2014 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey – Part 1
For the third year in a row, we worked together with Pacific Crest
Securities, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to
survey 306 SaaS companies.
This represents nearly double the # of respondents from last year, giving us
deeper benchmarking data and insights to share on the growth and operations
of the companies in this space.
We also welcome this year the participation of OpenView, an expansion stage
venture capital firm specializing in B2B Software, who brought additional
I want to extend my personal thanks to the many readers of this blog who
participated in the survey. My thanks also go out to David Spitz and his team
at Pacific Crest Securities (@dspitz and @PacCrestSec, respectively on
Twitter) for their hard work on the survey. Part 1 of the results of the
survey, which focuses on growt... (more)
The advent of J2EE (Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition), a
market-revolutionizing industry specification that standardizes the way that
application servers work, sets the stage for a collision of two markets:
content management/personalization and back-end data access/transactions.
It also becomes a driving force as organizations move to create powerful new
e-business applications that bring together all forms of electronic
interaction for customers, trading partners and employees.
The J2EE standard has been uniformly adopted by almost every application
server vendor and is bein... (more)
Earlier this year I wrote an article describing how Enterprise JavaBeans had
impacted the application server market, causing a convergence between Web
application servers and distributed object and transaction servers. With the
advent of the J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) standard, we're about to
witness another seismic shift in this market.
It's worth looking at what J2EE is - and isn't. J2EE builds on the Java 2
standard, and adds specifications for most of the important programming
interfaces in an application server. Key interfaces are EJB for middle-tier
logic, and servle... (more)
As a serial entrepreneur, I learned a lot of lessons from things that
didn’t work. These lessons later on shaped my ideas on what would be needed
to build a successful startup company. When I became a VC, I realized that
these same lessons could be applied to helping evaluate the many businesses
that I was getting to see. Whilst the following criteria are by no means a
guarantee of success, or the only criteria that you should think about, I do
believe they can be very helpful.
So in no particular order, here is a list of six questions that I learned to
ask to validate my own st... (more)
Readers of this blog will likely really enjoy the following two presentations
that discuss lessons learned by the founders of both DropBox and Xobni.
There are lots of great lessons to be learned here.
Dropbox Startup Lessons Learned From Zero to a Million Users – Dropbox and
Xobni lessons learned