2020

One Thing to Maybe Build Now: A Great Dashboard

SaaStr

Depending on who you are, and what you do, sales may or may not have slowed way down. But one thing I do know: the best SaaS companies will come out of this time with the strongest products. They will keep innovating.

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20 Ways to Speed Up Your Website and Improve Conversion in 2020

The Daily Egg

Think that speeding up your website isn’t important? Think again. A one-second delay in page load time yields: 11% fewer page views 16% decrease in customer satisfaction 7% loss in conversions A few extra seconds could have a huge impact on your ability to engage visitors and make sales.

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Nate Schmidt Joins Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator as Managing Director

TechStars

In 2010 my brother Mike and I took our e-gift card startup, Instagift , through Techstars Seattle. The experience changed my life. We were guided by incredible mentors, worked in an amazing space, and ultimately raised money for the first time in our entrepreneurial careers.

The Strategic Importance of Competition

Tom Tunguz

When I started in venture capital, one of the questions I learned to ask very early on was competition. Founders would often reply that competition validates the opportunity. At the time, I thought it was a canned response, a clever parry, to avoid answering the question directly.

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

How to Set Up and Optimize Your SaaS Sales Funnel So It Doesn’t Let You Down

Incredo

Say you want to know how videos can help you increase the impact of your social media ads. You searched it on Google, found an article on a video software provider’s blog, and clicked on the headline. At the end of the post, you saw a freebie on a similar topic.

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How to sell if you work in a unique niche

Predictable Revenue

Just because what you are selling is unique, it doesn’t mean that it must be hard to find people who would buy it and convince them to do so. Indeed, the biggest drawback of being in a unique niche is figuring out where you stand in the product landscape and how competitive the market is.

9 Steps to Repeatable, Scalable, and Profitable Growth

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

I recently did a podcast interview with Harry Stebbings of “The Twenty Minute VC” where we talked about the 9 step model for how B2B startups need to get through product/market fit, and then how they should go about finding a repeatable, scalable, and profitable growth process.

Mental Models to Help You Grow

Sales Enablement, SaaS and Growth

One of the biggest challenges businesses face when they grow is scaling effective , autonomous and quick decision-making. What worked with 30 employees will start creaking at 300, and break well before you hit the 3,000-mark. Good decision-making is extremely important. It has a compounding effect - the more good decisions a business makes, the better the results will be.

Upselling isn't easy

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

I’m probably reading the same research you are about upselling. The clear conclusion is that selling more stuff to existing customers is important for software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies.

Debt Financing Fuels Your Growth - on Your Terms. Zero Dilution.

The landscape of startup financing is changing. Learn why SaaS founders are turning to debt capital options like revenue-based financing.

COVID-19 Disease Resources & Readings

Andreessen Horowitz

Editor’s note: Here’s a selected list of resources on the novel coronavirus (formerly known as as 2019 n-CoV, now known as SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 disease. Sonal Chokshi. official sources.

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No One Wants to Cancel A Trusted Vendor

SaaStr

It can really tough to think through the short-term pressures of churn. SMBs are hurting the most, and the churn will be highest there. Enterprises are churning less, but slowing new purchases way down.

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21 Call to Action Examples in Writing and 3 Rules for Effective CTAs

The Daily Egg

Your prospects desperately want to know what to do next. Calls to action (CTA) tell them. Not only do they give your prospects clarity, they also make your marketing campaigns more effective. I’ve got a bunch of CTA examples that you can steal for your own campaigns.

STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator Welcomes Laila Partridge as Managing Director

TechStars

Today, I’m excited to announce that I am joining Techstars as Managing Director of the STANLEY + Techstars Accelerator in Hartford, CT. .

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.

What I Expect in the Next Few Months in Startupland

Tom Tunguz

I was on a panel yesterday to speak about the impacts of the coronavirus on financial markets and startups. Later in the afternoon, I read the Sequoia black swan memo. So I figured today, I’ll summarize my outlook on the next few months. Startup Growth Rates.

[Guest Post] 5 Ways Intellectual Property Law Coincides with SEO

Incredo

When users interact with the World Wide Web, they tend to be rather lenient with their activity online and consider the consequences of their actions a little less.

4 Free Tools to Streamline Your Remote Sales Force

InsightSquared

We are living through an unprecedented situation right now, with COVID-19 impacting our lives at every turn. One of the most common and concerning aspects of this for many is how it impacts our day-to-day work situation.

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How Question-Selling Can Triple the Value of Your Service

Predictable Revenue

In sales, the common misconception is that by saying the right thing you’ll win the deal.

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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.

Sales Hacker Recommends: 97 Best Sales Books for Peak Performance (2020 Update)

Sales Hacker

As a lifelong learner, I turn to books whenever I want to expand my thinking or improve my performance. And for leveling up your sales skills, nothing beats a good sales book. So what are the best sales books for helping you reach peak performance?

47 Insanely Practical Work From Home Tips from Our 100% Remote Team

Groove HQ

Last week, my wife and I decided we needed to stock up and hunker down. We’re washing our hands. We’re social distancing. We’re a bit anxious. But…we’re extremely fortunate. We haven’t lost our jobs. The business hasn’t gone under and we have a roof over our heads. I know it’s crazy right now.

Overcoming the implementation challenge

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

So, you’ve built a great product. Bravo! Better yet if you’ve figured out how to market it. You’re getting it in front of prospective customers and they quickly see how it can be helpful. But just showing the product’s benefits and advantages isn’t enough. Prospects need to see more than that.

Progressive Decentralization: A Playbook for Building Crypto Applications

Andreessen Horowitz

Crypto founders have a unique challenge in front of them.

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?"

What Things in SaaS Were Like in ’08-’09. And What They Probably Will Be Like in ’20.

SaaStr

We’re obviously in a very unique situation today. The pace at which Corona is impacting us all right now is so fast, it’s hard to keep up.

What is a Sales Funnel, Examples and How to Create One

The Daily Egg

Each of the sales funnel stages has an impact on consumer behavior. You need to know them intimately. By knowing each step, you can use tactics to improve the number of people that go from one step to the next. This can have a crazy impact on your business.

LaunchPad Lift Spring Program Kicks Off

TechStars

What elements are necessary for successful college-based entrepreneurship education?

What Will this Crisis Accelerate in Your Ecosystem?

Tom Tunguz

I read an op-ed in Bloomberg last week written by a stock trader who was on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the 1989 crash. His manager brought him into his office. The trader feared his manager would fire him. Instead, his manager told him that these kinds of crises accelerate change and that he should embrace them. I’m struggling to find the link now, but if I do, I will update this blog post with it.

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.