What’s the value of being a First Mover in SaaS?
There’s clearly value there. But exactly how much? How often do first movers just dominate the world?
I stumbled onto an old image of The 10 Most Popular Apps in the Salesforce ecosystem in 2010/2011, and looking forward in time to where they are today is illustrative of many things in SaaS and Cloud:
6 of The Top 10 leaders “lost” in the market and are basically out of market. iHance was the Salesloft-Outreach of its day. It was truly magical back then. But it didn’t evolve (other than into a patent troll), and was acquired for a tiny amount by Inside Sales in 2014. LinkPoint 360? Not relevant today. Outlook integration is still critical, but became part of other applications. VerticalResponse at #4 sold for a token sum. But back in Continue reading "Where Are The Top 10 Salesforce AppExchange Apps of 2010 Today?"
Didn’t get the chance to fly out to Paris for SaaStr Europa earlier this year? Check out this session with Guillaume Princen, Head of France and Southern Europe @ Stripe, where he talks about the metrics you need to be focused on in your startup. If you don’t have the time to watch the whole session, here’s the main metrics you should be mindful of.
MRR, obviously. Or maybe ARR, depending on your model.
Churn. Something we all hate, but still important.
We recently had the honor of hosting Merci Grace, Slack’s very first head of product, at the SaaStr Co-Selling Space for a deep dive session with SaaStr COO Mallun Yen to share her thoughts on what it takes to build a truly great, viral product like Slack.
Check out the full video and transcript from the event below, and don’t miss out on hearing more insights from Slack when Kevin Egan, Head of North America Sales, and Dannie Herzberg, Head of Mid-Market Sales, take the stage at SaaStr Annual 2019! Join +12,000 Founders, Investors and Leaders from Feb. 5-7, 2019 at the San Jose Convention Center.
Transcript:Mallun Yen: I’m Mallun. I’m one of the cofounders of SaaStr. Thanks for coming to the SaaStr CoSelling Space. I am so thrilled that Merci is here to talk to us today. The background is that, one of the questions that I’ve Continue reading "Insider’s Guide To Building Great Product w/Merci Grace, Slack’s First Head of Product (Video + Transcript)"
At SaaStr Annual earlier this year, VP of Growth at LinkedIn, Aatif Awan, had a session on expanding internationally. Has your SaaS startup gone global? If so, what tips and tricks do you feel helped you get to that point? His 6 step framework can be applied to any business looking to generate revenue outside of the U.S.
Also, don’t miss out on discounted prices for SaaStr Annual 2019 tickets.
Hello everyone. They used to say when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. I’m curious how many people have not heard of this? There are quite a few folks. That’s okay, because it’s becoming less and less true. What the phrase refers to is the singular impact American economy has on the global economy, and what’s happening today is that the world is very different. If you look at the global economy, while US is Continue reading "How to Expand Internationally – Lesson From VP of Growth @ LinkedIn (Video + Transcript)"
Our podcast host, Harry Stebbings, sat down with Mathilde Collin, CEO and Founder @ Front. We talk about her start in SaaS, why she created Front, how she consistently gets funding in every round and more. We will have fireside sessions with all the CEOs and Founders you love at SaaStr Annual 2019! Tickets are still at discounted prices and you can learn from the best in SaaS.
TranscriptHarry Stebbings: Ready to roll Mathilde? We’ve actually done a podcast before, many, many months ago, about 18 months ago. So, very excited to be back with Mathilde. Thank you so much for joining me today.
Mathilde Collin: Thank you for having me.
Harry Stebbings: Now, I think, for anyone that didn’t listen to that first show, can we go back to the early days and how you really entered the world of SaaS and came to be Continue reading "Fireside Chat with Founder and CEO of Front, Mathilde Collin (Video + Transcript)"
Building a “unicorn” is a viral term in SaaS right now. We would all love to have our startup known as the “Unicorn for X.” Think Meltwater or Qualtrics as great examples. To figure out how to build a unicorn, our Founder, Jason Lemkin, sat down with CEO @ Qualtrics, Ryan Smith at SaaStr Annual. We also talk about the right way to build a unicorn…because there are many ways out there on how not to become one.
If you’re looking for more useful content, you should come to SaaStr Annual 2019! Tickets are still at discounted prices and you can learn from the best in SaaS.
Jason Lemkin: So, I want to welcome Ryan, one of my founder’s founder. Been running Qaltrics since, out of his father’s basement, for 16 years. Crazy story. I met Ryan, a good friend of ours, Lloyd Logo does Attraction Conference, mostly Continue reading "The Right Way to Build A Unicorn with CEO @ Qualtrics, Ryan Smith and Jason Lemkin(Video + Transcript)"
At SaaStr Europa, we learned a 5 step marketing framework from Andrus Purde, Founder at OutFunnel. What category does your startup fit into? And are you utilizing the right marketing mix?
Since you all loved our first SaaStr Europa, we’re bringing it back in 2019. You can get tickets at a super early bird discount rate right now.
TranscriptAndrus Purde, Founder of Outfunnel:
Good morning. I’m slightly confused first because my title is Useful, No BS Framework. This room, I’m not sure whether I can use the word bullshit or should I stick to BS? I think I’ll stick to BS for the time being. I’m here to talk to you about and help you think about marketing. Let’s start with some definitions. The title of this talk, Useful means that I’ve used this framework to drive millions of dollars of AAR in various companies. No BS means that Continue reading "A No-BS SaaS Marketing Framework with Andrus Purde, Founder of OutFunnel"
The SaaStr Co-Selling Space was a-buzz last month when Zoom’s Head of Marketing (and the company’s very first marketing hire to boot) Janine Pelosi sat down with SaaStr COO Mallun Yen to share her thoughts about topics such as brand awareness, lead gen, freemium models, and so, so much more.
Check out the full video and transcript from the event below, and don’t miss out on our next Insider’s Guide session, taking place at the SOMA-based CSS next Wednesday, September 5th! Snag tix and come hear Slack’s very first Head of Product (and employee #50!) Merci Grace share her experience and offer advice on how to build a great product.
Transcript:Mallun Yen: Again, welcome. I’m Mallun Yen, and I’m one of the co-founders of SaaStr, and I’m thrilled that you guys are here today, and I’m super excited to be talking to Janine today. We’re going to have Continue reading "Insider’s Guide to How Zoom Does Marketing with Janine Pelosi (Video + Transcript)"
At this past year’s Annual, Noah Wintroub, Vice Chairman of JP Morgan, talks with Eric Gunderson, CEO of Mapbox. Noah has Gunderson tell the story of Mapbox and how he went from bootstrapping to fundraising. Which do you use for your business? And how has it impacted your business? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Tweet us and let us know!
And in case you haven’t heard, we’re building a completely immersive experience in San Jose for SaaStr Annual 2019! With 3 full days of sessions, featuring over 300 speakers from the best SaaS companies around the world, SaaStr Annual will be filled with actionable thought leadership to help grow your business. Get your tickets to the SaaS show everyone will be talking about!TranscriptAnnouncer: Please welcome Eric Gunderson, CEO of Mapbox and Noah Wintroub, Vice Chairman of JP Morgan.
Noah Wintroub: All right, hello everybody. On Continue reading "Bootstrapping vs. Fundraising with CEO of Mapbox Eric Gunderson"
Welcome to Episode 189! Craig Walker is the Founder & CEO @ Dialpad, the startup that provides a business phone system for the modern workplace. To date, Craig has raised over $120m in VC funding with Dialpad from some of the best in the business including Iconiq, Andreesen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Felicis and Bill Marris’s Section 32. Prior to Dialpad, Craig was an EiR @ Google Ventures and founded and product managed Google Voice. Before that Craig founded Grand Central Communications, a personal communications startup that was acquired by Google. Finally prior to that, Craig enjoyed roles in the world of VC as General Partner @ Sterling Payot Capital and Founder & Senior Director of Yahoo Voice.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: