111 episodes

Listen to wisdom from the true champions of SaaS. Stephen Cummins interviews founders of hyper-growth SaaS ScaleUps. Interviews are conducted face to face at major tech events in Dublin, Lisbon, Berlin, Hong Kong & New Orleans (no remote calls). We examine the personal histories, learnings & opinions of the world’s most successful SaaS StartUp entrepreneurs. And because they speak at these major events, they have strong communication skills. Stephen ensures that the core topic is the founder he's interviewing, and not just the current rocket ship the founder is helping scale.

We cover most of these in each episode; short life history, the WHY, day in the life, personal motivations (many are financially secure), personal attributes leading to success, weaknesses, what makes the current SaaS company special & successful, advice for entrepreneurs, opinion on the future of work & future tech, what they’d do if they walked away, work-life balance, the city they work in, distributed or remote teams v co-located or in-office teams.

Lend us your ears for less than 1% of one day in your week to gain a deeper understanding of the cutting edge of SaaS, as well as insights into the human stories behind it all.

We’re interviewing the true champions of SaaS – from giants to exciting scale-ups. They will share their ups and downs, their vision of the future of human experience, how they approach innovation and sales execution, and how they stay grounded while driving extraordinary success in the cloud. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur (or if you are on that road already), join us!

“To dare is to loose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” Soren Kierkegaard

14 Minutes of SaaS - founder stories on business, tech and life Stephen Cummins

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 5 Ratings

Listen to wisdom from the true champions of SaaS. Stephen Cummins interviews founders of hyper-growth SaaS ScaleUps. Interviews are conducted face to face at major tech events in Dublin, Lisbon, Berlin, Hong Kong & New Orleans (no remote calls). We examine the personal histories, learnings & opinions of the world’s most successful SaaS StartUp entrepreneurs. And because they speak at these major events, they have strong communication skills. Stephen ensures that the core topic is the founder he's interviewing, and not just the current rocket ship the founder is helping scale.

We cover most of these in each episode; short life history, the WHY, day in the life, personal motivations (many are financially secure), personal attributes leading to success, weaknesses, what makes the current SaaS company special & successful, advice for entrepreneurs, opinion on the future of work & future tech, what they’d do if they walked away, work-life balance, the city they work in, distributed or remote teams v co-located or in-office teams.

Lend us your ears for less than 1% of one day in your week to gain a deeper understanding of the cutting edge of SaaS, as well as insights into the human stories behind it all.

We’re interviewing the true champions of SaaS – from giants to exciting scale-ups. They will share their ups and downs, their vision of the future of human experience, how they approach innovation and sales execution, and how they stay grounded while driving extraordinary success in the cloud. If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur (or if you are on that road already), join us!

“To dare is to loose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.” Soren Kierkegaard

    E111 – Christian Gabriel – 240 Degree Decision

    E111 – Christian Gabriel – 240 Degree Decision

    Christian Gabriel talking with Stephen Cummins "They started off saying, ‘You know, yeah, we'd love to build Capdesk. If we can get, you know, 15 percent of your company in warrants, we'll build it.’ And once we built the prototype and our second funding round came up, I then asked them, you know, how much would it cost to hire two of you to go full time? And they gave me this ridiculous price. So then I said, 'You want to be equal co-founders, then? ... And they said ‘Yes. Wow!’ And the first thing that happened with equal co-founders was, ‘Christian, We need to rebuild the whole platform.’"

    • 17 min
    E110 – Ilan Twig – 4 of 4 – Halcyon Days

    E110 – Ilan Twig – 4 of 4 – Halcyon Days

    TripActions Co-founder Ilan Twig in conversation with Stephen Cummins: "When I worked for HP, there was no goal and everything was certain. And I'm just thinking about it right now. But that was the reality back then. That's why I was a walking dead. At least for me, I need to have something to aim for. And I need to wake up in the morning knowing that I need to solve something. I need to challenge myself with something. Be true to yourself … because when you start masking it with whatever b******t, the chances that something good will come out of it is so low … it’s zero actually."

    • 16 min
    E109 – Ilan Twig – 3 of 4 – Fantastic Voyage

    E109 – Ilan Twig – 3 of 4 – Fantastic Voyage

    TripActions Co-founder Ilan Twig in conversation with Stephen Cummins: "Expenses are a pain in the butt. What you optimise for when you travel for work is completely different than what you optimise for when you travel for leisure. We thought if there is a way that we could then make people think about how they make their decisions when it comes to corporate travel more similar to how they do it when they book their leisure travel, there is an interesting opportunity for saving money for the company."

    • 15 min
    E108 – Ilan Twig – 2 of 4 – Stream to Ocean

    E108 – Ilan Twig – 2 of 4 – Stream to Ocean

    TripActions Co-founder Ilan Twig in conversation with Stephen Cummins: "We sold StreamOnce, but I didn’t really feel that I filled a desire of building a company in the valley. It’s a nine month journey. So really there was nothing. We knew that the next thing would have to be big. And in order for that to be big, the market must be big. You know, there are markets you can have the most amazing idea, but if the market is small and you are the most successful with no competition, it will still be small"

    • 16 min
    E107 – Ilan Twig – 1 of 4 – Loving the Machine

    E107 – Ilan Twig – 1 of 4 – Loving the Machine

    TripActions Co-founder Ilan Twig in conversation with Stephen Cummins: "I never try to impress. I always assume I know less. And I think this created space for wonderful relationships. And relationships are so important when you start a company."

    • 15 min
    E106 – Georg Petschnigg – 6 of 6 – Perpetually Meaningful Movement

    E106 – Georg Petschnigg – 6 of 6 – Perpetually Meaningful Movement

    Episode 106 of 14 Minutes of SaaS, the final instalment of a series of 6 with Georg Petschnigg. We learn about the immense influence of dance, and seeing falling as a source of momentum, on so much of what he does. We also hear moleskin notebooks described as books waiting to be written. He may be an entrepreneur in the land of digital, but Georg derives his inspiration from the real world. As a result, waxing lyrical on analog experience is never too far away from the conversation. Georg also deconstructs his defining characteristics and motivations, and offers some sage advice for other adventurous entrepreneurs out there.

    • 16 min

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Madrid Loves Tech ,

My favourite tech podcast ever

Very educational and inspiring. Really love the relaxed style, great guests and the interviewers voice is wonderful - I wish he’d say more as he obviously knows a lot but its nice to see someone ask great questions and just sit back and let great guests express themselves. The conversations are short but somehow seem to cover an awful lot of ground. 100% recommended listening!

Art of Tech ,

SaaS and tech founders - the human side without the acronyms

Great to listen to founders talk about their personal histories,why they built their companies, what are the challenges and also about future trends that excite them. Nice to listen to people just talk about themselves and their industries and the world as they perceive it without marketing spin or using unnecessarily exclusive language!

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