “Most played Massively Multiplayer games” list , with SMITE’s Steam page boasting 40+ million players.

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The American Dynamism 50: AI Edition

Andreessen Horowitz

From the last mile to low Earth orbit, solar fields to the battlefield, artificial intelligence is redefining our barometer for progress. Thus, this year’s American Dynamism 50 — a16z’s annual spotlight on 50 groundbreaking tech companies advancing the national interest — all harness AI to fulfill their missions.

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LinkedIn SEO: How to Optimize Your Account in 2024

Buffer Resources

Social media search is growing. Google search results are increasingly filled with results from social platforms. According to this study , 87 percent of social media marketers say social search is vital to their strategy. There’s even an industry inside joke that adding “reddit” or “pinterest” or, of course, "linkedin" at the end of your search terms will more likely deliver exactly what you need.

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Google Business Profile: FAQ for Multiple Businesses at the Same Address

The Moz Blog

How should I get listed in my Google Business Profile if I’ve got multiple businesses at the same address? How many listings am I eligible for if I’m running more than one business at my location? Get answers to your top questions in this comprehensive FAQ.

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What is Product Management in Tech: Guide to the Role Of A Technical PM

User Pilot

As a SaaS professional, you’ve probably asked yourself, “What’s tech product management?” and wondered how it’s different from traditional product management. This guide takes a deep dive into the world of technical product management , showing you how to become one of these in-demand professionals. We covered everything you need to know, from technical skills and responsibilities to a step-by-step roadmap for getting started.

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Unlock the Secrets: How These Top SaaS Leaders are Transforming Payments into Profit

Speaker: Speakers: Robin Eissler, BoosteHub & Cory Benn, PracticeSuite

Join us for an exclusive session with Robin Eissler from BoosteHub and Cory Benn from PracticeSuite as they reveal their secrets to leveraging payments within their SaaS platforms. Discover how they seamlessly switched from Stripe to Usio and created more stickiness by offering more solutions. Learn how they increased their company valuation by up to 300% and generated over $700,000 in additional revenue.

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Protected: Maximizing Sales Outreach: Unleashing Nimble CRM and PhoneBurner Power Dialing Together

Nimble - Sales

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: Maximizing Sales Outreach: Unleashing Nimble CRM and PhoneBurner Power Dialing Together appeared first on Nimble Blog.

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A Look Back at Q1 '24 Public Cloud Software Earnings

Clouded Judgement

Q1 earnings season for cloud businesses is now behind us. The 62 companies that I’ll discuss here (which is not an exhaustive list, but is still comprehensive) all reported quarterly earnings sometime between April 24th – June 10th. In this post, I’ll take a data-driven approach in evaluating the overall group’s performance, and highlight individual standouts along the way.

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5 Interesting Learnings from OneStream at $480,000,000 in ARR

SaaStr

So we’ve finally got another SaaS IPO gearing up — OneStream. It’s SaaS for CFOs and financial operations, a large but somewhat under-discussed category. SAP and Oracle are very strong here. Founded back in 2010 (SaaS takes time!) with first customers launched in 2012, the metrics today are very strong: $480,000,000 in ARR Growing 34% (strong) 98% GRR (!

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More Than a Trend — 5 Crucial Ways This Untapped Service is Changing Marketing

Entrepreneur - SaaS

SaaS is not just about convenience; it's a smart move that helps businesses save on IT costs and focus more on their main operations instead of dealing with complex software issues.

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Secure SaaS Success: Embedded Finance as a Competitive Advantage

Speaker: Ian Hillis, SVP of Growth at Payrix and Worldpay for Platforms

Join us for an exclusive webinar hosted by Ian Hillis, SVP of Growth at Payrix and Worldpay for Platforms, where he’ll explore the significant impact of embedded finance on the software industry! This session is designed to provide you with the strategic insights needed to navigate the future of SaaS successfully, all while gaining a deeper understanding of how these trends can enhance your competitive edge, boost revenue, and deepen customer loyalty.

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The Series A Crunch or the Seedpocalypse of 2024

Tom Tunguz

2012 was the year of the Seedpocalypse. Also called the Series A Crunch, a fear gripped Startupland : raising a Series A. Two years later, this indigestible excessive bolus of fundraising rounds hit the Series B market & Series Bs became the most challenging round to raise. Whenever there are “too many” of fundraises of one type, the next round becomes the hardest to raise.

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These People Aren’t Gods: How European Founders Can Stop Making The #1 Mistake in US Recruiting

Kellblog

“When you read their profiles and interview them, you think one thing: these people are gods.” — European founder on early US hiring. Despite numerous warnings , I continue to see many European founders fall into the same trap when it comes to hiring in the first years of their US expansion. Sadly, it feels like one of those lessons you can only learn from experience.

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An Anonymous Source Shared Thousands of Leaked Google Search API Documents with Me; Everyone in SEO Should See Them

Sparktoro

On Sunday, May 5th, I received an email from a person claiming to have access to a massive leak of API documentation from inside Google’s Search division. The email further claimed that these leaked documents were confirmed as authentic by ex-Google employees, and that those ex-employees and others had shared additional, private information about Google’s search operations.

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How AI Will Usher in an Era of Abundance

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s impossible to talk about new technology without talking about human flourishing — every new technology from the plow to the microchip has typically been followed by a period of newfound wealth for consumers in the form of cheaper goods, improved productivity, and longer, healthier lives. In many ways, the most financially average person in our modern society experiences daily luxuries that history’s Pharaohs and Caesars could not imagine: instant communication, broadcast television, global

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Solving the Payments Puzzle: What SaaS Pros Need to Know

From emerging payment technologies to the importance of intuitive software design, the world of embedded payments is rapidly evolving. How do you stay ahead while serving up what merchants really want in your software offerings? The Merchant Insider report is here to help, offering unique insights into the merchant perspective. It analyzes responses from over 500 merchants in the U.S. and spans key industries, so you can understand the challenges, preferences, and expectations that are shaping s

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How to Grow on Threads: 9 Learnings from the Buffer Team

Buffer Resources

OK, I’m going to call it: Threads is here to stay. After a record-breaking start, Threads is fast proving that it was no fly-by-night fad but a force to be reckoned with among the other social media giants. Threads by Instagram now has an estimated 160 million monthly active users and counting. To put that into perspective, that’s a little over a third of X’s (formerly Twitter) monthly active users of 550 million — and X has a good 16 years on Threads.

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My Top 5 Local SEO and Marketing Takeaways From MozCon 2024

The Moz Blog

Tips applicable to local business marketing were wonderfully plentiful at this year’s MozCon. Today, Miriam shares the takeaways that rang bells and lit bulbs for her.

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8 Persona Examples For Creating Ideal Personas

User Pilot

The right persona examples can help you guide effective product strategies, ensuring that your offerings meet the needs and expectations of your users. However, it’s easy to end up creating a made-up character that doesn’t help at all instead of a well-documented persona. So how do you get started? Let’s explore: What a persona is and its importance in product management.

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Heartfelt Connections: The Power of Relationships in Business Success

Nimble - Sales

This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate a different yet essential aspect of our professional lives: networking! Successful businesses thrive on networks of relationships that are built over time, which are crucial for sparking new opportunities, forming partnerships, and driving growth. We’ve connected with industry experts who have shared their insights and personal takes on how effective […] The post Heartfelt Connections: The Power of Relationships in Business Success ap

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Consumer Subscribers: The Top 5 Ways to Monetize

Learn effective Consumer subscriber monetization strategies with iolo’s guide. Designed for consumer product managers, discover actionable insights and practical tips on upselling premium features to your consumer customers, and more. Sharpen your monetization tactics and unlock new revenue streams. Download your copy and start expanding your business today!

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Clouded Judgement 7.12.24 - The Red Queen Effect

Clouded Judgement

Every week I’ll provide updates on the latest trends in cloud software companies. Follow along to stay up to date! Subscribe now The Red Queen Effect I strongly believe in two competing truths with respect to AI and its impact - the size of the prize will be bigger than we imagine now, BUT we’ll overestimate it in the short term. I believe this sums up a lot of the debates around “too much capex too little revenue.” It’s just too early draw any long term conclusions

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Venture Backed or Bootstrapped? There’s a Third Way. Just Raise One Round.

SaaStr

There’s so much debate on social media and elsewhere on bootstrapped vs VC. Bootstrapped you maintain control, and the unit economics. But many see it as so much harder. And it’s almost always longer. VC can let you go faster, but it can become an addiction. And the dilution all-in generally ends up being 60%-70% by the time you approach an IPO.

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5 Essential Tools for Invoice Payment Processing

BlueSnap

Effective invoice payment processing is crucial for your business’s financial stability and healthy cash flow, yet so many companies still grapple with delayed payments, inefficient processes and the risk of funds stalling in collections. The post 5 Essential Tools for Invoice Payment Processing appeared first on BlueSnap.

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AI Design Patterns

Tom Tunguz

As we’ve been researching the AI landscape & how to build applications, a few design patterns are emerging for AI products. These design patterns are simple mental models. They help us understand how builders are engineering AI applications today & which components may be important in the future. The first design pattern is the AI query router.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Celebrating Innovation: Announcing the Winners of the Beelievers Awards- London Edition

Chargebee

Chargebee’s London-based user conference, beelieve, hummed with excitement as it united trailblazers and innovators from the subscription and revenue growth sector. A standout moment was the “beelievers” awards, honoring visionary leaders and organizations shaping the subscription landscape’s future. Let’s explore the winners in each category, highlighting their exceptional contributions to efficiency, transformation, retention, revenue growth, and leadership.

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Who Sends Traffic on the Web and How Much? New Research from Datos & SparkToro

Sparktoro

In the era of zero-click platforms, native content, and walled gardens, does anyone still send meaningful traffic to the open web? Is Google responsible for 50% of all traffic referrals? 75%? Is social media sending half what search does? A quarter? Less? Are the major platforms sending less traffic overall than they did a year ago?

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Investing in Tennr

Andreessen Horowitz

An enduring promise of new technologies is to find ways to increase human productivity. Software and robotics, for example, have always presented immense potential to automate repetitive mundane tasks that humans perform, freeing them up to do more valuable work. In the last few decades, we’ve made meaningful progress toward this goal, and the first generation of robotic process automation created some massive companies, such as UiPath.