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Acquisitions — If You Do Sell, Try to Make Sure It’s At a Local Maximum

Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve met with a series of entrepreneurs that turned down pretty attractive acquisition offers, relatively early in their lifecycle: SaaS Co. #1 turned down an $85m offer on $50k in MRR. SaaS Co.

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Acquisitions — If You Do Sell, Try to Make Sure It’s At a Local Maximum

Over the past 6 months or so, I’ve met with a series of entrepreneurs that turned down pretty attractive acquisition offers, relatively early in their lifecycle: SaaS Co. #1 turned down an $85m offer on $50k in MRR. SaaS Co.

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If You Sell Your Company — Prioritize Dollars Over Prestige

Recently I did a founders-only event sponsored by ExitRound.  It was off the record, so I won’t go into anything we spoke about. But there was one theme the audience told me from all 4 speakers.  They didn’t know selling was

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If You Sell Your Company — Prioritize Dollars Over Prestige

Recently I did a founders-only event sponsored by ExitRound.  It was off the record, so I won’t go into anything we spoke about. But there was one theme the audience told me from all 4 speakers.  They didn’t know selling was

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Got 100 Customers? Believe It Or Not, It’s Time for Your First User Conference

Let me tell you, when I was figuring out this SaaS stuff, the last thing I wanted to do was a User Conference.  I mean, I got the whole Dreamforce thing.  Salesforce is a complex product, with (sometimes) long deployment

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Got 100 Customers? Believe It Or Not, It’s Time for Your First User Conference

Let me tell you, when I was figuring out this SaaS stuff, the last thing I wanted to do was a User Conference.  I mean, I got the whole Dreamforce thing.  Salesforce is a complex product, with (sometimes) long deployment

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It Doesn’t Really Matter When Your Competitor is Acquired. (Except It Means You Weren’t.)

There’s a common bit of advice we entrepreneurs and execs always get:  worry less about the competition, and more just about growing your own business. It’s good, sound advice.  But man — it’s hard advice to follow.  Between your competitors’

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It Doesn’t Really Matter When Your Competitor is Acquired. (Except It Means You Weren’t.)

There’s a common bit of advice we entrepreneurs and execs always get:  worry less about the competition, and more just about growing your own business. It’s good, sound advice.  But man — it’s hard advice to follow.  Between your competitors’

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Inbound or Outbound Sales? The Answer is Yes

There’s a meme, a CommonThink, among certain segments that Outbound Sales is Bad, or at least, a Little Unseemly.  And maybe a lot bit Old School. That we’re in a new world of sales, a new consultative world, where leads

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Inbound or Outbound Sales? The Answer is Yes

There’s a meme, a CommonThink, among certain segments that Outbound Sales is Bad, or at least, a Little Unseemly.  And maybe a lot bit Old School. That we’re in a new world of sales, a new consultative world, where leads

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22 Critical Tips in Hiring a Great VP Marketing (From Marketo, EchoSign, Insightly)

A few weeks back we had our second SaaStr Social.  It was quite a hit, with over 700+ SaaS entrepreneurs, execs and VCs getting together at Storm Ventures. The first time, we just had BBQ and cocktails.  That was pretty

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22 Critical Tips in Hiring a Great VP Marketing (From Marketo, EchoSign, Insightly)

A few weeks back we had our second SaaStr Social.  It was quite a hit, with over 700+ SaaS entrepreneurs, execs and VCs getting together at Storm Ventures. The first time, we just had BBQ and cocktails.  That was pretty

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Why I’d Go Big. And Why You Should Ignore Me, and Most of the Others That Tell You That.

Everything on the web, and in SaaS, these days is about Going Big.  Larry Page at Google I/O wants Google to start doing brave new things that build billion dollar markets.  Peter Thiel wants the best of us to skip

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Why I’d Go Big. And Why You Should Ignore Me, and Most of the Others That Tell You That.

Everything on the web, and in SaaS, these days is about Going Big.  Larry Page at Google I/O wants Google to start doing brave new things that build billion dollar markets.  Peter Thiel wants the best of us to skip