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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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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.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/UtfXQx4zc7o

 

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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.

 

Read the full transcript of the AMA: https://www.saastr.com/scaling-faster-an-ama-with-saastr-founder-ceo-jason-lemkin-pod-577

 

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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.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/HZDBNg8JQ8w

 

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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.

Watch the full video: https://youtu.be/tnBklWSZJ-g

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Jul 8, 2022

n this session, 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. Join this session with Henry and SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin to learn where he went wrong, what he would do differently, and how to avoid making the same mistakes he did. 

This is Part 2 of Jason and Henry's interview. Part 1 can be found in Episode 570.

Watch the full video: https://youtu.be/YLSNCjAqDW0

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Jul 6, 2022

In this session, 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. Join this session with Henry and SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin to learn where he went wrong, what he would do differently, and how to avoid making the same mistakes he did. 

This is Part 1 of Jason and Henry's interview. Part 2 can be found in Episode 571 to be released on June 8, 2022.

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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 24, 2022

To celebrate 10 years of SaaStr, we’re revisiting some classic podcast episodes. Up today: Harry Stebbings interviews Shippo Co-Founder and CEO Laura Behrens Wu. In April 2016, Shippo had only 22 employees and was just beginning to scale. They've since opened new hubs in Austin and Dublin and in 2021, hired Employee number 200.

 

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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 15, 2022

RevenueCat's API handles subscriptions for more than 8 million mobile subscribers and is the subscription infrastructure for more than 4000 apps. Join Miguel Carranza, Co-founder and CTO to hear his top learnings on designing and scaling a high throughput API.

 

Full video: https://youtu.be/LOkTz0cvwS8

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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