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What can entrepreneurs do to stand out to prospective investors during a pitch?

SaaStr

The best founders really know their sh*t. The best founders just know everything cold about their business: They know the competition cold. They don’t mock the competition, or say it doesn’t exist, or not acknowledge their strengths. They know where they are strong, and where the others are strong.

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What I've learned about IPOs and Direct Listings

Tom Tunguz

Today is the anniversary of Spotify IPO, which was the first direct listing of a technology company. It was championed by Barry McCarthy, the former CFO of Netflix and the current CFO of Spotify. Since then, Slack has also listed directly. And the combination of these two events has created a groundswell for more of them. In the past few months and quarters, I’ve been learning as much as I can about this topic. Here are my notes and sources. Before we start, let me define four terms.

5 Effective Things We Did to Move Upmarket and Built Pipeline with Mapistry (Video + Transcript)

SaaStr

Lots of us fantasize about moving upmarket, but are unsure of how to get started, is it just a matter of hiring a team of SDRs and getting them to hit the phones?

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Other Surprising Truths About Rep Coaching

InsightSquared

I was thrilled when the InsightSquared team asked me to guest post on their blog. I loved presenting at Ramp 2019 , and am excited to continue sharing all of the best practices we learn from our customers here at Chorus.ai.

4 Competencies of a Successful Sales Team

Speaker: Collin Stewart, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Predictable Revenue

As you scale your SaaS business, you want to be armed with all the necessary tools to ensure optimal growth, which ultimately stems from how effective your sales team is. After identifying that you have a great product that the market needs, the next step is to determine if you have the proper messaging, if you are using the correct channels, and if you have the most effective tactics in place. Join Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Predictable Revenue Collin Stewart to learn how to use this formula to fast-track your startups’ growth journey.

2019 SAAS Private Survey Results- Part 1

For Entrepreneurs with David Skok

For the seventh year in a row, we’re proud to work with KBCM Technology Group (formerly Pacific Crest Securities) to share results from a survey of ~424 private SaaS companies. Thank you to the readers of forEntrepreneurs who participated in taking the survey!

How to Understand and Act On Your A/B Test Results

The Daily Egg

You’ve reached article 4 in our A/B testing series.

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Should You Sell Your Company? A Great SaaStr Podcast with Salesforce Essentials

SaaStr

Salesforce Essentials and Mission.org came by SaaStr HQ and did a pretty unique podcast interview with me. We talked a lot about exits. About selling your company, lessons learned, and what the journey of selling a company really all means.

Swimming upstream: how Proposify went from selling self serve deals to working with enterprise clients with CEO Kyle Racki

Predictable Revenue

Enterprise deals are tough, long, and require a robust product to compete. Find out how Proposify went from selling self serve deals to working with enterprise clients.

State of Play: Six Trends Revolutionizing Games

Andreessen Horowitz

Games have come a long way since Pong. Consisting of a single white pixel bouncing across the screen—a crude simulation of table tennis—the 1972 arcade classic was the nascent gaming industry’s first hit.

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Driving a Kick-Ass Coaching Culture: Dispelling Myths & Adopting Best Practices

Sales Hacker

The post Driving a Kick-Ass Coaching Culture: Dispelling Myths & Adopting Best Practices appeared first on Sales Hacker. Chorus Marquee Partner Sales Enablement Webinars

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 PLG Pivot: Complementing Traditional Go-to-Market Tactics With Product-led Elements

OpenView Labs

Product led growth (PLG) is something most people consider the exclusive territory of the latest batch of SaaS startups. While it’s true that a product-led approach comes naturally to many of these organizations, PLG can also offer more traditional companies a very effective way to innovate and grow.

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On Humility and Making Better Decisions

Tom Tunguz

Daniel Kahneman features on the latest Farnam Street podcast and it’s a surprising episode. Kahneman wrote Thinking Fast and Slow. I admire Kahneman a great deal. Not for his Nobel or for his work, which are both impressive, but for his humility. Some of the key tenets of Kahneman’s work in his famous book were disproved. And he owned up to it , both in print and on the podcast. That’s the hallmark of someone with great integrity, and it’s a sign to trust someone more.

Sisu

Andreessen Horowitz

It could all be so simple, but you had to make it hard. Lauryn Hill, “X-Factor”. Almost every company has more data about their business than ever before, but very few are smarter for it. It turns out that radically … The post Sisu appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz

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The 5-Step Formula for a Reliable Sales-To-Service Handoff Process

Sales Hacker

Want happy employees, happier customers, and more revenue? The secret may surprise you… It’s as simple as a solid sales-to-service handoff.

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.

Maybe 80% of Public SaaS Companies Are in the SF Bay Area

SaaStr

In 2019, you clearly can build a successful SaaS and Cloud company outside the Bay Area. And it is just sooo expensive here in the Bay Area. Like crazy expensive. And aren’t we all moving to distributed teams? Still, networks matter.

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Altitude 2019 Recap: SaaSOps Is a Thing

BetterCloud

Altitude 2019 was our biggest and best customer conference yet. This year, 270 attendees joined us in San Francisco (with some even flying in from Estonia, Sweden, and France). Over 2.5

What Is Multilingual SEO and How Does It Works

Backlinkfy

If the online business that you are working on is doing great in your nation, you should seriously get some expand over universal markets. To get success in new markets requires some additional interests in SEO, however.

Free Software and Open Source Business

Andreessen Horowitz

Today, despite the critical importance of open source to software, it’s still seen by some as blasphemous to make money as an open source 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?"

Your Demand-Gen Strategies Have a Last-Mile Problem

Sales Hacker

The post Your Demand-Gen Strategies Have a Last-Mile Problem appeared first on Sales Hacker. Sales & Marketing Webinars

Here’s Why SaaStr Annual 2020 is All About the Workshops

SaaStr

It’s not all about the speakers this year. If you’re wondering what you should be doing in between sessions or maybe just after breakfast before things really kick off in the main areas, check out these workshops! Workshops are a great way to learn tactical insights in a smaller session.

Altitude 2019 Recap: SaaSOps Is a Thing

BetterCloud

Altitude 2019 was our biggest and best customer conference yet. This year, 270 attendees joined us in San Francisco (with some even flying in from Estonia, Sweden, and France). Over 2.5

7 Ways to Reduce SaaS Customer Churn

Cobloom

Customer churn rate is one of the most important SaaS metrics for your company to track. It measures the rate at which existing customers cancel their subscription to your service over a particular time period.

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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.

Subscription wizards

ProfitWell

Today, we’re subscribing to the man, the myth, the wizard himself: Harry Potter. We also connect with the Co-Founder and CEO of Chargebee on a RevOps drop. And I want to know: what are your thoughts on limiting Slack messages to public channels only? Your top subscription news.

Outbound sales CRM: What it is and which is best for your team

Close.io

What's the most important tool in outbound sales ? If you said "a phone," you're right. Well, sort of. If you want to kick ass at cold calling , you need something way more powerful than a phone.

SaaStr Podcasts for the Week with MessageBird and Gainsight — October 18, 2019

SaaStr

274: Robert Vis is the Founder & CEO @ MessageBird, the company that allows you to talk to your customers via Voice, SMS and Whatsapp. The company raised a monster $60M Series A from Accel and Atomico with only one prior investor being Y Combinator.

What Is Enterprise Sales? Your Definition Could Make or Break Your Success.

OpenView Labs

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the Avenue Talent Partners’ blog here. . Most definitions of enterprise sales sound something like this: “A long sales process involving multiple stakeholders, large deal sizes, and a high perceived risk by the buyer.”.

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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.

38 Most Dynamic Women in Sales (The 2019 Edition)

Sales Hacker

There are tons of roundup articles about top women sales leaders. Most of the time, somebody does a LinkedIn search for “sales leader,” chooses the top 15 profiles with the most followers, and calls it a day. That’s not really honest, is it?

Average churn rate for SaaS: What is a good churn rate?

ProfitWell

It’s the question on every SaaS founder’s lips: Is my churn rate too high? While it might sound like a simple question on the surface, the answer is anything but. A “good” churn rate for one company might be terrible for another.

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Customer Experience Strategy: How This Startup Used Customer Reviews to Gain Traction

Groove HQ

Josh Kohlbach developed a unique customer experience strategy during his time working as a marketing consultant for small businesses. Business was good, and demand was strong. So strong, he soon hired two developers to help him keep up with the work.

What can entrepreneurs do to stand out to prospective investors during a pitch?

SaaStr

The best founders really know their sh*t. The best founders just know everything cold about their business: They know the competition cold. They don’t mock the competition, or say it doesn’t exist, or not acknowledge their strengths. They know where they are strong, and where the others are strong.

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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.