68 episodes

On the "B2B SaaS Podcast", I interview the world's best B2B SaaS founders, asking them everything about their businesses. Every episode is designed to be compact (~ 15 minutes), data-backed ( with real SaaS metrics like MRR, growth rate, churn etc.) & actionable.
In every episode, I deep-dive into one key theme that's very interesting & insightful of a company's journey. The themes I typically focus on are growth ( lead generation, conversion), customer success ( churn & expansion), product, M&A, technology & people.

B2B SaaS Podcast Upendra Varma

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On the "B2B SaaS Podcast", I interview the world's best B2B SaaS founders, asking them everything about their businesses. Every episode is designed to be compact (~ 15 minutes), data-backed ( with real SaaS metrics like MRR, growth rate, churn etc.) & actionable.
In every episode, I deep-dive into one key theme that's very interesting & insightful of a company's journey. The themes I typically focus on are growth ( lead generation, conversion), customer success ( churn & expansion), product, M&A, technology & people.

    How We Generated Over $200K in Revenue Within Just 48 Hours of Launch

    How We Generated Over $200K in Revenue Within Just 48 Hours of Launch

    In this episode, Mikael Dia, Founder and CEO of Funnelytics, shares insights into the journey and growth of Funnelytics, a marketing analytics platform. Mikael discusses how Funnelytics helps businesses visualize customer journeys and overlay data to optimize conversions and identify bottlenecks.
    Product Overview:
    Funnelytics is a marketing analytics platform that allows businesses to visualize customer journeys on a digital whiteboard. It helps users see conversion rates, identify bottlenecks, and understand the flow through various touchpoints. The platform integrates with tools like HubSpot and uses a tracking script on websites to collect and visualize data.
    Customers:
    Thousands of customers across various industries, including agencies, e-learning, SaaS, and e-commerce sectors.Revenue Distribution**:** Approximately 30% from agencies, 30% from midsize in-house teams, and 30% from mapping-only users.Customer Acquisition**:** Acquires approximately 50 new customers per week. Around 200 new free trials per week.
    Top of Funnel Channels:
    Initially relied on paid advertising to promote the free mapping tool.Currently, most traffic is organic, driven by word-of-mouth and users sharing their experiences.Self-attribution from customers points to sources like YouTube, Instagram influencers, and LinkedIn.
    Conversion Strategy:
    Uses a product-led approach with a free mapping tool and a free trial model.Focus on optimizing the onboarding experience for new users.Employs an SDR process to identify high-value leads from free trials and schedules kickoff calls to demonstrate the platform and assess fit for higher-level plans.
    0 to 1 Journey (Initial Days):
    Mikeal built the first version of Funalytics for his own agency needs. To gain early users, he:
    Launched a free mapping tool and built a community on Facebook.Offered a lifetime deal for early access to the analytics feature, generating over $200,000 in 48 hours and closing seven figures in non-recurring revenue in the first 12 months.
    Company Funding & Team:
    Funding**:** Raised $3 million in VC funding, primarily used to rebuild the platform for scalability.Initial Development Cost**:** Built with a small team of developers, funded by lifetime deal revenue and early income.Team Structure**:** Initially had three full-time engineers and one part-time engineer.
    Vision:
    Funalytics aims to become the command center for digital marketing teams globally, providing a universal language through its visual canvas and data integration. The company is focused on sustainable, profitable growth and is considering raising a Series A round to further scale its operations.
    Conclusion:
    Mikhail's journey with Funalytics highlights the importance of adaptability, leveraging user feedback, and maintaining a clear vision for growth. The episode provides valuable insights into building and scaling a successful SaaS product in the competitive marketing analytics space.

    • 18 min
    SaaS Giants Pay Them $300K Yearly for Optimization Secrets. Don't Miss Out on Boosting Your Conversions!

    SaaS Giants Pay Them $300K Yearly for Optimization Secrets. Don't Miss Out on Boosting Your Conversions!

    In this episode, Sahil Patel, CEO of Spiralize, discusses predictive conversion rate optimization for B2B SaaS companies.
    What Spiralize Does:
    Spiralize offers predictive conversion rate optimization by scraping and analyzing A/B tests from 34,000 websites.They identify successful A/B tests and implement them for clients to optimize conversions.
    Understanding A/B Testing:
    Sahil explains A/B testing using the analogy of a clinical drug trial, emphasizing the importance of statistically significant results.
    Scraping and Analysis Process:
    Spiralize utilizes their proprietary software to crawl the internet, capturing visual differences in A/B tests.They identify common elements across successful tests to determine proven winners.
    Expertise and Value Proposition:
    Sahil highlights the expertise Spiralize brings by analyzing data from thousands of websites, providing insights beyond what individual companies can achieve.Spiralize offers a blend of product and service to address the challenges and complexities of A/B testing.
    Customer Base and Business Model:
    Spiralize primarily serves B2B SaaS companies with at least 500 employees, spending $50,000 to $70,000 monthly on marketing.The company operates on a performance-based model, starting with a 90-day pilot followed by a monthly fee.
    Acquisition Strategy and Market Focus:
    Spiralize relies on client referrals and relationships with CMOs, leveraging the frequent job changes in the industry.They target the B2B SaaS market due to its relative newness in conversion rate optimization, offering more opportunities for growth.
    Team Structure and Engineering Role:
    Spiralize employs a team of software engineers to improve their proprietary software and assist clients in building and running A/B tests.Engineers focus on implementing significant changes in user experience rather than minor adjustments, maximizing impact.
    Future Vision and Goals:
    Sahil envisions CRO becoming as essential as SEO, with Spiralize leading the industry in the next five to ten years.The company aims to democratize conversion rate optimization, making it a standard practice for all websites.

    • 17 min
    The Epic Journey: Poker World Champion Builds $3M ARR SaaS from Scratch!

    The Epic Journey: Poker World Champion Builds $3M ARR SaaS from Scratch!

    Join host Upendra Varma in an insightful conversation with David Daneshgar, Co-founder and CEO of Whippy, an automation platform revolutionizing communication with AI.
    Discover how Whippy addresses manual work challenges across various industries, leveraging automation in HR, customer support, sales, and marketing.Gain insights into Whippy's positioning strategy, which involves solving real problems for specific niches, leading to focused go-to-market approaches.Explore Whippy's impressive growth metrics, with over 600 paid accounts and an ARR exceeding $3 million, primarily in the SMB sector.Understand Whippy's expansion into enterprise markets, with deals ranging upwards of $100K ARR, driven by a robust API catering to large-scale automation needs.Delve into Whippy's go-to-market strategy, predominantly outbound-driven, emphasizing cold outreach to identify high-value verticals and refine messaging.Learn about Whippy's customer-centric approach, tailoring solutions to niche industries like personal injury law, ensuring competitive advantage and high ROI.Gain insights into Whippy's sales cycle, with SMB deals closing within 60-90 days and enterprise cycles extending up to a year, highlighting the importance of sandbox testing and contract lifecycles.Explore Whippy's future growth trajectory, focusing on diversifying channels beyond outbound, including inbound, referrals, partnerships, and integration alliances.Understand Whippy's team composition, with a significant emphasis on engineering talent and strategic hiring in sales, customer success, and marketing.Discover Whippy's commitment to compliance and security, investing in certifications like SOC 2 and HIPAA to facilitate enterprise expansion.Gain valuable perspectives on bootstrapping versus external funding, with Whippy opting to stay bootstrapped to maintain flexibility and strategic decision-making power.
    Tune in to uncover the secrets behind Whippy's remarkable journey from a poker world champion's entrepreneurial vision to a thriving multimillion-dollar SaaS venture.

    • 20 min
    Cracking the Crowded Market : 30 Customers Within 6 Months of Launch with Our Genius GTM Strategy!

    Cracking the Crowded Market : 30 Customers Within 6 Months of Launch with Our Genius GTM Strategy!

    In this episode Gerald Zankl, Co-founder and CEO of KickScale provides valuable insights into KickScale's journey, strategies for navigating a crowded market, and ambitious plans for future growth and innovation.
    Company Overview:
    KickScale specializes in providing AI-driven insights into customer conversations to optimize sales meetings, offer targeted coaching, and automate follow-ups, ultimately saving valuable time for sales teams.
    Target Customer Base:
    Ideal customers are companies selling products with an annual contract value (ACV) ranging from $5k to $30k, primarily in the software development space.
    Customer Metrics:
    Currently serving 30 paying B2B customers, with approximately 97% in software-related industries.Deal sizes vary from a few hundred euros per month to $1-2k per month, depending on company size and sales team requirements.
    Growth Strategy:
    Leveraging inbound channels through content marketing, including free playbooks, and active engagement on LinkedIn.Conversion process involves qualification meetings, product demonstrations, and trial periods lasting between two to four weeks.
    Market Position and Vision:
    KickScale aims to empower sales reps by enhancing productivity and providing valuable insights, positioning itself within the rapidly growing market of sales enablement and conversational intelligence.Vision to hit $1 million in ARR within the next 12 months, focusing on scaling in the German-speaking markets initially before expanding globally.
    Investment and Compliance:
    Raised nearly half a million in external funding, leveraging public grants and business angel investments.Considering certifications like SOC 2 in response to customer requests, acknowledging the importance of data privacy and security.
    Team Structure and Development:
    Current team consists of 10 members, primarily focused on development, with expertise in front-end, back-end, and artificial intelligence.Maintaining cost efficiency while ensuring an attractive offer for customers to achieve sustainable growth.
    Future Growth and Metrics:
    Goal to achieve $1 million in ARR by the end of the next year, with plans for further expansion into additional markets and language support.Commitment to empowering sales reps and enhancing their daily work through automation and AI-driven insights.

    • 21 min
    How This Genius Founder Sold His CRM SaaS for 8 Figures in Just 3 Years!

    How This Genius Founder Sold His CRM SaaS for 8 Figures in Just 3 Years!

    Yash Shah, CEO of Momentum Ventures talks about his current venture & the story of how he built & sold his SaaS company ClientJoy.
    Momentum Ventures:
    Founded by Yash, Momentum Ventures specializes in assisting SaaS companies in acquiring, converting, and retaining customers by developing sustainable go-to-market strategies.Yash describes their engagement model, which involves problem definition, identifying skill gaps, and structuring teams to work as an extension of the client's team.The company primarily operates on an output-driven engagement model using OKR (Objectives and Key Results) methods, with weekly check-ins to track progress.Yash shares a case study with Cloud Presenter, a meetings and webinars platform, where Momentum Ventures optimized conversions and user activations to address challenges in customer acquisition.The engagement model at Momentum Ventures revolves around value-based pricing, where they focus on improving specific metrics to generate more revenue for SaaS companies.
    ClientJoy:
    ClientJoy, founded by Yash Shah, initially started as a CRM platform for agencies and freelancers to manage client relationships and projects efficiently.The platform addressed the challenges agencies faced in managing client relationships effectively, especially as they scaled.Yash explains how the platform gained traction through targeted inbound marketing efforts, focusing on addressing the pain points of agencies with content tailored to their needs.ClientJoy's growth strategy involved understanding their ideal customers deeply, which led to a significant focus on agencies with team sizes ranging from 11 to 50 people in the US and CanadaThey had around 16000 customers on the platform.Yash discusses various channels that contributed to ClientJoy's growth, including SEO-driven content marketing, lead magnets, competitor funnels, and targeted advertising on platforms like Instagram.The company's approach to nurturing leads involved providing valuable content related to agency growth rather than solely promoting their product, fostering trust and engagement with their target audience.The episode concludes with Yash sharing insights into ClientJoy's exit journey, highlighting the company's journey from securing government grants to multiple funding rounds and eventual acquisition discussions.
    This episode offers a comprehensive exploration of the strategies and journeys behind two successful ventures in the SaaS industry, providing valuable insights for aspiring founders and entrepreneurs.

    • 27 min
    SalesScreen’s Explosive Rise to $8MN ARR: Unveiling their Secrets of Sustainable Growth!

    SalesScreen’s Explosive Rise to $8MN ARR: Unveiling their Secrets of Sustainable Growth!

    Join Upendra Varma as he sits down with Sindre Halaand, CEO, and co-founder of Salescreen, to delve into the journey of Salescreen, a sales gamification platform, and the secrets behind its remarkable growth.
    SalesScreen's Mission and Customer Base:
    SalesScreen aims to motivate sales teams to achieve their goals with enthusiasm and efficiency.Primarily serves companies with large sales teams engaged in transactional sales, such as phone sales, real estate, and insurance, with established sales processes.
    Key Metrics and Growth Trajectory:
    Achieved $8 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR) with over 300 active paying customers and 20,000 monthly active sales reps.Experienced a 15% growth in a challenging year for the software industry, focusing on profitability while aiming for a 20%+ growth rate moving forward.
    Sales Motion and Go-to-Market Strategy:
    Transitioned from a primarily outbound sales approach to a blend of inbound and outbound, with a growing emphasis on product-led growth.Working towards a product-led sales motion to optimize resources and cater to both SMBs and enterprise clients effectively.
    Average Deal Size and Customer Profiles:
    Average deal size is above $25,000, with notable enterprise clients like Adobe.Targeting enterprises with a focus on scalability and compliance, including ISO 27001 certification.
    Company Evolution and Funding Strategy:
    Founded in 2011, Salescreen initially bootstrapped before raising approximately $7 million in funding.Strategically invested in international expansion, particularly in the US market, and compliance measures to meet enterprise standards.
    Retention, Expansion, and Future Vision:
    Maintains strong retention rates with 110-120% Net Revenue Retention (NRR) and 80-85% gross revenue retention.Envisions leveraging AI to enhance frontline manager support, empowering them to optimize performance and coaching.Open to potential partnerships or acquisitions but remains focused on sustainable growth and market opportunities.

    • 20 min

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Upendra and guests always provide great insight and knowledge. A new favorite of mine!

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