Raising Money vs Growing Organically

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to talk with an entrepreneur who’s considering raising money. His company is doing well at a small scale and getting close to breakeven. Now, he’s in the process of building financial models and mapping out different scenarios regarding raising money vs growing organically. Here are a few thoughts on raising…

3 SaaS Market Types to Consider

When analyzing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market types, it’s helpful to have different frameworks or patterns to compare against. While people like to talk about SaaS in general, the type of market a particular SaaS product is targeting greatly affects things like sales cycle, potential investor enthusiasm, and overall opportunity. Here are three SaaS market types to think…

Comparing Two Strategic Directions

Recently I was talking to an entrepreneur that was making good progress in his startup. After signing a couple dozen customers it became clear that there were two strategic directions to take the business, each with their own pros and cons. We got to talking more about the strategic directions, and even after drilling in, both…

B2B Applications with a Viral Component

Entrepreneurs love to talk about viral customer acquisition — the idea that by the very nature of the how the product works, users will introduce other users to it. Facebook is one of the most popular examples whereby the viral nature of their product helped them acquire over 1 billion users. David Skok has a…