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Dear SaaStr: What Do You Do When Your Startup is Not Growing Anymore?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: What Do You Do When Your Startup is Not Growing Anymore? First, be honest about why. You can blame it on macro issues if you want, but if growth has radically decelerated, it’s likely because you are less competitive than you were before. You probably have fallen out of product-market fit, partially or entirely. Be honest. And go close those feature gaps, and get back to being ahead of the competition — not behind.

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Digital marketing for SaaS providers: How to promote Embedded Payments

Payrix

Congratulations! You’ve decided to offer Embedded Payments to your customers. Adding Embedded Payments gives you an exciting opportunity to grow your business and solve real pain points for your customers. And solving pain points for your business owner customers are important, with 80% of business owners stating that accepting multiple payment types is vital to their success and one in five businesses reporting that they would switch software providers to be able to accept all the payment types

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Dear SaaStr: A Big Tech Co Launched a Competitive Product. How Can I Tell How Serious They Are About It?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: A Big Tech Co Launched a Competitive Product. How Can I Tell How Serious They Are About It? In SaaS at least, I’ll give you one metric that is fairly reliable: How many dedicated sales professional do they have, just 100% selling the competitive product? If it’s none yet, it’s an experiment. If they’ve just made a “Head of” hire, it’s an experiment, but one that is getting budget.

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A Look Back at Q4 '23 Public Cloud Software Earnings

Clouded Judgement

Q4 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 Jan 24th – March 27th. 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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Beyond the Basics of A/B Tests: Innovative Experimentation Tactics You Need to Know as a Data or Product Professional

Speaker: Timothy Chan, PhD., Head of Data Science

Are you ready to move beyond the basics and take a deep dive into the cutting-edge techniques that are reshaping the landscape of experimentation? From Sequential Testing to Multi-Armed Bandits, Switchback Experiments to Stratified Sampling, Timothy Chan, Data Science Lead, is here to unravel the mysteries of these powerful methodologies that are revolutionizing how we approach testing.

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End-User Behavior Monitoring: Types, Benefits & Tools

User Pilot

Understanding how end-users interact with your product is crucial to identifying user experience bottlenecks. It also helps identify better ways to engage users. When combined with product analytics , end-user behavior monitoring can help you boost product usage and retention rates. It can even help maximize feature adoption. But how do you track and analyze end-user behavior?

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Clouded Judgement 4.12.24 - March CPI Update

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 March Inflation (CPI) Update CPI: March CPI YoY was +3.5% vs expectations of +3.4% (and +3.2% in February) March CPI MoM +0.4% vs expectations of +0.3% (and +0.4% in February) March Core CPI (ex Food/Energy) YoY +3.8% vs expectations of +3.7% (and +3.8% in February) March Core CPI (ex Food/Energy) MoM +0.4% vs expectations of +0.3% (and +0.4% in February) We̵

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How a Successful Website Migration Led to a 20% Increase in Keyword Rankings [Free Template]

The Moz Blog

For those embarking on a website migration, keep in mind the importance of meticulous planning coupled with flexibility and constant communication with stakeholders. This will let your migration unlock new potential and achieve unparalleled growth.

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Customer Journey Insights: What Are They and How to Collect Them?

User Pilot

Customer journey insights enable marketing, product, design, and customer success teams to make informed decisions and create better customer experiences. In this article, we explain: What customer journey insights are. How they are linked to customer journey analysis and customer journey mapping. Why you should use customer journey analytics. How to extract and use them to optimize the customer journey.

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FastSpring at SaaStock USA 2024!

FastSpring

Ready to join the leading conference for B2B SaaS founders, operators and investors from pre-seed to series C? If so, join FastSpring at SaaStock USA 2024 at Booth S5! We’d love to talk with you in person! Join us at the Palmer Events Center, in Austin, TX, from May 13th to 15th, for an extraordinary event dedicated to all things SaaS. Since 2016, SaaStock has helped more founders, investors, and operators connect, learn, and grow than any other SaaS conference globally.

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How Investors & Strategic Buyers Evaluate Integrated Payment Strategies

Explore how integrated payment strategies impact investor and buyer evaluations. Payments are more than a feature — they’re a key to long-term success and market differentiation. They help SaaS companies offer seamless user experiences and efficient operations. Investors and strategic buyers assess these integrated payment strategies as a measure of a company's growth potential and sustainability.

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Dear SaaStr: How Do You Build a Real Exit Strategy?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: How Do You Build a Real Exit Strategy? First, bear in mind acquisitions are relatively rare. The vast majority of startups will never get one acquisition offer, let alone a good one. Still, it’s not random. I’ve been through it twice as a founder and about ten times as an investor. At a high level, three things you can do that aren’t very hard will increase the odds you have an “exit”: First, build the best product in an important space.

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ISVs vs SaaS: What’s the Difference?

Stax

Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Software-as-a-Service Providers (SaaS) operate within the same market, thus creating a push-and-pull revenue dynamic. In this article, you’ll learn the differences between these providers and gain valuable insights for positioning your offerings successfully. TL;DR ISVs develop and distribute software products independently and often collaborate with hardware manufacturers and platform providers.

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Welcome to the AI + a16z podcast

Andreessen Horowitz

The new AI + a16z podcast captures our thinking on AI across a broad swath of areas, from the infrastructure that powers today’s foundation models to how specific tools, like LLMs, are reshaping the hiring process. Looking forward, you can expect to hear about a list of topics that includes models, cybersecurity, and the emerging stack of tools for building and running generative models.

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Product Experience Strategy: What is It and How to Build One [+ Examples]

User Pilot

In SaaS, a product experience strategy provides the building blocks for making customers stay, engage with your app, and eventually become loyal advocates for your product. So what strategies can help you elevate the user experience? And where do you start? That said, we’ll review how to build a strong product strategy that delights users and unlocks product growth.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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FastSpring at GamesBeat Summit 2024!

FastSpring

Ready for an immersive exploration of the pressing real-world challenges confronting the gaming industry? If so, join FastSpring at GamesBeat Summit 2024! We’d love to talk with you in person! Join us at the Marina del Rey Marriott, in Los Angeles, CA, on May 20th and 21st, for an extraordinary event dedicated to all things video gaming. This year’s theme is Resilience and Adaptation, where we will all delve into the strategies needed to adapt and thrive.

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Raising Money After a Rough Patch? At Least Put Up 3 Good Months in a Row

SaaStr

So it may surprise some of you to learn that it’s not >that< hard to raise venture capital after a rough patch. In fact, it’s pretty common. VCs know the vast majority of startups have a tougher time or two. But … but … VCs need some proof you are back to growth. They need at least 3 months of continuous, strong growth.

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What is a Payment Management System?

Stax

SMB owners wear many hats, managing everything from staff to sales. Adding to the already tough job of managing a small or medium business is the complex task of understanding how payment processing works, including managing the fees, equipment, accounts payable and more. Here’s where a Payment Management System (PMS) can swoop in as your financial hero to understand your business better.

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4 Social Media Strategies That Help Our Business Drive More Sales In-Store and Online

Buffer Resources

Although my brother and I started our womenswear brand KESTAN as an e-commerce company, the real breakthrough for our online presence came when we opened our first brick-and-mortar store.  Our retail stores succeeded because we were able to deliver an entire brand experience rather than just be content to try and sell products. We were able to create a cohesive visual identity that people loved to surround themselves with.

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People, Passion & Perfection: The Key Ingredients for an Awesome Product

Need help launching innovative software quickly? Dive into "People, Passion, and Perfection" and unlock the secrets to building excellent products in the digital age. Fast-track your journey with Tech Accelerator: Agile and Cloud-Native for flexibility & scalability AI-powered innovation for faster results Quality at every step for a flawless user experience See real impact across industries: Healthcare: Empower patients and medical professionals with intuitive solutions Education: Transform cla

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How to Appear in Position One in 2024 — Whiteboard Friday

The Moz Blog

Unlock the secrets of SERP dominance in 2024 with Tom Capper. Discover the evolving landscape of position one rankings and seize the opportunities amidst shifting trends in SEO.

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AI-Enabled Continuity of Care with Ed and Todd Park

Andreessen Horowitz

Vijay Pande, founding general partner of a16z Bio + Health, chats with the builders (and siblings) behind Devoted Health, Ed and Todd Park. The Park brothers, with decades of expertise in healthcare and policy, including as EVP and COO at athenahealth (Ed) and Chief Technology Officer of the United States (Todd), started Devoted with the idea of building a healthcare model from scratch.

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200+ Top VCs Already Coming to 2024 SaaStr Europa on June 4-5 in London!

SaaStr

SaaStr Europa 2024 is June 4-5 in London and it will be full of VCs! Just a sampling of who’s already coming: 20VC Accel Partners Activum SG Ventures Albion VC Altair Capital Atomico B Capital Backbone Ventures Beacon Capital Beringea BlackRock Caixa Capital Carbide Ventures Cipio Partners Columbia Lake Partners Credit Mutuel Innovation Dawn Capital Earlybird Venture Capital Felix Capital Fiedler Capital Five Elms Capital Flashpoint VC Fortino Capital GP Bullhound Gresham House Ventures He

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Top ISV Companies that Integrate Payments [2024 List]

Stax

Companies and software providers that embed payment solutions into their services and platform are likely to attract and retain more customers. By using a cloud-based integrated payment software solution, you can provide a streamlined user experience while also earning an additional revenue stream through monetization. To access these functionalities, most companies work with an independent software vendor (ISV) partner, which essentially is a software company or app that works with another ISV

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Addressing Top Enterprise Challenges in Generative AI with DataRobot

The buzz around generative AI shows no sign of abating in the foreseeable future. Enterprise interest in the technology is high, and the market is expected to gain momentum as organizations move from prototypes to actual project deployments. Ultimately, the market will demand an extensive ecosystem, and tools will need to streamline data and model utilization and management across multiple environments.

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Nonprofits: Steal These Marketing Practices from Tech Startups

Buffer Resources

Think nonprofits and Silicon Valley startups have nothing in common? Think again. I started my career working in a nonprofit setting, and now I’m a fractional marketing director for nonprofits. From higher education to arts and literacy organizations, I’ve seen it all.  As a tech writer and editor, I’ve also steeped in the “rocket fuel” of the startup world.

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The Top 4 Skills Marketers Will Need in the Future

The Moz Blog

There’s no doubt that AI is impacting the role of marketers around the world, but the skills marketers need to thrive in the future go beyond simply leveraging AI tools. Learn the top 4 skills marketers will need in the future in this blog post.

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12 Best Customer Insight Tools for SaaS Companies in 2024

User Pilot

Want to understand what customers think and how they behave in your product ? If so, you need to invest in the right customer insight tools. These tools are perfect for providing valuable customer insights to make product improvements and optimize your customer experience. Read on to learn more. TL;DR Customer insight platforms enable informed business decisions by analyzing customer behaviors and preferences to improve products and experiences.

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Dear SaaStr: When You Sold Your Startup, What Were the Downsides?

SaaStr

Dear SaaStr: When You Sold Your Startup, What Were the Downsides? When you sell: it’s not yours anymore; and your upside is capped. Start with Challenge #1. Ask yourself 4 “Are You OK With” questions: The name being changed? With the business being shut down in 2–5 years, if it isn’t strategic anymore — no matter how successful? With it being further sold to someone else?

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How to Build an Experimentation Culture for Data-Driven Product Development

Speaker: Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product, Statsig

Experimentation is often seen as an aspirational practice, especially at smaller, fast-moving companies who are strapped for time and resources. So, how can you get your team making decisions in a more data-driven way while continuing to remain lean and maintaining ship velocity? In this webinar, Margaret-Ann Seger, Head of Product at Statsig, will teach you how to build an experimentation culture from the ground-up, graduating from just getting started with data-driven development to operating

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Win the RFP: Nail Your Next Client Pitch With Audience Research

Sparktoro

Why do in-house teams hire agencies or consultants? It’s almost always for two types of expertise: Tactical: Mastery of a specific tactic in a domain (e.g. handle all the Meta ads for your online shop) Domain: Deep knowledge of a given industry (e.g.

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Making the Most of Open Source AI

Andreessen Horowitz

There are few terms in the world of artificial intelligence that invoke more of a reaction than a simple four-letter word: Open. Whether it’s industry debates over business models and the actual definition of open , or governments actively discussing how to regulate models, seemingly everyone has an opinion on what it means for AI models to be open.

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Who Should Block AI Bots?

The Moz Blog

In this blog post, Tom discusses the reasons why you might block AI bots. In many cases, this will come down not only to your beliefs about how this technology will evolve but also to the specifics of the business involved.

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