SaaS Tattler Issue 7

May 2, 2014 Pam McBride

Top SaaS Insights of the Week:

SaaS Growth

Most active Venture Capital Firms in Q1 of 2014 – pretty straightforward!

Unfortunately, SaaS Startup Valuations are about to Fall by 50% – Jason Lemkin just tells it like it is. “SaaS is stronger that ever, the leaders are growing faster than ever.  It’s just that valuations may have gotten ahead of the market’s comfort level.”

Steve Blank has compiled the list to end all lists of Startup Tools. The list is a nested list of lists too – wow what a resource!

“Pricing is one of the hardest things for startups to get right because there is no universal and constant price optimum.” Price experiments and a formula to conduct them from Tomasz Tunguz – Start now!

Customer Experience/Relationships/Success

Fire prevention is definitely better than firefighting – and who wouldn’t want to get a handle on that? “It’s about viewing the experience through their eyes, serving up solutions and interactions that WOW customers. This approach is known as proactive support.”

3 Keys to a Profitable Customer Success Team – with a quote like this “Our value in the marketplace will grow proportionately to the value our customers derive from our solutions.”  – how could this not be a must read?


Super SaaS Fundings of the Week:

Slack – Enterprise Collaboration – received $43M in Series C funding

InsideSales – Sales Acceleration Platform – received $100M in Series C funding

New Relic – Cloud App Monitoring – received $100M in Private Equity funding

Tidemark – Modern Business Planning and Analytics – received $32M in Series E funding

Sprinklr – Social Media Analytics – received $40M in Series D funding


Newest SaaS Services:

We liked the combination of ProductHunt and BetaList so much last week, we’re going to give it another whirl.


Slidebean – The Easiest Way to Create Beautiful Presentations

Foxmetrics – Customer Analytics and Targeting

Startup Pack – Discover and Get Free Access to Great SaaS

Stackify - Build and Monitor Your Apps Faster


TrackaCompany – Track and Monitor Your Company and Competitors

Taskworld – A Task Management Platform

SlideSlider – The Next Evolution in Storytelling


The SaaS Hot or Not List:

The featured searches from Mattermark are so cool we’re going to use another one of theirs instead of doing our own. This is an excerpt from their fastest team size growth list – those growing 25%+ MoM:

Mattermark – Deal intelligence for Venture Capital, Private Equity and Corporate Development Score = 1131

Zenefits – A single place to manage payroll, benefits, HR and compliance – Score = 862

RebelMouse – A revolutionary new way for content creators to reach, engage and grow their audiences – Score = 789

Mashape – The Cloud API Hub – Score = 756

Bench – A modern online bookkeeping service for independent businesses – Score = 695


An Infographic of Interest:



Other Good Weekend Reads:

“It got me thinking. How can I (and our team) care more than our competitors and therefore win?” Find out what Kyle Porter of Salesloft came up with in Whoever Cares the Most Wins.

Continuing on the winning theme…. Brian Balfour reflects upon his career thus far and has provided some valuable thoughts and insights in Why Focus Wins.

Do you know what the magic is behind recurring revenue? Zuora does and shares it in this irresistible short story picture book. Now this is getting creative with content!

And from the Amity Blog – The WHY, WHAT and HOW of Customer Success

Want something added to the SaaS 2.0 Tattler – let us know! And let us know your take on the SaaS 2.0 Tattler in general – we’d love your feedback.

Curated by the team at Amity using the outstanding tools provided by Mattermark, ProductHunt, BetaList and Crunchbase. We encourage sharing!

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