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The Feedback Loops in Data that Will Change SaaS Architecture

About a year ago, I wrote a post on the hub and spoke data model. The idea is that in the future SaaS applications would be built on a single database, instead of each SaaS application writing to its own proprietary database. I was wrong about the catalyst for this hub-and-spoke model. I thought it would be cloud-prem and customers driving SaaS products...

The Four Types of Startup COOs

If you asked 5 people in Startupland to define the role of a COO, you would receive 10 different explanations. I have three myself. What does a modern COO do? The role of a COO has evolved over the past decade or so because of broader changes within the ecosystem which has created some confusion what what precisely should a COO do. Recently, Redpoint...

The Most Popular Startup Domain Suffixes - .com, .co, .gg - Which is Best for Your Business?

So you’re looking to start a company. What do you call it? Once you’ve figured that out, which domain suffix do you choose? .com, .net, .biz, .monster, .duck, .theworldisyouroyster? Given the explosion in domain suffix permutations I wondered if startups' behavior had changed over the last decade. In fact, it has changed significantly as the chart...

The Most Effective Tools and Techniques for Selling Today - Office Hours with Jim Benton

On Wednesday, March 3rd at 10:00 AM PT, Redpoint Office Hours will host Jim Benton, CEO of Chorus.ai, a leader in conversational intelligence. As Co-Founder of ClearSlide and later as CEO of Apollo, Jim helped create the Sales Engagement category. From Evite to AdBrite to ClearSlide, Jim has expanded new categories and scaled revenue teams from zero...

How Much Should You Bet To Maximize Your Investments, or Your Company's Odds of Success?

If I gave you $1000 to invest, and five investment options how would you decide? What if you were the CEO of a startup, and a VC invested $10m, and each of your five VPs had different project ideas? This is the question John Kelly, researcher at Bell Labs, sought to answer. A contemporary of Claude Shannon, Kelly intertwined Shannon’s information...

Eliminating Data Downtime with Data Observability - Why We Partnered with Monte Carlo Data

At Redpoint, we believe 2020 is the decade of data. We’ve partnered in the leaders of the next generation of data from the earliest stages; companies like Snowflake, Looker, and Dremio. Leaders rely more on data every day to inform our decisions, to power our products, and to communicate. In short, the data pipelines that move data from one place to...

How to Be a Great COO: Lessons Learned Leading a Unicorn to Success

On Wednesday, February 17th at 9:30 AM PT, Redpoint Office Hours will host Allison Pickens, the former COO of Gainsight and one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women. Throughout her time there, she scaled the SaaS company from $1M ARR to pre- IPO, along the way, creating the category of customer success software, and paving the way for Gainsight’s $1.1B...

A Common and Critical Mistake When Forecasting Next Year's Bookings

It’s February 1st and many software startups herald the new fiscal year with Sales Kick Off (SKO). During SKO, leaders discuss the strategy of the company, discuss product advances, and share the financial plan highlights including changes to quota and accelerators for sales commissions. During the past few weeks, finance and management teams will...

The Five Flavors of ARR - New Definition, Same Great Multiple

There’s a trend in pitch decks and startup pitches I’ve been watching - the commingling of metrics definitions, especially ARR. Everyone reports ARR today, even in transactional businesses and market place businesses, and for good reason. The valuation multiples on annual recurring revenue are the highest across startup categories. Ten years ago Startupland...

The Secret to Keeping Your Software Running and Keeping Customers Happy

How important is uptime to your business? As more business moves online, an increasing number of companies have to answer than critical question. When products and services fail, customers can’t buy online or use their software, they churn, and the company suffers brand damage. Too much downtime can trigger clauses in software contracts for service...

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