2019

Which Categories of Seed Startups are Thriving? Which Aren't?

Tom Tunguz

Which sectors see more startup company formation than others? The answer has changed quite a bit over the last 8 years. Some sectors have hit their apogee and are declining. Others have grown by more than 3x. Yet others are growing geometrically. Let’s take a look. Hot Spaces.

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).

Sales Operations: The Guide They Never Gave You

InsightSquared

“What was your first job?”. It’s one of my favorite questions to ask a fellow professional in sales operations. Some of the answers include: Elementary school teacher. Recruiter. Pharmacy Tech. Insurance sales rep. Cosmetics consultant. Account Manager. Financial analyst. Why the wide range?

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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. .

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.

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.

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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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”.

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

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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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.

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.

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?

For someone just starting out in SaaS sales (entry level Salesforce in November), what are your tips to accelerate growth/ability in early stages?

SaaStr

A few thoughts to excel as someone new to SaaS sales: Really learn the product cold. As fundamentally as you can. Every prospect and customer is owed a true solution sale approach.

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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.

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.

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?"

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.

6 Personalization Techniques That Will Boost Your Conversion Rate

The Daily Egg

There’s no doubt that personalization helps boost conversions.

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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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 (!)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Funnel is Dead. Long Live the Flywheel. With Hubspot CEO Brian Halligan (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

The age-old sales funnel has worked fine for decades…until now. Flaws are being exposed, and a new model is imminent. Why is the sales funnel alone, no longer an appropriate way of thinking about customers? What will emerge to supplement or replace it?

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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Techstars and 43North Partner to Grow Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Buffalo

TechStars

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.

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.

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 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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What are some key signs that the managers that got you to $5m ARR may not be the right managers that will get you to 25m ARR?

SaaStr

A few signs: Lack of organization. You can get to $5m being only sort of organized. After that, you gotta get really organized. Either by yourself, or with a Sales Ops / Marketing Ops / Some Sort of Ops leader under you.

Outsourcing Your SaaS Marketing: How to Choose an Agency That Digs Your Business

Incredo

As a SaaS vendor, you should be familiar with how competitive the environment in this field is. Behavioral patterns change at a turbo rate when it comes to usage of various devices, and it affects the concepts of where the data is stored and where the processing is performed.

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.