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Secrets to SaaS Start Up Success



Presentation at Dreamforce 2011 with Dave Yarnold and Matt Holleran

Presentation at Dreamforce 2011 with Dave Yarnold and Matt Holleran



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  • Behind The Cloud:Secrets to Building a Successful SaaS Startup
    Matt Holleran, Venture Partner, Emergence Capital
    Dave Yarnold, CEO, ServiceMax Partner Success Track
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  • Agenda
    Success Framework
    Real World Success Stories
  • Introductions
    Mike Kreaden
    Sr. Director, ISV Partner Success
  • SaaS Success Framework from ECP Real Success Stories from Dave Yarnold
    Matt Holleran
    Dave Yarnold
  • SaaS Success Framework
    Matt Holleran
  • 1. High Demand Problem and Value
    • Value upfront and growth
    • Mission critical
    • Lots of companies
    • Pain NOW or BETTER
  • 2. Domain Expertise
    • Deep understanding of problem space
    • Customers want to know they are buying from the experts
  • 3. Choose Your Business Model
    • Denominator size matters
    • No touch initial value proposition
    • Viral workflow
    • Clear executive targets
    • Group value is first value point
    • Higher pain/price points
  • 4. Beta, Iterate, Make it Great, Success
    • Engagement
    • Marketplace reviews
    • salesforce community
    • WOM ~ NPS
    • k-factor
  • 5. Partner to Move the Flywheel
    Momentum works both ways
  • salesforce Partner Success Timeline
    Market Success
    SFDC Community
    Core SFDC
    Document Wins
    More Reviews
    AppExchange and Reviews
    First 5 Customers
    Business Case
    ~ 6-18 months
  • 6. Funding Model and Metrics
  • 7. Building The Business
    • Invest in the right people
    • Relentless focus on the right metrics
    • Culture – write down your values
    • Culture – quarterly objectives & accountability
    • Great learning from “Behind the Cloud”, Marc Benioff
    • Know when to double down (& when not to)
    • Patient/Knowledgeable Board of Directors
  • Emergence Capital = Business Apps
    • Successfactors
    • Veeva
    • ServiceMax
    • Box
    • Yammer
    • yousendit
    • echosign
  • Join The Revolution and Lead Yours
    Customers are moving in all markets
    Do it now if you are going to do it
    Matt Holleran
  • Dave Yarnold
    CEO, ServiceMax
    Matt Holleran
    Venture Partner, Emergence Capital Partners