Annual Run Rate and Size of Funding Round

While it’s rare that Yik Yak was able to raise a large Series A round just seven months after launching (see WSJ article), there is a strong correlation between the startup’s revenue run rate and raising money. Too often startups, especially B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) startups, go out looking to raise a large sum of money and don’t…

Recent Zendesk IPO and More Thoughts

After all the talk of Software-as-a-Service companies losing some luster, Zendesk had a successful IPO last week rising 49%. Now, Zendesk has a market cap of over $1 billion according to Google Finance (NYSE:ZEN). Back in April, when the Zendesk S-1 IPO filing was released and covered here, many of the basics were covered like financial…

SaaS Valuations Driven By More Complicated Metrics

Andreesen Horowitz has a great new piece up titled Understanding SaaS: Why the Pundits Have It Wrong. The idea is that SaaS valuations are under intense scrutiny due to the recent run up and down in the public markets. In reality, SaaS companies have financial models and metrics that are more difficult to understand when…

Notes from the Zendesk S-1 IPO Filing

Zendesk, one of the hottest and fastest growing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies just filed their S-1 to go public. Zendesk makes help desk software for support teams to interface with customers in an efficient manner. Zendesk started at the same time as Pardot back in 2007, so I have a sense of nostalgia watching our respective…

Notes from the Box S-1 IPO Filing

The much anticipated Box S-1 IPO filing was just released and it’s filled with a ton of interesting data. Box was co-founded by Aaron Levie, purveyor of the some of the most astute 140 character quips Twitter has ever seen (see 10 Awesome Startup Tweets from Box’s Aaron Levie). Another reason the S-1 is so…