SaaS

  • 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

  • The SaaS Success Database Crunch Network

    The SaaS Success Database

    What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise-software company? We gave a 30,000-foot answer to this complex — and fascinating — question in a recent TechCrunch post, The SaaS Adventure. To recap: We’ve observed seven key phases in most SaaS companies’ go-to-market success. We dubbed this journey the “SaaS Adventure,” which is broadly how we… Read More

  • The Math Behind SaaS Startup Customer Lifetime Value Crunch Network

    The Math Behind SaaS Startup Customer Lifetime Value

    One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value of their customers (LTV). The lifetime value dictates how a company should spend its marketing and sales dollars. Unfortunately, many early stage startups struggle to measure LTV, because they haven’t been around very long and, consequently… Read More

  • NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups Crunch Network

    NYC Rises As A Hub For Software-As-A-Service Startups

    As the market continues to mature, and as we watch a blossoming of SaaS activity in New York City, we believe that NYC is poised to become a genuine leader in the formation of companies leading the next wave of enterprise transformation. Read More

  • Dropbox’s Wall Street Challenge

    Dropbox’s Wall Street Challenge

    Dropbox boasts a valuation in the $10 billion range. Last February the company hired a new CFO, which for many startups is a signal that their IPO moment is coming sooner rather than later. Nobody knows for sure of course, and Dropbox isn’t talking, but if the company does decide to move forward with a flotation, it could face several challenges in spite of its strong market… Read More

  • Five Factors Influencing The Car-As-A-Service Evolution Crunch Network

    Five Factors Influencing The Car-As-A-Service Evolution

    What if I told you that 50 years from now, the car industry’s revenue model will see a significant shift from outright purchase to a subscription-type model? You wouldn’t think it was particularly insightful — unless perhaps I told you this in 1900, and then you were around to watch car rentals and leasing proliferate in the mid-1900s. Here are what I call the… Read More

  • Setting Sales Quotas Is Like Running A 10K Race Crunch Network

    Setting Sales Quotas Is Like Running A 10K Race

    If you’ve ever run a 10K road race, you know that race organizers spend a lot of effort to have volunteers at every milepost telling runners what their time is. If you’re like me, you’ve probably sped up at each marker as you strove to beat your personal-best time. Read More

  • The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning Crunch Network

    The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning

    Enterprise software is about to undergo radical transformation — a substantial change that will make the shift to software as a service (SaaS) look like a simple facelift. This transformation is being powered by machine learning. Read More

  • From Social Networks To Market Networks Crunch Network

    From Social Networks To Market Networks

    Most people didn’t notice last month when a 35-person company in San Francisco called HoneyBook announced a $22 million Series B. What was unusual about the deal is that nearly all the best-known Silicon Valley VCs competed for it. That’s because HoneyBook is a prime example of an important new category of digital company that combines the best elements of networks like Facebook… Read More

  • The SaaSing Of The Music Business Crunch Network

    The SaaSing Of The Music Business

    The music business is about to undergo another seismic shift. And Apple’s streaming service is the tsunami that will force the industry to rebuild. Again. It was around 2005 when I joined Warner Bros. Records as their new head of technology. I was the 20-something-year-old kid who was supposed to have every answer about all things digital. Read More

  • Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups

    Startup Studio eFounders Grabs $6 Million To Build 6 New SaaS Startups

    French startup studio eFounders just raised $6 million from Fotolia co-founder Oleg Tscheltzoff to build its next batch of software-as-a-service startups. So far, eFounders is behind five startups that are now independent — Mailjet, Textmaster, Mention, Front and Aircall. Pressking has been sold, and two startups are in the works — Illustrio and Tipi. With today’s funding… Read More

  • LaunchDarkly, A Startup That Helps Companies Soft-Launch Features, Raises $2.6M

    LaunchDarkly, A Startup That Helps Companies Soft-Launch Features, Raises $2.6M

    Whenever many large technology have a new feature they want to test, they roll it out to a small set of users before letting it go live. That those companies get feedback on the feature and iron out any bugs, and also roll back the changes quickly if anything is wrong or if the users don’t like it. But that requires teams of people to maintain those tools, and smaller startups… Read More

  • Salesforce Isn’t Going Anywhere

    Salesforce Isn’t Going Anywhere

    For the past several weeks we’ve been hearing persistent rumors that somebody is going to buy Salesforce.com. The company delivered its quarterly report last week, performing decently, seeing its share price and market capitalization grow as a result. Yet in spite of ongoing industry gossip, it remains unlikely anyone will buy the crown jewel of SaaS. Read More

  • Samanage Raises $16M As SaaS Asset Management Platform Expands

    Samanage Raises $16M As SaaS Asset Management Platform Expands

    Samanage, a SaaS platform that lets customers manage any type of internal asset, announced $16 million in Series B investment today. The round was led by Marker, LLC and Vintage Investment Partners with participation from existing shareholders Carmel Ventures, Gemini Israel Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank. This round brings the total investment to $24 million. The company’s roots are in… Read More

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