By Jason M. Lemkin on October 19, 2014
Every week, I meet with several entrepreneurs, often bootstrapped or close to it, who fit the following sort of model: Gotten to Initial Traction (~$1.5m ARR), or getting close to it, or a bit beyond; and With nice growth (>=100% YoY); and Company isn’t really burning much cash because The CEO basically is the VP […]
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By Jason M. Lemkin on May 15, 2014
Ok, this will be fun. Aaron Ross and I are putting together “The Predictable Revenue Guide to Tripling Your Sales”. Aaron created and led the original outbound sales team at Salesforce and is well known to most SaaS entrepreneurs and executives. His last book on Predictable Revenue has become the key handbook for most SaaS founders […]
By Dave Kellogg on March 27, 2014
I’m pretty busy this week so I was hoping not to dive into the Box S-1, but David Cummings’ excellent summary served only to whet, as opposed to satiate, my appetite. Perhaps it was the $168M FY14 operating loss. Maybe it was the $380M in financing raised during the last three years. Or the average quarterly burn rate […]
By Denis Pombriant on March 5, 2014
Subscription companies face many of the same challenges that more conventional companies face but the nature of these businesses puts an entirely different spin on the challenges. All companies have to acquire new customers, make products and price them attractively without leaving money on the table. Also, once a product is purchased, a company needs […]
By Jason M. Lemkin on June 10, 2013
There are two things I see SaaS entrepreneurs who are post-Traction and post-Scale say again and again: We’re So Sticky. Once we’re in, it’s so hard to rip us out. Our Churn is Basically Zero in the Enterprise. We’re doing great because No One Leaves. If you’re coming from a Freemium background, or B2C, that […]
By Bob Warfield on October 11, 2012
I guess those Old School Enterprise guys running Workday know a thing or two about SaaS too, eh?
So keep an eye on your SaaS investments. They have time to fix it if the growth rate slows–they’ll see it coming from the sales funnel. And if they don’t manage to get it fixed before it manifests in the revenue, something very bad is probably happening there.
By Vinnie Mirchandani on July 25, 2012
I tend to not pay too much attention to quarterly earnings – whether they are good or bad. But my friend Dennis Howlett says “SAP’s Q2 results are stunning by any standards” and I decided to apply my own “is this an inflexion point?” st…
By Vinnie Mirchandani on April 21, 2011
Fred Reichheld coined the term “good profits” in his book Ultimate Question. His point was in pursuit of financial goals we often focus on certain fees (and related profits) which actually turn off customers and lead to dissatisfaction and worse. Lord knows we have plenty of examples of “bad profits” at airlines, banks and telcos. […]
By Bob Warfield on January 10, 2011
Every now and again I see the old chestnut trotted out that Software has no marginal cost. It’s used for all sorts of reasons. The gut feeling that it is true is probably at the heart of most people’s justification for why piracy is okay, for example, not that I’m saying most people think it’s […]
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By Jason Busch on November 1, 2010
Last week, Ariba announced its latest quarterly results. Even though the purpose of this mini-series looking at their performance and what it means for the market is to dig into the numbers and qualitative observations, I find it …