38 episodes

Leaders of Growth is the first podcast that helps B2B SaaS companies scale to $25M ARR and beyond. Every week, Arthur Nobel from Knight Capital brings you insights from SaaS thought leaders, founders, and experts from fast-growing software companies to help you grow your business. Each episode covers different startup challenges such as scaling teams, Go-to-Market, and the changing role of the founder in a growing organization. Leaders of Growth is brought to you by Knight Capital. Get the summary of these interviews in the Leaders of Growth book (leadersofgrowth.co) or at the Knight Capital blog (knight.capital/blog).

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Leaders of Growth is the first podcast that helps B2B SaaS companies scale to $25M ARR and beyond. Every week, Arthur Nobel from Knight Capital brings you insights from SaaS thought leaders, founders, and experts from fast-growing software companies to help you grow your business. Each episode covers different startup challenges such as scaling teams, Go-to-Market, and the changing role of the founder in a growing organization. Leaders of Growth is brought to you by Knight Capital. Get the summary of these interviews in the Leaders of Growth book (leadersofgrowth.co) or at the Knight Capital blog (knight.capital/blog).

    #38 Founders' Mental Health 101, with Dr. Michael Freeman

    #38 Founders' Mental Health 101, with Dr. Michael Freeman

    72% of entrepreneurs are directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues according to a study by Dr. Michael Freeman (UC Berkley).

    There’s no doubt that founders' mental health matters for startups. That’s why in this mental health month, we sat with the author of this research.

    Dr. Michael Freeman is a psychiatrist, a fourth-generation serial entrepreneur, and an executive coach, who serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. He has held CEO and C-level leadership positions in several public and private sector health care organizations, and he is currently the founder of ECcona, a global center for entrepreneur mental wellness.

    In this episode Arthur Nobel, from Knight Capital and Michael Freeman, sat down to discuss:

    5:00 The three dimensions of mental health 
    7:00 The mental differences that entrepreneurs have
    11:00 The importance of self-awareness and self-efficacy
    16:20 Medication for mental health conditions
    19:50 How your environment affects mental health
    22.45 Resilience strategies to increase mental health
    31:50 How can companies manage the mental health of their employees

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    • 38 min
    #37 Revenue-based Financing 101, with Henrik Grim (Capchase)

    #37 Revenue-based Financing 101, with Henrik Grim (Capchase)

    Henrik Grim is a General Manager of Capchase (Europe). Capchase is a revenue-based financial provider for recurring revenue businesses. Capchase has raised  $549.6M in funding over 7 rounds and achieved unicorn status. 
    In this episode, we delve into revenue-based financing. We explore what is it, how it works, how is the process, and if it’s suitable for your business.
    5: Do's and don'ts of scaling
    9:00 scaling to new geographies
    15: What is revenue-based financing?
    22:00 entry requirements
    27:00 how the process works
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    • 36 min
    #36 Scaling The Engineering Team, with Steffen Vollert (COO, volt.io)

    #36 Scaling The Engineering Team, with Steffen Vollert (COO, volt.io)

    In this episode, our host Arthur Nobel sat down with Steffen Vollert, COO of Volt.io.
    Volt.io is an open payments gateway that aims to reduce the cost and complexity of point-of-sale transactions. 
    Volt acts as a global Open Banking payments aggregator and technology developer to scale merchant organizations. The company was founded in 2019 and raised over $27.8 M.

    They touched upon topics such as:
    5:30 Steffen’s experience in scaling Volt
    8:53 The challenges in scaling the Engineering organization
    10:15 How the team is structured
    12:10 How to decrease interdependence
    18:00 Extreme ownership and HR challenges
    24:00 headcount planning
    30:00 tracing  the performance of the product team
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    • 40 min
    #35 Do's and Don'ts When Selling and Acquiring SaaS Companies, with Thomas Smale

    #35 Do's and Don'ts When Selling and Acquiring SaaS Companies, with Thomas Smale

    In today’s episode, Arthur discusses M&A with Thomas Smale. Thomas is the CEO of FE International, an award-winning global M&A advisor of SaaS, e-commerce, and content businesses that has completed over 1000 acquisitions. Thomas began building and selling online companies in his early 20s and now has over a decade of experience in the SaaS Space.

    In this episode of Leaders of Growth, we cover:
    5:00 The acquisition process
    11.20 Do's and don'ts of the acquisition process
    13:40 Strategic acquires vs PE acquisitions
    20:00 Deal Structures
    27:00 Drivers in exit valuations
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    • 40 min
    #34 What’s the Difference Between a CPO and a VP of Product? With Gijo Mathew (CPO at VTS)

    #34 What’s the Difference Between a CPO and a VP of Product? With Gijo Mathew (CPO at VTS)

    In this episode, Arthur Nobel discusses the role of the CPO with Gijo Mathew, Chief Product Officer at VTS, a real estate CRM software company. VTS has raised over $330M in funding over 9 rounds, and its currently in its Series D.  

    Gijo has been a Product Leader for over 25 years in companies such as CA Technologies and Web.com.
    Today, they touch upon topics such as the role of the CPO, differences between a CPO and a VP of Product, the evolution of a CPO from a startup to scaleup phase, how to evaluate the success of a CPO, and how to keep the organization aligned.

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    • 39 min
    #33 Recruiting Insights From a HRTech Company, with Louis Coulon (Founder of CleverConnect)

    #33 Recruiting Insights From a HRTech Company, with Louis Coulon (Founder of CleverConnect)

    Louis Coulon is the co-founder of CleverConnect, an HR Tech that helps companies attract, convert and assess candidates. The company offers SaaS solutions for resume matching, video interviews, and smart career websites. CleverConnect started bootstrapping and is now at its Series B Stage and raised $35.5 M.
    Arthur Nobel, Principal at Knight Capital, interviews Louis in this episode. They touch upon topics such as:
    4:20 The State of the HR Market
    13:30 The Scaling Challenges of CleverConnect
    16:30 Key Learnings of Louis in his Journey
    19:00 Merging with another Company
    24:00 Things to Consider Before Merging
    27:00 Changing Roles as a Founder
    31:00 How Did the Team Develop Over Time

    • 41 min

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