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Today 11:07 AM

20VC: GITLAB FOUNDER, SID SIJBRANDJI ON LESSONS FROM SCALING FROM 400 TO 1,000 PEOPLE IN 1 YEAR, WHY YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOW LEVEL OF SHAME ON THE PRODUCT YOU RELEASE & THE SECRET TO MAKING REMOTE WORK SO EFFECTIVELY AT SCALE

Today 11:07 AM

Sid Sijbrandij is the Founder & CEO @ Gitlab, a single application for the entire software development lifecycle. From project planning and source code management to CI/CD, monitoring, and security. To date, Sid has raised over $145m in funding for Gitlab from the likes of GV, August Capital, YC,...

Today 12:00 AM

Funding Friday: Medicine Of Time Travel

Today 12:00 AM

A few weeks ago, I got an email from a reader. She asked if he could subscribe to this blog without the funding friday posts. He thought they were “spammy.” I replied to him “think about them as the ads” and politely told him that wasn’t possible.I love funding things. And I love sharing the things...

Yesterday 12:00 AM

“Top lessons learned from our best and worst marketing experiments” Lucidchart Co-Founder and CEO Karl Sun (Video + Transcript)

Yesterday 12:00 AM

Lucidchart has been recognized as one of the most mature Product Lead Growth business models in the market, driving over 700,000 registrations per month, combined with a hyper-efficient B2B business model. It didn’t happen by accident. It happened through experimentation: from extensive A/B testing...

Yesterday 12:00 AM

Climate Adaptation?

Yesterday 12:00 AM

While society debates how to deal with climate change, there are some scientists who are now saying that that time has passed and we now need to start planning society’s adaptation to the climate tragedy we have created on planet earth.This scientific paper from roughly one year ago is super...

Yesterday 12:00 AM

The Competition You Always Have: Headspace and Budget

Yesterday 12:00 AM

A common VC-ism is that You Always Have Competition.  This probably is mostly true, especially since 70% of the top SaaS companies are really just new versions of old, established categories.But sometimes, you really are something new.  Or so different, that it’s basically new.  Or a new version of...

Yesterday 12:00 AM

a16z Podcast: How To Raise Money from a Venture Investor

Yesterday 12:00 AM

So you’ve decided raising venture capital is the best fundraising strategy for your startup. Now what?In this second of a 3-part series (which originally aired as YouTube videos), a16z Managing Partner Scott Kupor shares actionable fundraising advice based on his experience of seeing thousands of...

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

Abridge

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

We seed funded a company late last year called Abridge and the company went public yesterday with their iOS and Android apps. Naomi wrote about the investment on the USV blog.I want to focus on the product because I think it is a game changer for all of us that access the health care system...

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

SaaStr Meet-UP in NYC on Sept 3!!

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

SaaStr is in New York right before a trip to Hubspot’s Inbound event and we’ll be doing a meet-up for 150 or so in SOHO on Sept 3.We’ll put the agenda up soon, but we’ll start at 5pm, have a few informal sessions on scaling SaaS businesses at 6pm, and then talk ARR, NPS, and more until then kick us...

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

a16z Podcast: How To Understand And Choose A Venture Investor

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

Incentives matter. So understanding the incentives of venture capitalists will help you decide if raising money from a venture investor makes sense for your business.In this first of a 3-part series (which originally aired as YouTube videos), a16z Managing Partner Scott Kupor talks with Frank Chen...

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

16 Sales Contract Clauses to Balance Risk and Reward

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

I often hear from founders of B2B companies, especially in the early stages, about the difficulty of negotiating customer contracts. As a startup, negotiating is tough because you are not yet established or trusted in the marketplace. When a customer buys a product from your company, they are...

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

Is it popular for SaaS to offer price lock guarantee?

17-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

It is popular in enterprise sales, especially as a “trick” to get a customer to sign a multi-year deal.Why would a customer sign a multi-year deal (especially one with cash up-front)?Two reasons:Of course, at some level, price protection is also a potential future discount. But in the early and...

16-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

Substack

16-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

Reading — and especially writing — was once a privilege of the elite. In the medieval ages, the ability to create and distribute books was in the hands of very few: It would take weeks and even months for a scribe in a monastery to copy books, and only members of the church or nobility would then...

16-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

Dronebase Insights

16-Jul-2019 12:00 AM

I was sitting in my backyard this weekend looking up at the roof on my house, which I can’t see because of a parapet, and wondering how all of the solar panels we put up there a few years ago are doing. I was also wondering how the roof itself is doing.Then it hit me that USV has a portfolio...

15-Jul-2019 6:57 AM

20VC: ZOOM FROM SERIES A TO IPO, HOW VCS CAN PROVIDE CEOS WITH ADDITIONAL LEVERAGE AND WHY THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF SIGNALLING ARE VERY REAL WITH SANTI SUBOTOVSKY, GENERAL PARTNER @ EMERGENCE CAPITAL

15-Jul-2019 6:57 AM

Santi Subotovsky is a General Partner @ Emergence Capital, one of the valley’s leading venture firms of the last decade focusing on enterprise & SaaS applications. Within their incredible portfolio is the likes of Salesforce, Zoom, Box, Veeva Systems, SuccessFactors and many more. As for Santi, he...