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6 tips for SaaS founders who don’t want VC money

Aytekin Tank Contributor Share on Twitter Aytekin Tank is the founder of JotForm, an online form builder. Established in 2006, JotForm allows customizable data collection for enhanced lead generation, survey distribution, payment collections and more. Over the past decade, venture capital has become synonymous with entrepreneurship. Founders from around the world arrive in Silicon Valley with visions of record-setting A rounds...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Column, New York, Entrepreneurship, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Silicon Valley, Bootstrapping, JotForm, EC Column, EC How To, Twitter Craigslist Slack Instagram Trello


Six tips for SaaS founders who don’t want VC money

Aytekin Tank Contributor Share on Twitter Aytekin Tank is the founder of JotForm, an online form builder. Established in 2006, JotForm allows customizable data collection for enhanced lead generation, survey distribution, payment collections and more. Over the past decade, venture capital has become synonymous with entrepreneurship. Founders from around the world arrive in Silicon Valley with visions of record-setting A rounds...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Column, New York, Entrepreneurship, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Silicon Valley, Bootstrapping, JotForm, EC Column, EC How To, Twitter Craigslist Slack Instagram Trello


EC roundup: BNPL startups, growth marketing tips, solid state battery market map, more

When I needed a new sofa several months ago, I was pleased to find a buy now, pay later (BNPL) option during the checkout process. I had prepared myself to make a major financial outlay, but the service fees were well worth the convenience of deferring the entire payment. Coincidentally, I was siting on said sofa this morning and considering that transaction when Alex Wilhelm submitted a column that compared recent earnings for three BNPL providers: Afterpay, Affirm and Klarna. I asked him why h...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Labor, Finance, Linkedin, Tech, Amanda Milligan, Fractl, Diversity, Automotive, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity


Salesforce delivers, Wall Street doubts as stock falls 6.3% post-earnings

Wall Street investors can be fickle beasts. Take Salesforce as an example. The CRM giant announced a $5.82 billion quarter when it reported earnings yesterday. Revenue was up 20% year over year. The company also reported $21.25 billion in total revenue for the just closed FY2021, up 24% YoY. If that wasn’t enough, it raised its FY2022 guidance (its upcoming fiscal year) to over $25 billion. What’s not to like? You want higher quarterly revenue, Salesforce gave you higher revenue. You want high g...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Credit Suisse, SaaS, Earnings, Salesforce, Canaccord Genuity, Patterson, Stock Price, CRM, Marc Benioff, Hynes, Brad Zelnick, Gavin Patterson Salesforce


In freemium marketing, product analytics are the difference between conversion and confusion

Jeremy Levy Contributor Share on Twitter Jeremy Levy is CEO and co-founder of Indicative, a product analytics platform for product managers, marketers and data analysts. A serial entrepreneur, Jeremy co-founded Xtify, acquired by IBM in 2013, and MeetMoi, a location-based dating service sold to Match.com in 2014. More posts by this contributor Enterprises Don’t Have Big Data, They Just Have Bad Data ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Tech, Customer Experience, Ppc, SaaS, Ibm, Jeremy, Product Management, Digital Marketing, EC Enterprise Applications, EC How To, Jeremy Levy, Xtify


Brandwatch is acquired by Cision for $450M, creating a PR, marketing and social listening giant

Online consumer intelligence and social media listening platform Brandwatch has been acquired by Cision, best known for its media monitoring and media contact database services, for $450 million, in a combined cash and shares deal. TechCrunch understands Brandwatch’s key executive team will be staying on. The move combines two large players to offer a broad range of services from PR to marketing and online customer engagement. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. Cision h...
Tags: TC, Europe, Business, England, London, Marketing, Social Media, Communication, Tech, Content Marketing, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Brighton, Machine Learning, Leader


DataJoy raises $6M seed to help SaaS companies track key business metrics

Every business needs to track fundamental financial information, but the data typically lives in a variety of silos making it a constant challenge to understand a company’s overall financial health. DataJoy, an early stage startup, wants to solve that issue. The company announced a $6 million seed round today led by Foundation Capital with help from Quarry VC, Partech Partners, IGSB, Bow Capital and SVB. Like many startup founders, CEO Jon Lee has experienced the frustration first hand of trying...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Data, SaaS, Machine Learning, Vancouver, Foundation Capital, Marketo, Netsuite, Lee, San Mateo, Partech, Garg


How to overcome the challenges of switching to usage-based pricing

Kyle Poyar Contributor Share on Twitter Kyle Poyar is VP of Growth at OpenView. More posts by this contributor Subscription-based pricing is dead: Smart SaaS companies are shifting to usage-based models The usage-based pricing model almost feels like a cheat code — it enables SaaS companies to more efficiently acquire new customers, grow with those customers as they’re successful and keep those custom...
Tags: Cloud, Column, Tech, SaaS, Aws, Stripe, Snowflake, Twilio, HubSpot, Software As A Service, Datadog, EC Column, EC Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure, EC How To, Kyle Poyar, Data analytics company Snowflake


Kleeen raises $3.8M to make front-end design for business applications easy

Building a front-end for business applications is often a matter of reinventing the wheel, but because every business’ needs are slightly different, it’s also hard to automate. Kleeen is the latest startup to attempt this, with a focus on building the user interface and experience for today’s data-centric applications. The service, which was founded by a team that previously ran a UI/UX studio in the Bay Area, uses a wizard-like interface to build the routine elements of the app and frees a comp...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Software, President, SaaS, App-store, Business Intelligence, Switch, Operating Systems, Mobile App, Bay Area, NeoTribe Ventures, Co-founder, Matt Fox


Katana raises $11M Series A to be the SaaS powering ‘manufacturing entrepreneurs’

Katana, an Estonian startup that has built manufacturing-specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for SMBs, has raised $11 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is European venture capital firm Atomico, with participation from angel investors Ott Kaukver (Checkout.com CTO), Sten Tamkivi (CPO Topia, formerly Skype), Sergei Anikin (CTO, Pipedrive) and Kairi Pauskar (former TransferWise HR Architect). Previous backer 42Cap also followed on, bringing the total investment raised ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, San Francisco, Tech, ERP, SaaS, Shopify, Atomico, Katana, Ben Blume, Recent Funding, CTO Sten Tamkivi CPO Topia, Skype Sergei Anikin CTO Pipedrive


Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevents blood sugar spikes

Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter software by January AI, a four-year-old, subscription-based startup that in November began providing personalized nutritional and activity-related suggestions to its customers based on a combination of food-related data the company has quietly amassed over three years, and each person’s unique profile...
Tags: Health, TC, Stanford, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Marissa Mayer, Jerry Yang, Felicis Ventures, Marc Benioff, Ame Cloud Ventures, Mike, Hashemi, Michael Snyder, SignalFire, Steve Chen


Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevent blood sugar spikes

Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter software by January AI, a four-year-old, subscription-based startup that in November began providing personalized nutritional and activity-related suggestions to its customers based on a combination of food-related data the company has quietly amassed over three years, and each person’s unique profile...
Tags: Health, TC, Stanford, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Marissa Mayer, Jerry Yang, Felicis Ventures, Marc Benioff, Ame Cloud Ventures, Mike, Snyder, Hashemi, Michael Snyder, SignalFire


Extra Crunch roundup: Optimized SaaS pricing, recruiting growth experts, VC surveys, more

Since the pandemic began, have you been walking more, or do you know someone who bought a new car? Perhaps you ran your first errand on a rented e-bike or scooter? Over the last year, I’ve experimented with different mobility options to see which ones best suit my needs, as have most people I know. It can be challenging to maintain a recommended physical distance on a bus or subway. (After a decade-plus hiatus, I even briefly considered rejoining the ranks of automobile owners!) Full Extra Crun...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Labor, Finance, San Francisco, Tech, Getty Images, SaaS, Venture Capital, Rover, Alex, Robinhood, Coinbase, Gamestop, Felicis Ventures


SailPoint is buying Saas management startup Intello

SailPoint, an identity management company that went public in 2017, announced it was going to be acquiring Intello today, an early stage SaaS management startup. The two companies did not share the purchase price. SailPoint believes that by helping its customers locate all of the SaaS tools being used inside a company, it can help IT make the company safer. Part of the problem is that it’s so easy for employees to deploy SaaS tools without IT’s knowledge, and Intello gives them more visibility a...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Okta, Identity Management, Tech, SaaS, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Exit, Torii, SailPoint, Intello


Why do SaaS companies with usage-based pricing grow faster?

Kyle Poyar Contributor Share on Twitter Kyle Poyar is VP of Growth at OpenView. More posts by this contributor Subscription-based pricing is dead: Smart SaaS companies are shifting to usage-based models Today we know of HubSpot — the maker of marketing, sales and service software products — as a preeminent public company with a market cap above $17 billion. But HubSpot wasn’t always on the IPO traject...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Column, Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, SaaS, Pricing, HubSpot, EC Enterprise Applications, EC Column, EC Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure, EC How To, Usage Based Billing


Torii announces $10M Series A to automate SaaS management

Today, that software is offered as a cloud service should be pretty much considered a given. Certainly any modern tooling is going to be SaaS, and as companies and employees add services, it becomes a management nightmare. Enter Torii, an early stage startup that wants to make it easier to manage SaaS bloat. Today, the company announced a $10 million Series A investment led by Wing Venture Capital with participation from prior investors Entree Capital, Global Founders Capital, Scopus Ventures an...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Palo Alto Networks, Torii, Wing Venture Capital, Uri, Jake Flomenberg, Recent Funding, SaaS management tools, Uri Haramati, Haramati


Boldstart Ventures gets bigger thanks to Kustomer and other early bets on technical founders

Boldstart Ventures, a New York-based firm that started with a $1.5 million proof-of-concept fund in 2011, has just closed on $155 million in capital commitments for its fifth flagship fund and $75 million for its second opportunity fund, a vehicle meant to support breakout startups in its portfolio. Given Boldstart’s focus — and its track record to date — it’s only surprising that the young firm didn’t raise more in the current market. From the outset, Boldstart has focused on technical founders...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, New York, Tech, SIM, Canada, SaaS, Venture Capital, BoldStart Ventures, Kustomer, Ed Sim, Boldstart


Accord launches B2B sales platform with $6M seed

The founders of Accord, an early stage startup focused on bringing order to B2B sales, are not your typical engineer founders. Instead, the two brothers, Ross and Ryan Rich, worked as sales reps seeing the problems unique to this kind of sale first-hand. In November 2019, they decided to leave the comfort of their high-paying jobs at Google and Stripe to launch Accord and build what they believe is a missing platform for B2B sales, one that takes into account the needs of both the sales person a...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Stripe, Ross, Rich, Accord, B2B sales, Sales Tools, Recent Funding, Ryan Rich


Equity Shot: What’s next for the startup software market

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace noticed last week that we had a bevy of software-as-a-service (SaaS) stories that we wanted to chat about. So we decided to break them out into their own episode. What came out of the conversation is a mix of optimism, sarcasm, and healthy doubt regarding what’s next for SaaS. SaaS matters as it is an incredibly popular busine...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, SaaS, Equity, Snowflake, Alex, Grace, Software As A Service, Danny, Natasha, Danny Crichton, Equity podcast


3 adtech and martech VCs see major opportunities in privacy and compliance

Between a pandemic, the emergence of new media business models and upcoming privacy changes in iOS, this might seem like a terrible time to get into digital advertising and marketing. Nevertheless, we spoke to top venture capitalists who said they still see investment opportunities. When we surveyed adtech and martech VCs last summer, we focused on the impact of COVID-19. This time, we asked them to update us on whether deal flow has recovered (MathCapital’s Eric Franchi said the last two quarte...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, 500 Startups, Bain Capital Ventures, Adtech, Martech, Eric Franchi, Startups Digital, Christine Tsai, Scott Friend, MathCapital, COVID, EC investor survey, EC Consumer Applications


Nexthink nabs $180M Series D on $1.1B valuation

We often hear about companies working to improve the customer experience, but for IT their customers are the company’s employees. Nexthink, a late stage startup that wants to help IT serve its internal constituents better, announced a $180 million Series D today on a healthy $1.1 billion valuation. The firm, which was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland and has offices outside of Boston, received funding from Permira with help from Highland Europe and Index Ventures. The company has now raised over...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Boston, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Permira, Index Ventures, Highland Europe, Lausanne Switzerland, European startups, Nexthink, Recent Funding, Pedro Bados, Bados


Extra Crunch roundup: 500 Startups’ demo day, smart SaaS pricing and much more

Demo days at startup accelerators are a pretty big deal around here. These events aren’t just a chance to review the latest cohort of hopeful entrepreneurs — they also showcase the technology, products and services that will compete for VC and consumer attention over the next few years. You never know where a hit will come from, which is why these events capture our attention. Here’s just one example from Y Combinator’s Summer 2013 Demo Day: Positioning itself as the “FedEx of today,” it hopes...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, Okta, Tech, Best, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, Venture Capital, Public, Alex, Robinhood, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Databricks


What is a cloud application? Here's everything you need to know about the internet-based software

Common cloud services include iCloud and Dropbox, which help you manage your data storage. blackCAT/Getty Images A cloud application is internet-based software that processes or stores data online.  There are three main kinds of cloud applications: Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service. Here's a brief overview of what you need to know about cloud applications.  Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. In the last decade, cloud computi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Cloud Computing, Trends, Software, SaaS, Aws, Paas, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Cloud Communications, Cloud Data, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Laptops & Tablets (Reference, Software & Apps (Reference


Why one Databricks investor thinks the company may be undervalued

The recent Databricks funding round, a $1 billion investment at a $28 billion valuation, was one of the year’s most notable private investments so far. For Databricks signaled its IPO readiness by disclosing to TechCrunch last year that it had scaled its revenue run rate from $200 million to $350 million in a year, so the new capital looked like the capstone on its private fundraising before an eventual public debut. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Ex...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, SaaS, Aerospace, TechCrunch, Databricks, Battery Ventures, ARR, Dharmesh Thakker, Thakker, Ali Ghodsi, The Exchange, EC Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure, EC Newsletter


Aflorithmic nabs $1.3M for AI-driven personalized audio-as-a-service

London and Barcelona based audio-as-a-service SaaS startup Aflorithmic has scooped up $1.3 million in seed funding from Crowd Media Holdings, an Australia-based company focused on influencer-based ‘social commerce’ and marketing. It’s taking a 10% stake in Aflorithmic, per a press release, where it says the strategic investment is aimed at enabling it to offer FaceTime conversations with celebrities through “best-in-class voice cloning technology”. Two year old Aflorithmic may not have chosen a ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, UK, London, Kim Kardashian, Australia, Tech, Barcelona, Artificial Intelligence, Lewis Hamilton, SaaS, Ai, Facetime, Pirelli, Peloton, Kunz


Box acquires e-signature startup SignRequest for new content workflows

Box announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire e-signature startup SignRequest for $55 million. The acquisition gives the company a native signature component it has been lacking and opens up new workflows for the company. Box CEO Aaron Levie says the company has seen increased demand from customers to digitize more of their workflows, and this acquisition is about giving them a signature component right inside Box that will be known as Box Sign moving forward. “With Box Sign, customer...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Netherlands, SaaS, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Box, Content Management, Crunchbase, Exit, Aaron Levie, PitchBook


Box acquires eSignature startup SignRequest for new content workflows

Box announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire eSignature startup SignRequest for $55 million.The acquisition gives the company a native signature component it has been lacking and opens up new workflows for the company. Box CEO Aaron Levie says the company has seen increased demand from customers to digitize more of their workflows, and this acquisition is about giving them a signature component right inside Box that will be known as Box Sign moving forward. “With Box Sign, customers ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Netherlands, SaaS, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Box, Content Management, Crunchbase, Exit, Aaron Levie, PitchBook


The future of SaaS is on-demand: Use experts to drive growth and engagement

Paul Estes Contributor Share on Twitter Paul Estes is the Chief Community Officer at MURAL, responsible for supporting, educating, and empowering MURAL's community of imagination workers by connecting them with peers, partners, and on-demand facilitation experts. Previously, Paul held a variety of roles at Dell, Amazon and Microsoft. For SaaS companies, not having a gig economy strategy as we start 2021 is like missing the int...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Column, Microsoft, Godaddy, Tech, SaaS, Machine Learning, Ai, Harvard Business Review, On-demand, Gig Economy, Economist Intelligence Unit, PAUL, Amazon AWS, Staffing Industry Analysts SIA


Salesforce promotes former Vlocity CEO David Schmaier to president and CPO

Last year I penned a post positing that Salesforce’s propensity to purchase mature enterprise companies not only provided new technology, but was also helping to produce a profusion of executive talent.. As though to prove my point, the company announced today that it was promoting former Vlocity CEO, David Schmaier to president and chief product officer. Schmaier came to the organization last year when Salesforce acquired his company for $1.33 billion. It seemed like a good match given that Vlo...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, SaaS, Salesforce, Personnel, Brent Leary, Mark Hawkins, Vlocity, Clara Shih, Salesforce Industries, Amy Weaver, David Schmaier, Schmaier, Hearsay Social co


Best practices as a service is a key investment theme to watch in 2021

Enterprise IT has been completely transformed by SaaS the past decade. Okta last week published a report that showed that the largest companies now use 175 apps, a doubling over the past few years. More professionals have more tools to do their jobs than ever before. It’s an explosion of creativity and expressiveness and operational latitude — but also a recipe for disaster. It’s one thing to give people and businesses tools — and something else to train them to use those tools effectively. Wors...
Tags: Enterprise, Okta, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Textio, Solarwinds, Grammarly, Fast, Security Scorecard, Rapyd, Checkout.com



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