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By Michael Krigsman on July 31, 2014
Social enterprise — communication, collaboration, and knowledge sharing across business silos and departmental boundaries — is a core part of digital business transformation initiatives. Research from IDC sheds light on this topic.
By Jason M. Lemkin on July 28, 2014
Recently, I was talking to the CEO of a pretty successful SaaS company doing ~$3m in ARR, growing nicely, in a good space. Doing just fine. And he was proud he’d just hired a VP of Sales at a below-market rate. Dude. I told him. That’s a negative. Because at your size and growth rate, […]
By Mark Suster on July 28, 2014
I recently attended and presented at Dave McClure’s PreMoney conference in San Francisco. I go every year because I love events hosted & moderated by insiders involving discussions by insiders because it maximizes the amount of real discussions people have. What you’ll see if you watch the video is an unscripted and unfiltered look into […]
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By Michael Krigsman on July 25, 2014
Changing technologies, client expectations, competition and an evolving market environment have forced business process outsourcers to adapt. Here’s what you need to know.
Come to the SaaStr New York Social Wed July 30 at Work-Bench — And Also Learn How to Hire a Great VP of Product!
By Jason M. Lemkin on July 24, 2014
Ok we’ve had a great time in the Big Apple so far. Last week, we gave a great keynote at the Enterprise Tech Meet-up on How to Hire a Great VP of Sales. We’ll put the video up soon. And next week, together with Work-Bench, NYC’s leading Enterprise Growth Accelerator, we’ll have our first SaaStr Social […]
By Mark Suster on July 24, 2014
Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds. We’ve had an explosion of alternate sources of financing from crowd-sourcing, angels, accelerators, incubators, corporates, corporate […]
By Jason M. Lemkin on July 23, 2014
Much of SaaStr involves sharing my learnings, mistakes, improvements, etc. as a founder CEO that lived the journey from $0 to $100m in ARR. But do I practice what I preach? I hope so. Let’s take a look together. Recently, I was fortunate enough to invest what I believe is an outstanding SaaS company and service, […]
By Mark Suster on July 23, 2014
There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like) The poor performance of the asset class (this analysis has […]
By Jacob Morgan on July 16, 2014
The internet of things is still a very big area of discussion and exploration. The folks over at Appinions (an influencer marketing platform) put together an interesting list of companies that are having a huge impact on the internet of things industry. Based on their scoring system here is what they came up with. […]
SaaStr Hits The Big Apple: Keynote at Enterprise Tech Meetup this Wednesday, Office Hours, Work-Bench, More
By Jason M. Lemkin on July 16, 2014
Today SaaStr’s hit the Big Apple. I’ll be in town for several weeks, hanging out at Enterprise workspace / accelerator Work-Bench and a few other places around town. We’ll try to do a few events. First, this Wednesday, I’ll be doing the keynote at the New York Enterprise Tech Meetup, at Cooley LLP. I’ll be talking […]
By Michael Krigsman on July 14, 2014
A few years ago, Gartner analysts predicted, “by 2017, the CMO will spend more on IT than the CIO.” As you can see from the opening slide on their presentation (registration required) about the topic, Gartner trumpeted this prediction loudly: Although Gartner phrased its prediction to gain attention, the detailed explanatory presentation offers vague and rather inconclusive data to support the core […]
By Cameron Graham on July 10, 2014
According to a recent Gallup poll, 72% of Americans are either disengaged or actively disengaged from their work. The study stated, “Over the past several decades, business and psychological researchers—including Gallup—have identified a strong relationship between employees’ workplace engagement and their respective company’s overall performance. It is likely that organizations with engaged employees experience positive […]
By Jason M. Lemkin on July 8, 2014
If you look at the SaaS companies that have IPO’d to date, you’ll see one common theme: almost all sell to Large Enterprises, either almost entirely (Veeva, Workday), mainly (Salesforce, Cornerstone), or in large part (Box, coming). It just makes sense. The reason isn’t just because Large Enterprises have more money. In fact, as a […]
By Chirag Mehta on July 1, 2014
Joey Votto is one of the best hitters in the MLB who plays for Cincinnati Reds. Lately he has received a lot of criticism for not swinging on strikes when there are runners on base. Five Thirty Eight decided to analyze this criticism with the help of data. They found this criticism to be true; […]