SaaS Metrics Resources

Yesterday I had lunch with the CEO of one of the most successful SaaS startups in Atlanta. They have well over 100 employees and are on a path to IPO in the next 36 months. Towards the end of the lunch we got to talking about Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) metrics and which ones we track in…

Offshore Labor for Administrative Tasks

Many people have heard of Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek, or at least the concepts: most of the “work” people do is administrative, so outsource/offshore it to focus on what you do best. Well, much of that applies to entrepreneurs who are trying to squeeze more hours out of the week. An executive assistant is…

The Power of APIs

Applications Programming Interfaces, or APIs, enable applications to talk to other applications in an automated and structured fashion. They are powerful. Extremely powerful. Thinking through the advent of technological development we’re now entering a phase where robust, generally available APIs allow for significant new opportunities. It is much easier to mash up disparate data sources…

Leadership is not Speaking Over Others

Back in 2004 I was at a prospective customer’s office in Buckhead down by the old Roxy Theater pitching our product with my lead developer. As an excited entrepreneur I was talked a mile a minute going through the minutia of every little feature in the application. The lead developer, proud of his creation, would…

External Requests for Your Time

@stammy inspired today’s post with his tweet: best part of being in Y Combinator is having a real excuse to decline speaking gigs & unnecessary meetings. "sorry, not til demo day" #code— Paul Stamatiou (@Stammy) May 15, 2011 Once you’ve been fairly active in the tech startup scene for a few years the number of…

Prioritizing Time for New Research and Development

Two weeks ago I had separate conversations with different entrepreneurs about how they prioritize research and development in their companies. Each conversation was brought up independently but the respective entrepreneur lamented how as their companies had grown the speed with which new features were released slowed down — it was now hard to make time…