2019

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 (!)

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.

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.

6 Personalization Techniques That Will Boost Your Conversion Rate

The Daily Egg

There’s no doubt that personalization helps boost conversions.

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.

Startup Founders’ Guide to Software Outsourcing

Incredo

It’s a big challenge to reach business growth in a time when thousands of startups are founded on a daily basis. To survive in such a competitive market, you need to have clearly set goals and creative marketing and business strategies.

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.

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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 Lessonly’s Kyle Roach teaches his team to sell the dream

Predictable Revenue

On this edition of The Predictable Revenue Podcast, co-host Collin Stewart welcomes Kyle Roach, Sales Development Manager at Lessonly. The post How Lessonly’s Kyle Roach teaches his team to sell the dream appeared first on Predictable Revenue - The Outbound Success Company. We help companies grow faster with Outbound Sales.

Everyone is an Analyst: Opportunities in Operational Analytics

Andreessen Horowitz

Our work is changing — what we do, and how we do it. How are automation and digitization changing decision-making. and what kind of new tools does that mean we will need? In this video, a16z deal partner Jad Naous … AI, machine & deep learning future of work slide decks

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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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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.

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.

Quick Hits CRO Tips Episode 2: How to Use Google Analytics with Visitor Recordings

The Daily Egg

Welcome to Episode 2 of Quick Hits CRO Tips! In this video resource series, we share advice, best practices, and strategies for how to boost your conversions, increase your revenue, and turn your visitors into customers, all in 2 minutes or less.

Remind customers why they're paying you

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

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Incredo Soars to the Top of Clutch’s Ranking of Content Marketing Agencies 2019

Incredo

In today’s large online commercial climate, a firm is only as good as its digital solutions. Simply having a website or a digital marketing strategy will no longer cut it. Online competition between firms is on the rise and your marketing efforts should reflect that.

Benchmarking Slack's S-1: How 7 Key Metrics Stack Up

Tom Tunguz

Slack has transformed the way we work. By replacing email with beautiful and simple internal chat, Slack has productized productivity. Founded as a gaming company called Tiny Speck in 2009, the company’s initial product, Glitch, didn’t catch on as expected.

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.

How The Best SaaS Sales Teams Are Improving Close Rates Today

Sales Hacker

A successful close is the end goal that every sales team guns for. Whether prospecting, making cold calls, negotiating, or even researching, every small step a sales rep takes is tied to this goal. But despite a focus on closing sales, it remains one of the biggest issues for teams.

The Cold Call and Cold Email: Part 1 of Predictable Revenue’s Outbound Sales Learnings from 2018

Predictable Revenue

For the topic of our first e-book, we decided to, well, start at the beginning: the cold and the cold email. The post The Cold Call and Cold Email: Part 1 of Predictable Revenue’s Outbound Sales Learnings from 2018 appeared first on Predictable Revenue. B2B Blog Book Cold Calling Lead Generation Sales Management

The Empty Promise of Data Moats

Andreessen Horowitz

Data has long been lauded as a competitive moat for companies, and that narrative’s been further hyped with the recent wave of AI startups. Network effects have been similarly promoted as a defensible force in building software businesses.

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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?

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.

Wendy Lea talks about the risks of saying no

TechStars

Entrepreneur, investor, and Techstars board member Wendy Lea remembers the beginnings of Techstars, her first encounters with #GiveFirst—and how mentors have changed her life. Wendy Lea is a longtime entrepreneur and investor, as well as a board member and mentor at Techstars.

6 Ways to Make Your Prospects HATE Your Website

The Daily Egg

You have a formidable task ahead of you. How can you make it so that all of your prospective customers really, really hate your website and in turn, despise your company? Why would you want to do that? Isn’t there a competition going on?

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.”

Enterprise SaaS Spending Statistics and Trends for 2019

Incredo

Software as a service, also known as SaaS, is a highly cost-effective software solution that offers a lot of agility for businesses. More companies are increasingly adopting SaaS solutions as they realize what a reliable option it can be for numerous business models and industries.

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Viewing Valuation as a Discount of Future Value

Tom Tunguz

Why does growth rate matter so much? Why does growth rate influence valuation so much? I was reading a book recently written by a hedge fund manager who discussed valuation frameworks. His explanation was one of the best I’ve come across.

1 Key SaaS Sales Metric to Fine-Tune Sales Productivity

InsightSquared

Sales is the Growth Engine. Sales is the engine driving SaaS company value. Top and bottom line performance are totally dependent on the sales organization and its performance. And sales expense is typically the largest expense item on a growth SaaS company’s income statement.

The Traditional Product Management Method is Broken

OpenView Labs

According to the State of Salaries report from Hired, Product Manager (PM) was the highest paid tech role in 2018. And yet, the overwhelming majority of companies aren’t leveraging their product managers to the greatest advantage.

How to take advantage of sales automation tools while maintaining a human touch

Predictable Revenue

On this edition of The Predictable Revenue Podcast, co-host Collin Stewart welcomes Travis Henry, Director of Inside Sales Operations at renowned Bay Area sales consultancy SalesSource.

Network Effects: So, Is It a Network Effect? (1 of 3)

Andreessen Horowitz

Some of the most successful companies and products — from the phone era to the internet era — have all been predicated on the concept of network effects , where the network becomes more valuable to users as more people … marketplaces all about network effects data network effects

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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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We are landing in Hong Kong for SaaStock Asia 2019

SaaStock

We are super excited to announce that SaaStock Asia , taking place in Hong Kong on 14-16th of May, is now open for registration.

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital

TechStars

How do venture deals really work? Whether you’re an entrepreneur raising funds or an investor looking to take your venture finance skills to the next level, Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson have the answers for you.

From First-Time Buyer To Loyal Customer: Ecommerce Email 101

The Daily Egg

Oh, that feeling when you see your latest campaign was a big success! Lots of new customers acquired, products sold, and sales revenue made… Now, let’s pause for a moment and take a look at your historical data. What’s the share of first-time buyers who’ve bought from you only once?

No one needs your solution unless they have a problem

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

Let me give this to you straight: Nobody really cares about your SaaS solution. They don’t care how it’s built. They don’t want to see a demo. And they don’t want to talk to you about it. At least not yet.