SaaStr 090: Jason Lemkin, F...
SaaStr 090: Jason Lemkin, Founder & VC @ SaaStr
What Specific Traits Jason Looks For In SaaS Founders?
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is the Founder and VC @ SaaStr, or more accurately put Jason is a 2x founder, 1x VC, and constant SaaS enthusiast. He led or sourced the first VC investments in many leading enterprise/SaaS start-ups, Greenhouse.io, Pipedrive,
, RainforestQA, Automile, and more. He is also an advisor or smaller investor in Showpad, FrontApp, Influitive, BetterWorks, and other SaaS leaders. Jason has co-founded two successful start-ups selling to the enterprise. Before SaaStr and VC investing, he was CEO and co-founder of EchoSign, the web’s most popular electronic signature service, from inception through its acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc. He then served as Vice President, Web Services at Adobe, where he oversaw the growth of EchoSign and Adobe Document Services to $50,000,000 in ARR in 2012 and $100,000,000+ ARR in 2013. Prior to EchoSign and Adobe, he co-founded one of the only successes in nanotechnology, NanoGram Devices, which was acquired for $50m just 13 months after founding. Hige thanks to
for questions for Jason today! In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: How did Jason make his way into the world of SaaS and come to be Founder and VC @ SaaStr? ACV: What levels of ACV and characteristics suggest potential for a unicorn? How does Jason look to help founders attain higher ACVs? Why is stay focused horrible advice with regards to increasing your ACV with differing customer demands? Does Jason believe that founders always undersell? What advice would Jason give to founders that are nervous to ask for more? What customer response would excite Jason and what would make him concerned? Jason has previously said that ‘founders have to be 110% committed to sales’. What does this mean? How does this look when assessing a founder? Should founders be happy to pay their sales hires more than them? How quickly should the payback period be on these reps? Jason has also previously said that some founders financials are ‘simply ridiculous’. What makes him say this? What financials are fundamental to have very accurately pin pointed? Why is 100% gross margin impossible? 60 Second SaaStr Why does Jason like it when startups have clients that are not in tech? What does Jason know now that he wishes he had known at the beginning? What should SaaS founders look for in their investors? Why does Jason only invest out of the SaaStr community?
3 years ago
I loved listening to this today, best way to start off my week. Immediately,
strikes a tone with me in the first couple minutes by voicing his hope that a certain percentage of listeners *don’t* know who he is. As he puts it to
, “I hope the community’s big enough, and you have contributed so much to it that a bunch of people actually have no idea who I am; that would be a good thing.” Clearly, Jason is reaching out to people like myself, who are (relatively) new to the SaaS universe, and may even be new to tech in general. Concepts of community and inclusion are so much of what build products. Pay close attention to Jason’s discussion of his draw to working with CEO’s who are clearly better than he is; modesty and passion are disarming and magnetic, especially in an investor. And by “better than he is,” Jason’s really referring to people who are so driven, so magnetic, that he would go work for them. People who could (and can) see not only the future of their own companies, but of his as well. Identifying and prioritizing this type of dynamic is really how the best relationships evolve, and how others can model their relationships on successful examples. I highly suggest listening to this as a way to start the week. There’s so much in this episode that reaches way beyond SaaS companies and dynamics.
3 years ago