SaaStr Podcast #158: Mike McDerment, Co-Founder & CEO @ Freshbooks Shares the 3 Core Skills of The Best Performing SaaS CEOs

Welcome to Episode 158! Mike McDerment is co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud-based accounting software designed exclusively for service-based small business owners. Starting from his parent’s basement, Mike has grown Freshbooks to more than 10m users worldwide and raising over $75m in VC funding from the likes of Accomplice and Georgian Partners. Mike is also the co-author of Breaking the Time Barrier, downloaded more than 250,000 downloads since its release. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

SaaStr Podcast #158: Mike McDerment, Co-Founder & CEO @ Freshbooks Shares the 3 Core Skills of The Best Performing SaaS CEOs

Welcome to Episode 158! Mike McDerment is co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud-based accounting software designed exclusively for service-based small business owners. Starting from his parent’s basement, Mike has grown Freshbooks to more than 10m users worldwide and raising over $75m in VC funding from the likes of Accomplice and Georgian Partners. Mike is also the co-author of Breaking the Time Barrier, downloaded more than 250,000 downloads since its release. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

SaaStr Podcast #158: Mike McDerment, Co-Founder & CEO @ Freshbooks Shares the 3 Core Skills of The Best Performing SaaS CEOs

Welcome to Episode 158! Mike McDerment is co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the #1 cloud-based accounting software designed exclusively for service-based small business owners. Starting from his parent’s basement, Mike has grown Freshbooks to more than 10m users worldwide and raising over $75m in VC funding from the likes of Accomplice and Georgian Partners. Mike is also the co-author of Breaking the Time Barrier, downloaded more than 250,000 downloads since its release. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

Why SaaS Companies are Moving Away from Pricing Transparency (and Why That’s a Bad Thing)

Back in June 2016, I reported on a relatively new phenomenon in SaaS: the rise of pricing transparency. We investigated pricing practices at 87 of the largest public and private software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies in the US. That study revealed that more than half of private SaaS unicorns (55%) were publishing their pricing online for the world to see, as opposed to only 28% of public SaaS companies. These SaaS unicorns seemed to embrace a new ethos. Rather than being opaque and hard to do business with, like enterprise software companies of yesteryear, the SaaS company of the future had nothing to hide. They would be friendlier to their buyers, who often didn’t want to waste cycles talking to a sales rep just to get basic pricing information about a product. Well, the pendulum has swung back the other direction. I revisited the private SaaS unicorns that I had analyzed back
Publish vs don't publish pricing
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SaaStr Podcast #157: Ross Mason, Founder & VP of Product Strategy @ Mulesoft on Why Startups Can No Longer Own The Entire Customer Lifecycle

Welcome to Episode 157! Ross Mason is the Founder & VP of Product Strategy of Mulesoft, one of the world’s leading software platforms making it easy to connect the world’s applications, data, and devices. Following over $250m in VC funding from the likes of Lightspeed, Salesforce Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and NEA, Mulesoft then went public in March 2017, popping as much as 45% on it’s first day of trading. Prior to MuleSoft, Ross was CEO of SymphonySoft, an EU-based company providing services and support for large-scale integration projects. Previously, Ross was Lead Architect for RaboBank and played a key role in developing one of the first large-scale ESB implementations in 2002. In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:

Three Pricing Predictions for 2018 (and How to Use Them to Your Advantage)

January 2018 already! Your inboxes are no doubt full of predictions for the New Year, so let me suggest why you should care about pricing predictions. Pricing is where all the different aspects of your offering (be it product or service), your marketing plan, your sales process and your customer, converge. If you can’t agree on a price with a customer, well, then you do not have a customer. Long a rather geeky sub discipline of marketing, changes in business models and technology have made pricing a locus of innovation. Pricing will be the critical marketing discipline over the next five years, and what was once the domain of experts is becoming of general interest. So how will pricing change in the coming year, and how will those changes impact your business? Here are three predictions.

1. The pace of commoditization will accelerate

Commoditization is often seen as a bad
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How to Set Prices that Maximize Profit

Pricing can be one of the most elusive strategies for a business to nail down, especially for B2B companies. But getting your pricing right can make or break your business – it’s not only a driving factor in your profits, it also impacts how your brand is perceived by your customers and market. Every business is different, so I can’t give you a single golden rule to set the perfect price (even “never lose money” doesn’t work, as you’ll see). But I can give you a trusted framework and warn you of the most common mistakes I see people make.

The Framework

There are three main phases in developing your pricing strategy: identifying cost, determining value, and setting your price.

1. Know Your True Cost

This first step is more important and a lot trickier than you think. Knowing your true cost isn’t as easy as getting a quote
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