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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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Jul 1, 2022

To celebrate 10 years of SaaStr, we’re revisiting some classic podcast episodes. Up today: a 2016 interview with Harry Stebbings and Front Co-Founder and CEO Mathilde Collin. Just this week, Front announced their Series D at a 1.7 billion dollar valuation that makes Front one of only 11 SaaS Unicorns founded and led by women.

 

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Jun 29, 2022

In the last few weeks, the VC funding environment has changed dramatically. In this session, Christoph will share tactical advice on how to weatherproof your financial plan for the funding downturn.

 

You can see Christoph's slides here: https://www.slideshare.net/saastr/mind-the-gap-balancing-growth-and-efficiency-in-tougher-times-with-point-nine

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/vIOZ5T0HaNc

 

 

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Jun 23, 2022

At SaaStr Europa 2022, Jason shared the results of 16 SaaStr LinkedIn polls and discusses where he thinks SaaS companies are on track or need improvement.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/ra3g8XEJFs0

 

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Jun 17, 2022

To celebrate 10 years of SaaStr, we’re revisiting some classic podcast episodes. Up today: a 2016 interview with Harry Stebbings and Gusto Co-Founder and CEO Josh Reeves. At the time of this interview, Gusto had 350 employees serving 40,000 customers. Today, it's grown to more than 2,000 employees serving over 200,000 businesses.

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Jun 10, 2022

To celebrate 10 years of SaaStr, we’re revisiting some classic podcast episodes. Up today: a 2016 interview with Harry Stebbings and Flexport Founder and CEO, Ryan Petersen. In October 2016, Flexport was a single-product company with a valuation of 300 million. Today, it's a multi-product platform valued at 8 billion.

 

Ryan discusses why NPS isn't just a customer measurement, and how empowering your employees makes for happier employees and customers.

 

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Jun 9, 2022

Looking to scale revenue, get funding from a VC or private equity firm to grow your business, or take your company public? Marketing plays a key role in making any of that happen. Noreen Allen will share tips from her experience at five different tech companies, which includes three IPOs, multiple fundraising rounds, and several M&A events. She’ll walk you thru how to turn your marketing organization into a growth driver.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/7I21W5NEFsY

 

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Jun 3, 2022
To celebrate 10 years of SaaStr, we’re revisiting some classic podcast episodes. Up today: Plaid co-founder and CEO, Zach Perret. This interview with CNBC’s Ari Levy took place in February 2019, shortly after Plaid raised a Series C round at a $2.7B valuation. In 2021, Plaid raised their Series D at a $13.4B valuation.

 

Companies that have access to more accurate financial data have the ability to develop seamless exchanges of information, providing consumers with improved ways to manage their finances. But how do companies gain secure access to that data in the first place? Enter the platform company. Hear from Plaid co-founder and CEO, Zach Perret, as he walks through his lessons learned building Plaid and how it found itself at the center of the fintech ecosystem.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/cUIahrKfOq0

 

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Jun 1, 2022

The community industry is booming. Now, more than ever, companies are realizing the importance of community and the impact it can have on their businesses. Learn from a community professional with over 10 years of experience in building community for SaaS companies about what community is, who you build community for, why it's important, when to start, and how to kick things off.

 

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

 

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May 28, 2022
People do not want to buy one-size-fits-all solutions. Rather, they are looking for something flexible and adaptable to their unique needs. 

When marketing teams spend the bulk of their time completing manual tasks, data gets siloed, workflows break down, and leaders do not have the visibility they need to make customer-focused decisions.

Airtable’s CMO Archana Agrawal shares how marketers can tackle these challenges to develop solid marketing foundations for rapid customer acquisition and growth. She reveals how customer centricity, operational rigor, and data-driven strategies drove Airtable to scale and serve over 300,000 organizations, including 80% of the Fortune 100.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/2aAT8-Omcqc

 

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May 25, 2022

Organizations need livable values that drive the business and employees. If appropriately discussed and embedded, a values playbook can be the hallmark of your organization and one of the most strategic tools founders and managers have.

 

Emery Wells, co-founder of Frame.io, discusses how to set results-driven company values and why it's essential to embed those values into every part of the employee lifecycle.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/CwoHIZ16ess

 

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May 20, 2022
Doug's been an investor is so many of top SaaS companies, from Marketo to Calendly to Loom to Braze to Lattice. Today he's a general partner at one of the top growth-stage VC firms, Iconiq. He and Jason do a deep dive on where the venture markets really are today, and what it means for founders.

 

Key Takeaways:

#1. VC remains open — at least for deals < $1B valuation.

 

#2. So many top, mid, and later-stage SaaS companies raised tons of capital in 2021, so much … that few really need to go back to market and raise again this year.

 

#3. VCs are taking more time, but more “back to normal” time Growth deals can still be done in 3-4 weeks, just not 1 week now.

 

#4. Not only is there is plenty of money in venture — but even more is coming. Top funds are continuing to raise huge funds.

 

#5. The biggest issue in venture today is just that founders haven’t changed their expectations

 

#6. 2016 was tough, too. 

 

#7.  Watch What the Big PE Firms like Vista, Thoma Bravo, etc. do in SaaS.  They know.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/WehTJ4RNBaQ

 

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May 19, 2022

From a remote-first company founded in 2005 to a $7B valuation in 2022, 1Password grew for 14 years through word-of-mouth marketing and a core focus on its customers. Today the company has grown to over 600 employees, serves over 100,000 businesses, and counts individual customers in the millions. The processes have changed and the teams have grown, but the core focus on customers remains. CEO Jeff Shiner and Board Advisor Carilu Dietrich will dive into the seven most meaningful tactics that have brought 1Password to this stage.

 

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

May 13, 2022

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 11, 2022

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 6, 2022
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 5, 2022

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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Apr 29, 2022

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.

 

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Apr 27, 2022

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.

 

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Apr 22, 2022
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.

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Apr 20, 2022

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.

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Apr 15, 2022
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

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Apr 13, 2022

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 8, 2022
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.

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Dec 22, 2020

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/

 

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SaaStr

Dec 8, 2020

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/

 

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