By Jason M. Lemkin on April 2, 2015
The other day, I met with a great founder who talked with me about how he was about to top his VP of Sales. This VP had gotten him from $0 to $1.5m in ARR in pretty short order, recruiting a great small team of reps under her, and had really nailed the formula. But […]
By Charlie Bess on March 18, 2015
In a book excerpt released by McKinsey , they provide a perspective about what it will take to shift markets away from a short-term way of thinking. They pulled together a range of heavy weights to talk about their opinions on this topic. Nitin Nohria – focused on the CEO and their “crush of immediate concerns”. This […]
By Jason M. Lemkin on December 2, 2014
If you’re doing SaaS for the first time (or even the second), the whole idea of charging for “Services” may seem an anathema. It sure did to me. If your product is so easy to use that you barely need sales people, why in the world would I need to charge for implementation? For support? For […]
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…