SaaS

  • Intello scores $1.3 million seed round for SaaS management platform

    Intello scores $1.3 million seed round for SaaS management platform

    While the cloud removes much of the hassle and complexity associated with maintaining and managing an application, that ease of use means you can lose control of your usage and spending just as easily. Intello wants to help your company track and manage all that information in a dashboard. Today, it announced $1.3 million in seed funding. Read More

  • Understanding the Mendoza Line for SaaS growth Crunch Network

    Understanding the Mendoza Line for SaaS growth

    “How fast do I need to be growing to be interesting to a venture investor?” This is a question we get asked all the time by CEOs, and we realize “it depends” is not the most actionable answer to give. Instead, we have come up with a simple model that allows us to give a clear numerical answer to this question. Read More

  • Getting to the root of the revenue multiple Crunch Network

    Getting to the root of the revenue multiple

    Valuation concerns are top of mind for many investors. For those in tech investing, this concern is perhaps most acute, given the generally high multiples assigned to the sector. There are good articles addressing how revenue multiples have moved over time or why this methodology even came to be, but I’m still curious as to how a revenue multiples ties to some fundamental unit of… Read More

  • SAP snags CallidusCloud for $2.4 billion

    SAP snags CallidusCloud for $2.4 billion

    SAP, the German enterprise software giant, announced it acquired CallidusCloud last night for $2.4 billion or $36 per share. Callidus provides configure price quote (CPQ) and sales performance management tools delivered as a cloud service. The share price is a nice bump for shareholders, representing a 21 percent premium over the 30-day volume weighted average share price, according to… Read More

  • Snowflake lands massive $263 million investment on unicorn valuation

    Snowflake lands massive $263 million investment on unicorn valuation

    Snowflake, the cloud-based data warehouse service, announced an enormous investment round today, pulling in a whopping $263 million on a unicorn valuation of $1.5 billion. The round was led by a trio of big-name Silicon Valley VC firms including existing investors Iconiq Capital and Altimeter Capital and new investor Sequoia Capital. Today’s announcement comes on top of the $100… Read More

  • Cloud computing has demanded a kinder, gentler Oracle

    Cloud computing has demanded a kinder, gentler Oracle

    Oracle has always had a swagger that reflects the public persona of its bombastic leader, Larry Ellison, but over the last several years, as the company has transitioned to the cloud, it has required a transformation to one that is softer and more customer-centric. Mind you, this was a company that was the poster child for vendor lock-in the 90s and early 2000s. They knew you were looking for… Read More

  • Building a Series A SaaS valuation estimator (2017 edition) Crunch Network

    Building a Series A SaaS valuation estimator (2017 edition)

    I have financed nearly 50 early-stage companies and the question of proper valuation comes up in every financing. There is the obvious tension: Generally speaking, the existing shareholders would like the highest valuation possible, while the new investors would prefer the lowest. For founders, understanding how VCs look at valuation is critical for a successful fundraising process. Read More

  • Salesforce Einstein celebrates its first birthday with several new features

    Salesforce Einstein celebrates its first birthday with several new features

    Salesforce launched Einstein, its artificial intelligence platform just one year ago this week. As it celebrates its first birthday, it’s worth taking a look back at the first year and looking at a couple of enhancements they’re adding as a birthday surprise. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Einstein isn’t actually a product at all, even though Salesforce markets… Read More

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