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Started by Jason M. Lemkin in 2012, SaaStr is said to be "perhaps the largest web community of SaaS founders and entrepreneurs, with over 500k views per month". As the founder of EchoSign, Jason M. Lemkin has the experience of growing a SaaS business from 0 to $100m ARR.
SaaStr covers a wide range of topics: SaaS metrics, hiring strategies, execution tips at different stage of a company and valuations.
On his blog, Tom Tunguz, VC at Redpoint Venturesreviews SaaS companies IPO filings, providing amazingly useful insights into the growth of comparable businesses. If you wonder what should be your revenues growth 5 years after founding (answer: $10-70m) or how efficient a sales team should be, go through the IPO's S-1 analysis and the benchmarks.
An investor in dozens of SaaS companies such as Box, Shopify and Twilio, Bessemer has one of the best understanding of SaaS around.
In its Cloud Index, by Kristina Shen and Byron Deeter, it's 38 listed companies which are monitored for market performance and operational metrics. Looking at it, one will learn that listed SaaS companies:
- have market cap from $300m to $37bn (Salesforce).
- have revenues from $13m to $4bn
- median gross margins of 71%
As a co-founder of B2B marketing automation Pardot, acquired by ExactTarget within 5 years at around $100m, David has valuable experiences to share.
Famous for his August 2011 "Software is eating the world" essay in the Wall Street Journal (among several other entrepreneurial achievements... like, making the first well known web browser) the web), Marc Andreessen manages A16Z with Ben Horowitz.
Christoph shares resources such as an excel template for SaaS cohort analysis, a KPI dashboard for early stage SaaS startups, and thoughts about growing a business. In short: don't start a SaaS business without having his template in sight.
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