SaaS Capital Blog

Mar
01
Ok, well, “magical” might be a little strong, but there are circumstances where this structure does have specific benefits that are very valuable. In the short post below, we describe how to quantify those benefits to your stakeholders.
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Feb
13
Rob and I just returned from our annual pilgrimage to San Francisco for SaaStr Annual, and here are our observations from the conference this year.
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Dec
15
Last December we sent out a quick year-end recap email and blog post that was very well received, so here it is for 2017.
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Nov
30
Last month I had the pleasure of presenting at the KCSaaS event in Kansas City, MO. KCSaaS is a grassroots industry group spearheaded by longtime SaaS sales executive Mike Poledna. He started the group about a year ago after not finding many SaaS networking and knowledge share opportunities in Kansas City.
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Oct
05
We recently hosted a webinar on ASC 606 with SaaSOptics and CPA Steve Sehy. This blog post is meant to summarize some key points from the presentation relative to timing and magnitude.
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Aug
10
In a recent article in Forbes, Max Williams, the CEO of Pusher Ltd, is interviewed about the pros and cons of raising venture capital from an entrepreneur’s perspective. For most of our portfolio companies, raising a VC round is a viable option, and in the full article here, the author and Max do a pretty good job discussing the merits.
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Aug
02
Insurance may seem like a pretty boring topic compared with, say What is my SaaS Valuation? but as you may remember from school, it’s a negatively correlated asset – when everything else goes against you, it pays out. So, it’s an important part of life and business, and your needs can change over time as you grow, pivot product and target market, or raise capital, so it’s good to keep in mind and revisit now and again.
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Jun
29
Last month my partner Rob and I attended two events focused on customer success (CS) and wanted to post our takeaways. The first event was a half-day summit we held for our own SaaS Capital portfolio companies. The other event was the Pulse Conference.
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May
05
The Rule of 40 postulates that the growth-rate-plus-profitability-margin of a healthy growth stage SaaS company should be at least 40%. It captures both valuation drivers of a SaaS business: growth and profit, and trades them off dollar for dollar. While this is a compelling and fascinating ‘rule,’ it is by no means the cut-off line between healthy and unhealthy.
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May
01
Over the years, we have analyzed thousands of SaaS companies and we firmly believe the best metric for benchmarking churn is gross revenue retention which should be benchmarked against companies with similar annual contract values or revenue values per customer.
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Apr
05
The better a SaaS business is at keeping customers, the faster it will grow. This is not a surprise; however, it’s an assertion that is not typically backed up by real data. The graphs below are based on data obtained from our recently completed survey of over 700 private, B2B SaaS companies and give objective, real-world underpinnings to the relationship between retention and growth.
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Mar
15
We have encountered a recent spike of interest in junior debt for SaaS businesses, and since we provide both senior and junior loans (although mostly senior), we thought we would share our perspective on the types of scenarios where subordinated debt makes the most sense.
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Mar
09
Accounting rules are very specific on some things, and surprisingly unhelpful in other areas. There are no Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) rules on the type of costs that are included in Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). This is unfortunate because the gross margins of SaaS businesses are very important to the overall performance, profitability, and valuation.
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Feb
24
Two weeks ago, Todd Gardner and I attended the SaaStr Annual conference in San Francisco. This is the SaaS-business-model-specific conference put on by serial SaaS entrepreneur and VC Jason Lemkin. This was the third year of the event and we’ve gone every year. Below are our takeaways from it...
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Nov
21
We recently published an analysis of SaaS company departmental spending segmented by revenue level, growth rate and annual contract value (ACV). Among the interesting results, we found that high ACV products (annual contract value over $150,000) have higher cost of goods than lower priced products, and that medium ACV products ($5,000 to $150,000) appear to be the most expensive overall to deliver and support.
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Nov
01
After reading our recent white paper What is My SaaS Company Worth? one of our portfolio company CEOs reached out asking about the premium a SaaS business would garner in a strategic sale vs. a re-cap or equity raise. It struck us that this may be a topic other companies might have questions about so we have addressed it here.
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Oct
25
It might be a good time for SaaS companies to start considering ways to recession-proof their business. Focusing on customer retention, always a good idea, is particularly critical when customers are looking to cut costs.
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Oct
11
I had an entrepreneur ask me a few weeks ago - “What are SaaS companies ‘going for’ these days?” I said, well, it depends on a number of factors, but 5 times annual run-rate revenue is average.
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Sep
02
Stock warrants are a common component of venture debt, and while typically small in relation to the other overarching economics, they are important because they have to do with the cap table, which we all know is a zero sum game. They also can be confusing because they have a unique lexicon, and what information is on the web about warrants focuses more on the legal and tax ramifications rather than the practical.
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Jul
18
SaaS Capital has had nine of its companies “price” their equity in the last 24 months through either a sale of the business or a substantial equity raise. Here's a look at the valuations.
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Although we received several outside funding offers, we knew SaaS Capital was the best fit for us at this stage. Working with SaaS Capital we’re able to avoid both the strict requirements of traditional bank financing and the ownership dilution that comes with an equity investor.

Parag Mamnani

Founder and CEO, Webgility

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