Gross Margin and SaaS

One important aspect of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that isn’t well understood to first-time entrepreneurs is the role gross margin plays into the business. Gross margin is defined as the percent of revenue left over after the cost of servicing that revenue is taken into account (see SaaS cost of goods sold). For example, with a SaaS…

Characteristics of a Salable Business

Many entrepreneurs paint a picture in their mind of a strategic acquirer swooping in one day and paying an outrageous amount of money for their business. In reality, most businesses are of little value until one of two things happen: a) they have multiple years of sustained profitability, or b) they are growing fast and have at…

The Magic of a $5 Million SaaS Run Rate

After Defining a Successful Business several years ago for a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) entrepreneur, the logical question is “what’s the next revenue milestone for a SaaS company after initial success has been achieved?” Things really start getting interesting once a startup hits the magic $5 million run rate mark. Here are a few reasons why $5…

Benefits of Price Transparency

Earlier this week I was asked about my thoughts on publishing product prices and general price transparency. Whenever I visit a website, especially for a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product, one of the first things I do is go to the pricing page and try and understand how the company positions themselves in the market. Overall, I’m…