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God dag!
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@chrija
We are
here
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@chrija
2008
Christoph’s
SaaS knowledge
S - a - a - … what?!
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9 Learnings from
10 Years of SaaS Investing
Zendesk and
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1. Fundraising
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You get a
Term Sheet
nobody wants
to invest
everybody wants

to invest
Time
Investor interest
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nobody wants
to invest
everybody wants

to invest
Time
Investor interest
Seed
Series A
with CRV
Series B with
Benchmark
You get a
Term Sheet
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Learning #1
Create a killer deck
Be on top of your KPIs
Run a process
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2. Power Law
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Power Law
Company rank
Return
How you think
What it really
looks like
301 15
Power Law looks like
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Learning #2
VCs only invest in companies
with homerun potential.
If you’re not trying to build a
$100M+ ARR company, don’t
try to raise VC.
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3. Product/Market Fit
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Time
PMF
How you

get to PMF
How it’s probably
gonna look like
think you’ll
Getting to PMF
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Learning #3
The road to PMF can
be long and bumpy.
Don’t try to scale
before you have PMF.
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4. Pricing
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SMB vs. Enterprise Pricing
How you should
be pricing
SMBs Enterprises
Your pricing
Price
SMBs Enterprises
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Learning #4
Ask enterprise
customers for more $$$.
Increase the spread
between your entry plan
and your higher tiers.
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5. Scaling paid acquisition
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Scaling paid marketing
Marketing spend
CACs
Your projections
Your actuals
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Learning #5
Don’t assume that PPC will scale.
Invest in product and content.
NPS matters.
If ARPA big enough, try
outbound sales.
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@chrija
6. Hiring a VP of Sales
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„The 48 Types of VP Sales“
YOU
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Learning #6
Your 1st VP of Sales is
probably you.
Then, find one who can get
you to $10-20M ARR.
Always hire for the right stage.
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7. Getting to $100M in ARR
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@chrija
Which animal are you hunting?
ARPA
(in $ per year)
# of customers
(in 1,000s)
10 100 1,000 10,000 100,000
10
1
100
1,000
10,000
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Learning #7
Know what animal(s)
you’re hunting.
Align your CACs (and
CoGS!) with your ARPA.
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8. Startup graveyard
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Escaping startup graveyard
CACs
LTV
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@chrija
Learning #8
Align your CACs with
your ARPA.
(yeah, sorry, I said this already, but this is
important)
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@chrija
9. „Team vs. Market“
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@chrija
„Team vs. Market“
Companies with
good teams
Companies with
excellent teams
Companies with
good markets
Companies with
excellent markets
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„Team vs. Market“
Companies with
excellent teams
Companies with
excellent markets
Companies with
good teams
Companies with
good markets
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@chrija
„Team vs. Market“
Companies with
excellent teams
Companies with
excellent markets
Luck, timing,…
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@chrija
Thank you!
More SaaS learnings:
www.saaslearnings.com
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Questions?
christoph@pointnine.vc
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@chrija
Bonus slides
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When corporates discover „entrepreneurship“
We need more innovation!
Let’s start a
Corporate VC.
Let’s spin-off the VC.
oops, we’re not attracting the
best and the brightest.
Let’s start an incubator.
Let’s do an
„intrapreneur program“
oops, we’re not attracting the
best and the brightest.
oops, we’re not attracting the
best and the brightest.
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@chrija
Should I go through an accelerator?
Is it YC? YES
No
Go for it!
Do they
want

> 6%?
YES RUN AWAY!!!
No
Think
about it
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@chrija
Finding good engineers
engineers looking
for a new job
open positions
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@chrija
Contracts
Number of pages
% of pages with a
>0 chance of ever
becoming relevant.
100%
0%
50%
1 200100
Legal fees
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