Frontegg raises $5M to help SaaS companies build SaaS faster

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Frontegg , a Tel Aviv-based startup that helps SaaS companies build their products faster by giving them access to a set of enterprise-ready building blocks for often-used features like authentication and notifications, today announced that it has raised a $5 million seed round.

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Should your SaaS startup embrace a bottom-up GTM strategy?

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Many of today’s most successful software companies, from Atlassian and Datadog to Zoom, subscribe to the bottom-up SaaS go-to-market model. For all these reasons, more and more SaaS startups are choosing to adopt the bottom-up go-to-market model. Caryn Marooney. Contributor.

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Salto raises $27M to let you configure your SaaS platforms with code

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Salto , a Tel Aviv-based open-source startup that allows you to configure SaaS platforms like Salesforce, NetSuite and HubSpot with code, is coming out of stealth today and announced that it has raised a $27 million Series A round. ” 3 VCs discuss the state of SaaS investing in 2020.

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Qatalog, the ‘virtual workspace’ rebundling SaaS tools to help teams function better, raises $15M

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Qatalog , a London-based startup that has developed a “virtual workspace” that brings together disparate SaaS tools to help teams function better, is disclosing $15 million in Series A funding. Recent Funding SaaS Startups TC Atomico Qatalog workspaces

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The Definitive Guide To a Successful SaaS Controlling Setup

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We’ve spent years perfecting our SaaS controlling setup. controlling business saas startup entrepreneurshipHere’s how you can copy what we’ve built, incl. KPIs and templates. Continue reading on Entrepreneur's Handbook ».

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3 tips for SaaS founders hoping to join the $1 million ARR club

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Building a SaaS company from the ground up is never easy. Column SaaS Startups TC Drift entrepreneurship growth marketing product marketing software as a serviceDavid Cancel. Contributor. Share on Twitter.

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How a Merger of Salesforce and Slack Would Change the SaaS Landscape

Tomasz Tunguz

Microsoft has amassed the most extensive channel for SaaS companies, and each of these vendors pushes teams to current customers, many of whom are moving to the cloud and relying on Microsoft for guidance. If the merger does happen, it would reshape the SaaS landscape The rumor mill churns with whispers Salesforce will acquire Slack. This combination would be strategic for both involved for three reasons.

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SaaS Fundraising in 2017

Tomasz Tunguz

When I analyzed the SaaS fundraising market in 2016 , three trends emerged. The number of SaaS companies raising rounds had stalled, while the total number of dollars plateaued. A year later, those trends have continued to converge, and SaaS valuations have resurged, reaching their highs of the 2014-2015 boom. In contrast to these seemingly monotonic increases in round sizes, the total amount of SaaS fundraising peaked in 2015 at $4.2

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5 VCs discuss the future of SaaS and software after Pfizer’s vaccine breakthrough

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Yes, the high-flying SaaS and cloud stocks that have been such a key narrative in 2020 thanks to the pandemic and low interest rates, fell sharply while other sectors rallied off the vaccine tidings. SaaS, vaccines and the future of work.

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Has SaaS Become Commodified?

Tomasz Tunguz

A founder asked me if we had reached the point that SaaS is commodified. “Can you build a venture scale SaaS company anymore?” First, the technology barriers to starting a SaaS company continue to fall. Whether it’s Predictable Revenue written by Aaron Ross or Mark Roberge’s The Sales Acceleration Formula, or others, authoritative texts describe step by step how to structure, manage and measure a SaaS sales team.

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The Rising Stakes in SaaS

Tomasz Tunguz

Last week, I participated in two discussions about the changes in the SaaS world. The level of competition in many core SaaS segments is intense. The SaaS era is about 20 years old. Over that 20 year period, annual SaaS investment has increased 20x, peaking in 2014 at $7B. This sea of SaaS startups have reshaped the market. SaaS company formation has fallen by 44% in the last 3 years. I’m using SaaS seed rounds as a proxy metric.

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Here’s how fast a few dozen startups grew in Q3 2020

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Let’s get into the data, which has been segmented into buckets covering fintech, software and SaaS, startups focused on developers or security and a final group that includes D2C and fertility startups, among others. Software/SaaS.

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Zilliz raises $43 million as investors rush to China’s open source software

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Asia Developer Recent Funding SaaS China data management Hillhouse Capital linux linux foundation MongoDB open source open source software oracle Pavilion Capital shanghai Trustbridge Partners yunqi partners

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What is the Structure of the Typical SaaS Company as it Scales?

Tomasz Tunguz

This post is part of a series leading up to SaaS Office GTM Edition on June 24 in which we’re reviewing the results of the 2020 Redpoint GTM survey. CMOs in SaaS companies head 35% of companies in the $20-50M ARR range, 40% at $50-100M and 53% at $100M+. Today, we’re answering the question: how do teams grow as a startup scales? We can derive the table above if we look over the entire respondent base and bucket headcount by ARR.

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Join us for a live Q&A with Bessemer’s Byron Deeter next Tuesday at 3 p.m ET, noon PT

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The firm is well-known for its investments into SaaS and cloud companies, a key startup cohort that has performed well. But there’s more to Bessemer’s active portfolio than SaaS. Fundings & Exits Startups Bessemer Venture Partners Byron Deeter Extra Crunch Live SaaS

Is the Great 2020 Tech Rally slowing?

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We’re seeing valuations pause in tech’s hottest category — SaaS and cloud — despite continued growth in its constituent companies. From that malaise we turn to the SaaS and cloud world. Here’s his digest of SaaS and cloud earnings thus far: Takeaways?

Software companies are reporting a pretty good third quarter

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Generally speaking, the Q3 numbers from SaaS and cloud companies have been medium-good, or at least good enough to protect historically stretched valuations when comparing present-day revenue multiples to historical norms. Of course, there’s still a lot more data to come in, markets are fickle and many SaaS companies will report next month, having a fiscal calendar offset by a month from how you and I track the year. Fundings & Exits SaaS Startups TC The Exchange

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7 Predictions for SaaS in 2018

Tomasz Tunguz

Several landscape altering SaaS acquisitions will come to fruition because of cash availability from repatriation and because there are enough public SaaS companies at scale to add material revenue and market cap to buyers. The SaaS fundraising market remains ebullient through 2018 as vibrant M&A and an open IPO window trigger substantial liquidity for shareholders. Below are 7 predictions about the startup software ecosystem. How many of them do you agree with?

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Grouparoo snares $3M seed to build open source customer data integration framework

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“We’re an open source data framework that helps companies easily sync their customer data from their database or warehouse to all of the SaaS tools where they need it.

Juggle secures $2.1M to expand its ‘flexible work’ SaaS marketplace for senior execs

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A fascinating example of this is SaaS marketplace Juggle. Europe Recent Funding SaaS Startups TC recruitingAs we’ve seen, some startups are pivoting to re-model themselves for the radically different world of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Insightful Study of 386 SaaS Startup Pricing Pages

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Late last year, I combed through the Montclare SaaS 250 — a directory of the biggest SaaS companies in the world — to find common trends in what I thought would be a significant dataset. As it turned out, 80% of the 250 biggest SaaS companies didn’t have a pricing page at all. Of the remaining 386 which hadn’t shut down, I found that startups are around twice as likely to show their pricing than their enterprise SaaS big brothers. saas pricing

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Backing Radformation: How Many Physicists Does it Take to Build a SaaS Company?

This is going to be BIG.

Long gone are the days when NYC was just a place to build a fintech company or an ad platform. In the first half of 2018, we saw Flatiron Health’s $1.9 Billion acquisition, Quentis Therapeutics picking up $48 million in financing, and Paige.ai raising $25 Million--all to fight cancer. Making cancer treatment easier to plan for clinicians was the goal of a founding team of three physicists who cold e-mailed me around New Years.

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Extra Crunch roundup: Inside DoorDash’s IPO, first-person founder stories, the latest in fintech VC and more

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Diversity eCommerce Food Gaming Payments SaaS Startups TC Asheem Chandna DoorDash entrepreneurship Extra Crunch financial technology PayPalOne of my favorite series of Monty Python sketches is built around the concept of surprise : Chapman: I didn’t expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition.

Secret To SaaS Success: Recognize That You're Not Selling Software

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Many software companies are now Software as a Service (SaaS) companies. Now, naive folks that are new to SaaS often make the mistake of thinking they're still selling software. SaaS = Success as a Service. If you're in the SaaS business, the only way to survive in the long-term is not to just deliver software. HubSpot is a textbook SaaS company. I've been working in the software industry for over 25 years.

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Just Where Are SaaS Companies Priced After the 2018 Correction?

Tomasz Tunguz

Just where are we pricing SaaS companies today? The answer is yes, they have, but enterprise value to forward revenue multiples are still at some of the highest levels for SaaS companies in the past eight years. And despite the overall change in multiples, more SaaS companies have benefitted from multiple expansion over the last 12 months than those whose multiples have compressed. Reading the news in the past week made me wonder.

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Where are We in the SaaS Valuation Cycle?

Tomasz Tunguz

Recently, people have been asking just where are we in the SaaS valuation cycle. Since 2013, we seen an incredible amount of volatility in SaaS forward multiples. Since that moment, SaaS multiples have more than doubled from to 7.2x. SaaS is winning ever greater marketshare across all these segments. I last updated the chart above more than six months ago. The answer is close to ten year highs.

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Do SaaS Startups Still Require Less Capital than 10 Years Ago?

Tomasz Tunguz

In 2014 we saw increasing efficiencies over time, which was very exciting because it reaffirmed the efficiency of SaaS go-to-market. Because of the surfeit of capital, SaaS startups face increasing competition and monotonically increasing costs of customer acquisition , increasing their capital consumption; to say nothing of increasing wages in San Francisco and across the US. SaaS companies go public later.

How Much Should A SaaS Startup Invest in Sales & Marketing?

Tomasz Tunguz

How much should a SaaS startup invest in sales and marketing at different stages of the business? Another way to answer this question is to use at Pacific Crest’s SaaS survey to build a bottoms up model. This growth rate is not representative of most SaaS companies, but I wanted to see whether the bottoms of model would yield a much more aggressive sales and marketing spend plan than that observed in the public markets.

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Kandji hauls in $21M Series A as Apple device management flourishes during pandemic

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Enterprise Funding Mobile Recent Funding SaaS Security Startups TC Apple greycroft Kandji mobile device management OktaKandji , a mobile device management (MDM) startup, launched last October. That means it was trying to build the early stage company just as the pandemic hit earlier this year.

Index nabs $2.6M seed to create BI dashboards without coding

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Cloud Funding Recent Funding SaaS Startups TC index no code Y CombinatorIndex founders, Xavier Pladevall and Eduardo Portet, have been friends since they were small children in the Dominican Republic. Both came to college in the U.S.,

Mitigating Myopia in SaaS Marketing

Tomasz Tunguz

As a SaaS startup scales from finding initial product market fit to building its go to market organization, one of the most important goals in building that go to market organization is developing a multifaceted marketing team. Marketing’s role in SaaS sales has expanded to the success of SaaS companies as customers prefer to educate themselves more than they have in the past. Many early stage SaaS companies focus on a single channel of customer acquisition at the outset.

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The SaaS Valuation Bubble

Tomasz Tunguz

The value of publicly traded SaaS companies has grown by 200 to 400% while the underlying customer unit economics of those businesses hasn’t changed. Below is a chart of the ratio between enterprise value to revenue for two segments of SaaS companies. The All Segment contains 36 publicly traded SaaS companies. From about 2004 to 2011, the average publicly traded SaaS company held an EV/Rev multiple of 3 to 5x.

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Lightyear scores $3.7M seed to digitize networking infrastructure procurement

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Cloud Enterprise Fundings & Exits Recent Funding SaaS Startups TC Amplo Lightyear telecommunicationsLightyear , a New York City startup that wants to make it easier for large companies to procure networking infrastructure like internet and SD-WAN, announced a $3.7 million seed round today.

Vivun announces $18M Series A to keep growing pre-sales platform

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Cloud Enterprise Funding Recent Funding SaaS Startups TC Accel pre-sales software VivunVivun’s co-founder and CEO, Matt Darrow used to run pre-sales at Zuora and he saw that pre-sales team members had a lot of insight into customers.

The Innovator's Dilemma for SaaS Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

See also: Innovator’s Solution for SaaS Startups. There’s a familiar path now to SaaS companies that start in the SMB (small-to-medium business) part of the market. Rather than invest several years to build an enterprise product broad enough to compete, many SaaS startups focus on the SMB part of the market. Over time, they seem to inevitably begin serving larger customers. Box, Hubspot, Zendesk and among many others have exhibited this pattern.

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The ROI of Cash Burn for SaaS Startups

Tomasz Tunguz

SaaS customers are annuities. In 2016, SaaS multiples fell 57% from their highs. What should be the return on investment of a startup’s cash burn? Fred Wilson posed this question last year in his post Some Thoughts on Burn Rates. In that post, he suggests, and I agree, that a 5x ROI on cash burn is a good target. How does one calculate ROI? It’s a simple formula: Cash_Burn_ROI = Revenue_Multiple/Revenue_Pay_Back_in_Years 1.

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One-click housing startup Atmos raises another $4M from Khosla, real estate strategics, and TikTok star Josh Richards

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Funding SaaS Startups Atmos JLL Spark Khosla Ventures Nick DonahueAtmos wants to make designing a house as simple as a single click. Well, that vision is now getting a double click from VCs.