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Selling the Cloud

Mark Petruzzi, Cathy Minter, Paul Melchiorre, Katerina Ostrovsky

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In each episode, our guests, C-suite veterans of Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, and RevOps, unlock the coveted secrets behind shaping SaaS empires. From mastering customer acquisition to harnessing the transformative power of AI-driven marketing and sales tactics, we're your ultimate source for actionable GTM insights. Welcome to the forefront of B2B SaaS excellence! We discuss company journeys where innovation meets the ever-evolving tech landscape. Guided by a powerhouse team of co-ho ...
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B2B SaaS and Cloud founders, CEOs, and Go-To-Market operating executives share their journey as they scaled their business from $0M ARR to $100M and beyond. The guests share their insights on measurements of success, performance metrics, and benchmarks they use to guide and inform their decision-making and growth journey.Guests include founders and CEOs of amazing success stories such as LinkedIn, DocuSign, Marketo, Gainsight, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, ringDNA, InsightSquared, Cloudera and ...
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In this episode of Selling the Cloud, co-hosts Mark and Cathy sit down with Rob Schilling, SVP ERP Cloud at Oracle, to delve into the pivotal moments that have shaped his career in enterprise sales. Rob shares insights into the fundamentals of sales, emphasizing the importance of being the "CEO of your own territory," focusing on the customer, and …
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In this episode of Selling the Cloud, we sit down with Steve Richards from Mediafly to discuss the future state of sales enablement. We explore the balance between leveraging data and maintaining the human element in sales, strategies to alleviate friction points in the sales funnel, and the critical role of cross-functional collaboration among hig…
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In Part 2 of our conversation with Toni Hohlbein, we delve into how macro trends in the markets are forcing changes in the way we operate SaaS companies, with a focus on doubling down on efficiency and prioritizing effective channels. We discuss how incremental improvements in the funnel compound over time and can significantly impact revenue growt…
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In Part 1 of this episode of "Selling the Cloud," we sit down with Toni Hohlbein, CEO and co-founder of Growblocks, to explore the transformative power of full-funnel visibility in revenue operations. Toni shares insights on the evolving role of RevOps, leveraging factory-like efficiency in B2B SaaS, the impact of digital twins on business planning…
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Welcome to today's episode of the 'Selling the Cloud' Podcast! We are thrilled to have Frank Cespedes as our guest. Frank is a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Entrepreneurial Unit at Harvard Business School. With a wealth of experience in running businesses, serving on boards for start-ups and corporations, and consulting globally…
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Welcome to part two of the RevOps edition of "Selling the Cloud," featuring Lindsey Meyl, CEO of RevAmp. In this episode we explore how companies can leverage their data for a competitive advantage, manage business strategy around a shared set of metrics and an ICP, and execute on recommended growth levers based on data signals in a scalable manner…
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In this episode of the "Selling the Cloud - RevOps Edition" podcast, Lindsey Meyl, co-founder of RevAmp, discusses optimizing go-to-market strategies through comprehensive data insights. Key topics include the importance of a dynamic data strategy, the transformative role of observability in RevOps, and leveraging AI for competitive advantage. Lind…
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This is Part 2 of Data Driven and Metric Based Selling in B2B, Kevin shares insights from his career journey, highlighting pivotal moments where AI and data-driven strategies made a significant impact. And we continue to cover these topics: Data-Driven Companies: We delved into what it takes for companies to become truly data-driven in today's land…
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In this episode, we had the pleasure of hosting Kevin Knieriem, the President, Strategic GTM of Clari. Our discussion revolved around three key themes: Data-Driven Companies: We delved into what it takes for companies to become truly data-driven in today's landscape. AI and B2B Sales: Exploring the evolving role of AI and machine learning in shapin…
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Today we will be covering part 2. of our show with Andy Paul, the host of the Win Rate Podcast: The Evolution of Sales in the B2B SaaS era ​​Integrating AI into Sales Strategies Leadership and Scaling Sales Teams See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
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Today we will be covering three main areas with Andy Paul, the host of the Win Rate Podcast: The Evolution of Sales in the B2B SaaS era ​​Integrating AI into Sales Strategics Leadership and Scaling Sales Teams See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.…
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Today we are covering three main areas. 1) the strategies that B2B companies can use to alignment strategy across marketing, rev ops, and sales. 2) how data analytics helps marketing, rev ops, and sales work more effectively together. 3) how should we be thinking about continuous improvement across marketing, rev ops, and sales. See Privacy Policy …
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Today we are covering three main areas. 1) the strategies that B2B companies can use to alignment strategy across marketing, rev ops, and sales. 2) how data analytics helps marketing, rev ops, and sales work more effectively together. 3) how should we be thinking about continuous improvement across marketing, rev ops, and sales. See Privacy Policy …
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Imagine being a senior product leader at Microsoft for one of the leading "cloud products" in the industry, Azure Data Factory, and deciding to leave the stability, security, and prestige behind to launch your own B2B SaaS company. This is exactly the decision and journey that Anand Subbaraj began five years ago. Anand spent 13 years at Microsoft b…
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Excel is the #1 tool B2B SaaS companies use for many financial tasks, including calculating SaaS metrics to surface insights for operating decisions and investor updates. Ali started his career in tech as an auditor at Ernst and Young, with a priority focus on revenue recognition and reporting. While auditing a top tier B2B SaaS company, he was pro…
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In Episode #1 of this 2-episode conversation, Ray discusses the key findings from the Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) annual "State of the Cloud" report for 2023 with Janelle Teng, Vice President and co-author of this year's report. Janelle is involved in many different research programs at BVP, including the "State of the Cloud" and the "Scaling t…
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State of the Cloud 2023: Top Five Predictions: #1: Efficient Growth Adopt new solutions to gain control of their Cloud and SaaS spend, including the infrastructure cost to deliver SaaS Solutions. Tools include Cloud FinOps tools, SaaS Spend Solutions, and engineering productivity tools to improve R&D processes. One of the areas of focus is on Cloud…
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The Alexander Group works with many of the leading companies in the B2B SaaS industry, and I was recently joined by Ted Grossman, their co-lead of the technology industry practice, and Davis Giedt, Director of Research and Analytics. Based upon Ted and Davis' unique insights and understanding of B2B SaaS due to the discussions and data from over on…
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Matt Wolach is the founder of Xsellus and host of the Scale your SaaS podcast. Matt is one of those guests that have taken over a year to be on the Metrics that Measure Up podcast. Matt has hosted over 250 episodes of "Scale your SaaS" and was one of the inspirations for this podcast. The first question I asked Matt was about the common attributes …
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In 2023 many SaaS companies are searching for what market(s) are going to drive their next phase of growth - and international markets, especially English-speaking countries are often considered by U.S. B2B SaaS companies. Rick Pizzoli, moved to Europe over 25 years ago to launch the European presence for U.S. based software companies. Based upon t…
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SaaS Spend Management is an emerging and rapidly evolving category - yet Ryan Neu, Co-Founder, and CEO of Vendr has a unique vision for how the category needs to evolve. Ryan has a background in public accounting, and then transitioned to software sales, including a role in the early days at Hubspot. During his career selling, he realized that sell…
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Eric Christopher, the founder, and CEO of Zylo is sitting on top of one of the industry's largest SaaS spend data repositories and thus benchmarks, a key reason I knew I needed to have Eric as a guest on the podcast. What was the catalyst for founding Zylo? It started with Eric's experience as a revenue leader in two social media platform companies…
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If you have ever been frustrated with the forecasting process and accuracy at your company - this episode is for you! Guy Rubin is the founder and CEO of ebsta, a leading provider of Revenue Intelligence - the next generation of forecast management. Guy founded ebsta to automate the logging of sales rep activity directly into their Customer Relatio…
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Friday, March 10th, 2023 - a moment in B2B Technology and Start-Up ecosystem history that many will never forget and hopefully provides a foundation for learning the risks and rewards of venture-backed, early-stage entrepreneurship. Todd Gardner founded SaaS Capital in 2007, the industry's first "recurring revenue credit facility". Before names lik…
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Over February and March 2023, we spoke with several founders, CEOs, and executives at SaaS Spend Management vendors. In this episode of the Metrics that Measure Up podcast, we discussed the evolution, best practices, and ideas on how to introduce a SaaS Spend Management program with Brad Van Leeuwen, Co-Founder and COO at Cledara. Brad stated that …
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Planning in 2020 continues to be chalked full of uncertainty based on the current macroeconomic reality. Assuch, being a finance leader in 2023 is even more challenging, and unpredictable - but developing an operating plan and budget is an important and critical component of the CFO's job. First, is being "hyper-realistic" is the theme of the year,…
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How does writing a 400-page novel lead to founding a SaaS Spend Management company? It was the start of David Campbell's journey which including breaking into B2B technology sales where he saw the challenges companies of all sizes have with buying technology. What is the definition of "SaaS Spend Management" according to David? David defines it as …
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Oded Zehavi has global payment experience from his time as an executive at leaders including PayPal and Payoneer. With Spend Management, especially SaaS Spend Management, becoming such a hot topic in 2023 - we wanted to start our conversation with Oded to understand his definition of "Spend Management"? Oded defines spend management as enabling fin…
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Have you ever met someone in their "early career" that you just knew was going to be successful? That was my feeling when I first met Guy Yalif, Founder and CEO of Intellimize almost 20 years ago! Guy has been both a Marketing and Product leader, which led to his creation of a company focused on optimizing full funnel conversion. Guy's vision is to…
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How many times have you visited a B2B website and cringed at being asked to provide your contact information, including your email just to download a white paper or watch a video? Why is this a reality in 2023 on most B2B SaaS websites? Because "leads" are still a primary measurement of Marketing success and marketers have not yet invested in the p…
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Media-Led Growth (MLG) is a term first introduced here on the Metrics that Measure Up podcast and the central theme of this episode. Who better to discuss this topic than Patrick Campbell, Founder, and CEO of ProfitWell, recently purchased by Paddle for an unofficial $180M+ Patrick was a pioneer in building brand media assets inside a B2B SaaS comp…
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Product-Led Growth is one of the hottest topics and trends in the B2B SaaS industry. Heading into 2023, most company will be evaluating their usage of every SaaS tool, and as a vendor understanding how customers are using your product is foundational to understanding and forecast customer retention metrics. Todd Olso founded Pendo, the leading Prod…
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Mark Roberge is the founder and Managing Director of Stage 2 Capital and previously was the Chief Revenue Officer at HubSpot from 2007 to 2016. Mark is also the author of the best-selling book "The Sales Acceleration Formula". The lessons learned over his nine years leading revenue at HubSpot have led to several new endeavors including creating a S…
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Imagine having your founder and CEO working weekends to develop leads and a calling list for the VP Sales in an early-stage B2B SaaS company. That was Mark Kosoglow's experience when he first joined Manny Medina, the founder, and CEO at Outreach - the leading Sales Engagement Platform company in the industry. I asked Mark about the reality of leadi…
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Heading into 2023 companies are preparing for larger buying teams, and increased scrutiny on every purchase. I could not think of a better backdrop to speak with Brent Adamson, the author of The Challenger Sale and The Challenger Customer. The Challenger Customer is based on research focusing on the different "profiles" of the buying team in a cons…
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Heading into 2023, B2B SaaS CFOs are doubling down on using performance metrics to guide the 2023 operating budget. A key question is what metrics they use to help evaluate the Marketing budget, and what metrics they wish they had from Marketing to help inform budget allocation and investment decisions. Chris Golec, the founder, and CEO of intent d…
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Mergers and Acquisition analyst to FP&A professional to SaaS CFO. This is the path that CJ Gustafson took on his journey to becoming the CFO at Parts Tech. The common thread across each step of his journey was metrics, a perfect subject for CJ's appearance on the show. CJ developed his excel and financial chops during his first role as an M&A analy…
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STOP if you do not think that the concept of "Kind Folks Finish First" is applicable in corporate America! Sam Jacobs, the founder, and CEO of Pavilion realized that getting fired for the third time was the catalyst for finally understanding that pursuing his real passion "to help others" was the key to finding both success and fulfillment. Sam cre…
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Nick Franklin is the Founder and CEO of ChartMogul, a leading SaaS Metrics Reporting, and Subscription Analytics Platform. Nick worked for five years at ZenDesk, where he led both Europe and then Asia-Pacific before founding ChartMogul eight years ago. With 2,500 B2B SaaS companies as customers, Nick's insights around how companies use metrics to i…
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Revenue Operations - the buzz has continued in 2022 but how to introduce and then maximize the return on investment is still a work in process. Cliff Simon, the Chief Revenue Officer at Carabiner Group, an early leader in Revenue Operations stopped by to share his insights into how to maximize the return on RevOps. First, we discussed if Revenue Op…
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As a Chief Revenue Officer, Toni has had a front-row view on scaling revenue engines, and one major challenge he faced was that too much time was spent on financial planning and budgets, versus how to best make money. The first question we discussed was the difference between FP&A and Revenue Operations. Toni's perspective is that Revenue Operation…
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Craig Rosenberg has worked with hundreds, if not thousands of B2B SaaS companies as the co-founder of TOPO, Distinguished analyst at Gartner, and now as Chief Platform Officer at Scale Venture Partners. Across Craig's roles, he was able to take an expensive view across each stage of a SaaS company's growth including strategy, people, process, techn…
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Have you ever looked at all of the reports, dashboards, and data presented across your company and felt overwhelmed and under-informed? Today's data-driven world far too often results in a lot of data but not better decision-making or company performance. Scott Stouffer founded his first company in 1993 and has lived the reality of how Go-to-Market…
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Bill Binch has led revenue teams at highly successful B2B SaaS category creators, including Marketo and Pendo. Having real-life, applied experience and success at scaling high-growth companies, while also having broad insights into several Battery Ventures portfolio companies provides Bill with a unique perspective on how Chief Revenue Officers use…
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It's hard to imagine being a key part of three industry-defining product categories, which is exactly what Bruce Cleveland has experienced in his Silicon Valley software career. First, Bruce was an early executive leader at Oracle (first 100+ employees) as they re-defined relational databases, then on to Apple where he led the object-oriented engin…
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You may have heard the acronym FP&A many times, but always wondered what it stood for? Financial Planning and Analysis is the function, typically present in more mature companies responsible that is responsible for financial planning, modeling and analysis. Paul has a summarized view of what FP&A professionals are responsible for which is: "FP&A is…
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How has Customer Success evolved over the past ten years? What better place to start than discussing the latest Customer Success Benchmarking Index with Kellie Capote, Chief Customer Officer at Gainsight. Kellie has invested the last five years developing her perspectives on Customer Success at Gainsight in a broad array of Customer Success leaders…
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