The Official SaaStr Podcast: SaaS | Founders | Investors

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 Mar 14, 2019

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The Official SaaStr Podcast is the latest and greatest from the world of SaaStr, interviewing the most prominent operators and investors to discover their tips, tactics and strategies to attain success in the fiercely competitive world of SaaS. On the side of the operators, we center around getting from $0 to $100m ARR faster, what it takes to scale successfully and what are the core elements of hiring. As for the investors, we learn what metrics they hone in on when examining SaaS business, what type of metrics excites them and what they look for in SaaS founders.

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SaaStr 555: Secrets to Building a High-Performing Revenue Marketing Engine with Demandbase VP of Marketing Tracy Kraft
25:48

Building a revenue marketing engine provides an invaluable asset to a company’s growth by harnessing the combination of people, data, and instinct. The problem is most companies have fragmented go-to-market efforts that prevent them from seeing the power of connecting these dots. In this session, Tracy Kraft, VP of Global Revenue Marketing at Demandbase, will provide key considerations and a proven formula that go-to-market teams can use to establish, grow, and scale their revenue marketing strategies…and directly link it to company growth.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/gosmIylk4AM

 

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May 13, 2022
SaaStr 554: The Builders and Sellers Playbook: Proven Models that Help GTM and Product-led Teams Scale with CircleCI CEO Jim Rose
27:05

We know the secret to SaaS is technology that scales, but what about the people? Effective collaboration between go-to-market and R&D teams is critical, and it all starts with understanding how the other side operates.

Product-led organizations are made up of “builders and sellers,” two parts of your organization who inherently approach their work differently. To get the entire organization on the same page, a different playbook is required.

From introducing more effective communication practices to finding shared purpose in disparate operating models, there are required shifts that need to be made at each stage of growth.

In this talk, 20+ year SaaS entrepreneur and CircleCI CEO, Jim Rose, will share:

  1. Understanding what product-led growth really means and how to find harmony during rapid expansion

  2. How to build and use a data-driven engine to get R&D and GTM teams speaking the same language

  3. How to look for the key signals that drive critical decisions at various stages of growth

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/39NqdMTKUC8

 

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May 11, 2022
SaaStr 553: 10 Things You Can Do Today To Grow 10x Faster With SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and Boast.ai Co-Founder Lloyed Lobo
34:00
After an impressive career in SaaS, SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin knows a thing or two about growing business in today’s competitive climate. Boast.AI Co-Founder Lloyed Lobo recently interviewed Jason about his experience and advice for SaaS leaders, which included:
  • Why being a serial entrepreneur in SaaS is a bad idea
  • Why hiring VPS is critical to really growing your startup

 

This episode is an excerpt from Jason and Lloyed's discussion. You can see the full video here: https://youtu.be/RqgjBMlQ6ik

 

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May 06, 2022
SaaStr 552: 5 Lessons on Building Your Sales Organization for Scale with Than Hancock, EVP of Sales @ Podium and Carlie Adams, Head of West Coast Sales @ Podium
24:49

Podium's EVP of Sales, Than Hancock shares his insights on how to maximize and grow your sales organizations for every stage of growth from seed round to global scale. He will be joined by Regional Sales Manager, Carlie Adams to discuss both the challenges and opportunities for setting up your sales organization for success, particularly during hyper growth. 

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/MFB8X9mvFM8

 

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May 05, 2022
SaaStr 551: Top 5 Mistakes While Building & Scaling Global Product Teams from Microsoft to Salesforce to Hubspot with Hubspot GM & VP, Products, Poorvi Shrivastav
24:45

Managers often grapple with how to create and scale a global product team. Scaling a team isn’t about increasing the size, rather it’s about increasing the output of the teams and producing tangible value. For that reason, scaling teams require different leadership chains inside the company.

 

Poorvi Shrivastav, GM and VP of Products at HubSpot, shares her passion for team development and discusses her journey of leading cross-geographical product teams and revealing how to execute the scaling plan successfully.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/jWCbO87OEgc

 

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Apr 29, 2022
SaaStr 550: How to Reinvent a Category that’s Already Been Won with Mark Ghermezian, Co-Founder @ Braze, and Founder and General Partner @ m]x[v capital
23:36

Category creation involves dreaming up a new suite of products that can sell via traditional channels or methods. It’s a process that demands more than a game-changing product, as it takes having the right talent on your team and a consistent vision that drives all aspects of your business.

 

Mark Ghermezian, the co-founder of Braze, takes us through his journey of reinventing a category and building Braze from an idea into a dominant player in the mobile lifecycle marketing space.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/pVsmB8nhneE

 

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Apr 27, 2022
SaaStr 549: From 0 to $500 Million ARR in 6 years: Learnings from Innovating in Underserved Markets with Samsara CPO Kiren Sekar
26:20
What are the key product and organizational learnings from taking a company to $500 million in annual recurring revenue in just six years?

Kiren Sekar joined Samsara’s founding team as a CPO after working with the co-founders at their previous company, Meraki. Calling on more than twelve years of product work between Meraki and Samsara, Kiren shares valuable and actionable insights on innovating in underserved markets.

Full video: https://youtu.be/3ZrNFs4uQfA

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Apr 22, 2022
SaaStr 548: How to Build a Super High-Retention Sales Team with Twilio SVP & GM of North America Sales, Alice Katwan
18:43

Every sales leader struggles to retain their talent - especially in today's employee market. In this session, Alice Katwan, Twilio's SVP and GM of North America Sales, will reveal her strategies for building a high-performing sales team that sticks around for the long haul. If you are spending too many cycles recruiting, onboarding, and worrying about retaining your top sales reps — this session is for you.

Full video: https://youtu.be/iKhWflFcU-U

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Apr 20, 2022
SaaStr 547: The Secrets to Going Big, Going Multi-Product and Going Public with Amplitude CEO Spenser Skates, Part 2
24:11
Spenser Skates is the CEO of Amplitude, one of the leading customer analytics services for enterprises and product makers. But getting customers like Twitter, Instacart, Match, and IBM didn't happen overnight. Spenser lays out the mistakes young companies will often make as they grow, and how he positioned Amplitude for growth and success. He found these lessons essential for founders to learn on their way to $100 million ARR and beyond.

In this episode, Spencer discusses:

* Focusing on the product and expansion

* Taking your company public

This is the second half of Spenser's session from 2022 SaaStr Build. You can find the first half in Episode 546 here: https://sites.libsyn.com/77527/saastr-546-the-secrets-to-going-big-going-multi-product-and-going-public-with-amplitude-ceo-spenser-skates-part-1

Full video: https://youtu.be/2UPMCcC3OHQ

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Apr 15, 2022
SaaStr 546: The Secrets to Going Big, Going Multi-Product and Going Public with Amplitude CEO Spenser Skates, Part 1
21:19

Spenser Skates is the CEO of Amplitude, one of the leading customer analytics services for enterprises and product makers. But getting customers like Twitter, Instacart, Match, and IBM didn't happen overnight. Spenser lays out the mistakes young companies will often make as they grow, and how he positioned Amplitude for growth and success. He found these lessons essential for founders to learn on their way to $100 million ARR and beyond.

In this episode, Spenser will discuss laying the right foundation for long-term success:

* Find the right product-market fit

* Build the best founding team for growth

* Hire a team of people more talented than you

* Surround yourself with a well-rounded board of advisors

Full video: https://youtu.be/2UPMCcC3OHQ

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Apr 13, 2022
SaaStr 545: Marketing to Developers: Why Happy is Our Hack with DigitalOcean CMO Carly Brantz and SaaStr GM & SVP, Marketing Amelia Ibarra
20:03
Carly Brantz scaled marketing at SendGrid to grow company revenue from $5M to $200M. Now as DigitalOcean CMO, she’s focused on marketing to its developer and startup audiences and helping them on their growth journeys. Carly will share lessons learned as a marketing leader – and how simplicity, community, credibility and happiness – provide a powerful platform for growth. SaaStr GM & SVP, Marketing Amelia Ibarra joins Carly for the discussion.

Full video: https://youtu.be/Qu6wr3u2-yU

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Apr 08, 2022
SaaStr 544: People, Process and Product: A Product Leader’s First 90 Days with Notion CPO Madhu Muthukumar
28:55
Being a product leader is different at every company, and learning to lead at every company can widely vary. After leading product teams at Twitter, Oculus, and Robinhood, and working with companies of all sizes at McKinsey, TechStars, and now as an investor — here’s exactly how Madhu approaches his first 90 days on the job as CPO at Notion, step-by-step. He’ll walk through foundations, learnings, and challenges, pulling insights and experiences from the top product leaders in software.

This episode is an abbreviated version of Madhu's session at SaaStr Build. You can see the full video here: https://youtu.be/kxgox905lho

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Apr 06, 2022
SaaStr 543: The Office is Back!! But What Will It Be Like? Jason Lemkin & Justin Bedecarre of Raise.Work
29:17
SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin sits down with Raise Commercial Real Estate CEO Justin Bedecarre and Head of Raise's New York office, Jamie Katcher, to discuss the future of work.

Raise.Work is a leader in planning, leasing, and sourcing tech real estate spaces.

Full video: https://youtu.be/0MnlhVXUo3Q

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Apr 01, 2022
SaaStr 542: 5 Rules to Win When Competition is Everywhere With Atlassian COO Anu Bharadwaj and Boast.AI Co-Founder Lloyed Lobo
26:07

The SaaS world is competitive, and standing out in a highly saturated market takes remarkable hard work and skill. However, the companies that adapt and create transformational change tend to survive. COO Anu Bharadwaj’s years of experience at Atlassian have shaped her outlook on how to thrive in the market. 

In this session, Boast.AI Co-Founder Lloyed Lobo interviews Bharadwaj as she shares Atlassian’s five building blocks to win.

This podcast is an excerpt of the full interview, which you can find here: https://youtu.be/zQCdwoT7Kak

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Mar 30, 2022
SaaStr 541: How to Set and Hit Revenue Targets with Sam Blond, CRO at BREX
21:25

Sam Blond, Chief Revenue Officer at Brex, shares how to set and hit revenue targets for your sales team, when to adjust, and how to structure and hire your team around your sales KPIs and goals. 

Mar 25, 2022
SaaStr 540: 15 Ways to Help the Sales Team with SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin
26:40

SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, shares the top 15 ways to help the sales team close more right now, this year -- with the same number of leads you already have!!

Mar 23, 2022
SaaStr 539: The Journey to Building a Successful Customer Advisory Board in the Enterprise with Mapistry VP of Customer Experience Maya Colato
27:45

Customer feedback is an essential road map to guide a company toward success. When you have a customer-centric culture, your business has a greater chance of growing and thriving. But how can businesses create spaces for customers to engage in productive dialogue? 

Mapistry sought out feedback about its direction by organizing a Customer Advisory Board (CAB).

Mapistry received commendations for the process from participants of its CAB—executives and practitioners from diverse industries. Maya Colato, Vice President of Customer Experience at Mapistry, outlines how you can build a successful Customer Advisory Board. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/OfjP01RmuvQ

 

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Mar 18, 2022
SaaStr 538: Product-Led Growth: Panacea or Boondoggle? with AgentSync Co-Founder & CTO Jenn Knight and OpenPhone Co-Founder Daryna Kulya
24:47
 

OpenPhone and AgentSync are two SaaS businesses with very different growth strategies, but the same ultimate goal: to continue selling while simultaneously problem-solving for current customers. They are a perfect example of implementing a growth model, mastering it, and then expanding horizons into other growth strategies with strategic testing and experimenting. Contrary to the title of this article, the two brands prove that product-led growth is neither panacea nor boondoggle, but rather a winning strategy for the appropriate product when thoughtfully implemented. OpenPhone and AgentSync are two SaaS businesses with very different growth strategies, but the same ultimate goal: to continue selling while simultaneously problem-solving for current customers. They are a perfect example of implementing a growth model, mastering it, and then expanding horizons into other growth strategies with strategic testing and experimenting. Contrary to the title of this article, the two brands prove that product-led growth is neither panacea nor boondoggle, but rather a winning strategy for the appropriate product when thoughtfully implemented. Jenn Knight, Co-founder and CTO of AgentSync, and Daryna Kulya, Co-founder of OpenPhone, discuss how different approaches have helped each brand reach its target audience and accomplish its goals, the potential of product-led growth, and how to scale growth strategies to yield desirable results. Session moderated by Craft Ventures Partner & COO Brian Murray, discuss how different approaches have helped each brand reach its target audience and accomplish its goals, the potential of product-led growth, and how to scale growth strategies to yield desirable results. Session moderated by Craft Ventures Partner & COO Brian Murray.

 

 

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Mar 16, 2022
SaaStr 537: How Hybrid is Working in Practice....What the Data Shows with Raise Commercial Real Estate CEO Justin Bedecarre and Felipe Gomez, President @ Raise
23:18

What do you remember about your experience in the workplace prior to 2020? Is it the moments of collaborative synergy and collective achievements? Is it the feeling of solving complex problems and hitting milestones with your team? Perhaps it’s the joy of closing deals and celebrating with your colleagues?

It’s been more than two years since the pandemic interrupted our daily work life, and companies are taking stock and preparing for a return to the workplace. How can company leadership retain these important experiences of collaboration in the workplace and pair them with the opportunity and flexibility we’ve discovered since working remotely?

Raise CEO and co-founder, Justin Bedecarre, and president, Felipe Gomez-Kraus, discuss how SaaS companies can build successful hybrid workplaces that are empathetic while incentivizing their team to return to the office.

Full video: https://youtu.be/ohe10zViLdw

 

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Mar 11, 2022
SaaStr 536: The Path to a Billion Dollars: How to Create Multi-Revenue Streams with Bill.com CRO Tom Clayton
24:08

Reaching the first billion is a milestone for every SaaS company, so what’s the best way to get there? During his SaaStr Annual presentation, Tom Clayton, CRO of Bill.com shared his insights and advice for growing revenue streams to maximize business success. 

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Mar 09, 2022
SaaStr 535: From SendGrid to DigitalOcean: Hacks for Founders of High-Growth Startups with DigitalOcean CEO Yancey Spruill
24:34

All high-growth startups reach a point in scaling their business when their processes and operations start to inhibit their growth. From SendGrid to DigitalOcean, Yancey Spruill is the person these startups brought in when they were ready to graduate to the big leagues. In his presentation, Yancey will discuss the most common mistakes startup founders make and how to overcome hurdles at different stages of growth.

Full video: https://youtu.be/MD_wD5hp7r0

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Mar 05, 2022
SaaStr 534: Marketing Secrets to Hypergrowth from Building Elastic, Zuora, and Segment
23:08

Panelists:

Katrina Wong, VP Marketing and Demand Generation Segment

Asawari Samant, Head of Marketing, Anyscale

Jeffrey Yoshimura, CMO and Customer Experience Officer, Snyk

Three marketing leaders discuss the importance of community, data, and experimentation, as well as the do's and don'ts of using agencies.

This episode is an abbreviated version of the session. You can see the full session here: https://youtu.be/7wucuUQSQvQ

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Mar 02, 2022
SaaStr 533: The Cutting Edge Techniques for Motivating and Organizing your Sales Team in Q1 with Marilee Bear, SVP North America Enterprise Sales at Zendesk, and Bryan Elsesser, SaaStr VP of Sales
17:09

In this episode, Marilee Bear, SVP North America Enterprise Sales at Zendesk sits down with SaaStr's own VP of Sales, Bryan Elsesser, to talk about the best practices to deploy in motivating and organizing your sales team in Q1. 

Mar 01, 2022
SaaStr 532: The Secrets to Scaling a Public Company with a 75% Freelancer Workforce with Upwork CEO Hayden Brown
24:12
Talent Acquisition to Talent Access: Building a winning culture with a workforce that is 75% freelancers

Upwork CEO Hayden Brown addresses common myths around working with freelancers, such as, "Freelancers aren't reliable," and, "I can't build my company culture with freelancers."

She'll share how Upwork has scaled by including freelancers in every part of the company and treating them as part of the team rather than outsiders, and how it can benefit every company to have access to the talent it needs, when it needs it, regardless of geography or business ebbs and flows.

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Feb 25, 2022
SaaStr 531: 4 Ways to Get to $10 Billion by Working Async (Without Burning Out) with Loom CEO Joe Thomas
25:32
Joe will share four case studies of companies that have achieved transformational growth using asynchronous communication. You’ll hear how they’ve rebuilt sales processes, won talent wars, delivered best-in-class products, and fully reimagined the employee experience. He’ll also highlight the work principles fueling these initiatives and the opportunities ahead for companies that employ them across their teams.

Full video: https://youtu.be/OAxJvk04JKU

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Feb 23, 2022
SaaStr 530: The Top 20 Learnings in Product-Led Growth with SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin
35:47
SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, shares the top 20 PLG (product-led growth), Self-Serve, Free, and Freemium lessons we can learn from everyone from Asana to Slack, Monday to Zoom, and Shopify to Squarespace. 
Feb 22, 2022
SaaStr 529: Ten Things to Avoid Being Blindsided By In Your Pursuit Of Customer Success Nick Mehta, CEO @ Gainsight
26:02

SaaS is evolving rapidly. In many ways, we are witnessing the equivalent of the Cambrian Explosion in terms of the number of SaaS companies created each month. And these startups look different than their predecessors. Trends like vertical SaaS, Product-led Growth, and payment make the industry almost unrecognizable compared to the era of the SaaS pioneers more than a decade ago.

Yet many companies are still adopting Customer Success practices - like fixed size-based segmentation and activity-based "check-ins" - that were created in the 2010s.

Modern cloud businesses are rethinking Customer Success in many ways. They are looking at it as a growth engine, shifting focus from purely looking at churn to increasingly emphasizing Net Dollar Retention. They are recognizing the need for CSMs, in some cases, to be deeply technical. And they are, particularly in Product-led Growth companies, integrating Sales and CS motions and organizations tightly together.

In this talk, Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta will cover 10 best practices that represent the cutting edge of Customer Success. Check it out to save your company from becoming a SaaS dinosaur.

Full video: https://youtu.be/PzCnKSL2kx8

 

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Feb 18, 2022
SaaStr 528: Building a $5.6B company with a Product-led Flywheel with Abhinav Asthana, CEO @ Postman
23:42

Postman CEO Abhinav Asthana shares how community, product, data can power marketing, customer success, and sales are the key elements for the next generation of SaaS software leaders.

Full video here: https://youtu.be/jK8trhy5i-k

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Feb 16, 2022
SaaStr 527: Acquiring 10,000 SMB Customers Solely from Data with Gorgias CEO Romain Lapeyre
22:31
A crucial part of any business model is customer acquisition. In order for a company to optimize their customer-base, data must be intrinsic to their strategy. Join Gorgias CEO Romain Lapeyre as he discusses how the company acquired 10,000 SMB customers from just data alone. Want to join the SaaStr community? We're the 🌎largest community for B2B software.

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Feb 11, 2022
SaaStr 526: Lessons Learned Building a $2 billion Company from Scratch with Neo4j CEO & Co-Founder Emil Eifrem
27:52
The biggest challenge in building a data infrastructure company over the next decade will be to redefine strategies for awareness, activation, user-centricity, and growth. While all of this is possible in theory, building categories with staying power in the age of the public cloud remains a lofty goal. Emil Eifrem, CEO and co-founder of Neo4j, will discuss the blueprint that’s emerging some of the lessons he’s learned after launching Neo4j Aura, the company’s fully-managed graph database as a service.  

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Feb 10, 2022
SaaStr 525: Marketing Hyper-Growth at Scale with Klaviyo Head of Marketing Kady Srinivasan
24:33
Marketing isn't one size fits all, particularly at a hyper-growth company. In this session, Kady Srinivasan, SVP, Global Head of Marketing at marketing automation unicorn, Klaviyo, will pull from her 20+ years of experience and share actionable tips on how you can scale your team, your campaigns and more.

Full video: https://youtu.be/s4WZcgL5fc0

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Feb 04, 2022
SaaStr 524: From New Relic to Salesforce to Calendly: What's Changed in Product-led Growth with Calendly CMO Patrick Moran
21:01

The world of product-led growth is a highly dynamic space. Join this session with Calendly CMO Patrick Moran and Head of Marketing Growth & Demand Gen Garrett Scott to learn more about these changes and how they are reflected in Calendly’s evolution as a SaaS company.

Full video: https://youtu.be/ey9aiYOupSg

 

Feb 02, 2022
SaaStr 523: How to Succeed as a First-Time VP of Sales or First-Time SaaS VP with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
22:26
We’ve talked a lot on SaaStr about how to hire a Great VP of Sales. And we’ll keep talking about it — so long as 70% of first-time VPs of Sales don’t make it 1 year.

In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, shares his best advice for all first-time VPs coming into a SaaS startup. 

Jan 31, 2022
SaaStr 522: Scaling Your Startup 10x From $20M to $200M with Sapphire, Lightspeed, TripActions, and 6Sense
23:47

When you think of scaling up, many things may come to mind, like hiring, culture, marketing, and sales. But what are the essentials of scaling up, and how do you navigate obstacles along the way to function as a high-impact organization?

Cathy Gao, Partner at Sapphire Ventures, and Anoushka Vaswani, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, moderated a panel with Carlos Delatorre, CRO at TripActions, and Latané Conant, CMO at 6sense to discuss how you can scale your startup from $20 million ARR to $200 million ARR through go-to-market execution, talent, and culture.

Jan 28, 2022
SaaStr 521: How To Create a High Performing Sales Organization: Five Strategies for Driving Peak Performance Through Reimagined Management with Hootsuite CRO Melissa Murray Bailey
24:00
Driving peak sales performance is a mission most SaaS companies strive to accomplish. Yet, sales team targets are often set extremely high, with management expecting their teams to miss. This might bring success for the company, but it leads to negative experiences for the sales rep, and your teams may ultimately fail to perform to their fullest potential.

Hootsuite CRO Melissa Murray Bailey shares secrets to running a successful SaaS sales team and reducing employee turnover. 

Jan 26, 2022
SaaStr 520: 10 Learnings Scaling from Consumer to SMB to Enterprise with Grammarly Head of Organizations Revenue Dorian Stone
21:38

Every high-growth organization inevitably reaches the point of pivoting its strategy and offerings to capture new audiences—a journey made more complex with the new demands emerging this past year. In this session, Dorian Stone will share lessons learned from Grammarly’s evolution from consumer to SMB to enterprise, address common assumptions and pitfalls in the process of scaling, and reveal must-know strategies to drive efficient growth this year and beyond.

Jan 21, 2022
SaaStr 519: From B2C to Billions: How Vimeo executed a B2B Pivot that Redefined Their Future with Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud
21:19

Vimeo went public in May as an $8 billion powerhouse in video software. Better known as the indie version of YouTube for more than a decade, the company has redefined itself from a B2C destination to the B2B solution that empowers any business to create, collaborate and connect with professional-quality video. Join Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud for a conversation with Brent Thill, Financial Analyst @ Jefferies about spotting potential in what is now a $70 billion market, and how operating as a founder within a 16-year old company helped her take bets on a strategy that’s paying off.

Jan 19, 2022
SaaStr 518: Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Building Marketing Channels Slowly to Achieve Massive Scale with Datadog's CMO Alex Rosemblat
26:50

Building out a marketing channel is like building product. It takes countless iterations and constant market feedback to get right. This session will introduce tactics on how to slowly and methodically test, assess success, and eventually scale a marketing channel until it hits a ceiling and it's time to move to the next one.

Jan 14, 2022
SaaStr 517: Proven Leadership Frameworks for a High-Performing Sales Team with Databricks' VP of Sales Heather Akuiyibo
20:11

When sales teams succeed, the company succeeds. Revenue goes up, productivity increases, and ideally, the team continues to grow. But running a high-performing sales team isn’t an easy task. How can you ensure success within your sales organization in a way that scales with you?

Heather Akuiyibo, VP of Sales at Databricks, shares her four adaptable frameworks for high-performing sales teams and how those frameworks helped Databricks’ sales teams succeed.

Full video: https://youtu.be/9tn-I4f9Va4

 

Jan 12, 2022
SaaStr 516: Lessons Learned in Scaling with Canva's CMO Zach Kitschke and SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
30:15

Zach joined Canva in 2013 as one of Canva’s earliest employees and has worked across product management, communications and human resources before establishing the global marketing function. Eight years later 50 million people are now using Canva every month and the company recently approached $1 Billion in Revenue. In this podcast, Zach and Jason dive into the initial growth marketing strategies and framework behind Canva’s exponential growth as a start-up, the strategies for targeting and growing into the enterprise, and how to build out a global marketing function.

Jan 11, 2022
SaaStr 515: A CEO's Guide to Marketing with Dave Kellogg
24:41

No one word strikes more terror in the heart of product-, engineering-, or even sales-oriented founders and CEOs than "marketing." How to understand marketing? How to drive marketing? How to measure marketing? What to look for in a marketing leader? In this session, we'll talk about how CEOs (and other startup execs) should think about, charter, direct, and support marketing.

Full video: https://youtu.be/ggUwcE600xU

 

Jan 07, 2022
SaaStr 514: Reaccelerating Growth at Scale with Box CRO Mark Wayland and SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
21:06

Learn more about Box's journey to reaccelerate growth and march toward $1B in SaaS ARR and their CRO's lessons learned along the way.

Full video: https://youtu.be/RQ6gom-lLxE

Jan 05, 2022
SaaStr 513: How to Scale Outbound Sales with the CROs of Outreach, Malwarebytes, HubSpot, and Seismic
23:48

Amy Appleyard, SVP Global Sales @ Malwarebytes, Michelle Benfer, VP, Head of North America Sales @ HubSpot Tony Benvenuto, SVP of Sales West @ Seismic, and Anna Baird, CRO @ Outreach share lessons learned when scaling their sales teams, the importance of BDRs, key hires and when to prioritize them, and more.

Dec 31, 2021
SaaStr 512: How To Innovate Faster with Community, Insights From GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij
21:33

GitLab started as an open-source project that expanded into a public company with a buyer-based open-core business model. With over 300+ code contributions per month, innovating with the wider community is key to accelerating development efforts. Join GitLab CEO, Sid Sijbrandij, as he discusses GitLab’s journey, choosing the right business model that balances high revenue potential and community contributions, and co-creating the product with the wider community to deliver safer software faster.

Dec 29, 2021
SaaStr 511: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 5 Interesting Learnings from Samsara at $500M ARR
16:53

In today's SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings from Samsara at $500M ARR, growing 72% year-over-year.

Video and episode notes: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-from-samsara-at-500000000-in-arr/ 

Dec 28, 2021
SaaStr 510: The Secrets to Scaling Zapier to 500 Employees from Employees Themselves with Zapier CEO Wade Foster
24:59

Over the past ten years, Zapier has grown from a weekend side project to global unicorn, serving millions of small and medium businesses around the world. But Zapier isn’t your typical startup story and their roots aren’t in Silicon Valley. Come hear what Zapier’s early employees learned from building the foundation of one of today’s most successful startups.

Dec 24, 2021
SaaStr 509: Adding Outbound Sales & Marketing to the Product-Led Growth Engine with CMOs of Freshworks, Twilio, 1Password, and Coda
27:15

Many start-ups today start with an amazing Product Led Growth (PLG) engine that hasn’t required an outbound sales and marketing motion. As amazing as this is, if your company wants to move into the mid-market or enterprise business, you’re going to have to build and hire a Sales team, and expand the capabilities of your Marketing function. How can you add this GTM motion effectively, without cannibalizing your existing business? How do you balance the two for the right target markets and audiences? Product-market fit, pricing, packaging, messaging, strategic investments, culture, evangelism all play a critical part and will change as soon as you add this team.

Hear from the CMOs of top tech companies on they helped Freshworks, Twilio, Salesforce, 1Password, Atlassian, Litmus, CircleCi, Coda and many others have faced this challenge and led their companies through this successful transition.

Stacey Epstein, CMO @ Freshworks

Sara Varni Bright, CMO @ Twilio

Carilu Dietrich, Fractional CMO @ 1Password

Viviana Faga, General Partner @ Coda

 

Dec 22, 2021
SaaStr 508: Picking the Perfect Pricing Model that Fits Your App and More with HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos
23:11

Pricing can kill your product, or make it soar. To start with, create pricing tiers and make pricing easy and convenient for your customers. Beyond that, the decisions are difficult, such as usage-based vs. predictable pricing. In this presentation, we discuss the key principles of pricing and app or online service, showing the pros and cons of your choices.

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/picking-the-perfect-pricing-model-that-fits-your-app-with-hackerone-ceo-marten-mickos-podcast-508-and-video/

Dec 17, 2021
SaaStr 507: On Shifting to the Next Gear: Proven Strategies to Accelerate Growth with Intercom CEO, Karen Peacock
23:35

When is the best time to find your next gear of growth? Now. Whether you are growing rapidly or seeing growth start to slow, this talk will share proven ways to accelerate.

Karen Peacock, CEO of Intercom and former SVP of Small Business at Intuit, will discuss how putting customers at the forefront of your business is the key to hitting that next level.

She’ll cover how to segment your customer base and analyze the health of each part as input to strategy, design and package your product based on value and build highly contextual and personalized customer experiences that lead to happy customers, retention, expansion, and growth.  

Karen will share stories based on her experience at Intuit building one of the world’s largest SaaS product lines from $500M to $2.5B and in her current role leading Intercom’s high growth on the path to IPO.

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/shifting-to-the-next-gear-proven-strategies-to-accelerate-growth-with-intercom/

Dec 15, 2021
SaaStr 506: A $100M ARR Pivot from Platform Product to Vertical Apps with Treasure Data CEO, Kazuki Ohta
27:09

Treasure Data was founded as a big data platform company, but struggled to compete against larger tech companies. After pivoting to a more vertical solution (CDP - Customer Data Platform), revenue growth accelerated, going from $20m to $100m in 3 years. Kazuki will share the struggles and decisions a part of pivoting the company.

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/100-million-arr-pivot-with-treasure-data-ceo-kazuki-ohta/

Dec 10, 2021
SaaStr 505: The Future of AI, Open Source, and Enterprise SaaS: Where It’s All Going with Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi
24:34

A lot of startups and SaaS companies that build a business around an open source technology struggle to commercialize in a way that is both profitable and scalable, while also supporting the open source community that is so critical to innovation. Join Ali Ghodsi, CEO and Co-Founder of Databricks and Nithya Ruff, Head of Open Source at Comcast and Chair of The Linux Foundation Board, who are both open source thought leaders, for a fireside discussion about the value open source software has delivered for enterprises and their perspectives on the current state of the open source landscape.

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/the-future-of-ai-open-source-databricks-ceo-ali-ghodsi/

Dec 08, 2021
SaaStr 504: The Cutting Edge Techniques for Overcoming High-Stress Sales with Bryan Smith, Co-Founder at Leon Health, and Bryan Elsesser, SaaStr VP of Sales
18:25

In this episode, Bryan Smith, Co-Founder at Leon Health sits down with SaaStr's own VP of Sales, Bryan Elsesser, to talk about the best techniques to overcome Q4 and end-of-year stress in sales teams.

Dec 07, 2021
SaaStr 503: The RevTech Stack Playbook, Going from $1M to $100M with SalesLoft CMO Sydney Sloan
22:44

Gone are the days of Sales and Marketing building their own tech fiefdoms. In this podcast, Sydney Sloan, CMO at SalesLoft shares a holistic approach to adding technology that powers your revenue engine and shares examples of tech stacks, best practices, and org designs from successful companies at different growth stages.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/the-revtech-stack-playbook-going-from-1m-to-100m-with-salesloft/

Dec 03, 2021
SaaStr 502: Why Founders Should Prioritize Personal Development with Shopify President, Harley Finkelstein
23:52

There are countless ways for founders to learn how to build strong teams, strengthen go-to-market processes, and focus on growth and customer success. But a topic that's becoming more important, especially after such a challenging year, is founder well-being. Shopify President Harley Finkelstein shares insight on how successful entrepreneurs approach personal change, coaching, and ongoing development to achieve work-life harmony. Harley will be joined by Felicis founder and Managing Partner Aydin Senkut and Felicis' Head of Founder Success Dasha Maggio. They will discuss what founders should ask for and how focusing on personal development can lead to stronger teams and better outcomes for the business.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/why-founders-should-prioritize-personal-development-with-shopify/

Dec 02, 2021
SaaStr 501: The State of Software Buying From SMB to Enterprise with G2 CMO, Amanda Malko
25:44

The state of software buying has changed. SaaS spending dipped in the first half of 2020 but has since accelerated and increased as we reach the end of 2021. Amanda Malko, CMO at G2, shares a fascinating look at the data that reveals shifting patterns in the way consumers purchase software.

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/the-state-of-software-buying-from-smb-to-enterprise-with-g2s-cmo/

Nov 30, 2021
SaaStr 500: How to Scale a Successful SaaS Sales Team with Harry Stebbings, Founder @ 20 VC, and Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder @ SaaStr
24:30

We're celebrating episode 500 of the SaaStr Podcast! Our SaaStr 'OG' podcaster, Harry Stebbings, Founder of The 20 Minute VC and, Jason Lemkin, SaaStr CEO and Founder discuss the future of the markets and how to build a successful SaaS sales team from the ground up. 

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-scale-saas-sales-team-with-harry-stebbings-jason-lemkin/

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Nov 24, 2021
SaaStr 499: The Cutting Edge Techniques for an Impactful Live Event Strategy with Mark Jung, VP Marketing at Dooly, and Zoë Hartsfield, Community Manager at Dooly
24:05

In this episode, Mark Jung, VP Marketing at Dooly, and Zoë Hartsfield, Community Manager at Dooly, sit down with SaaStr's own VP of Sales, Bryan Elsesser, to talk about best practices for brand re-launches and the cutting edge techniques for an impactful live event strategy. 

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/saas-live-event-strategy-dooly/

Sponsors:

https://calendly.com/

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

 

Nov 22, 2021
SaaStr 498: The Most Common SaaS Sales Potholes and How to Avoid Them with Mark Roberge, Managing Director at Stage 2 Capital
24:30

Mark Roberge is the Managing Director at Stage 2 Capital, Sr. Lecturer at Harvard Business School, and author of the bestselling book, The Sales Acceleration Formula. In this podcast, he'll outline some of the most common SaaS sales potholes when scaling from $0 to $100 million and how to avoid them.

Blog post & video: https://www.saastr.com/the-most-common-saas-sales-potholes-and-how-to-avoid-them-with-mark-roberge-podcast-498-and-video/

Sponsors:

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https://www.litmus.com/saastr

https://flatfile.com/saastr/

 

Nov 19, 2021
SaaStr 497: Founder Confidential, The Highs, and Lows of Fundraising From Founders That Raised $1B with Coda, Expensify, LaunchDarkly, Boast.Ai and SaaStr
22:28

Featuring 3 prominent Founders - from Calendly, Coda and LaunchDarkly - that have achieved scale, at "Founder Confidential" you will hear about the highs and lows of fundraising, working with a VC board, and real talk about what it really is like to be a true Founder.

Moderator: Lloyed Lobo, Co-Founder, Boast.AI

Panelists: Shishir Mehrotra, Cofounder and CEO, Coda Edith Harbaugh, Cofounder and CEO, LaunchDarkly David Barrett, Founder and CEO, Expensify Jason Lemkin, Founder and CEO, SaaStr

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/founder-confidential-saas-fundraising-expensify-launchdarkly-coda-boast-saastr/

Sponsors:

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

Nov 17, 2021
SaaStr 496: Business Conversations vs. Sales Pitches, The Cutting Edge Techniques to Get This Right with Doug Landis, Growth Partner at Emergence Capital 
25:15

In today's SaaStr podcast, we present the Cutting Edge. Where SaaStr's own VP of Sales, Bryan Elsesser sits down with the best revenue leaders in SaaS to share cutting-edge tactics and strategies. In this episode, Doug Landis, Growth Partner at Emergence Capital talks about the art of business conversations and how your customers should inform your go-to-market messaging. 

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/business-conversations-doug-landis-emergence-capital/

Sponsors:

https://shortcut.com/saastr

https://www.litmus.com/saastr

https://calendly.com/

https://flatfile.com/saastr/

Nov 16, 2021
SaaStr 495: The Secrets Behind Creating Scalable Products with Box's CEO and Co-Founder, Aaron Levie, and SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
24:16

In this podcast, Aaron Levie, CEO, and Co-founder of Box will discuss "what's next in hybrid work," leading through a dynamic economy, the lessons learned from 2020, what technology needs to exist to bridge the gap between in-person and virtual, and what the office will look like whenever we return.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/the-secrets-behind-creating-scalable-products-with-boxs-ceo-aaron-levie/

Sponsors:

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

Nov 12, 2021
SaaStr 494: Demystifying the Unicorn Buzz with the CEOs of Calendly, Algolia, and Contentful
24:10

Reaching unicorn status is goal #1 for many startups. In this podcast, Tope Awotona, CEO at Calendly, Bernadette Nixon, CEO at Algolia, Steve Sloan, CEO at Contentful and by Casey Renner, Partner at OpenView discuss how high-growth companies can strive for profitability while growing responsibly to reach unicorn status.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/demystifying-the-unicorn-buzz-with-the-ceos-of-calendly-algolia-and-contentful/

Sponsors:

https://shortcut.com/saastr

https://www.litmus.com/saastr

https://flatfile.com/saastr/

Nov 10, 2021
SaaStr 493: From Being Paralyzed to a $1m+ First Year as Senior SDR with Jack Ryan, Partner Manager @ SaaStr and Bryan Elsesser, VP Sales @ SaaStr
23:15

Jack Ryan, Sr. Partner Manager @ SaaStr, and Bryan Elsesser, VP Sales @ SaaStr talk about Jack's incredible journey from being completely paralyzed to climbing Mt. Whitney and sourcing over $1M in revenue for SaaStr.

Full video: https://youtu.be/c3-Kzs81uD0

Sponsors:

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

Nov 06, 2021
SaaStr 492: The 2021 State of Marketing Technology with Marqeta's CMO, Vidya Peters
19:27

As Marqeta’s CMO, Vidya Peters drives marketing strategy and execution including brand, PR, corporate marketing, product marketing, events, and demand generation. Prior to joining, Vidya ran marketing for MuleSoft where she helped scale the business from pre-IPO to one of the most successful and fastest-growing public enterprise software companies and later one of the most significant enterprise acquisitions. In this podcast, learn why intent is the new lead and Vidya's hard-earned marketing lessons from Marqeta and Mulesoft.

 

Sponsors:

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https://www.litmus.com/saastr

https://flatfile.com/saastr/

 

Nov 03, 2021
SaaStr 491: The SaaS Org Chart by Series with David Sacks, Co-founder and General Partner at Craft Ventures
23:59

You’re the founder of a nicely growing SaaS startup that has just raised a Series A, Series B, or Series C funding round. You need to hire rapidly to seize the opportunity. But how much should you hire, what roles should you hire, and what should the org chart look like when you’re done? 

David Sacks, co-founder and general partner at Craft will share what works from the 20 unicorns he's invested in, including AirBnB, Bird, ClickUp, Eventbrite, Facebook, Houzz, Lyft, OpenDoor, Palantir, Postmates, Reddit, Slack, SpaceX, Twitter, Uber, and Wish.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/the-saas-org-chart-by-series-with-david-sacks/

Sponsors:

https://shortcut.com/saastr

https://www.litmus.com/saastr

https://www.ontheclock.com/

Oct 29, 2021
SaaStr 490: Beyond Product-led Growth, 7 Lessons Learned in Product-Led Scaling with Dropbox's GM
22:55

Product-led scaling isn’t about growth hacking. Scaling 10X is really hard…no matter if you are starting at $1M, $10M, $100M or $1B ARR. Join Dropbox GM, Rachel Wolan, as she shares hard-earned, practical lessons learned through product-led scaling at Dropbox, LiveRamp, and Talkdesk.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/beyond-product-led-growth-7-lessons-learned-in-product-led-scaling-podcast-490-and-video/

Sponsors:

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

Oct 27, 2021
SaaStr 489: The Cutting Edge Techniques for Building Customer-Centric Support Teams with Abby Hammer, Chief Customer Officer at ChurnZero
23:34

In today's SaaStr podcast, we present the Cutting Edge. Where SaaStr's own VP of Sales, Bryan Elsesser sits down with the best revenue leaders in SaaS to share cutting-edge tactics and strategies. In this episode, Abby Hammer, Chief Customer Officer and Head of Product at ChurnZero talks about what it takes to build a genuinely authentic and customer-centric support team.

 

Sponsors:

https://shortcut.com/saastr

https://www.litmus.com/saastr

https://www.ontheclock.com/

 

Oct 26, 2021
SaaStr 488: The Essential Startup Advice for Founders with Y Combinator's Managing Director and Group Partner, Michael Seibel
24:22

Michael Seibel has spent the last eight years advising thousands of startups at Y Combinator. In this podcast, he'll talk about the advice that he's found to be most transformative for startups.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/the-essential-startup-advice-for-founders-with-y-combinators-michael-seibel-podcast-488-and-video/

 

Sponsors:

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

 

Oct 22, 2021
SaaStr 487: How Community-Led Growth Drives Product-Led Growth with Notion's CRO, Olivia Nottebohm
26:31

At the heart of product-led growth is the user. And in this podcast, Olivia Nottebohm, CRO of Notion ($10B valuation), will delve into the more complex aspects of product-led growth, and why they're essential for building a successful business that will thrive for years to come.

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/how-community-led-growth-drives-product-led-growth/

Sponsors:

https://shortcut.com/saastr

https://www.litmus.com/saastr

https://www.ontheclock.com/

 

Oct 20, 2021
SaaStr 486: The Cutting Edge Techniques for Scaling SDR Teams with Amy Frampton, Head of Marketing at BambooHR 
21:33

In today's SaaStr podcast, we present the Cutting Edge. Where SaaStr's own VP of Sales, Bryan Elsesser sits down with the best revenue leaders in SaaS to share cutting-edge tactics and strategies. In this episode, Amy Frampton, Head of Marketing at BambooHR shares high-impact best practices for scaling SDR teams.  

 

Sponsors:

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

 

Oct 18, 2021
SaaStr 485: Hyperscaling Post-IPO with PagerDuty's CEO, Jennifer Tejada 
33:42

PagerDuty's CEO, Jennifer Tejada, and Sameer Dholakia, former CEO of SendGrid and current PagerDuty Board Member share what fellow founders can learn from PagerDuty's post-IPO reality, and the realities of operating as a public company, two years later. 

Blog post and video: https://www.saastr.com/hyperscaling-post-ipo-with-pagerdutys-ceo-jennifer-tejada-podcast-485/

 

Sponsors:

https://shortcut.com/saastr

https://www.litmus.com/saastr/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

 

Oct 16, 2021
SaaStr 484: The State of the Cloud 2021, How to Build a Cloud Unicorn with Bessemer Venture Partners
22:27

BVP partners Byron Deeter, Mary D’Onofrio, and Elliott Robinson share a state of the cloud economy, tactical lessons and case studies for early-stage founders, private market analysis, alongside key predictions and trends driving innovation in SaaS around the globe. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/HZDOQAGW6-E

Blog post: https://www.saastr.com/the-state-of-the-cloud-2021-how-to-build-a-cloud-unicorn-with-bessemer-venture-partners-podcast-484-and-video/

 

Sponsors:

https://www.invoca.com/

https://stripe.com/

https://www.ontheclock.com/

 

Oct 14, 2021
SaaStr 483: The $26B SaaS SMB Leader, Bill.com with René Lacerte, CEO of Bill.com and SaaStr CEO, Jason Lemkin
24:34

In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, sits down will Bill.com CEO, René Lacerte. Bill.com has become an SMB powerhouse, with 120,000+ customers and a stunning $25B+ market cap.  All while selling at a $2k ACV!

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/10-learnings-from-rene-lacerte-ceo-of-bill-com/

Sponsors:

https://terminus.com/

https://checkr.com/

 

 

 

Oct 03, 2021
SaaStr 482: A Deep Dive on Vimeo at $330M ARR in Enterprise and Self Service with Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud, and SaaStr CEO, Jason Lemkin
24:00

A great deep dive on Vimeo at $330m+ in ARR, and especially, on how they do self-serve and enterprise at the same time with their CEO Jason Lemkin.

Blog post: https://www.saastr.com/10-learnings-from-anjali-sud-ceo-of-vimeo/

 

Sep 23, 2021
SaaStr 481: Cloud-first Clarity: Evolving Infrastructure for Enterprise with Asana's Head of Engineering, Prashant Pandey
23:09

As companies grow while sharing a single, common SaaS infrastructure, their security, reliability, and integration needs evolve. In this podcast, Asana's Head of Engineering, Prashant Pandey, will outline how to advance your infrastructure to support and grow with your largest customers, including tips on how to:
- Earn enterprise trust with robust infrastructure
- Give admins control over product usage
- Build data isolation into your architecture and
- Support customers by interconnecting their data

Sep 13, 2021
SaaStr 480: The Non-Obvious things about the Future of Fintech with Plaid COO Eric Sager and Kate Rooney, Technology Reporter at CNBC
22:39

The financial services industry – banking, lending, insurance – has long benefited from deep competitive moats that limited competition and stifled innovation. Now with digital finance, innovation is occurring at lightning speed. New developments are popping up so quickly that it's hard to keep track of what's out there, and what isn't. In this session, Eric Sager, COO of Plaid will make clear what digital finance has enabled thus far, and what else is to come.

Blog post + video: https://www.saastr.com/non-obvious-observations-about-the-future-of-fintech-with-plaid-coo-podcast-480-and-video/

 

 

 

Sep 09, 2021
SaaStr 479: Enterprise, SMB and Everything In Between: How to Build a Business that Scales With Your Customers with Zendesk's CTO
50:20

Enterprise players are not born overnight, and the march upmarket cannot come at the cost of the customers that helped get you there. Zendesk’s ability to balance Enterprise customer needs with SMBs has allowed it to thrive and become one of the very few SaaS companies to exceed $1B in annual revenue.

In this podcast, Adrian McDermott, Zendesk’s Chief Technology Officer, will explore the importance of balance in pursuing fast, sustainable growth. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/XQe6KI5aebc

 

Sep 06, 2021
SaaStr 478: How to Move Upmarket and Serve Multiple Customer Segments at the Same Time with Square's Global Head of Sales, Ashley Grech
24:40

Over the last decade, Square has introduced a variety of new hardware, software, and financial services offerings targeted at businesses of all sizes -- and yet, many still think of Square as only serving farmer markets and local coffee shops. In this session, you'll hear from Square's Global Head of Sales, Ashley Grech, on the challenges and learnings of Square’s work to move upmarket and serve multiple customer segments at once.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/moving-upmarket-and-serving-multiple-segments-with-square-global-head-of-sales-saastr-podcast-478-and-video/

 

 

Aug 27, 2021
SaaStr 477: The Top Interview Questions to Ask VP of Marketing Candidates with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
23:12

In today's SaaStr Insider episode, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares the Top 10 Interview Questions to Ask VP of Marketing Candidates

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/top-10-questions-to-ask-a-vp-of-marketing-in-an-interview/

Aug 25, 2021
SaaStr 476: The Secrets to Aligning Marketing and Revenue Strategies with Marqeta's CMO, Vidya Peters and Amy Chang, Board Member @ Marqeta, Disney, & P&G
21:33

Recently, Vidya ran both the marketing and revenue functions for Marqeta, during a critical time as the company prepped for an IPO. This podcast will discuss the nuances of building a cohesive marketing and revenue strategy and share advice for other organizations seeking to align these functions during a critical time of growth for their companies.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/secrets-to-aligning-marketing-revenue-strategy-with-marqeta-cmo-saastr-podcast-476-and-video/

 

 

Aug 18, 2021
SaaStr 475: 3 CEO Lessons in Scaling Enterprise CX with HubSpot's CEO Yamini Rangan
24:43

The role of Chief Customer Officer only continues to rise and become an integral role for scaling in the Cloud. As HubSpot's first Chief Customer Officer, and now CEO, Yamini Rangan shares her top lessons for focusing on the Enterprise customer experience and the different approaches required for the Enterprise customer journey.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/3-ceo-lessons-in-scaling-enterprise-cx-with-hubspots-ceo-saastr-podcast-475-and-video/

 

 

Aug 13, 2021
SaaStr 474: 10 Ways to Build a Moat in SaaS with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
22:53

In today's SaaStr Insider episode, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 10 ways to build a moat in SaaS.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/whats-your-moat/

 

Aug 11, 2021
SaaStr 473: Ringing the Bell on Competition with Chime's CEO Chris Britt and Satya Patel, Partner @ Homebrew
23:11

Chime wasn't the first digital bank, but it has become the largest one in the United States. In this episode, hear from Chris Britt, co-founder, and CEO, about Chime's journey in a highly competitive market and what it took to win.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/ringing-the-bell-on-competition-with-chime-ceo-chris-britt-and-satya-patel-homebrew/

 

Aug 04, 2021
SaaStr 472: 5 Tips to Reduce the Enterprise Sales Cycle with TripActions' General Manager, Michael Sindicich
22:39

In just 5 years, TripActions has grown to be a leader in the travel management space. Michael Sindicich, GM of TripActions Liquid, a new expense management platform, that serves companies including Lyft, Toast, and Zoom will explore sales tips, tricks, and his lessons learned.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-472-and-video-5-tips-to-reduce-the-enterprise-sales-cycle-with-tripactions/

 

Aug 02, 2021
SaaStr 471: SaaStr CEO & Founder, Jason Lemkin and Byron Deeter, Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, Discuss Why The Cloud is On Fire in 2021
34:21

A great deep dive on why the Cloud is on fire right now, and what it means for founders. Learn more at TheCloud100.com, a free digital event with the Top 100 private Cloud and SaaS companies on Aug 10!!

Video + notes: https://www.saastr.com/25-of-the-cloud-100-is-growing-100-at-100m-arr-woah/

 

Jul 28, 2021
SaaStr 470: PagerDuty's CMO and CPO Share How Product & Marketing Should Work Together
22:08

In today’s digital age, product management and marketing need to have an integrated and collaborative relationship. In this podcast, hear from PagerDuty CPO, Sean Scott, and CMO, Julie Herendeen, on how PagerDuty has embraced a product-led growth model and the success they’ve seen since doing so.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-470-and-video-how-product-marketing-should-work-together-with-pagerduty/

 

Jul 25, 2021
SaaStr 469: Workday's EVP Product on Fueling Product Innovation on the Path to $10B
21:21

Everyone loves a unicorn, but how do you keep innovation alive past the start-up phase? Pushing past the awkward “teen years” and igniting the next wave of growth means rethinking your culture, organizational structure, and innovation investments. Join Workday’s EVP of Product Pete Schlampp as he shares how he’s accelerating product innovation on the hunt to $10B.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-469-and-video-fueling-product-innovation-on-the-path-to-10-billion-with-workday/

 

Jul 18, 2021
SaaStr 468: Kevin Dorsey, VP of Inside Sales at PatientPop Shares the Cutting Edge Techniques for Building Trust in Today's Competitive Market
28:14

In today's SaaStr podcast, we present the Cutting Edge. Where SaaStr's own VP of Sales, Bryan Elsesser sits down with the best revenue leaders in SaaS to share cutting-edge tactics and strategies. In this episode, Kevin Dorsey, VP of Inside Sales at PatientPop shares how to build trust in today's competitive market.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/kevin-dorsey-patientpop-cutting-edge-sales/

 

Jul 14, 2021
SaaStr 467: ThoughtSpot CEO Sudheesh Nair on Bottom-Up vs. Top-Down Selling in the Enterprise
23:09

As the SaaS landscape becomes more and more crowded, companies must improve retention, and adding analytics is the key. In this session, ThoughtSpot CEO Sudheesh Nair shares how embedding modern, consumer-grade analytics delights customers and drives revenue.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-467-and-video-bottom-up-vs-top-down-selling-in-the-enterprise-with-thoughtspot/

 

Jul 12, 2021
SaaStr 466: SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin Shares 11 Simple Tips to Drive Down Churn 
22:41

In today's SaaStr insider episode, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin Shares 11 Simple Tips To Drive Down Churn.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/what-can-you-do-to-lower-your-customers-churn-rate/

 

Jul 07, 2021
SaaStr 465: The CIOs of SurveyMonkey and Okta Share Their Strategies for Embracing the Data Tsunami
22:03

The value of investing in technology has only been heightened throughout the past year. In this podcast, Okta CIO Alvina Antar and SurveyMonkey CIO Eric Johnson share how to best move your company forward and create new opportunities across the enterprise.

Jul 04, 2021
SaaStr 464: From Developer to Founder to CEO: Engineering to Enterprise with Elastic CEO Shay Banon
22:29

Hear from Elastic founder and CEO, Shay Banon, about his founder story and key takeaways he learned when growing Elastic from an open-source platform moderated from his living room to an $11B global enterprise. 

Jun 30, 2021
SaaStr 463: Atlassian Chief Revenue Officer Cameron Deatsch Shares 10 Learnings from Atlassian’s Unique Go-to-Market Model
27:15

20 years ago, Atlassian pioneered the direct-sales model in the B2B software space based on the belief that software should be bought, not sold. Join Cameron Deatsch, Atlassian’s Chief Revenue Officer, in conversation about the challenges and benefits of building a flywheel powered by word of mouth and amplified by data-driven touchpoints. 

Jun 28, 2021
SaaStr 462: Salesforce Service Cloud CEO, Clara Shih on How Customer Service Became Strategic Overnight
24:55

At her last startup, which she founded and scaled from $0 to $50M ARR, Clara Shih experienced first-hand the pain of a customer support issue costing her business one of their largest customers. Now as the CEO of Salesforce Service Cloud, she has vowed to help other organizations avoid these same mistakes.

Jun 23, 2021
SaaStr 461: SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, and Klaviyo CEO, Andrew Bialecki, on the $9.5B Revolution in eCommerce: Part Two
28:31

In part two of this series, Klaviyo CEO Andrew Bialecki discusses the nitty-gritty details of the journey from the company’s origins to its incredible $9.5 billion valuation.

Full video: https://youtu.be/zwzV0muXB64

 

Jun 18, 2021
SaaStr 460: SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, and Klaviyo  CEO, Andrew Bialecki, on the $9.5B Revolution in eCommerce: Part One
31:43

What does success look like for SaaS founders? Whatever the answer is, it rarely happens overnight. Meet Klaviyo –– a heavyweight industry player in the next generation of eCommerce and customer communication. In this podcast, Klaviyo CEO Andrew Bialecki discusses the nitty-gritty details of the journey from the company’s origins to its incredible $9.5 billion valuation.

Full video + episode notes: https://www.saastr.com/klaviyo-ecommerce-ceo-andrew-bialecki/

 

Jun 16, 2021
SaaStr 459: The Role of Partners in Scaling to $10B with ServiceNow
24:43

Join ServiceNow’s Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Lara Caimi, and VP of Strategic Operations for the Customer and Partner Organization, Aneesa Sayall, as they discuss how hitting the gas on how they deliver partners is fundamental to how ServiceNow scales to $10B and beyond.

Video + show notes: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-459-and-video-the-role-of-partners-to-scaling-to-15-billion-with-servicenow/

 

Jun 11, 2021
SaaStr 458: Qualtrics CEO Zig Serafin on Building the Foundation for High Growth and Scale
23:46

Zig Serafin, CEO @ Qualtrics shares his lessons in scaling with Julia Laroche, Correspondent @ Yahoo Finance. Hear how Zig focuses on building the right team, simplifies organizational design, and scales from the ground up.

Video and episode notes: https://www.saastr.com/qualtrics-ceo-zig-serafin-on-high-growth-and-scale/

 

Jun 09, 2021
SaaStr 457: Segment, 1Password, and Mediafly Share How to Build Your Ideal Customer Profile
23:13

In this episode, get ready to learn from Carilu Dietrich, Advisor at 1Password, Isabelle Papoulias, CMO of Mediafly and VP of Product Marketing and Demand Gen, Katrina Wong of Segment on both the importance and effective tactics in building the ideal customer profile.

Episode notes: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-457-and-video-building-your-ideal-customer-profile/

Full video: https://youtu.be/7dsouVBpYr8

 

 

Jun 04, 2021
SaaStr 456: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 5 Interesting Learnings with ServiceNow, Palantir, and Snowflake
29:25

In today's SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings from ServiceNow, Palantir, and Snowflake. 

Video and episode notes: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-with-servicenow-palantir-and-snowflake/

 

Jun 02, 2021
SaaStr 455: Building to $100M with Duo Security with Jeff Wiss, Head of Marketing, and Lisa Paul, VP of Customer Success
23:03

This dynamic duo from Duo Security share best practices on how they transformed the go-to-market motion by simplifying the customer experience to help build Duo Security to $100M ARR.

May 28, 2021
SaaStr 454: Auth0 CPO Shiven Ramji on What To Expect From a Great VP+ of Product
24:20

The VP of Product is a critical hire to drive the product strategy, road-mapping, and execution across the organization. Shiven Ramji, the Chief Product Officer at Auth0, has dedicated years to being a VP, Product himself and has hired and mentored others into this role. In this session, he will share tips on what to look for and expect out of a great VP+ of Product.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/9sT5wp_HUvo

Episode notes: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-454-and-video-what-to-expect-from-a-great-vp-of-product/

 

 

May 24, 2021
SaaStr 453: Harness CEO and Co-Founder Jyoti Bansal on Building a Second Unicorn, Lessons Learned the Next Time Around
24:37

Serial entrepreneur Jyoti Bansal founded AppDynamics, a company sold to Cisco in 2017 for $3.7 billion but didn't stop there. He went on to launch Harness which gained Unicorn status this year. Hear from Jyoti about the lessons he's learned from building not one but two unicorn companies.

Full video: https://youtu.be/LMAxG-ddDkU

Episode notes: https://www.saastr.com/harness-founder-jyoti-bansal-on-building-a-second-unicorn/

 

May 12, 2021
SaaStr 452: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 5 Interesting Learnings from Squarespace at $700M ARR
19:03

In today's SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings from Squarespace at $700M ARR.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-from-squarespace-at-700000000-in-arr/

 

May 07, 2021
SaaStr 451: Gorgias.io CEO Romain Lapeyre and Growth Ops Manager, Axelle Heems, Share How Leveraging Partnerships Can 2x Your Growth
22:31

Partnerships can fuel company growth. Co-founder and CEO of Gorgias.io, Romaine Lapeyre, and Axelle Heems, Growth Ops Manager at Gorgias will share how they built a partnership program that powered incredible growth for Gorgias.

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-leveraging-partnerships-can-double-your-saas-growth/

 

May 06, 2021
SaaStr 450: Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin on How to Hire Your First CRO
53:07

Sandi Lin, CEO of Skilljar, shares how she successfully hired her first CRO. Then we will take an inside-out view and hear from Kathy Lord, CRO of Skilljar, about being the first CRO and what it really means.

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-hire-your-first-chief-revenue-officer/

Apr 30, 2021
SaaStr 449: Notion CEO Ivan Zhao on Winning at Enterprise through Community Building
23:46

Two years ago, Notion was just 10 people building a product that had a few dozen diehard fans. In conversation with Hustle Crew's Abadesi Osunsade, Ivan will share how he thinks about community as one of Notion's unfair advantages, and why this has been a game-changer for the business.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/notion-saas-community-building/

Apr 28, 2021
SaaStr 448: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 5 Interesting Learnings from Slack at $1B
12:03

In today's SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings from Slack at $1B ARR.

Find notes for this episode on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-from-slack-at-1b-in-arr/

Apr 25, 2021
SaaStr 447: Asana Head of Experience, Beth Toland, on How to Make Customer Insights An Integral Part of Product Development
24:31

As Head of Experience Research at Asana, Beth Toland will share different ways to make customer insights a deep part of product development and strategy from ideation to delivery.

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/asana-product-development-strategy/

Apr 21, 2021
SaaStr 446: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 5 Interesting Learnings from UiPath at $600M ARR
18:12

In today's SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings from UiPath at $600m in ARR.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-from-uipath-at-600000000-in-arr/

Apr 18, 2021
SaaStr 445: Loom CEO Joe Thomas On How Speed & Simplicity Can Fuel Your Flywheel
28:23

In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, Joe Thomas, CEO of Loom, shares how a focus on user experience helped Loom build its flywheel and grow to 10 million users without paid marketing.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/loom-ceo-joe-thomas-on-how-speed-simplicity-can-fuel-your-flywheel/

Apr 14, 2021
SaaStr 444: Twilio CEO, Jeff Lawson, and SaaStr CEO, Jason Lemkin, Host a Deeper Dive on How to Collaborate with Developers
38:14

Jeff Lawson, Twilio CEO and the author of  “Ask Your Developer: How to Harness the Power of Software Developers and Win in the 21st Century,” shares secrets on bridging the gap between your technical team and leadership team to maximize success.

This episode is an excerpt of Jason and Jeff’s session from SaaStr Build. You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/WPvjG-44zJ4

Apr 09, 2021
SaaStr 443: Snowflake CMO Denise Persson's Guide to Taking Your Marketing to $100M
23:29

Denise Persson, the CMO of Snowflake, shares the five secrets to a winning marketing strategy to grow your company’s revenue and cement customer loyalty.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/building-your-marketing-to-100m-with-snowflake-cmo-denise-persson/

Apr 07, 2021
SaaStr 442: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 5 Interesting Learnings from MongoDB at $700M
15:18

In today's SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings from MongoDB as they accelerate past $700M ARR. 

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-from-mongodb-at-700000000-arr/

Apr 02, 2021
SaaStr 441: The Top 5 Mistakes Scaling with Monday.com with Co-Founders Roy Mann and Eran Zinman
17:55

Monday.com wasn't always worth billions. Its Co-Founders, Roy Mann and Eran Zinman share the top 5 things they'd repeat and the 5 they wish they'd done differently.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/top-5-dos-and-donts-of-scaling-with-monday-com/

Mar 31, 2021
SaaStr 440: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 8 Ways to Motivate Your Sales Team
11:34

In today's SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 8 Ways to Motivate the Sales Team After a Rough Quarter.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-do-you-motivate-your-sales-team-after-a-disastrous-month/

Mar 26, 2021
SaaStr 439: Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures Shares the 5 Metrics You Should Track to Maximize Your Company’s Valuation
22:50

In today's SaaStr podcast, Tomasz Tunguz, Managing Director at Redpoint Ventures shares the 5 metrics and benchmarks you should track to maximize your company’s valuation. 

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-metrics-you-should-track-to-maximize-your-companys-valuation/

Mar 24, 2021
SaaStr 438: Webflow CEO Vlad Magdalin on Building an Enduring Company, One Hard Lesson at a Time
27:45

Webflow, a no-code website builder, doubled its customer base last year, pushing the company's valuation to $2.1 billion. Webflow CEO Vlad Magdalin openly shares the struggles and triumphs they endured along the way to their success.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/webflow-ceo-vlad-magdalin-on-building-a-four-billion-dollar-company/

Mar 22, 2021
SaaStr 437: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin Shares 5 Interesting Learnings on Zoom at $4B
17:15

In today's SaaStr insider episode, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings about Zoom as they reach $4 billion.

 

Video + blog post (including full transcript): https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-437-5-interesting-learnings-on-zoom-at-4b-with-saastr-ceo-jason-lemkin/

Mar 19, 2021
SaaStr 436: The 2021 State of the Cloud with Bessemer Venture Partners
43:08

In today’s SaaStr podcast the team at Bessemer Venture Partners unveils the 2021 state of the cloud. Listen in as Byron Deeter, Elliott Robinson and Mary D’Onofrio share the latest trends and predictions for the cloud marketplace.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/state-of-the-cloud-2021-with-bessemer-venture-partners/

Mar 17, 2021
SaaStr 435: The Future of Sales Post-Covid with Sam Blond, Chief Revenue Officer @ Brex and Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder @ SaaStr
25:39

In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, chats with Sam Blond, Chief Revenue Officer at Brex. Together they discuss the future of SaaS sales and buying cycles in a post-covid marketplace.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/future-of-sales-post-covid-with-brex/

Mar 11, 2021
SaaStr 434: How to Build out a Sales Organization from 0 reps to 100 in 18 months with Flock Safety
36:22

In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, Garrett Langley, CEO @ Flock Safety and Alex Latraverse, VP Growth @ Flock Safety discuss How to Build out a Sales Organization from 0 reps to ~100 in 18 months.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/building-a-sales-organization-from-0-to-100-with-flock-safety/

Mar 05, 2021
SaaStr 433: What It Really Takes to Have Your Marketing Team Deliver Pipeline and Revenue with Latane Conant, CMO @ 6Sense
27:29

Is your marketing team struggling to deliver the right kind of prospects and accounts that actually convert into revenue for your company? In this episode of the SaaStr Podcast, Latane Conant, CMO at 6Sense shared her 6 steps for building marketing campaigns that deliver pipeline and revenue. 

This episode is an excerpt of Latané’s session from SaaStr University: Spring Semester conference. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/UW9fl1Z6Jac

Transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-433-with-6sense-cmo-latane-conant-what-it-really-takes-to-have-your-marketing-team-deliver-pipeline-and-revenue/

 

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Mar 04, 2021
SaaStr 432: 5 Interesting Learnings from Wix at $1B in ARR with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
10:54

In today's SaaStr insider episode, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin shares 5 interesting learnings about Wix as they cross $1 billion ARR.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-from-wix-at-1-billion-in-arr/

Feb 26, 2021
SaaStr 431: The Playbook to Boosting Net Retention Quickly with Tim Kopp, CEO and Executive Chairman @ Terminus
23:37

Want to accelerate your SaaS growth? Start by prioritizing your Net Revenue Retention (NRR). In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, Tim Kopp, the CEO of Terminus, shares his playbook for boosting net retention to fuel your business growth.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/the-playbook-to-boosting-net-retention-quickly-with-terminus/

Feb 25, 2021
SaaStr 430: The Secrets to $1B ARR and 100,000 Happy Customers with Brian Halligan, CEO and Co-Founder @ HubSpot, and Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder @ SaaStr
38:43

In today’s SaaStr insider episode, SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin catches up with Brian Halligan, CEO and Co-founder of HubSpot. Together they discuss: why partners are a moat, why HubSpot avoided going more enterprise, building vs. buying, and building an eco-system. 

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/brian-halligan-ceo-and-co-founder-at-hubspot-the-secrets-to-1b-arr-and-beyond/

Feb 19, 2021
SaaStr 429: The Current State of SaaS Companies, Subscriptions, and Retention in 2021 with Patrick Campbell, Founder & CEO @ ProfitWell
27:02

In this episode, ProfitWell Founder & CEO Patrick Campbell shares benchmarks from over 23,000 companies and offers a helpful framework to re-evaluate your retention strategy and increase your CLV (Customer Lifetime Value) between 10 and 60%.

This episode is an excerpt of Patrick’s session from SaaStr University: Spring Semester conference. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/-hybaFIV964

Transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-429-with-profitwell-founder-ceo-patrick-campbell-the-current-state-of-saas-companies-subscriptions-and-retention-in-2021/

 

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Feb 18, 2021
SaaStr 428: How to Execute a Winning Self-Service Strategy with Naomi Rozenfeld, VP of Revenue @ Wix Answers, and Amelia Ibarra, SVP & GM @ SaaStr 
44:15

In today's SaaStr insider episode, SaaStr SVP and GM, Amelia Ibarra sits down with Naomi Rozenfeld, VP of Revenue @ Wix Answers. Together they discuss how to execute a winning self-service strategy, including when to launch, cross-functional implications, and how to find the right balance between self-service and customer support.

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-execute-a-winning-self-service-strategy-with-wix-answers/

Feb 12, 2021
SaaStr 427: How to Build a Great Intern Program with Farhan Thawar, VP Engineering @ Shopify
25:13

Internships have sparked millions of successful careers, and they can be a valuable talent pool from which companies can eventually hire full-time employees. But it’s critical to build your internship program the right way. Farhan Thawar, the VP of Engineering at Shopify, has dedicated years to perfecting his internship program and shares his insider tips for launching a successful initiative of your own.

 

Video + blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-build-a-great-intern-program-from-scratch-with-shopify/

Feb 11, 2021
SaaStr 426: How to Market at Mass Scale, with Harry Stebbings and Ryan Bonnici, CMO @ Whereby
39:12

In today's SaaStr insider episode, Harry Stebbings sits down with Ryan Bonnici, Chief Marketing Officer at Whereby to chat about how to market at scale.

Together, they cover how to hire marketers at scale and how to use marketing to set your brand above the rest.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-market-at-mass-scale-with-whereby/

Feb 08, 2021
SaaStr 425: 5 Interesting Learnings from Atlassian at $2B in ARR with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
18:12

Atlassian has always done things a bit differently.  With a relatively small sales team and a huge investment in R&D since inception, Atlassian is proof that you can build a decacorn from anywhere.

Listen in to the 5 Interesting learnings we can take away from Atlassian at $2B in ARR.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-interesting-learnings-from-atlassian-at-2b-in-arr/

Feb 05, 2021
SaaStr 424: How To Raise Your Next Round. What It Takes to Really Raise Capital in 2021 with Christoph Janz, Co-Founder and Partner @ Point Nine Capital
26:47

Each year, Point 9 Capital surveys founders and investors to explore what it takes to raise capital for SaaS companies. In this episode, Christoph Janz, a Founding Partner at Point 9 Capital, gives his data-backed insight into what investors are looking for in the year ahead. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/what-it-takes-to-really-raise-capital-in-2021/

Feb 04, 2021
SaaStr 423: The Misunderstanding of Enterprise Marketing and What it Really Takes to Scale with Menaka Shroff, Director of Marketing @ Google 
21:53

When you’re ready to take your enterprise marketing to the next level, you may run into some common pitfalls that hinder optimal performance. In this episode, Menaka Shroff, the Director of Global Marketing at Google, shares her observations of the misunderstandings she has seen during her career and how to avoid them.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/7-common-enterprise-marketing-mistakes/

Feb 01, 2021
SaaStr 422: The Twists and Turns Along the Way to Building a Unicorn with SalesLoft CEO, Kyle Porter, and SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
56:26

After a newly minted $1.1B valuation, Kyle Porter, CEO of SalesLoft, sits down with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin to talk about the twists and turns along the way to building SalesLoft into the Unicorn it is today. From completely pivoting the product early on, to becoming an essential software tool for inside sales reps -- learn how SalesLoft landed some of the Cloud giants like Shopify, Google, and Slack as its customers, and what it takes to build a Unicorn company in today's changing market. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/salesloft-unicorn-valuation-story/

Jan 29, 2021
SaaStr 421: 11 tips to Build Stronger Relationships with Customers with Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
16:41

One of the easiest ways to consistently grow revenue is to make your customers happier. They buy more and churn less when you do. Here are 11 actionable steps and tips that always work in SaaS companies to drive NPS and happiness up from SaaStr CEO & Founder Jason Lemkin. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-do-you-build-strong-relationships-with-customers/

Jan 22, 2021
SaaStr 420: Mastering the Art and Science of Product-Led Growth with Mickey Alon, Founder, and CTO @ Gainsight PX and Ciara Peter, VP, Product @ Gainsight
26:03

Product-led growth is a disruptive go-to-market strategy adopted by the most successful companies in the subscription business, including Slack, Dropbox, Twilio, and Shopify. Drawing on his personal experience building innovative SaaS products, Mickey Alon, the creator of Gainsight PX, and Ciara Peter, VP Product at Gainsight, will cover the principles of Product-led growth strategy, how to build a product growth team, and how product teams can apply this strategy as part of their 2021 roadmap.

 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/mastering-the-art-and-science-of-product-led-growth-with-gainsight/

Jan 21, 2021
SaaStr 419: How To Collaborate, Manage & Work with Developers with Jeff Lawson, CEO and Co-Founder @ Twilio and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
53:19

At his core, Jeff Lawson is a software developer first, and a CEO second. He knows both sides of the executive & engineering equation intimately. He gets what goes on in a developer's brain and the detailed process of building software, but he understands that businesses are motivated to move quickly. And in turn, developers need to adapt.

An all-time SaaStr fan-favorite, Jeff recently chatted with SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin to discuss his thoughts on collaborating, managing, and working with developers.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-collaborate-manage-and-work-with-developers-featuring-jeff-lawson-twilio/

Jan 15, 2021
SaaStr 418: 10 Rules for Defining Churn with Andrea Webb, SVP of Customer Success & Retention @ Solarwinds, and Tim Willey, the SVP of Commercial Strategy & Operations @ ForgeRock
25:55

Reducing churn in SaaS, along with increasing new ARR is the backbone to growing your business. In this guide, Andrea Webb, the SVP of Customer Success & Retention at Solarwinds, and Tim Willey, the SVP of Commercial Strategy & Operations at ForgeRock, share their tips for understanding and combating churn. 

 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/10-rules-for-defining-churn-with-forgerock-and-solarwinds/

Jan 14, 2021
SaaStr 417: How Sales and Product Really Should Work Together with Javier Molina, VP, Corporate Sales, Americas @ MongoDB and Sahir Azam, Chief Product Officer @ MongoDB
54:45

In this episode, Sahir Azam, Chief Product Officer at MongoDB, and Javier Molina, SVP at MongoDB, share their journey to increasing company revenue through their cohesive sales and product relationship. When sales and product work together, amazing things happen.

 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-sales-and-product-really-should-work-together-with-javier-molina-vp-corporate-sales-americas-mongodb-and-sahir-azam-chief-product-officer-mongodb/

Jan 08, 2021
SaaStr 416: The Secret Sauce for Scaling to $1B with Sharon Prosser, VP, Global SMB GTM and Business Development @ Zendesk, and Astha Malik, VP, GTM Strategy, Planning and Enablement @ Zendesk
21:52

As your company grows, so does the focus on enterprise deals. Learn from Zendesk senior management about how to balance your needs and organization’s focus on enterprise wins to reach $1B in revenue without ever forgetting the importance of catering to your original customer base and extending those learnings into new market segments.

 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/the-secret-sauce-to-scaling-to-1b-with-zendesk/

Jan 07, 2021
SaaStr 415: Fighting Churn with Data featuring, Carl Gold, Chief Data Scientist @ Zuora 
45:12

Customer churn is the bane of online businesses, and data can help you understand the causes of churn and take action to reduce it. In this podcast, you'll discover powerful customer metrics that help your entire organization. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/fighting-churn-with-data-in-saas/

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Jan 01, 2021
SaaStr 414: How to Leverage the Cloud Giants to Scale to 100 Million ARR and Beyond with Snowflake, CrowdStrike, Sumo Logic, and Sapphire Ventures
25:50

To help revenue and sales leaders navigate and identify ways to leverage cloud marketplaces, join Sapphire Ventures, Snowflake, Sumo Logic, and Crowdstrike to understand: How to successfully sell enterprise software through the major cloud marketplaces, what investments and alignment you need at your company need to be successful transacting on cloud marketplaces, and how to cultivate and enable a successful co-sell relationship with cloud marketplaces.

 

Panel:

Colleen Kapase, VP of WW Partner & Alliances, Snowflake
Jessica Alexander, Senior Director Cloud Technology & OEM Partnerships, Crowdstrike
Jabari Norton, VP WW Partner and Alliances, Sumo Logic
Rico Mallozzi, Sr. Director of GTM Ops, Sapphire Ventures

 

This episode is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Scale. You can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/k4KEth7sNzw

Transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-414-how-to-leverage-the-cloud-giants-to-scale-to-100-million-arr-and-beyond/

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Dec 31, 2020
SaaStr 413: How to Build a Unicorn in 8 Simple Steps with Auren Hoffman, CEO @ SafeGraph
51:50

Join four-time Founder and CEO Auren Hoffman as he breaks down how businesses can become the right model for explosive growth, emulate their strategy, and join the path to Unicorn potential in eight simple, hand-made steps.

This episode is an excerpt of Auren’s session at SaaStr Scale. You can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/d6tnt2a12ZY

Transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-413-with-safegraph-ceo-auren-hoffman-how-to-build-a-unicorn-in-8-simple-steps/

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Dec 29, 2020
SaaStr 412: The Secrets to Turbocharging Sales in 2021 with Keyfactor, Checkout.com, Contentstack, and Insight Partners
29:40

2020 has been a wild ride, but Sales teams are still expected to deliver. Hear from 3 companies on how they delivered in a year riddled with challenges, and what those battle scars have taught them as they plan to turbocharge their sales in 2021. Walk away from this episode with the tactics and tips you and your Sales team need for the upcoming year.

Pablo Dominguez, Operating Partner, Insight Partners
Ellen Kindley, Chief Transformation Officer, Keyfactor
Brooke Treseder, SVP, Revenue Operations, Checkout.com
Gordana Vuckovic, EVP Global Sales & Partnerships, Contentstack

 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/the-secrets-to-turbo-charging-sales-in-2021/

Dec 24, 2020
SaaStr 411: Slack Chief Product Officer Tamar Yehoshua on Effective Product Design, Customer Development Processes and Evolving Management Philosophies
32:39

Tamar Yehoshua is the Chief Product Officer @ Slack, the company providing a place where people get work done, together. Prior to their direct listing in June 2019, Slack raised over $1.3Bn from the likes of Accel, Thrive, Softbank, Kleiner, IVP, T Rowe, GV, and a16z to name a few. As for Tamar, previously, Tamar was a Vice President at Google, holding product and engineering leadership roles on Google’s most important products, including Search, Identity, and Privacy. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Advertising Technologies at Amazon’s A9. If that was not enough Tamar is also on the board of 2 public companies in the form of Yext and ServiceNow.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Tamar made her way from Google and Amazon into the world of bottoms up SaaS with one of the leading companies of our generation, Slack?
  • What were Tamar’s biggest takeaways from her time with Amazon and Google? How did Jeff Bezos’ approach to “the customer” impact Tamar’s operating mindset? How does Tamar analyse customer responses to product changes? How important a role does the press play in customer’s responses? 
  • How does Tamar think about effective product design today? How does Tamar structure the customer development process? What questions does she ask? What is she looking for? Where do many people go wrong with customer discovery? What channels can teams put in place to have this real-time dialogue with their customers?        
  • How would Tamar describe her management philosophy today? What have been some of Tamar’s biggest lessons on giving effective feedback? How should it be structured? When should it be given? To what extent does Tamar agree with “radical candour”? Where do many go wrong in giving their feedback?

Tamar’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. The most challenging element of Tamar’s role with Slack?
  2. What would Tamar most like to change about the SaaS industry?
  3. What moment in Tamar’s life has served as an inflection point and changed the way she thinks? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-411-with-slack-chief-product-officer-tamar-yehoshua/

 

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Dec 22, 2020
SaaStr 410: 10x Your Organization's Performance with Todd McKinnon, CEO and Co-Founder @ Okta and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
52:55

In today's SaaStr insider episode SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin catches up with Todd McKinnon, CEO and co-founder of Okta. Together they discuss what it takes to build, maintain and grow a high-performance organization.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/10-learnings-from-talking-with-todd-mckinnon-ceo-of-okta/

Dec 20, 2020
SaaStr 409: Lessons in Scaling a Low Code Platform with Howie Liu, Co-Founder, and CEO @ Airtable
26:16

As one of the early champions of "low-code”, Howie Liu shares the lessons he's learned building and scaling a company in an entirely new category. He'll discuss how Airtable focuses on solving customers' increasingly complex needs, all with products that are easily adoptable.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/lessons-in-scaling-a-low-code-platform-with-airtable/

Dec 18, 2020
SaaStr 408: Going Long and the 20-year Journey of Being a CEO + Founder with Therese Tucker, CEO and Founder @ BlackLine and Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder @ SaaStr
41:49

SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin catches up with Therese Tucker, Founder, and CEO at BlackLine about her SaaS journey, going long and surviving black swan events.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/going-long-the-20-year-journey-of-being-a-ceo-founder-with-blackline/

Dec 11, 2020
SaaStr 407: The Secrets of Market Timing and How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time with Allen Gannett, Author of the Creative Curve
22:04

Trends are fleeting and hard to pin down. Or are they? Learn how you can leverage the science of trends and better understand market behavior. 

This episode is an excerpt of Allen’s session at SaaStr @ Home 2020. You can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/v1c08Ztdrss

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-407-with-the-creative-curve-author-allen-gannett-the-secrets-of-market-timing-and-how-to-develop-the-right-idea-at-the-right-time/

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Dec 10, 2020
SaaStr 406: Notion's Head of Customer Experience, Kate Taylor on How To Approach Delegation at Scale, How Leaders Can Truly Empower Their Team Members & The Role of Sales in a World of Product-Led Growth
29:33

Kate Taylor is Head of Customer Experience at Notion, one of the fastest-growing startups of the last 5 years with over $68M in funding from some of the best in the business including Index, Daniel Gross, Elad Gil, Lachy Groom, Josh Kopelman and Aydin Senkut to name a few. As for Kate, prior to making the move to Notion just last month, she spent an incredible 8 years at Dropbox including holding roles such as Head of Sales Development, North America and Director of Global SMB Revenue and Operations. Before Notion, Kate spent 2 years at Salesforce in the corporate sales and enterprise business units. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Kate made her way into the world of SaaS with Salesforce, how that led to her 8 year tenure at Dropbox before joining the breakout, Notion?
  • Why does Kate not believe that in startups you can “do it all”? How to discover the problems people care about? How to think through prioritisation of problems at the early stage? Where do many people make mistakes here?
  • How does Kate approach delegation at scale? When is the right time to start? How can founders let go and entrust others to do the role they have been doing? How can leaders build trust with the people they work with? How can leaders empower employees with act with conviction and invest in them?        
  • What is the role of sales in a product-led growth organisation? How can sales and product work effectively well together? Where do many mistakes happen in sales and product? How can product and marketing also collaborate productively? What can one do to shorten the feedback cycles as much as possible?

Kate’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Most challenging element of Kate’s role with Notion?
  2. What would Kate like to change about the world of SaaS?
  3. What does Kate know now that she wishes she had known from the beginning? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-406-with-notion-head-of-customer-experience-kate-taylor/

 

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Dec 08, 2020
SaaStr 405: 6 Learnings on Scaling to $100M ARR with Bernadette Nixon, CEO @ Algolia and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
39:27

In today's SaaStr insider episode SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin catches up with Bernadette Nixon CEO at Algolia and together they share 6 learnings on scaling to $100M ARR and what it really takes selling to customers small, medium and large.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/6-learnings-from-algolia-on-the-way-to-100000000-arr/

Dec 04, 2020
SaaStr 404: The Secrets To Managing in All Directions with Arquay Harris, Sr. Director Engineering @ Slack
27:57

The benefits of managing upwards and downwards are frequent management topics. However, managing sideways and inward are also important skills for a successful leader. Learn new ways to build strong teams by managing in all directions from Arquay Harris at Slack.

This episode is an excerpt of Arquay’s session at SaaStr @ Home 2020. You can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/q40RWMgZgIo

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-404-with-slack-sr-director-engineering-arquay-harris-the-secrets-to-managing-in-all-directions/

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Dec 03, 2020
SaaStr 403: Loom's VP Sales, Sam Taylor on Sales' Role in a Product-Led-Growth Organisation, How Sales Can Most Effectively Work With Marketing & When To Hire Your First Reps When Selling Bottoms Up
34:23

Sam Taylor is the VP of Sales and Success @ Loom, the startup that helps you get your message across by making it easy to record instantly shareable videos. To date, they have raised over $73M from some of the best in the business including Sequoia, Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst and Point Nine to name a few. As for Sam, prior to Loom, Sam spent over 4 years at Salesforce following their acquisition of Quip, a startup Salesforce acquired for $750M where Sam was also the 1st sales leader. Before Quip, Sam spent an incredible 3 years at Dropbox where he was the first enterprise sales rep in the entire company. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Sam made his way into the world of SaaS with Dropbox and how that led to his leading the sales and success team today @ Loom?
  • What was Sam’s biggest lesson from scaling the sales team at Dropbox? How did his 4 years at Salesforce change his operating mentality? Thinking of Dropbox, how does Sam justify the role of sales in a world of product-led growth? How do product and sales work together most efficiently? What can one do to structure that relationship?       
  • Does Sam agree that the founder is the one who has to create the sales playbook? When is the right time to hire the first sales rep? Should you hire 2 at a time? What does one look for in their first sales hire? What measurements should be used to determine their success? How does this change when selling to SMBs vs enterprise?      
  • How does Sam think about the relationship between sales and marketing? Are marketing becoming the new sales team with their content being used more and more in the sales funnel? How should the success of marketing be measured? Does it have to be tied to a number related to revenue?

Sam’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Biggest challenge of Sam’s role with Loom today?
  2. What would Sam most like to change in the world of SaaS?
  3. What is Sam’s biggest weakness as a sales leader? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-403-with-loom-vp-of-sales-sam-taylor/

 

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Dec 01, 2020
SaaStr 402: Customers Want Value + Simplicity: The Must Haves to Deliver with Marten Mickos, CEO @ HackerOne
48:33

Marten Mickos, CEO of HackerOne, explains their innovative approach of packaging customer value derived from a variety of activities into an annually recurring subscription offering that delivers outstanding value to customers while simplifying the buying process and the customer journey. 

This episode is an excerpt of Mårten’s session at SaaStr @ Home 2020. You can view the full video here: https://youtu.be/GAw4vKbMevk

Full transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-402-with-hackerone-ceo-marten-mickos-customers-want-value-simplicity-the-must-haves-to-deliver/

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If you don't have a SOC 2 report, you aren't going to be able to sell to major customers. Secureframe helps startups get and maintain software compliance in as little as two weeks. Join companies like Stream, Hasura, Benepass, and unlock more sales with Secureframe. SaaStr listeners get 10% off at secureframe.com/saastr.

 

 

Nov 30, 2020
SaaStr 401: The Secrets To Doing Freemium and Sales-Driven Sales at the Same Time with MixMax CEO, Olof Mathe
18:17

In this session, you will learn how to make the Freemium model work while also incorporating the traditional sales-driven strategy. Olof Mathe will share how the two strategies can blend together and specific lessons he has learned from his experience.

Full video: https://youtu.be/9dIaJpuBCU4

Transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-401-with-mixmax-ceo-olof-mathe-the-secrets-to-doing-freemium-and-sales-driven-sales-at-the-same-time/

 

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Nov 26, 2020
SaaStr 400: The Future of Digital Events with Ben Hindman, Co-Founder & CEO @ Splash and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
11:50

In today's SaaStr insider episode SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin catches up with Ben Hindman, Co-Founder & CEO at Splash to talk about the future of digital events.

This interview was part of Splash’s Boom, a video series about the innovation explosion in events and the tech stack.

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-400-with-splash-ceo-ben-hindman-and-saastr-ceo-jason-lemkin-the-future-of-digital-events/

Nov 21, 2020
SaaStr 399: Four Steps to Scaling to $250M, While Keeping Community at Your Center with Prashanth Chandrasekar, CEO @ Stack Overflow
26:35

Building the world's largest and most trusted software developer and technologist community and going from 0 to 120 million users happened rapidly for Stack Overflow. Hear four steps from its CEO, Prashanth Chandrasekar, on how your product-led startup can grow its community and its revenue.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/four-steps-to-scaling-to-250m-from-stack-overflow/

Nov 20, 2020
SaaStr 398: How To Price To Maximise For Upsell and Expansion, Why and When To Engage with Partner Programs & How To Correctly Segment Customer Profiles Most Efficiently with Rob Gonzalez, Founder & CMO @ Salsify
25:37

Rob Gonzalez is the Co-Founder & CMO @ Salsify, empowering brand manufacturers to deliver the product experiences consumers demand at every point in their buying journey. To date, Salsify has raised over $250M in funding from the likes of Venrock, Underscore, Warburg Pincus, Matrix Partners & Greenspring to name a few. As for Rob, prior to founding Salsify, he was the first-ever product manager at Cambridge Semantics and before that was a Senior Product Manager @ Endeca helping grow the company to it’s $Bn exit. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Rob made his way into the world of SaaS as a product manager and how that led to his founding Salsify over 8 years ago?
  • How does Rob think about the bundled vs unbundled thesis within SaaS? When is it right for SaaS companies to turn down potential customers? How can they do that the right way? What is the right way to think about customer segmentation? How should startups decide which customer segment to focus on?      
  • How should startups think about implementing partnerships? When is the right time? What is the right way to onboard them? How can they be trained in implementation efficiently? What does great change management look like to Rob? What does Rob believe are the biggest misconceptions around change management?       
  • How does Rob think through pricing today in a way that encourages land and expand? What can you do to make the land as frictionless as possible? What does it take to expand effectively? How does Rob think about usage vs seat-based pricing in SaaS? How should sales and marketing work together on pricing?

Rob’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Most challenging element of Rob’s role with Salsify?
  2. What would Rob most like to change in the world of SaaS today?
  3. What does Rob know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-398-with-salsify-co-founder-cmo-rob-gonzalez/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

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Rob Gonzalez

Nov 18, 2020
SaaStr 397: Going Upmarket and How Things Have Changed in a Decade, @ Trello, with Co-Founder Michael Pryor and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
54:07

In today's SaaStr insider episode SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin catches up with Michael Pryor, the Co-Founder of Trello to talk about going upmarket, and how things have changed in the last decade as Trello crosses 50M+ users. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/going-upmarket-and-how-things-have-changed-in-a-decade-at-trello-with-founder-michael-pryor/

Nov 14, 2020
SaaStr 396: Buying patterns in the Enterprise: CEOs and More- Who's Really Buying & Why with Godard Abel, Co-founder & CEO @ G2, Mike Weir, Chief Revenue Officer @ G2 and Samantha DeStefano, Vice President, Enterprise Sales @ UpWork
23:18

As digital business and collaboration models have been permanently accelerated by the events of 2020, our panel of SaaS experts discuss who's buying in the Enterprise, and how to drive conversions across multiple business functions.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/buying-patterns-in-the-enterprise/

Nov 12, 2020
SaaStr 395: Why Seat Based pricing Will Die and Volume Based Pricing Is Optimal, How To Structure Pipeline Meetings Most Effectively & How To Think Through Demand Gen Strategically with UserTesting CEO Andy MacMillan
46:36

Andy MacMillan is the CEO @ UserTesting, the company that provides real-time feedback, from real customers, wherever you work. To date, they have raised over $200M in funding from the likes of Accel, Greenspring, Openview and Insight to name a few. As for Andy, prior to UserTesting, he was the Chairman and CEO @ Act On Software and before that held several positions at Salesforce, including COO - Products Group. Before Salesforce Andy spent close to 5 years at Oracle as VP Product Management. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How did Andy make his way into the world of SaaS? How did he come to be CEO at the market leader, UserTesting?
  • Why does Andy think the seat-based pricing model in SaaS will die? What are the downsides of it? Why is volume-based pricing optimal? How does one instil volume based pricing without disincentivizing usage? How does Andy think about discounting? How does Andy view the importance of offering trials?       
  • What does it take to scale a sales team successfully? How can one determine a closer in the interview process? Should one hire sales reps 2x2? How does Andy think about hiring sales reps from adjacent companies and industries? How does Andy think about minimizing and optimising sales ramp times? How does Andy think about payback period?      
  • How does Andy structure the pipeline meetings? Who is invited? How are the meetings structured? How does Andy advise on the right segmentation of pipe? How does Andy evaluate the closability of the pipe? Where do many people go wrong in pipeline meetings? What have been his biggest lessons on running them successfully?

Andy’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. The hardest element of Andy’s role with UserTesting?
  2. What Andy would most like to change about the world of SaaS?
  3. The hardest role to hire for today and why? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-395-with-usertesting-ceo-andy-macmillan/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Andy MacMillan

Nov 10, 2020
SaaStr 394: How to Hack Venture Capital with Sunil Dhaliwal, GP @ Amplify Partners and and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
40:32

Where is Venture Capital today? And how do you hack it? SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, sits down with Sunil Dhaliwal, General Partner at Amplify Partners to discuss.

Full video: https://youtu.be/8w6K7slhLX4

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-394-with-sunil-dhaliwal-and-jason-lemkin/

Nov 06, 2020
SaaStr 393: 3 Secrets to Selling Up-Market with the Leaders of Fivetran, Stripe, and Docusign
25:29

The journey for a company to move upmarket can be daunting and varies widely depending on the internal and external factors that inspire a shift in go-to-market strategy. Join these incredible sales leaders are they share their experiences in the evolution from SMB to Enterprise.

Kelly Del Curto, Senior Director of Sales at Lever
Tammy Aguillon, Area Vice President, Commercial Sales at DocuSign
Kate Jensen, Head of Platform Sales at Stripe
Lauren Schwartz, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Fivetran

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-sell-upmarket-in-saas/

Nov 05, 2020
SaaStr 392: 10 Simple Steps To Help Any Sales Exec Close More with SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin
17:18

In today's SaaStr insider episode SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin shares 10 Simple Steps To Help Any Sales Exec Close More.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/10-simple-tips-to-help-any-account-executive-close-more/

Oct 30, 2020
SaaStr 391: The Secrets to Bootstrapping to $5M ARR in Less than a Year with Martha Bitar, CEO @ Flodesk
26:53

Learn how Flodesk bootstrapped to $5M in ARR by focusing on customer-driven growth: from kickstarting growth by empowering new customers to share, to creating product viral loops that amplify and optimize these customer-led funnels.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-bootstrap-to-5m-arr-in-less-than-a-year/

Oct 29, 2020
SaaStr 390: How To Crush It With Interactive Content, What Type, Where and When To Use It Most Efficiently and Where Many People Make Mistakes with Randy Rayess, Founder @ Outgrow
25:31

Randy Rayess is the Co-Founder @ Outgrow, a growth marketing platform that enables marketers to build interactive content/tools to increase customer engagement and boost demand generation. Prior to founding Outgrow, Randy co-founded VenturePact, an invite-only marketplace that connects companies with trusted software development firms. Before VenturePact Randy held roles at Ampush and then on the investor side at SilverLake. If that was not enough, Randy is also an investor having invested in the likes of SmartyPal, Nooch, Alie and AirCare Labs to name a few. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Randy made his way from the world of PE with SilverLake to changing the game of digital marketing with Outgrow?
  • What does interactive content mean? What are the most common forms? When should one start to use interactive content What resources and team does one need to engage with an interactive content strategy? Where do many people make mistakes with using interactive content?     
  • How should one think about idea generation for interactive content? How does one know what interactive content works best? How should we test it’s effectiveness? How should interactive content be promoted? Where should it be placed? How many text inputs is it optimal to request for?     
  • How does it convert more leads? How does Randy think about using interactive content to maximise sales rep efficiency? How should customer success engage with interactive content? What can be done to make the sales and customer success teamwork so well together?    

Randy’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. The hardest element of Randy’s role with Outgrow today?
  2. Hardest role to hire for today? Why?
  3. What would Randy most like to change about the world of SaaS?  

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-390-with-outgrow-co-founder-randy-rayess/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

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Randy Rayess

 

Oct 28, 2020
SaaStr 389: How To Really Disrupt the Big Guys With Free with Mikael Cho, CEO @ Unsplash and Kinsey Grant, Business Editor and Podcast Host @ Morning Brew
22:21

Mikael Cho, CEO of Unsplash shares his lessons learned from starting Unsplash as a side project and growing it to a market leader, and disrupting an industry of giants like Shutterstock, Getty, and Adobe Stock with a free business model.

Full video: https://youtu.be/t3nmvxlybJM

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-389-with-unsplash-ceo-mikael-cho-and-morning-brew-business-editor-kinsey-grant-how-to-really-disrupt-the-big-guys-with-free/

Oct 22, 2020
SaaStr 388: Okta CMO, Ryan Carlson on How To Measure Marketing Attribution Effectively, Why People Think About Category Creation Incorrectly Today & How You Have To Think Through The Product vs The Company Story
33:15

Ryan Carlson is the CMO @ Okta, the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. Prior to their incredibly successful IPO in April of 2017, they raised funding from some of the best in the business including Sequoia, a16z, Greylock, Khosla and Floodgate to name a few. As for Ryan, he has spent an incredible 9 years at Okta in numerous different roles starting with running the product marketing team before moving to run the marketing team, leading to his promotion to CMO close to 5 years ago now. Before Okta, Ryan was the Co-Founder and CEO @ Sproost, a bootstrapped online expert recommendation system. 

  In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Ryan made his way into the world of enterprise SaaS? Why was joining Okta the most challenging interview process he has experienced? How did it impact how he assesses candidates today?
  • How does Ryan distinguish between the company story vs the product story? When do they align and when do they separate? How should your strategy change as they move apart? How does the structure of your marketing team need to change with the evolution?     
  • What should the first marketing hire look like? What experience should they have? Why does Ryan believe you should hire two in marketing to start? How do you want them to work together? How does Ryan ensure cross-function working seamlessly from the very beginning with marketing?     
  • How does Ryan think about measuring success when it comes to product marketing? How does Ryan think about marketing attribution today? How should we think through SAL vs closed revenue as indicator of marketing success? Where does Ryan believe many go wrong with regards to marketing funnels?    

Ryan’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Ryan know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning?
  2. What makes Frederic Kerrest the special leader he is?
  3. What is the most challenging element of Ryan’s role with Okta?  

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-388-with-okta-cmo-ryan-carlson/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Ryan Carlson

Oct 20, 2020
SaaStr 387: Where Product Development is Going in 2021 with Nick Mehta, CEO @ Gainsight and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
23:47

In this CEO to CEO catch up, Nick Mehta and Jason Lemkin discuss how to do product extensions, how to sell a second product, and where product development overall is heading. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/saas-customers-have-never-been-happier-a-discussion-with-nick-mehta-ceo-of-gainsight/

Oct 16, 2020
SaaStr 386: How to Win When There are 1000 Players in Your Market with Adam Blitzer, EVP & GM @ Salesforce Digital Marketing Cloud
18:36

How do you compete in a tough marketplace with thousands of other competitors? Join Adam Blitzer as he shares insights from launching a company in an already crowded marketing automation space and zig-zagged the way to market leadership.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-to-win-with-1000-players-in-your-market/

Oct 15, 2020
SaaStr 385: How To Approach Core Product Decisions in SaaS, Why Storytelling is a Lost Art in SaaS & How Product and Marketing Can Work Together Most Efficiently with Paul Rosania, Founder & CEO @ Balsa
32:39

Paul Rosania is the Founder & CEO @ Balsa, the company that recognises that builders move the world forward and so they are building the best second screen for builders, integrating tools you already use like Jira, GitHub, and Figma. Coming out of stealth today with their seed round being led by Andrew Chen @ a16z and joined by former CPO @ Slack, April Underwood, Chapter One’s Jeff Morris Jr and then of course, 20VC Fund. Prior to founding Balsa, Paul was Senior Director of Product @ Slack and before Slack was a Group Product Manager @ Twitter where he was responsible for the home timeline, including timeline ranking.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Paul made his way into the world of startups with Twitter and Slack and how that led to his founding SaaS company, Balsa?
  • Paul was central in the decision-making around changing the Twitter timeline from chronological to ranked, how did he think about that decision? How does Paul approach such large product decisions today? What were his biggest operating takeaways from seeing the internal mechanics of Twitter & Slack?     
  • What does really effective product marketing mean to Paul? How does Paul think about driving really effective change management? When engaging with bottoms up sales models, where does Paul identify the tipping points of going from bottoms up to top down?     
  • Why does Paul believe that the builders are the new pro athletes? How will the structure of orgs change around them? How will the support they receive change? How will their training change? How will their comp change? How does on do this and not discourage other functions in the org?    

Paul’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Paul believe is the hardest role to hire for today?
  2. What would Paul most like to change about the world of SaaS today?
  3. What do the next 5 years hold for Paul and for Balsa?  

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-385-with-balsa-founder-ceo-paul-rosania/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Paul Rosania

 

Oct 14, 2020
SaaStr 384: When to Launch a Second Product with Dharmesh Shah CTO and Co-Founder @ Hubspot and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr
32:26

We caught up with one of the SaaStr community’s favorite speakers, Dharmesh Shah CTO and co-founder of Hubspot on lessons learnings launching a second product.  Hubspot recently expanded its Sales products and the learnings were top of mind.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/how-when-and-why-to-launch-a-second-product-a-deep-dive-with-dharmesh-shah-cto-hubspot/

Oct 09, 2020
SaaStr 383: Growing Product and Engineering Orgs from Zero to IPO with Nick Caldwell, VP of Engineering @ Twitter, and Tomasz Tunguz, Managing Director @ Redpoint Ventures
20:25

Nick Caldwell has built and grown product and engineering organizations at PowerBI (0 to 300 engineers), Reddit (500M MAU) and Looker ($2.7B sale to Google). Nick will share 5 big lessons he's learned along the way that you can use as you build your company's product and engineering functions from its earliest days to its largest successes.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/growing-product-and-engineering-orgs-from-zero-to-ipo-with-twitter-and-redpoint-ventures/

Oct 08, 2020
SaaStr 382: What's Next For B2B and Cloud Events in 2021 with Amelia Ibarra, SVP & GM @ SaaStr, and Alon Alroy, Co-Founder & CMO @ Bizzabo
28:15

In today's SaaStr Insider, SaaStr SVP & GM, Amelia Ibarra, sits down with Alon Alroy, Co-Founder & CMO at Bizzabo on What's Next For the Future of B2B Events. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/whats-next-for-b2b-saas-events-2021/

Oct 02, 2020
SaaStr 381: Churn is dead. Long Live Net Dollar Retention Rate with Dave Kellogg, Principal @ Kellogg Consulting
21:19

There are a lot of problems with calculating churn rates. Moreover, public companies don't generally release churn rates. Learn what they are and how to calculate them correctly.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/churn-is-dead/

Oct 01, 2020
SaaStr 380: How To Effectively Sell Into Mid-Market, Why SEO Is The Best Kept Secret In SaaS & How To Show Credibility To Enterprise Customers as a Startup
23:03

Ryan Sandler is the Co-Founder and CEO @ Truework, the company that gives employees control over employment, income and other identity data. To date, Ryan has raised over $44M with Truework from the likes of Sequoia, Khosla, Menlo and from the founders of companies such as Plaid, Seatgeek, Mino Games and Checkr. Prior to founding Truework, Ryan spent 3 years as a Senior Product Manager @ LinkedIn.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Ryan made his way from LinkedIn Product Manager to founding Sequoia backed Truework and changing the world of identity data?
  • Why does Ryan believe it is such an advantage to sell into mid-market? Where do most people go wrong here? How can startups show credibility to mid-market when they are so small? How can founders use case studies and references to build social credibility early on?     
  • What have Ryan’s lessons been when it comes to pricing? How does Ryan think about and approach discounting? How does Ryan feel about pilot plans? What elements can founders negotiate on to get the best pricing?    
  • Why does Ryan believe SEO is the best-kept secret in SaaS? How has Ryan structured his content and marketing team as a result? How can one automate as much of the content creation process as possible? How long should one expect in terms of lead times to see returns on the SEO strategy?    

Ryan’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Hardest element of Ryan’s role with Truework?
  2. What would Ryan most like to change about the world of SaaS?
  3. What does Ryan know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-380-with-truework-co-founder-and-ceo-ryan-sandler/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Ryan Sandler

Sep 29, 2020
SaaStr 379: The Top 10 Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring Their First Sales Team with SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin
16:18

From how many reps to hire, to compensation models, here are the top 10 mistakes founders make when hiring their first sales teams and how to avoid them. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/SrHKclELBEg

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-379-with-saastr-ceo-and-founder-jason-lemkin-the-top-10-mistakes-founders-make-when-hiring-their-first-sales-team/

 

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Sep 25, 2020
SaaStr 378: The 5 Things That Kill Startups After Their Seed Rounds and How to Avoid them with Michael Seibel, CEO @ Y Combinator
24:14

Investment can create more problems than it solves and founders may trick themselves into thinking they have product-market fit when they don't. Michael Seibel, CEO @ Y Combinator explores the top risks founders should be aware of after funding and his best tips to avoid them.

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-things-that-kill-startups-with-y-combinator/

Sep 24, 2020
SaaStr 377: Hashicorp CEO Dave McJannet on Scaling Remote Teams; What Breaks and When, How To Successfully Execute Multi-Product Strategies and How Leadership Style Evolves with Company Stage
29:47

Dave McJannet is the CEO @ Hashicorp, one of the fastest-growing enterprise companies of our time providing consistent workflows to provision, secure, connect and run any infrastructure for any application. To date, the company has raised $349M in funding from some of the best in the business including Bessemer, Redpoint, True Ventures, IVP, Mayfield, TCV and GGV to name a few. As for David, prior to Hashicorp, he held some incredible roles including VP Marketing at Github and Hortonworks, Senior Director of Product Marketing @ VMWare and then also spent over 5 years at Microsoft. 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-377-with-hashicorp-ceo-dave-mcjannet/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Sep 23, 2020
SaaStr 376: 10 Mistakes the CEO of ZoomInfo Made on His Journey to IPO with Henry Schuck, CEO @ ZoomInfo and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr (Part 2)
34:31

In part two, ZoomInfo founder and CEO Henry Schuck shares how he built a business from scratch and grew it into one of the most successful IPOs of the 21st century—and what it was really like...the good, the bad, and most of all, the ugly. He reflects on where he went wrong, what he would do differently, and how to avoid making the same mistakes he did.

This episode is an excerpt from Jason and Henry’s session at SaaStr Annual @ Home.

Full video: https://youtu.be/WKODWISCL7A

Transcript of this podcast: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-376-with-zoominfo-ceo-henry-schuck-10-mistakes-the-ceo-of-zoominfo-made-on-his-journey-to-ipo-part-2/

Part 1 of this interview can be found in episode 374.

Sep 18, 2020
SaaStr 375: What Being a Founder Taught Me About Leadership - Lessons from GitHub’s COO, Erica Brescia
25:59

GitHub’s COO, Erica Brescia, shares her experiences and lessons learned from her former life on the front lines of being a co-founder of her own company, and how those lessons apply to her current position overseeing operations for GitHub. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/5-leadership-lessons-everyone-needs-right-now-from-github-coo-erica-brescia/

Sep 17, 2020
SaaStr 374: 10 Mistakes the CEO of ZoomInfo Made on His Journey to IPO with Henry Schuck, CEO @ ZoomInfo and Jason Lemkin, CEO @ SaaStr (Part 1)
30:07

ZoomInfo founder and CEO Henry Schuck shares how he built a business from scratch and grew it into one of the most successful IPOs of the 21st century—and what it was really like...the good, the bad, and most of all, the ugly. He reflects on where he went wrong, what he would do differently, and how to avoid making the same mistakes he did.

This episode is an excerpt from Jason and Henry’s session at SaaStr Annual @ Home. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/WKODWISCL7A

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-byron-deeter-elliott-robinson-henry-schuck-and-jason-lemkin/

Sep 11, 2020
SaaStr 373: The State of the Cloud 2020, The COVID Beneficiaries Edition with Byron Deeter and Elliott Robinson of Bessemer Venture Partners
24:50

Bessemer's 5th Annual State of the Cloud Report returns for a definitive look at the cloud industry today. Byron Deeter and Elliott Robinson, partners at Bessemer Venture Partners, offer macro trends in the public and private cloud markets, strategic advice to cloud founders, and insights into why entrepreneurs should feel auspicious about the future.

This episode is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Annual @ Home. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/WrGhD0qaIow

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-byron-deeter-elliott-robinson-henry-schuck-and-jason-lemkin/

Sep 10, 2020
SaaStr 372: Sales Kick-Off Week: How To Prepare, How To Structure, How To Organise Content, How To Keep Teams Engaged with Latane Conant, CMO @ 6Sense
27:55

Latane Conant is the Chief Marketing Officer at 6Sense, the company that allows you to achieve predictable revenue growth by identifying accounts looking for your solution, prioritise efforts and then engage the right way. To date, the company has raised $120M in financing from Battery Ventures, Insight, Venrock, Costanoa, Bain Capital and Salesforce Ventures to name a few. As for Latane, before 6Sense she was CMO and sales leader at Appirio where she drove 5X more effective field marketing programs and an increase in inbound leads by 300%. If that was not enough, Latane is also on the Advisory Boards of both Mediafly and Atrium. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How did Latane make her way into the world of SaaS and come to be the rockstar CMO and ABM thought leader she is today with 6Sense?
  • What does the preparation process look like pre-sales kick off week? What is involved? Who is involved? What needs to be ready? How does Latane feel about putting comp plans as part of the week?     
  • How important is a theme to having an engaging week of content? What can teams do to bring their themes to life? How does Latane advise others when it comes to keeping the content fresh and exciting?  
  • What is the right way to end the week? What are the right follow up steps to take? Where do many people go wrong here?    

Latane’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Hardest element of Latane’s role today with 6Sense?
  2. What would Latane most like to change about the world of SaaS?
  3. What does Latane believe that most around her disbelieve? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-372-with-6sense-cmo-latane-conant/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Latane Conant

Sep 08, 2020
SaaStr 371: Learning from the Lows, How Mailchimp Navigated Economic Uncertainty with Ben Chestnut, CEO @ Mailchimp and Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder @ SaaStr
24:26

It’s no secret that businesses today are struggling with an unpredictable economy. In this session, Mailchimp Co-founder and CEO Ben Chestnut will share the story of Mailchimp’s founding amidst—and despite—the dot-com bubble burst, and how the company navigated a number of inflection points in the first 10 years of its founding. 

This episode is an excerpt from Jason and Ben’s session at SaaStr Annual @ Home.

Full video: https://youtu.be/LfLZzakn2r0

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-jennifer-tejada-ben-chestnut-and-jason-lemkin/

Sep 04, 2020
SaaStr 370: Automation, The Digital Transformation Accelerator with Jennifer Tejada, CEO @ PagerDuty
21:07

As organizations race to achieve relevance and a competitive edge in the digital era, automation is fueling the fight. Join PagerDuty’s CEO, Jennifer Tejada, as she discusses the need for agility and innovation and how automation is aiding adaptability and allowing enterprises to surge ahead.

This episode is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/7mHQotsErWc

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-jennifer-tejada-ben-chestnut-and-jason-lemkin/

Sep 04, 2020
SaaStr 369: How to Hire an A-Player VP Sales and Scale Your Team with SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin and the Co-founder and CEO of HireSweet, Robin Choy
34:29

In today’s SaaStr Insider episode, SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin and the Co-founder and CEO of HireSweet, Robin Choy, share their experiences building and scaling their companies.

Today's SaaStr insider originally aired on A-Players, a new podcast that teaches you how to hire, retain, and train top performers for your team! You can listen to A-Players on Anchor.fm, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-scott-belsky-robin-choy-and-jason-lemkin/

 

Aug 28, 2020
SaaStr 368: 5 Insights for Consumerization of the Enterprise with Scott Belsky, CPO and EVP @ Adobe Creative Cloud
25:46

Success in the Enterprise means ensuring consumerization is a part of your strategy. Scott Belsky, CPO, EVP of Creative Cloud at Adobe will explore key tactics to focus on the user experience.

This episode is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise.

Full video: https://youtu.be/FPMKXanghWM

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-scott-belsky-robin-choy-and-jason-lemkin/

Aug 27, 2020
SaaStr 367: Zoom's Head of Global Sales Operations on Sales Ops vs Revenue Ops, The Biggest Areas of Operational and Strategic Debt for Sales Teams Today & The Importance of Documentation and The Dangers of Dirty Data
34:59

Hilary Headlee is Head of Global Sales Operations and Enablement @ Zoom. Prior to joining Zoom, Hilary was VP of Global Sales Operations and Productivity @ MindBody and before that enjoyed similar roles with Alteryx, Invoca and Lynda.com. At Lynda.com, Hilary grew the support teams from 6 to 60 people and supported more than 60 net new reps in just 3 years. If that was not enough, Hilary is also a Limited Partner in Stage 2 Capital, the venture firm focused purely on go-to-market. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How did Hilary make her way into the world of SaaS and come to be the sales leader she is today with the global communications leader, Zoom?
  • When thinking about sales ops vs revenue ops, what are the 4 key points to consider for founders? How does lead management and onboarding alter the question of sales ops vs revenue ops? Where does Hilary see operational debt the most? How does she advise founders on removing it?    
  • Given the broad scope of sales ops and engagement, is it not just rebalancing culture, comms and change? As a business scales does there not come a time where it unbundles and scales out of sales vs revenue ops? How do the roles change with time and scale? Where do the breakpoints occur? 
  • Why does Hilary believe documentation is so important today? What is the toolset Hilary uses for documentation? How does Hilary train her team around the right strategy to document their processes? Where do many go wrong here? Where can you pick up small wins?   

Hilary’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the hardest element of Hilary’s role today with Zoom?
  2. What would Hilary most like to change in the world of SaaS today? 
  3. What does Hilary believe that most around him disbelieve? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-367-with-zoom-head-of-global-sales-operations-and-enablement-hilary-headlee/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Aug 26, 2020
SaaStr 366: Digital Transformation At Warp Speed with Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder @ SaaStr, and Aaron Levie, CEO, Co-founder and Chairman @ Box
52:06

The buzz that accompanies digital transformation trends is infinite. Cut through the noise with Aaron Levie, CEO of Box and Jason Lemkin, CEO & Co-founder of SaaStr as they share insights on what will make a lasting impact and what may fail to materialize in the future of work.

This episode is an excerpt from Jason and Aaron’s session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise.

Full video: https://youtu.be/vBQR7G6YHFQ

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-justin-bedecarre-jen-nguyen-jason-lemkin-and-aaron-levie/

Aug 21, 2020
SaaStr 365: The Office of the Future, How Everything's Changed and What 2021 Will be Like with Justin Bedecarre, CEO @ HelloOffice and Jen Nguyen, Founding Partner @ TEAMWERC
21:21

Centralized HQs with all the perks and amenities “under one roof” have traditionally been used as recruiting tools to attract and retain top talent. In this episode, Justin and Jen discuss what the Office of the Future will be like. 

This episode is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/dT04zc22ZH4

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-justin-bedecarre-jen-nguyen-jason-lemkin-and-aaron-levie/

Aug 20, 2020
SaaStr 364: Figma's Head of Sales, Kyle Parrish on Why Scaling From 0-1 In Sales Is So Damn Hard, The Biggest Lesson From Moving Sales Outside Core HQ & How To Create A Performance Led Culture
38:22

Kyle Parrish is the Head of Sales @ Figma, the company that helps teams create, test and ship better designs from start to finish. To date the company has raised over $132M in financing from some of the best in the business including Sequoia, a16z, Index, Greylock and Kleiner Perkins to name a few. As for Kyle, prior to Figma he spent over 5 years at Dropbox achieving some incredible milestones including launching and scaling the Austin, Texas office from 3 to 80 people and being responsible for growing Dropbox’s leading partner ecosystem. Before Figma, Kyle spent close to 3 years as an Account Executive at ADP. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Kyle made his way into the world of SaaS and sales and came to be Head of Sales at one of the fastest-growing companies in Figma?
  • Kyle was in charge of creating the Austin, Texas sales team @ Dropbox, what were some of his biggest lessons when it comes to moving sales outside of HQ? What worked? What did not work? At what stage does culture and process really start to break?    
  • Why is it so hard moving from 0-1 in sales? How does Kyle advise founders when it comes to making your first sales hire? Does Kyle agree that it has to be the founder who develops the sales playbook? How does one create sales targets that are both ambitious but also achievable? What is the balance? 
  • What does it take to create a performance led sales culture? Where do many people go wrong here? How is the best way for sales and product to work together? What can one do to proactively make those discussions with sales and product both frequent and productive?   

Kyle’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the hardest element of Kyle’s role today with Figma?
  2. What would Kyle most like to change in the world of SaaS today? 
  3. What does Kyle believe that most around him disbelieve? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-364-with-figma-head-of-sales-kyle-parrish/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Kyle Parrish

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Aug 18, 2020
SaaStr 363: How to Make 1,000,000 Customers Happy with Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder @ SaaStr, and Loren Padelford, General Manager @ Shopify Plus
49:06

Small, Medium, or Enterprise, SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin sits down with Shopify Plus GM, Loren Padelford, to discuss how to keep your customers happy at all stages.

This episode is an excerpt from Jason and Loren’s session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise.

Full video: https://youtu.be/kQPjPiVbcqk

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-bernadette-nixon-jay-snyder-nick-mehta-loren-padelford-and-jason-lemkin/

Aug 14, 2020
SaaStr 362: The Future of the Customer with Bernadette Nixon, CEO @ Algolia, Jay Snyder, Chief Customer Officer @ New Relic, and Nick Mehta, CEO @ Gainsight
24:59

Customers' expectations are higher than ever with more access to information and options. This dynamic trio of SaaS experts share how to stay customer-centric and set yourself apart in today's rapidly changing environment.

This episode is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/DNMId8gYj80

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-bernadette-nixon-jay-snyder-nick-mehta-loren-padelford-and-jason-lemkin/

Aug 13, 2020
SaaStr 361: The 4 Phases of Company Growth & What Breaks At Each Stage, How To Instill Process with Scale Without Adding Barriers and What Great Change Management in a COVID World Looks Like with Lara Caimi, Chief Customer and Partner Officer @ ServiceNow
31:47

Lara Caimi is the Chief Customer and Partner Officer @ ServiceNow, the company that allows you the power to make work, work better. Prior to their IPO, ServiceNow raised funding from some of the best in the business including Sequoia Capital and Greylock. As for Lara, she joined ServiceNow in 2017 and spent 3 years as Chief Strategy Officer before assuming her current role just this month. Before ServiceNow Lara spent an incredible 17 years at Bain & Co across a variety of different projects and roles.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Lara made her way into the world of ServiceNow and SaaS having spent an incredible 17 years at Bain & Co?
  • What does the role of Chief Strategy Officer really entail? How did the role change in Lara’s 3 years in the position? What is the optimal relationship between the Chief Strategy Officer and the CEO? How does Lara advise founders on when to hire their Chief Customer Officer?  
  • How does Lara see the 4 phases of startup growth? What are the most challenging elements within each? How does one instil process and discipline without losing agility and speed? How does one set targets that are a stretch but also not a stretch too far? What is the right balance? 
  • How does Lara think about what great change management looks like today? How does that change in a COVID world? How does Lara approach the right way to address enterprise customer communications? Why has that been made easier in COVID times?  

Lara’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What would Lara most like to change in the world of SaaS today?
  2. What is the hardest element of Lara’s role with ServiceNow today?
  3. The biggest surprise for Lara internally since the start of COVID? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-361-with-servicenow-chief-customer-and-partner-officer-lara-caimi/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

The future of work is here and digital automation is now essential for today’s workforce. Tools have improved, but companies are STILL using outdated and manual processes to conduct business. Enter Pipefy. Pipefy is a workflow management software that makes business processes such as purchasing, onboarding, and recruiting—hassle-free, so requesters, processors and managers are more efficient. Pipefy seamlessly integrates with other tools in your toolchain to ensure a completely automated experience with a low to no code implementation. Dispersed or remote team members? NO PROBLEM! Pipefy can automate your requests from anywhere. Scroll over to pipefy.com/saastr to try it out and get 10% off your first 3 months. Empower your teams everywhere with Pipefy.

Aug 10, 2020
SaaStr 360: What’s Changed Since March 15 The Cloud at Hyperspeed. The World in Flux with Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder of SaaStr, and Rob Bernshteyn, CEO and Founder of Coupa
51:53

Digital transformation marks a radical rethinking of how companies use tech, people, and operations to fundamentally change their business performance. Coupa CEO, Rob Bernshteyn, and SaaStr CEO, Jason Lemkin, will discuss how the Cloud has changed in 2020.

This episode is an excerpt from Jason and Rob’s session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise.

Full video: https://youtu.be/t9sSY6owgTo

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-matt-garratt-trisha-price-david-schmaier-rob-bernshteyn-and-jason-lemkin/

Aug 07, 2020
SaaStr 359: The Secrets to Vertical Growth, What it Really Takes to Build a $1B SaaS Company with Matt Garratt, SVP, Managing Partner @ Salesforce Ventures, Trisha Price, Chief Product Officer @ nCino and David Schmaier, CEO & Founder @ Vlocity
23:53

From strategies in recruitment and team building to sales tactics, these leaders from Salesforce, nCino, and Vlocity, will discuss the top tips for moving beyond horizontal SaaS and building a billion-dollar SaaS company.

Matt Garratt, SVP, Managing Partner, Salesforce Ventures

Trisha Price, Chief Product Officer, nCino

David Schmaier, CEO & Founder, Vlocity

This episode is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Summit: Enterprise.

Full video: https://youtu.be/ZxmCVOTW1lQ

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-matt-garratt-trisha-price-david-schmaier-rob-bernshteyn-and-jason-lemkin/

Aug 06, 2020
SaaStr 358: Why Ignoring Customer Feedback Can Be Critical To Success, Why Founders Need To Change The Way They Think About LTV and How To Create a Pricing Model That Aligns Your Success To Your Customer's with Chen Amit, Founder & CEO @ Tipalti
36:09

Chen Amit is the Founder & CEO @ Tipalti, the only global payable automation platform that scales with you and now remitting $5Bn annually across 3M suppliers. To date, Chen has raised over $146M with Tipalti from the likes of Oren Zeev, Dan Rose, Mike Chalfen and then Greenspring, Truebridge and 01 Advisors to name a few. Previously, Chen was CEO of Atrica, acquired by Nokia-Siemens. He also was co-founder and CEO of Verix. At ECI Telecom, Chen founded its ADSL business unit and led it from inception to $100 million in annual sales. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Chen made his way into the world of SaaS and came to found the leader in account payables with Tipalti?
  • Why does Chen believe so much of his success is derived from saying no to customers? How does Chen determine which customer feedback to ingest vs to reject? If rejected, how can startups do this in a polite and respectful way? How can startups give the appearance of a large company to enterprises?   
  • Given the infinite supply of capital, how does Chen think about unit economics? How does Chen think the right way to calculate LTV is? Where do many go wrong? What can we learn from Amazon when it comes to LTV? How does Chen advise founders to think about annual dollar churn? 
  • How does Chen think about optimising pricing models today? How can SaaS companies have variable pricing mechanisms without disincentivizing usage? How does Chen think about aligning revenue scale to your customers? How can this be done? What are the benefits?  

Chen’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the hardest element of Chen’s role today with Tipalti?
  2. What would Chen most like to change in the world of SaaS today? 
  3. What does Chen believe that most around him disbelieve? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-358-with-tipalti-founder-ceo-chen-amit/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

The future of work is here and digital automation is now essential for today’s workforce. Tools have improved, but companies are STILL using outdated and manual processes to conduct business. Enter Pipefy. Pipefy is a workflow management software that makes business processes such as purchasing, onboarding, and recruiting—hassle-free, so requesters, processors and managers are more efficient. Pipefy seamlessly integrates with other tools in your toolchain to ensure a completely automated experience with a low to no code implementation. Dispersed or remote team members? NO PROBLEM! Pipefy can automate your requests from anywhere. Scroll over to pipefy.com/saastr to try it out and get 10% off your first 3 months. Empower your teams everywhere with Pipefy.

Aug 03, 2020
SaaStr 357: Busting the Myths About Startup Success with Therese Tucker, CEO and Founder of BlackLine
21:32

Therese Tucker breaks through the dogma behind what it takes to build a successful tech company. With stories based on the founding of BlackLine — to the company’s successful IPO – you’ll learn the most common myths behind success and why they may be holding you back.

This episode is an excerpt from Therese’s session at SaaStr Annual 2018. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/fKptGJZcfFk

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-357-with-blackline-ceo-founder-therese-tucker-busting-the-myths-about-startup-success/

Jul 30, 2020
SaaStr 356: When To Hire Your First Sales Reps, What To Look For In Those Hires, What Good Sales Rep Onboarding Looks Like, Leading Indicators of Sales Rep Success and more with Pete Kazanjy, Co-Founder @ Atrium
41:36

Pete Kazanjy is the Co-Founder @ Atrium, the startup providing proactive, always-on insights for sales operations, managers, and leaders. Stop asking questions. Start getting answers. Alongside Atrium, Pete is also the Founder of Modern Sales Pros, a community of 15,000 focused on sales operations and sales management. Pete is also the author of Founding Sales, the canonical writing on early-stage startup sales. Prior to founding Atrium, Pete founded TalentBin, culminating in their exit to Monster Worldwide in February 2014. Finally, before TalentBin, Pete founded Honestly.com building the world's first professional reputation clearinghouse and raising funding from CRV and First Round in the process. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Pete made his way into the world of SaaS and how he came to be one of the leading figures on sales operations and management that he is today?
  • Why do founders have to sell the product themselves at the start? When is the right time to hire their first sales reps? What profiles should founders look for in these first reps? What are the most common mistakes founders make when hiring their first reps? How should they structure their comp plans?   
  • How do the best onboard their sales reps? What can be done to minimise ramp time of new reps? How is the documentation used most effectively? How can sales calls be used for new rep onboarding? How does Pete think about optimising payback period on a per rep basis? 
  • What are the leading indicators that a sales rep is successful? What are the core metrics founders should measure to determine the effectiveness of their reps and sales teams? How does this differ between SMB and enterprise? What are the challenges with enterprise given the long sales cycles? 

Pete’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Hardest element of Pete’s role today with Atrium?
  2. What would Pete most like to change in the world of SaaS?
  3. What sales leader does Pete most respect and why?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-356-with-atrium-co-founder-pete-kazanjy/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Pete Kazanjy

Jul 28, 2020
SaaStr 355: The PPP You Really Need for Raising Capital During a Pandemic with Satya Patel, Partner at Homebrew
21:50

Despite the global pandemic, seed investing remains hyperactive amongst VCs. Satya Patel of Homebrew shares his expert advice on how to raise seed capital in 2020. 

This episode is an excerpt from Satya’s session at SaaStr Summit: The New New in Venture. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/xXNLUKzcESg

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-355-with-homebrew-partner-satya-patel-the-ppp-you-really-need-for-raising-capital-during-a-pandemic/

Jul 23, 2020
SaaStr 354: 10 Things I Wish My Board and Investors Had Told Me with Jason Lemkin, CEO, and Founder of SaaStr
19:28

Whether you've just raised your first round or are in hypergrowth mode, here are the 10 things SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin, wishes his board and investors had told him. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/10-things-wish-board-vcs-told/

Jul 17, 2020
SaaStr 353: Unicorns and Decacorns in 2020: What's Changed and What Hasn't with Keith Rabois, General Partner at Founders Fund and Jason Lemkin, CEO, and Founder of SaaStr
28:04

Keith Rabois (Paypal, Linkedin, Square) and SaaStr Founder Jason Lemkin talk about the landscape of SaaS & Cloud fundraising and valuation in 2020. 

This episode is an excerpt from Keith and Jason’s session at SaaStr Summit: The New New in Venture.

Full video: https://youtu.be/KxTZfx_QpjY

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-keith-rabois-and-jason-lemkin/

Jul 16, 2020
SaaStr 352: SaaS Decacorns and The Covid Beneficiaries with SaaStr CEO and Founder Jason Lemkin
14:22

Decacorns ($10B+ valuation) are everywhere in SaaS, despite the downturn.  SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin discusses what the new landscape of SaaS means for you in 2020. 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-chris-oneill-and-jason-lemkin/

Jul 10, 2020
SaaStr 351: How to Adjust your Sails to Navigate Today’s Choppy Waters with Chris O'Neill, Partner at Portag3 Ventures
23:15

Chris O'Neill (Google, Evernote) shares his lessons from previous downturns and how to chart a new course for growth in today's changing market.

This episode is an excerpt from Chris’s session at SaaStr Summit: The New New in Venture.  

Full video: https://youtu.be/ZYdcMpAFQas

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-chris-oneill-and-jason-lemkin/

Jul 09, 2020
SaaStr 350: Scaling SaaS To Well Over $1M ARR with No Funding, How Being A Sommelier Helped Neha Break The Glass Ceiling of Business & How to Successfully Scale Remote Teams Efficiently
35:49

Neha Sampat is the Founder and CEO @ Contentstack, a modern content management system bringing business and tech teams together to deliver personalised, omnichannel experiences. Atypical in our world, but Neha scaled the business to well over $1M in ARR before raising funding. Now Neha has raised over $31M from the likes of Insight Partners and Illuminate. Prior to Contentstack, Neha was the Founder and CEO @ Built.io and before that spent 10 years as the Founder and CEO @ Raw Engineering, building a leading digital transformation consultancy.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How did Neha make her way into the world of SaaS and content management systems having previously built a digital transformation agency?
  • How the heck did Neha scaled Contentstack to over $1M in ARR without raising capital, whilst being based in the Bay? What were the signals that made Neha realise she had a scalable software business? What did Neha look for in her first seed round investors? How did that profile change when she went out to raise the Series A?  
  • How has being a sommelier helped Neha break the glass ceiling of business? What are some lessons Neha has learned in terms of build true and genuine relationships with customers beyond the transaction? What are the counter-intuitive strategies Neha has found works when it comes to motivating remote teams?
  • Why did Neha decide to build out so much of the tech team well outside of the Bay in a town outside of Mumbai? Does Neha believe the future of tech is in the valley or decentralised?  

Neha’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Neha’s biggest strength and biggest weakness as a leader?
  2. What does Neha believe that many around her do not?
  3. The biggest obstacle to the success Neha has achieved?

 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-350-with-contentstack-founder-ceo-neha-sampat/

 

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Neha Sampat

Jul 06, 2020
SaaStr 349: How to Turn Your SaaS Startup Into an Army with David Sacks, General Partner at Craft Ventures
28:36

Startups can get messy. Especially in growth. David Sacks (Yammer, PayPal) shares how to navigate from 50-500 employees.

This episode is an excerpt from David’s session at SaaStr Summit: The New New in Venture. 

Full video: https://youtu.be/G0sMviH3G24

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-349-with-craft-ventures-general-partner-david-sacks-how-to-turn-your-saas-startup-into-an-army/

Jul 02, 2020
SaaStr 348: How To Align Your Pricing To The Success of Your Customers, What Does Great Change Management Look Like and The Right Balance Between Software vs Services Revenue with Kurt Muehmel, Chief Customer Officer @ Dataiku
31:34

Kurt Muehmel is the Chief Customer Officer @ Dataiku, the platform democratizing access to data and enabling enterprises to build their own path to AI in a human-centric way. To date, the company has raised over $146M in funding from some of the best in the business including ICONIQ, Firstmark, Battery Ventures and CapitalG to name a few. As for Kurt, he joined the company over 5 years ago and has risen from AE to VP EMEA to VP Sales Engineering to today as Chief Customer Officer. Before Dataiku, Kurt spent 5 years at Deloitte as a Manager advising primarily European public authorities on sustainable development policies.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Kurt made his way into the world of enterprise SaaS with Dataiku having started his career at Deloitte in Paris?
  • What does it take to go from 0-1 in implementing both AI and data science disciplines in 20th-century companies? Where do many go wrong with their first steps? How can one assist them in the right way? How does Kurt feel about services revenue? At what stage or ratio does it become too much? 
  • How does Kurt approach the challenge of change management? What does great change management look like? Where do so many go wrong? How can content be used to efficiently scale change management practices? How does one need to engage different teams for effective change management? 
  • How does Kurt think about the right pricing mechanism for the customer today? How does one find a mechanism that does not disincentivize the customer with usage? How does Kurt feel about discounting? To what extent is Kurt and Dataiku willing to engage with pilots and POCs? Where do many go wrong here? 

Kurt’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Biggest challenge of Kurt’s role with Dataiku today?
  2. What does Kurt know now that he wishes he had known when he entered the world of SaaS?
  3. Who does Kurt look up to in the world of customer experience? Why?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-348-with-dataiku-chief-customer-officer-kurt-muehmel/

 

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Jul 01, 2020
SaaStr 347: Top 10 Questions to Ask a VP of Sales with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
17:38

Ready to hire your first VP Sales?  But haven’t done it before? SaaStr CEO, Jason Lemkin shares his interview checklist. 

Video and blog post: https://www.saastr.com/10-great-questions-to-ask-a-vp-sales-during-an-interview-2/

Jun 26, 2020
SaaStr 346: What Nobody Tells You About Seed Investing, The Inside Scoop with Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures and Jason Lemkin of SaaStr
19:25

Aileen Lee is a U.S. seed investor. A venture capital investor, she is the founder of Cowboy Ventures. Lee coined the often-used Silicon Valley term unicorn in a TechCrunch article "Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning from Billion-Dollar Startups."

In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, Aileen and SaaStr Founder Jason Lemkin take a deep dive on how Aileen finds deals, her tips for a winning pitch, and the state of VC in 2020. 

This episode is an excerpt from Aileen and Jason’s session at SaaStr Summit: The New New in Venture.

Full video: https://youtu.be/J5bhChbqcLU

Podcast transcript: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-aileen-lee-and-jason-lemkin/

Jun 25, 2020
SaaStr 345: PagerDuty CMO Julie Herendeen on Attribution and Accountability within Marketing Teams, The Optimal Relationship Between Marketing & Product & Why Customer Success and Marketing Have Never Been Closer
33:15

Julie Herendeen is the CMO @ PagerDuty, the real-time operations platform ensuring less downtime and fewer outages, meaning happier customers and more productive teams. Prior to their IPO in 2019 PagerDuty raised funding from some of the best in the business including Accel, a16z, Baseline, Bessemer and Harrison Metal to name a few. As for Julie, prior to PagerDuty she was Vice President of Global Marketing @ Dropbox. Before Dropbox Julie was CMO @ Lookout and before Lookout, Julie enjoyed VP roles at both Yahoo and Shutterfly. If that was not enough, alongside her role at PagerDuty today Julie is also an angel with Broadway Angels and a Board Member @ Hubspot. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Julie made her way from the world of consumer into the world of enterprise and came to be CMO @ PagerDuty today? What were some of Julie’s biggest lessons from her time as VP Global Marketing at Dropbox?
  • Does Julie believe that marketing should be held accountable to a number tied directly to revenue? How does Julie believe sales and marketing should work in unison? How can sales be involved in pipeline generation meetings? Should AEs make themselves responsible for sourcing new leads also? What does the ideal handoff look like? 
  • How does Julie see the best marketing and product teams working together? What can marketing do to collect the most valuable data to inform product decisions? In what forum should they be relayed to product teams? How should product and marketing leaders interact most efficiently? 
  • How does Julie think about the relationship of customer success and marketing? Does Julie agree that with the increasing amount of marketing content used post-sale, marketing is doing much of the work of CS? Where does Julie see many going wrong when investing heavily into thought leadership and content marketing?

Julie’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Which marketing leader does Julie most respect and why?
  2. What would Julie most like to change about the world of SaaS today?
  3. What is the optimal relationship between the CEO and the CMO?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-345-with-pagerduty-cmo-julie-herendeen/

 

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Julie Herendeen

Jun 23, 2020
SaaStr 344: 16 Mistakes Founders Make Pitching to VCs with SaaStr CEO and Founder, Jason Lemkin
22:49

Given that so many VC pitches are over Zoom now, we thought it would be worth sharing the things it’s easy to get wrong when pitching investors.

Pitching VCs is like anything.  You’ll get better at it over time.  Later, you’ll even get great at it.  Once you know how it works, it’s not even that hard to knock it out of the park.

But until then, so many founders make unforced errors.   Rookie errors.  Here are 16 that you can easily avoid / fix right now today.

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-344-with-saastr-founder-jason-lemkin/

Jun 19, 2020
SaaStr 343: Point Nine Capital Managing Partner, Christoph Janz, On Fundraising During a Pandemic
19:00

On today's episode, Christoph shares his five tips for fundraising during a pandemic. 

  1. Have a clear COVID-19 assessment 
  2. Start with an extra-long "long list"
  3. Disqualify ruthlessly
  4. Have a killer deck 
  5. Build trust remotely 

Christoph has invested in more than 20 SaaS startups and lives and breathes SaaS, everything from “A as in AI-enhanced B2B software” to “Z as in Zendesk”. Christoph co-founded Point Nine Capital in 2011.

Before that, he co-founded two Internet startups (DealPilot.com in 1997 and Pageflakes in 2005). In 2008 he became an angel investor and discovered Zendesk, Clio, FreeAgent – and his love for SaaS.

You can find the podcast transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-343-with-point-nine-capital-managing-partner-christoph-janz/

This episode is an excerpt from Christoph’s session at SaaStr Summit: The New New in Venture. You can see the full video here: https://youtu.be/2VGglwbl_Gs

Jun 18, 2020
SaaStr 342: Zapier CEO, Wade Foster, and SaaStr CEO, Jason Lemkin, on Distributed Teams and Building a Cloud Product
25:28

On this episode of the SaaStr podcast, our CEO, Jason Lemkin, chats with Zapier CEO, Wade Foster, on Distributed Teams and Building a Cloud Product.

Zapier is a global remote company that allows end-users to integrate the web applications they use. Although Zapier is based in Sunnyvale, California, it employs a workforce of 250 employees located around the United States and in 23 other countries.

This interview was recorded in February 2020.

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-342-with-zapier-ceo-wade-foster/

 

 

Jun 11, 2020
SaaStr 341: Leading Indicators Individuals Can/Can Not Scale with the Company, What Radical Transparency Truly Means and How To Implement It & Enterprise Adoption Of Cloud During COVID Times with David Politis, Founder & CEO @ BetterCloud
33:44

David Politis is the Founder & CEO @ BetterCloud, the company that helps IT discover, manage and secure the digital workplace. To date, David has raised over $186M in funding with BetterCloud from the likes of Accel, Warburg Pincus, Greycroft, Flybridge and Dropbox to name a few. Before founding BetterCloud, David was an early employee of Cloud Sherpas (acquired by Accenture), where he led the company to become the leading cloud services partner to SMB worldwide. Prior to Cloud Sherpas, David was a founding employee and General Manager of Vocalocity (acquired by Vonage), which he grew into one of the top providers of cloud PBX technology.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How David made his way into the world of SaaS and came to found BetterCloud? How has David seen the rate of cloud adoption within enterprise over the last 5 years? Has it been faster or slower than he thought? 
  • People often suggest operators are suited to certain stages of a company lifecycle, does David agree with this? What are the leading indicators an individual is struggling to scale? How does one communicate that to them effectively? How does David think about the decision to move an individual to another role vs release them? 
  • What does radical transparency really mean to David? How does the ability to have radical transparency within your org change when the org is 10 people vs 100 people? What are the biggest challenges of scaling transparency? From a meeting structure view, what can leaders do to encourage transparency? 
  • How does David feel about the method of OKR setting? How has his mindset changed towards OKRs? What does the decision-making process look like for deciding which OKRs to focus on? What OKRs do they focus on at BetterCloud? How does one know when they need to change their OKRs?

David’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What would David most like to change in the world of SaaS?
  2. How has David seen himself emerge and develop as a leader?
  3. What is the biggest challenge of David’s role within BetterCloud today?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-341-with-bettercloud-founder-ceo-david-politis/

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Harry Stebbings

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David Politis

Jun 09, 2020
SaaStr 340: Mark Suster, Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures, on Funding In the Time of Coronavirus
29:04

Mark Suster is a managing partner at Upfront Ventures, the largest venture capital firm in Los Angeles, and a prominent blogger in the startup venture capital world.

In this episode of the SaaStr podcast, he shares his learnings on the current landscape of funding in the time of Coronavirus, including:

  • Valuation and compression 
  • Forecasting market trends
  • The slowdown in VC
  • His best advice for surviving the downturn and raising a round of funding 

You can find the full video and transcript of this talk on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/funding-in-the-time-of-coronavirus-with-mark-suster-video-transcript/

Jun 04, 2020
SaaStr 339: Why SaaS Playbooks Are For Suckers, How To Make Sales Data Truly Actionable & The Right Way To Run Sales Meetings with Michael Katz, Founder & CEO @ mParticle
29:42

Michael Katz is the Founder & CEO @ mParticle, the customer data platform for brands leading the customer data revolution with clients from Airbnb to Spotify to Postmates. To date Michael has raised over $120m in funding with mParticle from GV, Social Capital, Greylock, Bain Capital Ventures and a friend of the show in Zach Coelius. Prior to founding mParticle, Mike was the Founder & CEO @ Interclick, where he organically grew revenue to over $140m in 5 years. The company went public in 2009 and was acquired by Yahoo in 2012 for $270m, a 50% premium on existing share price. If that was not enough, Michael is also on the board of Brightline and a mentor with Techstars.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Michael made his way into the world of SaaS and enterprise SaaS having founded and IPO’d an adtech business previously?
  • Why did Michael make the move to CRO 8 months ago? How does Mike think about when is the right time to hire your first CRO? How does this hire correlate to your hiring in sales enablement? What are the different CRO profiles Mike has seen? How does Mike advise founders on those that work best for early-stage?
  • Why does Mike believe that playbooks are for suckers? What is the reasoning for the reductionism towards the power of the playbook? How does Mike think about the relationship between playbooks and predictability? 
  • How does Mike make sales data really actionable within the company? What is the right way for founders to do post-mortems on won and lost deals? What is the right way to structure their sales pipeline? Who should be involved in analysing this data? What can be done to incentivize sales to be accurate in their sales data?
  • Why does Michael believe that most sales meetings are unproductive? What is the right way to structure your sales meeting? Who should be brought into the meeting other than the sales team? How does Michael advise sales reps to maintain customer relationships post-sale? Where do many go wrong here? 

Michael’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What would Michael most like to change about the world of SaaS?
  2. What is the hardest element of Michael’s role today with mParticle?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcast-339-with-mparticle-founder-ceo-michael-katz/

 

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Michael Katz

Jun 02, 2020
SaaStr 338: Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield on Taking Care of Your Team and Your Customers
25:17

These are unique times. In some ways, we can use our playbooks, make adjustments, and in other ways, things are very different. What isn’t likely to be very different is that recurring revenue … recurs. This is the bedrock of SaaS.

Hear how Slack CEO, Stewart Butterfield, is adapting to change and his advice on how to take care of your team and customers. 

This podcast is an excerpt from Stewart’s session at SaaStr Summit. You can see the full video here: https://youtu.be/5kG3WfUyBJc

May 28, 2020
SaaStr 337: Scaling A SaaS Business Within A Non-SaaS Business, What CIOs Want To See In Pricing Models and What Great Change Management Looks Like with Head of America's for Facebook's Workplace, Christine Trodella
25:04

Christine Trodella is Head of Americas for Facebook’s Workplace product, the communication tool that connects everyone in your company, through Groups, Chat, Rooms and Live video broadcasting. Prior to Workplace, Christine was Head of America’s for Facebook’s Audience Network and before that spent 5 years as a Group Director across multiple different sales and account teams within Facebook’s mid-market channel. Before Facebook, Christine was an Executive Director @ WebMD and before that spent close to 3 years in media sales at Yahoo. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Christine made her way into the world of SaaS as part of a non-SaaS company and how that led to her leading Americas for Workplace by Facebook?
  • What have been the biggest benefits of scaling a SaaS company within a non-SaaS company? What are the biggest challenges or misalignments of scaling Workplace within Facebook? What have been some of the core and early mistakes the team made in their strategy to build out the Workplace sales and marketing machine? 
  • What have been Christine’s biggest lessons on what it takes to sell really effectively to some of the largest enterprises in the world? What do CIOs most want in pricing? How does Christine think about the pricing problem of having a variable pricing mechanism without disincentivizing usage? How does Christine think about and approach discounting?
  • Does Christine believe remote is the new normal? What really interesting data have Christine and the Workplace team seen since the world has move to work from home? How has behaviour changed on the platform with the rise of remote work? 

Christine’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What would Christine most like to change in the world of SaaS?
  2. When I say success, who is the first person that comes to Christine’s mind?
  3. What is the biggest challenge of Christine’s role within FB today?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-facebook-workplace-and-slack-may-29-2020/

 

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Christine Trodella

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May 26, 2020
SaaStr 336: Salesforce Ventures Managing Partner Matthew Garratt and Salesforce SVP of Commercial Sales, Adnan Chaudhry on Shifting Your Sales & GTM Strategy in Uncertain Times
24:22

Leveraging survey data from 66+ enterprise SaaS companies, Matt Garratt, Managing Partner of Salesforce Ventures shares the landscape of how businesses are shifting their sales & GTM strategies to react to today's uncertain times. Adnan Chaudhry, SVP of Sales at Salesforce then provides actionable takeaways on how to refocus your sales teams, engage with customers, adjust your sales comp and how you can properly forecast in today's new landscape.

 

This podcast is an excerpt from Matt and Adnan’s session at SaaStr Summit. You can see the full video here: https://youtu.be/3Li7tuLQidY

May 21, 2020
SaaStr 335: How To Plan, Organise and Execute A World Class Virtual Event in a COVID World with David Spinks, Founder @ CMX Media
35:36

David Spinks is the Founder @ CMX, the premier network for community professionals. In 2019, CMX was acquired by Bevy, where David now serves as the VP of Community. Bevy is a customer-to-customer community management platform, building products that brands use to build, grow and manage their community event programs, both virtual and IRL for companies like Slack, Twitch, Salesforce, Atlassian, and Duolingo. Prior to CMX, David founded 2 prior startups centred around different forms of community building and before that was Community Manager in the early days of LeWeb the largest tech/startup conference in Europe.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How David made his way into the world of SaaS and came to found CMX? Why David believes that community is so central for all SaaS companies today?
  • How does David advise teams on expectation setting around virtual events? How ambitious should they be? What big mistakes does David often see in the early days of the planning? How does this differ if you have an existing cohort of users vs are starting new with no audience?  
  • How dependent is the success of the community on the platform it is hosted on? What is the ideal size for Slack, Telegram and Whatsapp communities? Should the host seed the discussion or allow it to be natural? How important is it to establish a handbook of expected actions and behaviours? Should you cull members who are inactive? 
  • What does David believe separates good from great when it comes to discussion groups? What innovative strategies has David seen work when it comes to bringing a virtual event to life? What is the right amount of people in that discussion group? What is the core role of the moderator for the group?

David’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Biggest misconception around virtual events?
  2. Virtual events: Permanent tide change or purely in the COVID world?
  3. What has been David’s favourite virtual event? Why?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-cmx-media-and-salesforce-may-22-2020/

 

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Harry Stebbings

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David Spinks

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May 19, 2020
SaaStr 334: Cloudflare COO Michelle Zatlyn on The Top 10 Lessons Learned Starting Something Big During Tough Times
21:45

Hear from Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder and COO of Cloudflare. Michelle started the company during an economic downturn in 2009. Now, Cloudflare runs one of the world's largest networks that helps make the Internet more secure, fast, and reliable, with a market cap of more than $6B. Despite the challenges of uncertainty, money not flowing, and a generally dark mood, she was able to do it and learned a lot along the way. In this talk, Michelle will share how she made her business idea come to life and some lessons learned that can help other entrepreneurs—from solving a real, meaningful problem, to communicating in a crisis, prioritizing when there's a true lack of resources, and more.

 

This podcast is an excerpt from Michelle’s session at SaaStr Summit. You can see the full video here: https://youtu.be/WplZkOLl-k4

May 14, 2020
SaaStr 333: How To Create and Structure Your Customer Success Strategy, How Customer Success Teams Can Build Relationships of Trust with Customers and How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Drives Customer Success Roadmaps with Bridget Gleason, Head of Sales & C
37:32

Bridget Gleason is the Head of Sales and Customer Success @ Tidelift, the company providing managed open source, backed by maintainers. Tidelift has raised over $40M from some of the best in the business including Foundry Group and General Catalyst. As for Bridget, she has the most incredible track record. Before Tidelift, Bridget was VP of Sales @ Logz.io and before that was VP of Corporate Sales @ Sumo Logic where she drove ARR up by a record 237%. Prior to SumoLogic, Bridget was VP of Sales @ YesWare where she increased MRR per rep by 450%. Finally, before YesWare, she was VP of Sales @ Engine Yard, where she tripled monthly recurring revenue, over the course of her 3+ year tenure, in 3 key leadership roles.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Bridget made her way into the world of SaaS and Sales and came to be Head of both Sales and Customer Success at Tidelift?
  • Why does Bridget believe the best starting point for customer success is “company culture and value”? How does company culture impact the quality of customer success? In practice, what can one do to improve it? Who has done this well? How does value drive customer success forward? 
  • How does Bridget think Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs drives the roadmap for customer success? What core elements does it change? Where do most teams go wrong in implementing the role out of their CS strategy? When should one hire their first CS rep? What should that hire look like from an experience perspective?
  • How does Bridget advise her CS reps the best ways for them to build trust with their clients? What works? What does not work? Does Bridget believe CS teams should be involved in the upsell process? Does that endanger the element of trust?

Bridget’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Bridget know now that she wishes she had known when she entered the world of SaaS?
  2. What would bridget most like to change about the world of SaaS today?
  3. What is the most challenging element of Bridget’s role with Tidelift?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-tidelift-and-cloudflare/

 

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Harry Stebbings

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Bridget Gleason

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May 11, 2020
SaaStr 332: Initialized Capital Co-Founder and Managing Partner Garry Tan on The New Normal
22:40

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Hear from Garry Tan, co-founder and managing partner at Initialized Capital, about how to protect your business during a crisis. He'll cover remote work, team management, sales, marketing, product development and more.

 

This podcast is an excerpt from Garry’s session at SaaStr Summit. You can watch the full video on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/lIZDFQscwQM

May 07, 2020
SaaStr 331: The Right Way To Structure Enterprise Pipeline Reviews, How COVID Is Impacting New Enterprise Deals, How SaaS Companies Can Not Only Decrease Churn But Increase Upsell Today with Jessica Lin, Co-Founder @ Work-Bench
29:26

Jessica Lin is a Co-Founder and General Partner @ Work-Bench, one of New York’s leading early-stage enterprise funds with a portfolio including the likes of Cockroach Labs, X.ai, Dialpad, VTS and Catalyst to name a few. Prior to Work-Bench, Jessica was a Learning and Development Manager at Cisco Systems, where she worked with the Engineering organization on Agile transformation, innovation and culture. Jessica is actively involved with the education and workforce development community in New York City and as chair of the Industry Advisory Board at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Jessica made her way from learning Swahili into the world of enterprise and into the world of venture with the founding of Work-Bench?
  • How should founders expect to see their new business pipe be impacted by COVID? What does Jessica believe is the right way to do proper pipe reviews? What specific elements does Jessica really double click on in reviews? Where does Jessica find managers and founders do pipe reviews wrong?
  • What does Jessica believe is the right way for sales reps to engage with new customers during this time? What is the right tone to adopt that achieves both empathy and a business objective? How should sales teams and CS respond to requests for discounts? What should be the compromise with discounts? 
  • What specific and deliberate things can startups do not just to prevent churn but also to increase usage and upsell? Does Jessica agree with the rule of thumb that in enterprise, on an annual basis, 95% of your customers should retain? What other strategies has Jessica seen work really well for retention?

Jessica’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What would Jessica most like to change about the world of SaaS?
  2. What is the hardest element of Jessica’s role today with Work-Bench?
  3. The NYC ecosystem, pros and cons?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-work-bench-and-initialized-capital-may-8-2020/

 

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Jessica Lin 

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May 06, 2020
SaaStr 330: TripActions CMO Meagen Eisenberg on Making Trade-Offs In Marketing
32:57

The true test of marketers. Are you a revenue driver or a cost center? You cannot afford to be the latter. Marketing leaders must focus their teams on the areas that will drive revenue while they cut costs - the biggest impact for the business. Join TripActions CMO Meagen Eisenberg at SaaStr Summit as she highlights her approach to ensuring Marketing delivers on its mission-critical role even in times of uncertainty or crisis.

This podcast is an excerpt from Megan’s session at SaaStr Summit. You can find the full video and transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/making-trade-offs-in-marketing-with-meagen-eisenberg-video-transcript/

Apr 30, 2020
SaaStr 329: How Renewals and Discounting Will Be Impacted by COVID & How Enterprise Founders Should Approach Capital Allocation & Efficiency Today with Navin Chaddha, Managing Director @ Mayfield
24:06

Navin Chaddha is the Managing Director @ Mayfield who just last month announced $750M in new funds split across their core and select funds. As for Navin, under his leadership Mayfield has raised over $2.2Bn in new funds and he has backed some of the best of the last decade including Poshmark, Lyft, Hashicorp, CloudGenix and more. During his career Navin has invested in 50 companies, 17 have gone public, 20 have been acquired. Prior to VC, Navin was an entrepreneur where he co-founded or led 3 startups, all of which had successful exits with one being acquired by Microsoft. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How did Navin make his way into the world of venture from successfully founding and exiting 3 businesses? What made him take the jump into investing full-time from being an EiR?
  • How does Navin expect the B2B landscape to be impacted by COVID-19? How does Navin advise B2B founders to think about how renewals will be impacted? How does Navin advise founders to think through how to approach the topic of discounting with their customers? In what situations does Navin agree to provide discounts to customers?
  • How does Navin foresee the B2C landscape to be impacted? How does Navin advise founders to think through the level of aggression with which they pursue traditional marketing channels, now with much lower CACs? Will these CACs remain low priced? How does Navin expect company pricing to change over the next few months?
  • How has Navin seen himself evolve and change as a board member over the last decade? What have been his major moments of learning? What advice would he give to new board members joining their first boards? What can board members do to build a relationship of trust and intimacy with their founders? What works? What does not?

Navin’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Navin know now that he wishes he had known when he entered the world of venture with Mayfield in 2004?
  2. What is the hardest element of Navin’s role with Mayfield today?
  3. What would Navin most like to change about the world of venture? Why?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-mayfield-and-tripactions-may-1-2020/

 

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Navin Chaddha

Apr 29, 2020
SaaStr 328: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and Gorgias CEO Romain Lapeyre on What They're Seeing with SMB E-commerce Customers
22:51

Romain Lapeyre is CEO of Gorgias. Gorgias is the leading help center on the Shopify platform, and that gives them a pulse into a large segment of SMBs in particular. They have almost 2,500 customers in segments both struggling (fashion, luxury), and growing (electronics, etc.). They are coming up on $10m ARR but aren’t there quite yet, so a lot like a lot of you, or where you’ll be soon enough.

 

You can find the video and notes from this discussion on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/what-are-you-seeing-001-with-romain-lapeyre-ceo-of-gorgias-2500-smb-e-commerce-customers/

Apr 23, 2020
SaaStr 327: Domo's Chief Strategy Officer, John Mellor on Why COVID Will Do More For Digital Transformation Than Any Other C-Level Initiative, What Great Change Management Looks Like In Practice & How To Gain True Bottoms Up Adoption When Also Selling Top
32:02

John Mellor is Chief Strategy Officer @ Domo, the company that allows you to leverage BI at scale to empower your team with data. Prior to their IPO, Domo raised funding from the likes of Benchmark, Founders Fund, a16, Greylock and IVP to name a few. As for John, prior to Domo he served as vice president for strategy and business operations for Adobe’s Digital Experience business, driving more than $3 billion in annual revenue. John joined Adobe through the company’s acquisition of Omniture in 2009, where he served as executive vice president of marketing, driving all marketing efforts to strategically advance the industry’s largest standalone web analytics business.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How did John make his way into the world of SaaS over 2 decades ago and how did that lead to his running a $3Bn ARR business line at Adobe and lead to his joining Domo? What were John’s biggest takeaways from his decade at Adobe?
  • Why does John believe that COVID will be a bigger accelerant than any other C-level led initiative? For vendors going through that digital transformation with their customers, what is the right tone to adopt that is both empathetic and achieves business objectives? Is digital transformation a technology challenge or a behavioural challenge?
  • How will a 100% virtual event environment impact physical events when and if they do come back? What were John’s biggest takeaways from running Domo’s annual event virtually? What worked? What did not work? On a conversion basis, how did it compare to in-person events? How should we structure content for these virtual events?
  • How does John think about the role of leadership in a crisis such as this? What is the right tone for the leader to adopt? Where does John believe many leadership teams go wrong in times such as this? How can leadership teams ensure that a crisis is not self-fulfilling and how can one prevent that mindset?      

John’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does John know now that he wishes he had known when he entered the world of SaaS?
  2. What is the optimal relationship between the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer?
  3. What would John most like to change about the world of SaaS 

 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-domo-and-gorgias-april-24-2020/

 

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John Mellor

Apr 21, 2020
SaaStr 326: Gusto COO Lexi Reese on The Playbook to Scaling High-Performance Teams
23:50

Gusto's Lexi Reese walks you through scaling high performance teams. Is trust earned or given? How do you communicate for impact?

This podcast is an excerpt from Lexi’s session at SaaStr Scale. You can find the full video and transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/high-performance-teams/

Apr 16, 2020
SaaStr 325: How Marketing Teams Can Replace The Leads Lost From Events in A COVID World & The Right Tone To Adopt With Clients That Is Caring and Achieves Business Objectives with Carolyn Guss, VP Corporate Marketing @ PagerDuty
29:27

Carolyn Guss is VP of Corporate Marketing @ PagerDuty, the company keeping your digital operations running perfectly with their real-time operations platform. Prior to their IPO in April 2019, PagerDuty had raised funding from some of the best in the business including a16, Bessemer, Meritech, Harrison Metal and Elad Gil to name a few. As for Carolyn, prior to joining PagerDuty she spent 5 years as the GM of Method Communications San Francisco Office and before that spent time on the other side of the pond with a close to 7-year stint at Orange as Head of Corporate PR and Head of US Communications.

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Carolyn made her way across the pond from Head of US Communications at Orange to GM of Method in SF to then playing a key role in the marketing team at PagerDuty?
  • How does Carolyn think startups and larger companies can replace the leads that are lost from having no events in a COVID world? How are PagerDuty shifting their strategy? How does PagerDuty think about brand marketing? Does it have to be tied to a number directly tied to revenue? What are the challenges with brand marketing?
  • What does Carolyn believe is the right tone to approach customers within this time? How can one be supportive but also drive towards business objectives? In terms of tone, what is the right tone to approach the broader team with? How does PagerDuty gain a sense of company morale at scale? What tools do they use?   
  • How does Carolyn think about the benefits of transparency both with employees and with customers? Is there an extent to the benefits of transparency? Can one ever been too transparent? How does one think about this in a very corporate perspective with PagerDuty now being a public company?      

Carolyn’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Carolyn know now that she wishes she had known at the beginning of her time in marketing?
  2. Hardest element of her role with PagerDuty today?
  3. Who is killing it in the world of SaaS marketing? Why? 

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-pagerduty-and-gusto-april-17-2020/

 

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

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Carolyn Guss

Apr 14, 2020
SaaStr 324: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and Bessemer Venture Partners' Partner Byron Deeter on The Current State of Venture Capital & Cloud
39:46

Join SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and Bessemer Venture Partners Partner Byron Deeter for a deep dive on what's going on in Venture Capital and Cloud.

This podcast is an excerpt from Jason and Byron’s webinar “Bridging the Gap: The Current State of Venture Capital and Cloud.” You can find the full webinar on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/UDfIC5prskA

Apr 09, 2020
SaaStr 323: The Core Challenges in Moving To Remote Work Overnight, What Does Great Change Management Look Like & The Optimal Position For Customer Success In The Organisation with Bhavin Shah, Founder & CEO @ Moveworks
31:05

Bhavin Shah is the Founder & CEO @ Moveworks, the cloud-based AI platform, purpose-built for large enterprises, that resolves employees' IT support issues⁠—instantly and automatically. To date Bhavin has raised over $108M with Moveworks from the likes of Mamoon Hamid @ Kleiner Perkins, Arij Janmohamed @ Lightspeed, Bain Capital, Sapphire Ventures and ICONIQ. Prior to Moveworks, Bhavin was the Founder and CEO @ Refresh which was later acquired by LinkedIn and then before that founded Gazillion Entertainment, a company he scaled to over 200 employees. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Bhavin made his way into the wonderful world of SaaS and came to found Moveworks?
  • What are the core challenges IT teams are facing as a result of the move to remote work? Where do many make mistakes here? What can one do from a structural perspective to set them up for success when moving to remote? 
  • What does great change management look like in Bhavin’s mind today? Where do so many go wrong here? How does this change in the world of remote? Who should be involved in executing on the change management plan?  
  • How does Bhavin think about the role of customer success today? Why does Bhavin believe that customer success and product should be in one org? How does Bhavin think about the interplay of marketing and customer success? Is marketing moving closer and closer to customer success with their content?      

Bhavin’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the hardest element of Bhavin’s role with Moveworks today?
  2. Hardest role to hire for today? Why? 
  3. If Bhavin could change one thing in the world of SaaS today, what would it be?

Read the full transcript on our blog: https://www.saastr.com/saastr-podcasts-for-the-week-with-moveworks-and-bessemer-venture-partners-april-10-2020/

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Bhavin Shah

Apr 06, 2020
SaaStr 322: ICONIQ Capital General Partner Doug Pepper on Key Lessons from a $5B SaaS Category Leader
22:14

Many people make the false assumption that the path for a highly successful SaaS company is straight “up and to the right”. Of course, for those involved, the reality of the journey is characterized by a series of obstacles that must be navigated. Fmr. Shasta Ventures Doug Pepper will share the key challenges that were overcome to allow Marketo to become a $5B SaaS Category Leader in Marketing Automation.

This podcast is an excerpt from Doug’s session at SaaStr Europa. You can find the full video and transcript on our blog.

Apr 02, 2020
SaaStr 321: Front CMO Anthony Kennada on Adapting Marketing Playbooks To Changing ACV's and Sales Cycles, The Right Way To Think About Brand Marketing and How To Fundamentally Build a Challenger Brand
30:55

Anthony Kennada is the CMO @ Front, the startup that provides your team with better email so they can treat every customer like your only customer. To date, Front have raised over $138M from some leading names including Sequoia, Eric Yuan @ Zoom, Ryan and Jared Smith @ Qualtrics, Michael Cannon-Brookes and Jay Simmons @ Atlassian and Frederic Kerrest @ Okta to name a few. As for Anthony, prior to Front Anthony was the founding CMO at Gainsight where he and his team are credited with creating the Customer Success category. At Gainsight Anthony and the team developed a new playbook for B2B marketing that fueled the company’s growth from $0 to over $100M of ARR. If that was not enough, Anthony is also the author of Category Creation: How to Build a Brand that Customers, Employees, and Investors Will Love. The book debuted as a number one new release on Amazon.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Anthony made his way into the world of SaaS starting in the sales team at Box and how that led to his entering the world of marketing and creating the customer success category?
  • How does Anthony marketing playbook change when making the move from Gainsight with higher ACV’s and longer sales cycles to Front with lowers ACV’s and much higher volume? How does Anthony think about ABM today with Front given the lower ACVs? At what ticket size does ABM make sense?
  • How does Anthony feel about brand marketing? Why did Anthony and Front decide now was the right time to engage with billboards? How does Anthony think about data and tracking for brand marketing? Does Anthony believe that all marketing has to be tied to a number directly related to revenue?  
  • How does Anthony seeing a changing relationship between customer success and marketing? How is marketing being pushed further into the realms of CS? What is the optimal relationship between CS and marketing? How does this compare to the relationship of sales and marketing more traditionally?       

Anthony’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Anthony know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning of his time in marketing?
  2. What is the hardest element of Anthony’s role with Front today?
  3. Who does Anthony think is killing it in the world of marketing today?

Read the full transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

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Anthony Kennada

Mar 30, 2020
SaaStr 320: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and Gainsight CEO Nick Mehta on What It Was Like in 2008-2009 and What We Can Expect for 2020
33:26

We’re obviously in a very unique situation today. The pace at which Corona is impacting us all right now is so fast, it’s hard to keep up.

Today is different from other times but in SaaS. It will probably be like ’08-’09 downturn — just faster.

Join Jason Lemkin, CEO and Founder of SaaStr, and Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight, as they take a look back at what happened to them as a SaaS vendor in ’08-’09, and what learnings you can leverage.

This podcast is an excerpt from Jason and Nick’s webinar “What We’re Doing Now. And How We Got Through ’08-’09.” You can find the full replay here.

Mar 26, 2020
SaaStr 319: How To Think About And Make Pre-Emptive Burn Cuts, Operational Survival In Times Of Uncertainty & Managing Your Psychology As Founder & CEO with May Habib, Founder & CEO @ Qordoba
31:29

May Habib is the Founder & CEO @ Qordoba, the platform that helps everyone at your company write with the same style, terminology and voice. To date, May has raised over $21M in funding with Qordoba from the likes of Upfront Ventures, Aspect Ventures, Bonfire Ventures and Michael Stoppelman to name a few. Before entering the world of SaaS, May was a vice president at one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, where she was the first employee on the technology investment team, building a portfolio now worth over $20B. Before that, May started her career in the New York Office of Lehman Brothers raising capital for software companies.  

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How May made her way into the world of startups and SaaS from being a VP at one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds in the Middle East?
  • How does May think about and assess operational survival in times of such uncertainty? Why does this downturn feel so different to prior downturns? Operationally, what needs to fundamentally change about your processes?
  • How does May think about when is the right time to engage with pre-emptive burn cuts? Where does one look first in the organisation when making these cuts? How does one structure those discussions? What is the right way to do it? What is the right way to communicate the cuts to the team, customers and investors? 
  • How does one keep the existing teams spirits high when they have just seen many of their friends be released? What is the right way to manage those discussions? What can founders do to build unity in their team now everyone is WFH? What has worked well for the Qordoba team? Where do many go wrong here?       

May’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the most challenging element of May’s role with Qordoba today?
  2. What does May know now that she wishes she had known at the beginning?
  3. If May could change one thing about the world of SaaS, what would it be and why?

Read the full transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

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May Habib

Mar 23, 2020
SaaStr 318: Doctolib CDO Agnes Bazin on The Secrets to SMB Sales
21:15

The first step in success with SMB clients is to recognize that it’s not a one size fits all scenario. Companies need a specialized approach for SMB accounts, different than the tactics used for Enterprise. Andrei Brasoveanu will sit down for a conversation with Agnes Bazin, CDO of Doctolib, on how to create a targeted and effective sales process tailor-made for SMB.

This podcast is an excerpt from a session at SaaStr Europa 2019. You can find the full video and transcript on our blog.

Mar 19, 2020
SaaStr 317: How To Encourage, Grow and Track Word of Mouth Marketing, How The Rise of Product-Led Growth Changes The Structure of Sales and Marketing & The Biggest Takeaways on Paid vs Organic Marketing From Seeing The Hyper-Growth @ Slack with Rachel Hep
33:36

Rachel Hepworth is VP of Marketing @ Pilot, the startup that offers the best bookkeeping, tax and CFO services for growing businesses. To date they have raised over $58M from some of the best in the business including Index Ventures, John Collison, Paul English, Drew Houston, Frederic Kerrest, Diane Greene and more incredible names. As for Rachel, prior to joining Pilot, she saw the hyper-growth of Slack firsthand enjoying a couple of different roles including Head of Growth Marketing and then also Head of Self Service and Platform Marketing. Before Slack, Rachel spent 4 years at LinkedIn where she led the product marketing team for content experiences. Finally, before LinkedIn, Rachel spent close to 3 years at Climate Corporation, prior to their $1Bn exit to Monsanto. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Rachel made her way from marketing manager at Climate Corporation to VP of marketing at Pilot today? What were Rachel’s biggest takeaways from her time seeing the hyper-growth at Slack?
  • How does Rachel think about organic growth and inciting word of mouth today? How does Rachel think they can be more accurately tracked and measured? How does Rachel think about the optimal ratio of paid to organic in growth? Would Rachel agree in paid, your payback period doubles every $5M you spend?
  • With the rise of product-led growth, are we seeing a fundamental shift in the structure of sales and marketing? How does Rachel see marketing move ever close to the function of customer success today? What is the optimal way for customer success and marketing to work together? 
  • How does Rachel think about the importance of getting in front of your customers? Why does Rachel believe that data tells you the what and customer conversations tell you the why? What is the right way to structure your customer conversations? Where do so many people go wrong here?      

Rachel’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Hardest element of your role with Pilot today?
  2. If Rachel could change one thing about SaaS today, what would it be?
  3. Who is killing it in SaaS marketing? Why?

Read the full transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Rachel Hepworth

Mar 16, 2020
SaaStr 316: MessageBird CEO Robert Vis on Early Gains, Early Pains: 5 Lessons for Surviving Hypergrowth
22:02

The startup journey moves in waves—whether you’re ready or not. After finding funding and product/market fit, your next steps as a founder in the hypergrowth phase can determine the future of your company. Harry Stebbings of Stride.VC and Robert Vis of MessageBird will walk through lessons learned to survive hypergrowth and what will make a difference when it comes to scaling. Hear how to navigate fast growth and how to look ahead as you travel forward.

This podcast is from Harry and Robert's SaaStr Europa 2019 session. You can find the full video and transcript on our blog.

Mar 12, 2020
SaaStr 315: Pipe Co-Founder, Harry Hurst on Creating A New Asset Class Securitising Software Contracts, Why Customer Success Is More Important Than Customer Acquisition & How To Think Strategically About Brand Building in SaaS Today
23:22

Harry Hurst is the Co-Founder & Co-CEO @ Pipe, the startup that gives you control of your cash flow by giving you access to the full annual value of your monthly subscriptions, upfront. This month they announced their $6M seed round led by David Saks @ Craft and joined by Fika, Weekend Fund, Naval Ravikant and WorkLife Ventures to name a few. Prior to Pipe, Harry co-founded Skurt raising over $11M in the process before being acquired by Fair.com. Harry has also angel invested in the likes of BreathePod and Try.com. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Harry made his way from the UK to founding one of Silicon Valley’s hottest SaaS startups with the founding of Pipe?
  • How does Harry think about when is the right time for a startup to raise VC funding? How does Harry stress test the alignment between the founder and the VC/ Opposingly, when is the right time for a founder to take non-dilutive capital from Pipe instead?
  • Pipe’s lending model is so centred around churn prediction, what does their churn analysis look like at Pipe? How does Harry think about the right way to structure churn post mortems? Why does Harry believe investing in customer success is far more important than customer acquisition? 
  • How does Harry think about the importance of brand for enterprise startups today? Do you have to invest in it from Day 1? What mistakes does Harry see many founders make when it comes to investing in their early brand?      

Harry’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Harry know that he wishes he had known at the beginning?
  2. What does Harry believe is the hardest role to hire for today? Why?
  3. What does Harry believe that most around his disbelieve?

Read the full transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Harry Hurst

Mar 09, 2020
SaaStr 314: Showpad CMO Theresa O'Neil on Aligning Sales, Marketing, and CS to Scale Revenue and Retention
24:52

According to a study from SiriusDecisions, the majority of buyers (81%) today make purchase decisions based on buying experience, over product or price. To meet buyers’ high expectations and manage the challenging sales landscape, companies must involve their entire organization in maturing the sales process- including after prospects sign on the dotted line. This session will outline a practical approach to growing revenue and retention by aligning sales, marketing, and customer success.

This podcast is an excerpt from Theresa’s session at SaaStr Europa 2019. You can see the full video on our YouTube channel.

Mar 05, 2020
SaaStr 313: What The World's Largest SaaS Incumbents Taught Me About Founding & Scaling SaaS Businesses
22:13

Today we deep dive into what startups can learn from the large SaaS incumbents of today. 

Sara Varni: CMO @ Twilio on her biggest takeaways from her time at Salesforce.

Erica Schultz: President of Field Operations @ Confluent on her biggest takeaways from her time at Oracle.

Whitney Bouck: COO @ Hellosign on her biggest takeaways from her time at Box.

Leyla Seka: Partner @ Operator Collective on her biggest takeaways from her time at Salesforce.

Ryan Bonnici: CMO @ G2 on his biggest takeaways from his time at Salesforce.

Ryan Barretto: SVP @ Sprout Social on his biggest takeaways from his time at Salesforce

Tien Tzuo: Founder & CEO @ Zuora on his biggest takeaways from his time at Salesforce.

Paul Albright: Board member @ Clarizen on his biggest takeaways from his time at SuccessFactors.

Jaleh Rezaei: Founder & CEO @ Mutiny on her biggest takeaways from her time at Gusto.

Eugenio Pace: Founder & CEO @ Auth0 on his biggest takeaways from his time at Microsoft.

Liat Bycel: VP @ Airtable on her biggest takeaways from her time at Twitter.

Mark Goldberg: Partner @ Index on his biggest takeaways from his time at Dropbox.

Read the full transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Mar 02, 2020
SaaStr 312: Wrike CEO Andrew Filev on 5 Do's and Don'ts From My Bootstrapping Days
27:46

Starting a company can be daunting, exhausting, and expensive, but with the right focus and idea - extremely rewarding; take it from Andrew Filev, Founder and CEO of Wrike. In this session, he will outline the do's and don'ts that he learned bootstrapping Wrike. Where it makes sense to invest your precious resources when to outsource, and how to save yourself money without cutting corners.

This podcast is an excerpt from Andrew’s session at SaaStr Europa 2019. You can find the full video and transcript on our blog. 

This episode is sponsored by Owl Labs.

Feb 27, 2020
SaaStr 311: When To Hire Generalists vs Specialists, How To Retain Agility With Scale and Process and How To Always Keep Your Hiring Funnel Full with Karl Sun, Founder & CEO @ Lucidchart
31:56

Karl Sun is the Founder & CEO @ Lucidchart, a visual workspace that combines diagramming, data visualization, and collaboration to accelerate understanding and drive innovation. To date, Karl has raised $114M with Lucidchart from some of the best in the business including K9 Ventures, Meritech, Iconiq, GV and Kickstart in Utah. As for Karl, prior to founding the company he spent 6 years at Google in some fascinating roles including Head of Patents, Head of Business Development in China and running Google’s energy investments. As a result of his success, Karl was recently announced as EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Karl made his way into the world of SaaS with the founding of Lucidchart having been Head of Business Development for Google in China and Head of Patents?
  • How does one know when we need to hire generalists vs specialists? How does this requirement change as the company scales? How does Karl fundamentally think about finding great talent and keeping top of funnel full? How does Karl think about working with recruiters? What works? What does not work?
  • Karl has been in every interview for every new hire for the first 6 years of the business, why? How does Karl think about doing this at scale? How does Karl structure the hiring process today? Why do they have a hiring committee? What does the process look like? How do they assess and test for culture?  
  • How does Karl think about retaining agility and flexibility with scale? How does Karl maintain employee empowerment with the implementation of process? How does Karl think about the balance between creating accountability without a fear of failure? What are the challenges of this?     

Karl’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the hardest role to hire for today? Why?
  2. Hardest element of karl’s role as CEO today? Why?
  3. What does Karl know now that he wishes he had known at the founding of the company?

Read the full transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Karl Sun

Feb 24, 2020
SaaStr 310: EZPR Founder Ed Zitron on the Secrets of PR
21:43

SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and EZPR Founder Ed Zitron sit down to talk about all things PR. Who actually gets into these outlets? Is PR just pitching and getting articles? Take a listen for more.

Read the full transcript on our blog.

Feb 20, 2020
SaaStr 309: David Skok on The 9 Stage Model To Get A B2B Company To Get Repeatable, Scalable & Profitable Growth
50:41

David Skok is a General Partner @ Matrix Partners, the firm with a portfolio including the likes of Hubspot, ZenDesk, Quora, CloudBees and more incredible companies. As for David, he started his first company in 1977 aged just 22. Since then David has founded a total of four separate companies and performed one turn-around. Three of these companies went public. David then joined Matrix from SilverStream Software, which he founded in June 1996. Prior to its July 2002 acquisition by Novell, SilverStream was a public company that had reached a revenue run rate in excess of $100M, with approximately 800 employees and offices in more than 20 countries around the world. David is also the author of foreentrepreneurs.com the must read blog in the world of SaaS metrics. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How David made his way into the world of SaaS at the age of 22? How David went from founding 3 public companies to entering the world of venture with Matrix? Does David agree, “entrepreneurship does not get easier with time, it just gets different”?
  • What does David believe is the crucial step missing in B@B when it comes to finding product market fit? What is the most common mistake B2B companies make in the hunt for PMF? How should founders think about budget and resource allocation in this search for PMF? When is to early to measure unit economics and CAC?
  • How does David think about scaling sales teams? How does one know when is the right time to hire your first sales reps? What content and learnings should you have in place when you make the hire? How does David think about payback period on a per rep basis? What have been his lessons on optimising payback period for sales reps?  
  • What numbers is David looking for when it comes to payback period? Why is 12 months so crucial? How should founders think about sales rep compensation? What have been David’s learnings on how to integrate sales and marketing so tightly? How does marketing and customer success intertwine to be successful?     

David’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Who is the best board member David has sat on a board with? Why?
  2. What advice would David have for me having just joined my first board?
  3. What would David most like to change about the world of tech and SaaS today?

Read the full transcript on our blog.

You can find the graphics David references here.

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Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

David Skok

Feb 17, 2020
SaaStr 308: RevenueCat CEO Jacob Eiting on Managing Millions in Mobile Subscriptions While Growing 20% a Month
25:19

RevenueCat is managing tens of millions of dollars in mobile subscriptions and growing 20% a month. Most of us think a lot about standard b2b and Cloud subscriptions, but we’re still new to the issues, challenges and opportunities in mobile subscriptions.

Feb 13, 2020
SaaStr 307: What Gusto Taught Me About How To Build and Maintain Great Culture, The Biggest Problem in B2B Marketing & How To Truly Determine The Effective of Marketing Today with Jaleh Rezaei, Founder & CEO @ Mutiny
32:36

Jaleh Rezaei is the Founder & CEO @ Mutiny, the startup that allows you to personalise your website for each and every visitor. Jaleh has raised from some of the best in the early stage business with Mutiny including the likes of Y Combinator, Uncork Capital and Cowboy Ventures on the fund side and then Mathilde @ Front, Henrique @ Brex and Shan-Lyn Ma @ Zola on the operator side. Prior to founding Mutiny, Jaleh spent an incredible 4 years at Gusto seeing their hypergrowth first hand as one of the first 10 employees. If that was not enough, Jaleh has also enjoyed advisory roles at both Google and Y Combinator. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Jaleh made her way into the world of SaaS as one of the first team members at Gusto and how that led to her founding Mutiny most recently? 
  • What were Jaleh’s biggest takeaways from her time at Gusto? How did that time impact her operating mentality with Mutiny today? How did her time at Gusto teach her about the right way to build company culture? Where do so many go wrong with this?
  • What does Jaleh believe is the biggest problem in SaaS marketing today? How does Jaleh specifically use ABM to acquire customers and leads effectively? What price points is required for an ABM strategy to be viable?  
  • How does Jaleh approach the issue of determining the success of marketing? Should marketing be held accountable to a number tied directly to revenue? How does brand marketing play into this? Where are the nuances here?     

Jaleh’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the hardest role to hire for today?
  2. Hardest element for Jaleh of her role with Mutiny today?
  3. What does Jaleh know now that she wishes she had known when she entered the world of SaaS?

Read the transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Jaleh Rezaei

Feb 11, 2020
SaaStr 306: Bessemer Ventures Partner Alex Ferrara on State of the Cloud 2019: Europa Edition
22:39

Join Bessemer Venture Partners' Alex Ferrara as he takes a look at trends and predictions for the cloud industry in 2019. One of the most popular sessions from SaaStr Annual, this presentation will provide an in-depth look at the cloud computing industry across Europe and globally.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Feb 06, 2020
SaaStr 305: Lessons From Scaling Box From 5 Employees To IPO & The Right Way For Startups To Approach Partnerships with Karen Page, General Partner @ B Capital Group
35:33

Karen Page is a General Partner @ B Capital Group with a portfolio including the likes of Bird, Branch, Icertis, Evidation Health and Ninja Van to name a few. Prior to joining the world of venture, Karen was a Senior Director at Apple and before Apple, Karen spent an incredible 9 years at Box as a founding member of the executive team, where she was responsible for defining and leading Box's Industry GTM strategy. Plus, from 2007 until 2013, Karen ran all of Box's business development, partnership, and strategic alliance activities. If that was not enough, Karen is also on the board of some incredible companies including Deputy and Plastiq. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Karen made her way into the world of SaaS as one of the first employees at Box and then how that led to her transition to the world of investing with B Capital? 
  • What were Karen's biggest takeaways from seeing the hyper-scaling at Box? How did helping Aaron raise the Series B and onwards inform her view of what it takes to raise funding from the best SaaS investors? How does Karen think her mindset will shift when making the move from angel to now institutionally investing with B Capital?
  • When does Karen think is the right time for startups to think about partnerships? What questions should they ask in the “dating” phase of a potential partnership? What are the red flags? Does Karen agree that signing a massive partner too early can be dangerous? What does Karen recommend in terms of getting in front of the best CIOs? 
  • Is Karen concerned by the compression of fundraising timelines? How does Karen meet entrepreneurs before they go out to raise? How does Karen advise founders when it comes to the question of whether they should always be raising or not?     

Karen’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Karen know now that she wishes she had known entering the SaaS industry?
  2. What is Karen’s favourite book? Why?
  3. Can a partnership be too big too early for a startup?

Read the transcript on our blog.

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Harry Stebbings

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Karen Page 

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Feb 03, 2020
SaaStr 304: CircleCI CRO Jane Kim on Scaling up Your Sales Managers: 5 Mistakes New Leaders Make
27:39

If your SaaS business has a sales team, there’s no way to grow 100% year-over-year without also growing your sales leadership. In this talk, CircleCI VP of Revenue Jane Kim will talk about the 5 mistakes all new sales leaders make. Knowing the common pitfalls won’t stop you or your team from making them, but it will help build the most important skill any manager can have: resiliency. Come and learn how to build great leaders so you can grow your team, and ultimately, your business.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Jan 30, 2020
SaaStr 303: What It Takes To Build Dev Communities and Early Developer Adoption, How To Structure Trials and Freemium For Optimum Success and The 4 Different Pricing Variables To Consider with Eugenio Pace, Founder & CEO @ Auth0
34:19

Eugenio Pace is the Founder & CEO @ Auth0, the startup that allows you to rapidly integrate authentication and authorization for web, mobile, and legacy applications so you can focus on your core business. To date, Eugenio has raised over $213m with Auth0 from some of the best in the business including Meritech, Sapphire, Manu Kumar @ K9, Bessemer and Trinity. Prior to founding Auth0, Eugenio spent an incredible 12 years at Microsoft leading the Program Management team in the patterns & practices group at Microsoft.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Eugenio made his way into the world of startups with the founding of Auth0? What were his biggest takeaways from 12 years watching the hyper-growth of Microsoft first hand? 
  • How does being a developer-first product fundamentally change the go-to-market? Who has done this best over the last few years? What have they done that has allowed them to scale faster than others? What has been Eugenio’s takeaways in what works when building developer communities and early developer adoption?
  • How does Eugenio respond to the common thinking that “devs don’t have the budget”? Does this limit your ability to expand into large ACVs once in an organisation? How does Eugenio approach the issue of agency when selling to CIOs but having devs use the product? 
  • What have been Eugenio’s biggest lessons in what it takes to make a freemium product successful? How does one know how much of the secret sauce to giveaway? How does Eugenio approach pricing today through 4 different variables? How does Eugenio adopt a variable pricing mechanism that does not discourage usage?     

Eugenio’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Quality or quantity of logos in the early days?
  2. What does Eugenio know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning of his time at Auth0?
  3. What is the hardest element of his role today as CEO? What is he doing to really upscale there? 

Read the transcript on our blog.

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Harry Stebbings

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Eugenio Pace

Jan 27, 2020
SaaStr 302: New Relic CCO Roger Scott on 7 Tips and Tricks to Having Happy Customers at Scale
26:07

Customer expectations are at an all-time high, making it more and more difficult for companies to please them. Companies who understand their customers well are the ones who rise to the top over their competitors. New Relic, provider of real-time insights for software-driven businesses has this formula figured out. Hear from Roger Scott, New Relic's EVP and Chief Customer Officer as he shares his 7 tips and tricks for keeping your customers happy— and how to do so at a large scale.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Jan 23, 2020
SaaStr 301: BigID’s Founder Dimitri Sirota on Raising $105M In The Last 5 Months of 2019, How To Know When To Pour Fuel On The Fire & How Founders Should Think About Runway and If There Is Cash On The Table, Whether You Take It?
26:54

Dimitri Sirota is the Founder & CEO @ BigID, the startup that provides advanced data discovery and intelligence for the data centre and cloud. To date Dimitri has raised over $145M for BigID from some of the best in the world of enterprise including Boldstart, Scale Venture Partners, Bessemer, Salesforce Ventures and Tiger Global who just a couple of weeks ago, led their latest $50M Series C. Before to BigID, Dimitri founded 2 prior businesses, the first in 1999 being a VPN security company called eTunnels and then the second being Layer Technologies where Dimitri enjoyed an incredible 10 year journey leading to their acquisition by CA Technologies in 2013. Dimitri is also an angel investor with a portfolio including Zume Pizza, Modalyst and TalentClick. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Dimitri made his way into the world of enterprise software and came to found BigID as his third company? 
  • What specifically would Dimitri advise founders when the interests of their investor are not aligned to theirs? What is the right way to manage that situation? Does Dimitri believe that founders should always be raising? Does Dimitri believe when the money is on the table, you should take it? What is the right way for founders to think about valuation? 
  • What did the fundraising journey look like for BigID? What situation does every founder want to put themselves in? How does Dimitri think about runway and using fundraising for optionality? What does Dimitri make of the rise of pre-emptive rounds? How does Dimitri determine when is the right time to pour fuel on the fire?     

Dimitri's 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is his biggest strength and biggest weakness as a CEO?
  2. Who was the first check in BigID? How did the check come about?
  3. What does Dimitri believe that most around him disbelieve? 

Read the transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Dimitri Sirota

Jan 20, 2020
SaaStr 300: Algolia CTO Julien Lemoine on a Founder's Guide to Scaling Applications: When to Build, When to Buy and What Breaks
25:10

When it comes to seamlessly scaling your applications, a top-notch engineering team will be your foundation. Next comes the decisions to build or buy your infrastructure, DNS, monitoring, and analytics tools. Julian Lemoine, Co-Founder, and CTO of Algolia will share his lessons learned on how to stay focused and innovative as you scale while also avoiding the innovation for innovation’s sake pitfalls.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Jan 16, 2020
SaaStr 299: Automation Anywhere CIO, Yousuf Khan on The Big Green and Red Flags When Pitching CIOs Today, How To Approach Pricing Discussions with CIOs & How to Make Procurement Processes Successful
34:04

Yousuf Khan is the Chief Information Officer @ Automation Anywhere, the only web-based and cloud-native RPA platform. To date, Automation Anywhere has raised over $840m in financing from Salesforce Ventures, Workday, General Atlantic and NEA to name a few. Prior to Automation Anywhere, Yousuf was the CIO & VP of Customer Success @ Moveworks. During his time at the company, they raised over $108m from Lightspeed, ICONIQ, Kleiner, Sapphire and Bain Capital. Before Moveworks, Yousuf was CIO @ Pure Storage during their period of hypergrowth both as a private and public company. Finally, before Pure, Yousuf’s first role in the valley was with Qualys again as CIO where he owned the entire global IT budget.   

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Yousuf made his way from the UK to the valley and how that led to his becoming one of the leading CIOs today in the rising prominence of CIOs in enterprise? 
  • What are the biggest green lights for CIOs when startups are pitching them? Why does Yousuf believe now more than ever, the buyer experience is more important than the price? What makes for the best buyer experience for the CIO? What are the biggest red flags CIOs see when startups are pitching them? What must startups always remember when pitching CIOs?
  • How does Yousuf advise CIOs to approach pricing strategy when pitching CIOs? What must startups remember about how CIOs think about price? What other elements of the contract should startups really spend a lot of time focusing on? Where do founders make mistakes in negotiation? What can they do to enforce a sense of urgency when signing new clients?  
  • What can startups do to actively work with procurement teams and make the process as fast as possible? How does Yousuf advise founders to think about customised procurement requests to fit certain buyers? What do CIOs really want to see in the form of security and compliance? How can startups clearly and articulately present their plans for security, compliance and change management?     

Yousuf’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Who does Yousuf think is killing it in the world of CIO’s today? Why?
  2. What is the ideal relationship between the CIO and the CEO?
  3. What are the core reasons buying processes take longer? 

Read the transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Yousuf Khan

Jan 13, 2020
SaaStr 298: Podium CEO Eric Rea on Scaling Outside Silicon Valley: Going from $0 to $60M ARR in 4 Years
23:37

Startup success is not exclusive to Silicon Valley. With more companies launching and thriving outside of Silicon Valley, regions such as ‘Silicon Slopes’ in Utah and ‘Silicon Alley’ in New York City are gaining traction within the startup scene. Podium, an interaction management platform for local businesses, was founded in Utah and grew from five employees in 2015 to more than 300 in 2019 to become one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies in the United States. In just four years, Podium has raised almost $100 million, with annual recurring revenue increasing to almost $60 million. Eric Rea, CEO of Podium, will share how he grew the company he launched from his spare bedroom into one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies in the country.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Jan 09, 2020
SaaStr 297: Why Channel Partnerships Can Be The Biggest Accelerant To Your Business, How To Hire for Channel Partnerships and The Biggest Mistakes SaaS Founders Make In The Early Days with Bob Moore, Founder & CEO @ Crossbeam
35:52

Bob Moore is the Founder & CEO @ Crossbeam, the startup that helps companies find overlapping prospects and customers while keeping the rest of their data private and secure. To date Bob has raised over $15m with Crossbeam from friends of the show including Andy @ Uncork, Matt @ Firstmark, Bill @ First Round and Matt @ Salesforce Ventures, to name a few. Prior to Crossbeam, Bob founded Stitched, a powerful ETL service built for developers that was acquired by Talend in 2018. Before that Bob co-founded RJ Metrics, where he built a global base of online retailers leading to their acquisition by Magento Commerce in 2016. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Bob made his way into the world of SaaS and came to found Crossbeam?
  • As an entrepreneur, Bob has previously said, “no one is coming to save you”. What did he mean by this? What were the core mistakes that he made with RJ Metrics? Is it the responsibility of the board to course correct at this early stage? How does Bob determine whether to be visionary and determined vs realising when something is not working?
  • Does Bob agree with the notion that channel sales have completely died in the world of SaaS? Why is this? What are the drivers of it’s death? How important is it to own the entire customer journey? At what scale does that become impossible? In terms of replacement, what does Bob believe will be the emerging trends in SaaS Go To Market that will replace it? 
  • How does Bob think about when is the right time to hire a Head of Partnerships? In the early days, partnerships can be a distraction, how does Bob determine between right and wrong when determining whether to engage in a partnership? Where do most startups go wrong both in hiring for partnerships and in the engagements themselves? 

Bob’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What is the hardest element of Bob’s role with Crossbeam today?
  2. What does Bob believe that most around him disbelieve?
  3. What does Bob know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning?

Read the transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Bob Moore

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Jan 06, 2020
SaaStr 296: Cloudflare Head of Products Jen Taylor on 5 Steps to Launching a Product
15:57

The vision of exceeding sales, establishing credibility and successfully launching a product is no small task, especially when striving for that perfect introduction into the world of consumers. With so many articles, investors, and outside opinions, the true, simple tasks of launching can get lost in the noise. In this session, Jen Taylor, Head of Products at Cloudflare, will share her expertise and teach you to forget the noise, stick to the basics, and use 5 easy steps to turn that idea into a reality.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Jan 02, 2020
SaaStr 295: Most Downloaded VC Episode of 2019 with Tom Tunguz, General Partner @ Redpoint Ventures
35:02

This interview originally aired as Episode 213 on February 26, 2019.

Tom Tunguz is General Partner @ Redpoint Ventures, the venture fund with a portfolio including the likes of Stripe, Netflix, Zuora, Hashicorp and Juniper Networks just to name a few. As for Tom, he joined Redpoint in 2008 and has since led investments in Kustomer, Looker, Expensify and Gremlin all prior guests on the show I hasten to add. He is also the co-author of Winning with Data: exploring the cultural changes big data brings to business. Tom has also been named on the Forbes Midas Brink list. Before joining Redpoint, Tomasz was the product manager for Google’s AdSense social-media products and AdSense internationalization.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Tom made his way from creating software with his father in Brazil to being GP and forefront figure in the SaaS investment community as a GP at Redpoint today?
  • Annual contracts: To what extent do annual contracts dominate today? How does this differ when comparing enterprise to SMB? Why does Tom think in the early days one should be wary of signing too many multi-year contracts? What are the dangers there? How does Tom think about calculating churn when it comes to multi-year contracts?
  • What were the findings on what good looks like when it comes to logo retention? How does this differ when comparing SMB to enterprise? What were the commonalities of leading indicators of churn? Is it fair to always surmise that when serving SMB one will always have a higher rate of churn? What is the right way to conduct a churn analysis?
  • Assisted vs unassisted: What does Tom believe are the leading benchmarks for both? How does this differ when comparing SMB to enterprise? How does the impact of a salesperson change the conversion rate? What time frame from SAL to closed lead suggests product market fit? What one question must all founders be asking in the sales process? 
  • How does Tom think about constructing comp plans the right way today? How should comp plans differ when comparing AEs to customer success? Where should the responsibility for upsell lie, customer success or sales? Should sales commission be paid on renewals?  

Tom’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Tom know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning?
  2. What is Tom’s favourite book and why?
  3. What is Tom’s most recent investment and why did he say yes?

Read the transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Tom Tunguz

 

Dec 30, 2019
SaaStr 294: Egnyte CCO Rajesh Ram on Land, Expand, Explode: How to Win the Long-Game in SaaS
23:39

The SaaS business model has risen to popularity for many reasons - it’s fast-paced, creates residual revenue streams, and well, the multiples are strong. However, while many are flocking to reap the benefits of the SaaS model, truly understanding how it works sustaining success over time is not as easy as some make it look. Rajesh is going to walk you through the key elements of winning the long game in SaaS - how to win customers, how to create long-term relationships, and how to avoid churn. He will also provide insights on the differences between commercial and enterprise customers and the key metrics to keep an eye on as you grow your business.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Dec 26, 2019
SaaStr 293: OpenView Partner Ashley Smith on Using Product Led Growth as an Indicator for Investment
19:19

Congratulations you’ve built a product that’s proven itself in the marketplace! So how can you leverage that product’s success to obtain the valuation and funding you need to scale? Ashley Smith, Venture Partner at OpenView will provide insight on what investors are looking for in product metrics and growth indicators so you can capitalize on your product's story for funding.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog. 

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Dec 19, 2019
SaaStr 292: Most Downloaded Founder Episode of 2019 with Manny Medina, Founder & CEO @ Outreach
27:06

This interview originally aired as Episode 229 on April 29, 2019.

Manny Medina is the Founder & CEO @ Outreach, the market leading sales engagement platform that turns your team into a revenue driving machine. To date, Manny has raised over $114m in funding from some great people including friends of the show in the form of Alex Clayton @ Spark, Mayfield, Trinity Ventures and DFJ Growth, just to name a few. Prior to founding Outreach, Manny spent 7 years with Microsoft where he ran the Latin America and Canada business development group for Microsoft’s emerging mobile division, representing $50M of yearly revenue. Befofe that Manny was a Senior Product Manager @ Amazon where he engineered the compensation system for Amazon Associates and Web-Services which accounts for 15% of Amazon's traffic. 

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Manny made his way to found the leader in sales engagement from product management at Amazon and Business Development @ Microsoft.
  • How does Manny fundamentally approach managing top of funnel? What are the 2 big dangers of not managing it aggressively? What can be done to ensure not only full but high quality top of funnel? 
  • Why does Manny believe it is so important to track pipeline coverage as one of your core metrics? What does good look like when it comes to pipeline coverage? How does this change if you are creating vs in an existing market? How does Manny think about specialisation within the sales function? Why are SDR’s 99% of the time not able to carry leads to completion? 
  • How does Manny think about quota construction today? Does Manny err on the side of setting high to be ambitious or setting low to increase confidence? How can managers really empower their reps to be aggressive in hitting their quota and exceeding it? How does Manny think about resource allocation on the individual rep level? What is sufficient? What is excessive?
  • Does Manny believe that the founder should always be responsible for selling their product at one moment in time? How did Manny sell the first $1m in ARR simply through walking the streets of SOMA and selling door-to-door? What were his biggest lessons from doing this?  Why does Manny believe that you should not have a VP before $5m? 

60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Manny know now that he wishes he had known in the beginning?
  2. What does the future of sales prospecting look like to Manny?
  3. What would Manny like to change about the world of SaaS today?

Read the transcript on our blog.

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

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Harry Stebbings

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Manny Medina

Dec 16, 2019
SaaStr 291: LucidChart CEO Karl Sun on Top Lessons Learned From Our Best and Worst Marketing Experiments
24:28

Lucidchart has been recognized as one of the most mature Product Lead Growth business models in the market, driving over 700,000 registrations per month, combined with a hyper-efficient B2B business model. It didn’t happen by accident. It happened through experimentation: from extensive A/B testing (with over 500 marketing tests completed in 2018), to testing crazy brand videos (which have garnered over 200 million views and was named the only ad campaign that truly mattered in 2018 by Adweek), to constant iteration and expansion of the business model.

Experimental marketing brings together the science and art of marketing, allowing for creativity that drives results. It’s an essential skill in the toolkit of the modern marketer, and one that’s easy to get started with, no matter your company scale.


Key Takeaways:

- Discover how to start or extend your marketing experimentation.
- Learn how marketing experimentation can apply across funnels, brands, and business models.
- Get tips on how to build a culture of experimentation that fosters creativity and drives business results.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Dec 12, 2019
SaaStr 290: How To Sell To CIOs Successfully; Discounting, Freemium, Trials, Multi-Year Contracts, Transparency on Product Roadmap; The Ultimate Guide with Yousuf Khan, Serial CIO, Startup & VC Advisor
36:31

Yousuf Khan is a serial CIO, start-up and VC advisor. Most recently Yousuf was the CIO & VP of Customer Success @ Moveworks, the advanced AI built for enterprise providing automatic resolution of IT issues. During his time at the company, they raised over $108m from Lightspeed, ICONIQ, Kleiner, Sapphire and Bain Capital. Pre Moveworks, Yousuf was CIO @ Pure Storage during their period of hypergrowth both as a private and public company. Finally, before Pure, Yousuf’s first role in the valley was with Qualys again as CIO where he owned the entire global IT budget.   

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Yousuf made his way from the UK to the valley and how that led to his becoming one of the leading CIOs today in the rising prominence of CIOs in enterprise? 
  • How open and can transparent can CEOs be with CIOs? Do CIOs know the state of early-stage companies in terms of their cash situation, fundraising etc? Does that ever put them off buying? What is the right tone and temperament to take with those CIOs in the first meetings? How does Yousuf advise founders on quality or quantity of logos in the early days? 
  • How does Yousuf advise CEOs approach CIOs when it comes to discounting? Do they make a difference to the buying decision of the CIO really? Should founders offer discounts in exchange for customer testimonials? How can CEOs provide alternative forms of social validity to other CIOs in the ecosystem, other than case studies?  
  • How does Yousuf advise founders approach CIOs when it comes to multi-year deals? Does the mindset of the CIO change when the deal is paid upfront? How should the founders position that? When it comes to implementation, how important is time to value in the mind of the CIO? What is the worst thing a founder can do when discussing implementation?    

Yousuf’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What separates good from great when it comes to CIOs?
  2. What makes the best board members?
  3. What are Yousuf’s biggest strengths and weaknesses?

Read the transcript on our blog. 

If you would like to find out more about the show and the guests presented, you can follow us on Twitter here:

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Yousuf Khan

Dec 09, 2019
SaaStr 289: Salesloft CEO Kyle Porter, Zoom Head of Sales Ops Hilary Headlee and FireEye VP of WW Commercial SalesChristina Foley on 7 Key Tips & Tricks to Getting More Revenue Per AE
23:26

Salesloft CEO Kyle Porter, Zoom Head of Sales Ops Hilary Headlee and Fireeye VP of WW Sales Christina Foley share the seven tips and tricks to getting more revenue per AE.

This episode is an excerpt of a SaaStr Annual 2019 session. You can see the full video on our YouTube channel.

Dec 05, 2019
SaaStr 288: Why Marketing Is The Gatekeeper of Customer Experience, The Relationship Between Customer Success and Marketing Today & How To Reduce Friction in The Hand-Off From Marketing to Sales with Des Cahill, CMO @ Oracle CX Cloud Suite
36:34

Des Cahill is the Chief Marketing Officer for Oracle CX Cloud Suite, an integrated set of marketing, sales, commerce and service solutions that power customer experience for thousands of leading global brands. Prior to Oracle, Des was the CMO @ Kerio Technologies marketing to over 60,000 SMB customers and 5,000 channel partners. Before Kerio, Des was the CMO @ Ensighten, where he helped grow the customer base from 10 to 100 and revenues from $2M to $14M. Des has also spent time as CEO having founded and grown Habeas Inc from 0 to 450 customers, $9M in revenue and raising 3 rounds of venture financing. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Des made his way into the world of startups and came to be CMO of Oracle’s CX Cloud suite? 
  • Why does Des believe customers are more unpredictable now than ever before? How is their behaviour fundamentally changing? What are some great examples of how Des has seen companies amend to the changing consumer demands?
  • How does this change the role of the marketer today? How does this change the prioritisation of customer experience for marketers? What are the challenging elements of this change? How does the role of marketing also integrate with the post-sale and customer success with much of their content being used there?  
  • How does Des think about the relationship between marketing and sales teams? What are Des’ biggest tips on how to reduce friction in the handoff from marketing to sales? What works? What does not work? What is the right OKR to measure marketing teams? Does it have to be tied directly to revenue?  

Des’ 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. Biggest breakdown in the working of an efficient funnel?
  2. Who is killing it in SaaS marketing today and why?
  3. Advice in SaaS you commonly hear but disagree with?

Read the full transcript on our blog.

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Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Des Cahill

Dec 02, 2019
SaaStr 287: Slack's Head of NA Sales Kevin Egan and Head of Mid-Market Sales Dannie Herzberg on going From Freemium to Enterprise
22:32

Kevin Egan, Slack's VP of North American Sales and Dannie Herzberg, Slack's Director of Sales as discuss their strategies for going from Freemium to Enterprise at Slack.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

 

Nov 28, 2019
SaaStr 286: The Biggest Sales Hiring Mistakes and Lessons From Them, How To Win At Hosting B2B Events & How To Apply True Customer Segmentation and Focus To Your Customer Base with Allie Janoch, Founder & CEO @ Mapistry
32:42

Allie Janoch is the Founder & CEO @ Mapistry, the startup that makes environmental compliance simple. As for Allie, prior to founding Mapistry she started her career in MIT’s Lincoln Lab before joining IQ Engines (acquired by Yahoo). Post acquisition, Allie integrated the technology built at IQ Engines into Flickr search. 

 In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Allie made her way from the world of Yahoo to founding the game changer of environmental compliance in Mapistry? Having had both big company, small startup and founding experience, what would Allie advise new graduates entering the workforce today? 
  • What were the biggest mistakes that Allie made when it comes to sales hiring? What were the learnings from those mistakes? How does Allie advise other founders on scaling sales teams? How does Allie think about sales rep payback period? How can one determine the effectiveness of a sales rep when they are engaging in 9-12 month sales cycles?
  • How does Allie think about the importance of focus applied to customer segmentation today? How does Allie measure true customer success? NPS? Churn? Product analytics? How does Allie explain the macro market size to VCs when they initially see the small customer segment?  
  • Why did Allie start doing their own events with Mapistry? How should startups think about whether events are the right strategy for them or not? How should founders think about resource allocation and budget when it comes to events? How does Allie measure the ROI of events? 

Allie’s 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What does Allie know now that she wishes she had known at the beginning? 
  2. What would Allie most like to change about the world of tech and Silicon Valley?
  3. What is the biggest challenge for Allie today with Mapistry?

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Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Allie Janoch

Nov 25, 2019
SaaStr 285: Adyen CCO Roelant Prins and Felicis Ventures Partner Aydin Senkut on How to Build a $18B+ Success Story Far Far Away from Silicon Valley
21:34

Hear about Adyen’s journey from a Dutch payments startup to a global public company with more than 15 offices around the world working with large global companies like Facebook, Spotify, Uber, and Microsoft. CCO Roelant Prins shares lessons from the company’s own global growth path and will be giving practical tips for companies who are thinking about expanding their business globally. Roelant is joined by Felicis Ventures Founder, Aydin Senkut, who shares the commonalities he sees in successful companies...starting with culture.

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Nov 21, 2019
SaaStr 284: Why We Need To Remove The Title of CRO, What Happens If You Apply Customer Success To A Venture Portfolio & Why Net Retention Is The Most Important North Star Metric In SaaS with Travis Bryant, Partner for Founder Experience @ Redpoint Venture
37:36

Travis Bryant is Partner for Founder Experience @ Redpoint Ventures, the venture fund with a portfolio including the likes of Stripe, Netflix, Zuora, Hashicorp and Juniper Networks just to name a few. As for Travis, prior to joining Redpoint, Travis was head of Customer Growth at Front, after spending 5 years building the global Sales organization at Optimizely, the world’s most popular experimentation platform. During his time at Optimizely, the company grew from from $7 to >$90M in ARR and from 40 to 400 people. Before Optimizely, Travis spent 6 years at Salesforce in a number of sales roles including building the first Platform Sales team.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How Travis made his way into the world of venture as the first ever Partner for founder experience at Redpoint? What were the 2 biggest lessons Travis took from Salesforce? How transformational is the 12 quarter year for Salesforce?
  • Why does Travis believe we need to abolish the title of CRO? Why does it suggest misalignment between customer and vendor from Day 1? What aspects of CRO’s roles is Travis in favour of? What elements is he not in favour of? What does Travis advise founders when it comes to uniting customer facing teams?   
  • Why does Travis believe that SaaS has upended the economic model but not the engagement model? How does the engagement model with customer need to shift? What does this do to the structure of the conventional funnel? 
  • Why does Travis believe net retention must always be the guiding North Star? How does Travis think about the different steps to customer qualification today and what makes the best SDR’s? What does Travis advise founders when it comes to churn analysis? What questions must you ask? What metrics must you look for? 

Travis’ 60 Second SaaStr:

  1. What motto or quote do Travis frequently revert back to?
  2. What is the most challenging element of Travis’ role with Redpoint?
  3. How should startup operators coming out of larger organizations determine which startup to join? 

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Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

Travis Bryant

Nov 18, 2019
SaaStr 283: SocialChorus Co-Founder Nicole Alvino on What I Learned About Corporate Ethics From Enron
18:14

Nicole Alvino, founder of SocialChorus, shares some ‘truth is crazier than fiction stories’ about her time in structured finance at Enron and how she applied what she learned to build a company that has 10 of the Fortune 50 as customers. In your constant effort to grow and win, you’ll get the 5 most important lessons on how to push the envelope just far enough - while keeping your ethics in check.

Nov 14, 2019
SaaStr 282: The Ultimate Guide To Remote Work; All vs Part Remote Teams, How To Maintain Culture Across Teams, Should Compensation Be Location Adjusted, How To Structure Internal Processes with Remote Teams, How Remote Teams Impact Hiring, Sales and Fundr
26:57

Michael Pryor, Co-Founder & CEO @ Trello, now Head of Trello Product with Atlassian following their recent acquisition.

Kolton Andrus is the Founder & CEO @ Gremlin, the failure as a service startup finds weaknesses in your system before they cause problems.

Dylan Serota, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer @ Terminal, the startup that helps you create world-class technical teams through remote operations as a service.

Rachel Carlson, Co-Founder and CEO @ Guild Education, the leader in education benefits offering the single most scalable solution for preparing the workforce of today for the jobs of tomorrow. 

Sid Sijbrandi, Founder & CEO @ Gitlab, a single application for the entire software development lifecycle.

Jeppe Rindom is the Founder & CEO @ Pleo, the simple spending solution for your company automating expense reports and simplifying company expenses.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss:

  • How should founders think about the debate between all remote vs part remote teams? How does life and operations change with each? What are the pros and cons? Is it possible to move between the two overtime?
  • What can one do to maintain culture with remote teams? What processes need to be in place to ensure a cohesive and streamlined communication process? What technical architecture needs to be in place? Where are the breakpoints when it comes to communication? How often does one need to do in person off-sites?
  • How does being remote or part remote impact fundraising? How do VCs think about this new structure of operations? What is the right way to present it? How does being outside a core tech hub impact one’s ability to raise? How should one run a fundraising process if outside a core hub?  
  • How important is it for your team to be near your customers? How does this change according to sector and customer base? How important is it for your team to be near your investors? Does having an exec and sales team in one place and the rest of the team elsewhere work?  

Jason Lemkin

Harry Stebbings

SaaStr

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Nov 11, 2019
SaaStr 281: Vista Equity Principal Rene Yang Stewart and Zapproved CEO Monica Enand on From Product Market Fit to Scale
21:24

Rene Yang Stewart, Co-Head and Principal, Vista Equity Partners, and Monica Enand, Founder and CEO, Zapproved discuss growing a company from product market fit to scale. Vista Equity Partners invested in Zapproved in 2017. Hear perspectives from both the investor and founder on growth to scale.

Find the video and full transcript on our blog.

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Nov 07, 2019
SaaStr 280: SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin and Mixmax Head of Revenue Don Erwin on The Secrets to Managing a Successful Sales Team
22:43