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The Official SaaStr Podcast: SaaS | Founders | Investors

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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Oct 5, 2022

Amidst the volatility of today’s economic climate and market, GTM leaders need to be especially savvy when it comes to their company growth strategies and earning their customers’ love. A renowned enterprise software leader that has led revenue organizations and spearheaded the cloud GTM strategies at companies such as Oracle, New Relic and now Confluent, Erica Schultz is Confluent’s President of Field Operations and will share what she has seen evolve in enterprise GTM and tips on how to thrive in the current environment. From PLG and consumption-based pricing, to value-based selling and driving efficient growth, Erica will share veteran insights that will help you develop your own successful GTM strategy.

 

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Sep 30, 2022

Anu Hariharan works with hundreds of startups annually as Managing Director at Y Combinator. Through experience, she explains five company-altering learnings from B2B startups that founders should consider at the earliest stages of their businesses.

 

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Sep 28, 2022

Product-led growth (PLG) is the consumerization of software—a strategy B2B software companies can learn from growth teams at successful consumer tech companies. 

 

Stage 2 Capital’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Mark Roberge, breaks down what a consumer tech growth team looks like and how they operate. He advises bringing these features to a B2B growth team and then shares mistakes that B2B companies make while adding go-to-market (GTM) to PLG.

 

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Sep 23, 2022

Bessemer Venture Partners unpacks the most important trends of the cloud economy, and explores the new milestone entrepreneurs need to value above all else—reaching Centaur status, or $100M in ARR—and the paths to get there. Releasing insights for founders with big ambitions, Sameer Dholakia, Elliott Robinson, and Mary D’Onofrio share the insights from cloud benchmark data and dive into the strategies that three Centaur companies took to scale their cloud businesses to $100M ARR.

 

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Sep 21, 2022

Join Mailchimp Co-Founder Ben Chestnut and SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin in a follow-up to their popular fireside chat held during SaaStr @ Home 2020. Ben and Jason will chat about the highlights–and the challenges–of scaling a company like Mailchimp to $1B ARR.

 

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Sep 16, 2022

This session will explore the approaches and measures that founders and leadership teams can take to successfully scale their business and expand into new markets. It will be led by Harry Briggs, a founder turned VC with experience both in building his own business with customers in over 35 countries and supporting his portfolio founders in executing their international expansion plans. OMERS Venture Managing Partner Jambu Palaniappan led Uber's EMEA expansion and Harry also shares some of Jambu's learnings from Uber.

 

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Sep 14, 2022

As reaching $100 million in ARR continues to be a critical milestone for SaaS players, UserZoom CEO Alfonso de la Nuez and CMO Sophie Chesters will explain how they have taken UserZoom's business to the next level since its founding in 2007 and share ten relevant lessons learned during UserZoom's journey to $100 million in ARR in the user experience management space.

 

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Sep 9, 2022

Fundraising with a successful VC firm is a huge goal for entrepreneurs, especially in the early stages of the business. But the path to a deal isn’t always as straightforward as it may seem. During an enlightening session at SaaStr Europa 2022, Zach Coelius (Managing Partner at Coelius Capital) and Tiffany Luck (Investor at GGV Capital) share the secrets and lesser-known players in the world of venture capital. As Luck says, “There are many players in the VC ecosystem, and so your entry point to fundraising might be with any one of these players.”

 

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Sep 7, 2022

How do you build a sales organization from scratch? How do you go from $0 to $1M ARR and beyond? What about moving from founder-led sales to building a sales team and scaling your revenue growth?

Demodesk’s CEO, Veronika Riederle, and VP of Revenue, Lauren Wright, answer the most pertinent questions on scaling a SaaS start-up as they take us through lessons learned from the three stages of growth.

 

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Sep 2, 2022

As a founder, there are different ways you can set your start-up apart from other companies at the venture and growth stages. Investors look for specific metrics to see whether you stand out from the crowd, ranging from your market expansion potential to your product vision and product-market fit.

Atomico Partner, Irina Haivas, and Principal, Hillary Ball, explore what investors are looking for from the early stage through growth.

 

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Aug 31, 2022

As Showpad is close to crossing $100 in ARR PJ will share his most important learnings from scaling Showpad as its CEO. 

He'll cover the hard lessons learned, the highs and the lows on hiring, board dynamics, raising money, internationalization and personal growth.

 

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Aug 26, 2022

As SaaStr Europa 2022 drew to a close, attendees took one more opportunity to ask Jason questions about topics like how to navigate the current market, the future of work, playing in a crowded space, and hiring your first VP of Sales.

Podcast episode 585 is an excerpt from the AMA. You can watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/AGHRqE54hTg

Transcript of full AMA here: https://www.saastr.com/the-answers-to-scaling-hiring-and-everything-else-a-saastr-europa-ama-with-saastr-ceo-jason-lemkin-pod-585-video/

 

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Aug 24, 2022

Most software startups rely on ARR as the first indicator of success. However, not every company understands the power of trust and credibility your first customers bring. Eleonore will speak about Pigment’s customer growth strategy and the approach to build a raving ambassador community. She will also share insight into bringing the trust philosophy into early product development.

 

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Aug 19, 2022

Jason recently opened up an AMA on Twitter Spaces to answer questions about scaling faster. This episode is an excerpt of that AMA.

Jason answers questions about

  • marketing and customer acquisition
  • customer onboarding
  • M&A as a growth strategy
  • sales comp plans
  • sustainable scaling
  • sales cycles 
  • the fake question that won't go away: "build vs buy"

 

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Aug 17, 2022

We’ve learned Saas companies strive to achieve the T2D3 model. Join Bill Binch, Former EVP Sales, Marketo (currently Operating Partner at Battery Ventures) as he discusses Marketo’s success and why the same old playbook needs to be adapted for today. Learn from Bill on how the CEO & CRO relationship shapes this and what new ideas founders need to think through.

 

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Aug 12, 2022

Jason recently opened up an AMA on Twitter Spaces to answer questions about VC funding and scaling in SaaS. This episode is an excerpt of that AMA.

 

Transcript: https://www.saastr.com/vc-funding-scaling-saas-an-ama-with-saastr-ceo-jason-lemkin-pod-581/

 

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Aug 10, 2022

In conversation with Matthew Jacobson, Partner at ICONIQ Growth, Miro Founder and CEO Andrey Khusid will share his real-time revelations from growing Miro— which he likens to “building a plane while flying"—and what it takes to create a company that will endure for the longterm.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/s1Wz1nwASGM

 

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Aug 5, 2022

SaaStr’s own Poya Osgouei has a great Uncharted podcast that does a deeper dive with many SaaS execs. 

Up this week is our own Jason Lemkin, Founder and CEO of SaaStr. 

We're cross-posting this great deep dive episode where they discuss how SaaStr has evolved over the last 10 years, and discuss the importance of focusing on field marketing now that folks are eager to get back together.

Aug 3, 2022

Which metrics matter and which can distract you when building a fast growth SaaS startup? Index Ventures Partner Molly Alter shares benchmarks for the most important metrics that will accelerate your growth and attract investors in your next round. She will explain how these differ by stages of the business, from Seed to Growth, and for different types of SaaS businesses.

 

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Jul 29, 2022

Jason recently opened up an AMA on Twitter Spaces to answer questions about scaling faster. This episode is an excerpt of that AMA.

 

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Jul 27, 2022

Although core to the European economy, accounting for around 11M companies and 99.8% of businesses in Western Europe, the SMB market has largely been underserved by software providers. Now, companies like PayFit are on a mission to meet this underserved audience’s needs. With its unique and flexible cloud architecture, PayFit has already met the payroll and HR management demands of 7,000+ SMBs across four countries and grown to 900+ employees. Getting to this point from just 40 team members and 200 customers back in 2017 takes more than just grit, vision and a great product. It takes a solid GTM strategy focused on launching and growing the company’s competitive advantage in each core market, an in-depth knowledge of your target audience and the ability to hire exceptional team members along the way. In this session, Philippe Botteri, Partner at Accel, and Firmin Zocchetto, co-founder and CEO at PayFit, discuss the seven secrets behind the company’s SMB GTM strategy.

 

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Jul 22, 2022

The last few years have certainly tested marketers, but 2022 serves up a brand new array of challenges. Uncharted territory stretches ahead, but the unknown can also present opportunities for growth and greatness. 

 

At Mutiny's The Second Lever digital conference, SaaStr Founder Jason Lemkin hosted a star-studded CMO panel featuring Salesforce President & CMO Sarah Franklin, Box CMO Chris Koehler, and Attentive CMO Sara Varni. In the eye-opening session, these marketing leaders discuss the market pulse, impactful branding, and strategies for the future.

 

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Jul 20, 2022

Scale-up seems easier than start-up in many ways. You've established product-market fit. You've sold $5 or $10M in ARR. You've found a buyer persona to sell and problem (aka, use-case) to solve. You've answered all the hard questions. Now, all you have to do is scale it up. Easy-peasy, right? Not so fast. In this presentation, I'll cover what I see as the top 5 mistakes made during the scale-up phase based on my experience as a CEO of two startups in the $0 to $100M range, CMO of two in the $50M to $1B range, advisor to dozens of startups, and EIR at Balderton capital where we work with scores of startups at both the early and growth stages. We'll discuss: premature scaling, US expansion, insufficient enablement and support, inexperienced management, and the delicate topic of reacceleration after a stall. As a bonus, we'll talk about when your "second album" (i.e., product) should come out and how to maintain focus in a world of market- and sometimes board-driven distractions.

 

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Jul 15, 2022

Jason recently opened up an AMA on Twitter Spaces to answer questions about scaling from $1M to $10M. This episode is an excerpt of that AMA.

 

See the full transcript: https://www.saastr.com/scaling-from-1-to-10m-an-ama-with-saastr-ceo-and-founder-jason-lemkin-pod-573

 

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Jul 13, 2022

In this episode of the SaaStr Podcast, Insider Co-Founder and CEO Hande Cilinger will dive into 10 mistakes to avoid in building out a revenue organization. Tune in to this week's episode for Hande’s take on how to best hire, enable, sell, and grow.

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