SaaS

  • Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ is the first SaaS album Crunch Network

    Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ is the first SaaS album

    Kanye West dropped a new album, sort of. It’s not really finished yet – he’s still publicly tweaking lyrics, arranging the song order, adding and subtracting material. In the technology industry, we would call The Life of Pablo a minimum viable product. That may sound like a pejorative term, but a minimum viable product is actually incredibly important. Read More

  • King of SaaS, Tom Tunguz on the perfect time for investing and the impact of late stage investors Crunch Network

    King of SaaS, Tom Tunguz on the perfect time for investing and the impact of late stage investors

    When it comes to SaaS there are very few as seasoned and wise as Tom Tunguz, a Partner at Redpoint and author of his own wildly successful blog. Last week following volatility in global stock markets, I had the opportunity to check in with Tom to discuss macro-economics and the public markets and explore the wider implications of their effects on early stage startups. Read More

  • Want to compete with Salesforce? Buy Marketo Crunch Network

    Want to compete with Salesforce? Buy Marketo

    There are several enterprise players that want a share of Salesforce’s business, but just aren’t making headway by knuckling up against the company’s dominant, entrenched SaaS CRM offerings. Rather than competing head on, a smarter approach for these businesses is to “front door” Salesforce, instead. Read More

  • Gravitational Helps Deliver Software On-Prem And In Cloud From Single Code Base

    Gravitational Helps Deliver Software On-Prem And In Cloud From Single Code Base

    Gravitational, a graduate of the Y Combinator 2015 class set out solve a very difficult problem for companies — how to deliver software in the cloud and on-premises from a single code base. Without a solution like the one from Gravaitional, companies would have to maintain two sets of code, which is simply too costly for most companies to pull off. That meant these companies were… Read More

  • How Solar Software Can Save The World Crunch Network

    How Solar Software Can Save The World

    VCs have avoided solar deals ever since Solyndra became a four-letter word. But while their attention has strayed, the industry has been on a tear. In 2010, U.S. solar installers hit a milestone of 1 GW per year. Five years later, they’re installing more than 1 GW per month. This tremendous growth has fed a swelling herd of solar unicorns populated by the likes of SolarCity… Read More

  • Storm Ventures Launches $10M Fund For Indian SaaS Startups

    Storm Ventures Launches $10M Fund For Indian SaaS Startups

    Earlier this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced a set of initiatives, called Startup India, designed to help the country’s fledgling tech companies and their investors. One of the first Silicon Valley venture capital firms to take advantage of Startup India is Storm Ventures, which just launched a new fund for SaaS startups in India. Read More

  • How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software Crunch Network

    How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software

    I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how. Many of my friends who are founders of their own companies tell me how they exhibited the entrepreneurial spirit as a kid — they sold candy out of their backpacks, had a landscaping business during the summer, etc. They created value and… Read More

  • The Future Of Enterprise Storage Is Probably Not Storage Crunch Network

    The Future Of Enterprise Storage Is Probably Not Storage

    Traditional enterprise storage is dying a slow death. The bulky old-school storage boxes that once filled the data centers of large businesses symbolize a past era. The modern data center is undergoing a tremendous transformation, with everything from hyper-converged systems and open source to software-defined storage and large cloud-scale storage systems that companies can assemble themselves. Read More

  • Sell SaaS, They Said … It Will Be Easy, They Said Crunch Network

    Sell SaaS, They Said … It Will Be Easy, They Said

    It has never been easier for customers to buy software. A couple of clicks or taps, depending on your device of choice, and you can be up and running with even the most sophisticated enterprise business applications. The result of all of those fast, easy transactions is impressive: According to Goldman Sachs, SaaS revenue is predicted to reach $106 billion in 2016, a 21 percent increase… Read More

  • Is The CIO The Next VP Of Electricity? Crunch Network

    Is The CIO The Next VP Of Electricity?

    A long time ago — back in the early 1900s — many companies had a Vice President of Electricity. It’s hard to imagine today, but there really was an individual whose sole responsibility was to manage a company’s electricity. You needed a team to manage switches, regulators and wiring. With time, however, electricity became a commodity. Companies didn’t have to… Read More

  • How We Bootstrapped A SaaS Company To 4 Million Users — And Why Google Owes Us €400,000 Crunch Network

    How We Bootstrapped A SaaS Company To 4 Million Users — And Why Google Owes Us €400,000

    At 7 PM on February 7, 2007, MindMeister went live in private beta. Today, we have almost 4 million users worldwide, and have become the market leader in online mind mapping. It’s a story we haven’t told often (too busy working, I guess), but we think it has a few valuable lessons for SaaS founders, especially the ones interested in bootstrapping a profitable business. Read More

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