Entrepreneurs with the Killer Instinct

Whenever I talk to successful entrepreneurs, I like to hear the origination story. Why did you start the company? What lessons have you learned along the way? Any near death experiences or crazy things you had to do to make it succeed? That last question is especially interesting in that it almost always reveals incredibly…

Comparing SaaS Startup Funding to Revenue

After last week’s post on 2015 Inc. 500 Software Companies, I wanted to dig in and see how funding for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) startups compared to revenues. Here’s the data for the five fastest growing SaaS companies on the 2015 Inc. 500 list: Gainsight 2014 reported revenue: $5.6 million 2014 reported funding: $54.3 million Revenue as a…

Central Non-Profit for Entrepreneurs

Back in college I’d routinely jump in my old Jeep Wrangler and make the 10 mile drive down the Durham Freeway to RTP for events and programs at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED). CED bills itself as “the network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build successful companies” and has 700+ member companies with 4,000 members. In…