SaaS Business Model and Metrics

David Skok has an excellent presentation over on Slideshare about the SaaS business model and metrics with the 3 Stages of a Startup. David’s blog, For Entrepreneurs, is one of the best out there for startups, especially Software-as-a-Service ones. Here are a few notes from the 85-slide SaaS business model and metrics deck: Conserve cash…

Uber Burning $750 Million in a Year

Recently, I heard an astounding piece of information: Uber is going to burn $750 million in capital this year as part of their expansion. Considering their most recent funding announcement of $1.2 billion in equity and $1.6 billion in debt, and the idea that most funding rounds are for 18-24 months of runway, the math…

Review of the Previous Quarter

With Q1 2015 wrapped up, now’s a great time to reflect on the previous quarter. Did anything dramatic happen? Why, yes, there were some serious ups and downs. From a rhythm, data, and priorities perspective, there are several items to review: Simplified One Page Strategic Plan – The one pager is the overall business alignment…

9 Entrepreneurial Team Member Traits

Sam Wheeler of PayRight Health Solutions posted a great comment yesterday about traits he finds in entrepreneurial team members at thriving startups. After seeing the list, I readily agree. Here are his nine entrepreneurial traits of successful team members: Flourish with ambiguity. Love constant change. Feel as if they are on a mission. Comfortable being misunderstood. Can make…

Gmail Productivity Tips

Personally, I enjoy figuring out ways to be more efficient and more productive. One area that I’ve developed several shortcuts and optimizations is Google Apps, specifically Gmail. For two decades, I did email in a native app (Pine, Thunderbird, and Outlook) before switching exclusively to Gmail. After being Gmail-only for several years, I recommend it to everyone.…