Love tech? Want a peek behind the scenes at some of the world’s top global software platforms? Join Nick Houldsworth and Dan Young from the Xero API team as they talk platforms with leaders from the SaaS industry to hear their insights on driving innovation through APIs, growing developer communities and creating a marketplace customers love. We’ll also be sharing some of our war stories and practical tips, as we embark on building an even greater ecosystem for Xero. Check us out at xero.com/podcasts.
Building a SaaS flywheel: The definitive ‘how-to-SaaS’ guide
This is the final episode in our 'Building a SaaS flywheel' series. Nick and Dan host an episode aimed at tying together all the parts of the season – unpacking the three major 3 themes of the season:
The consumerisation of the enterprise and the impact this has on brand. How collaboration drives innovation. Ways a platform strategy can drive growth. And with that deliver a series of actionable insights for anyone looking to start a SaaS company.
Building a SaaS flywheel: Supersizing sales via platforms, with Receipt Bank
Sophie Hossack, Strategic Partner Manager, from Receipt Bank talks to Nick (from a rather strange location) and Dan about the huge success of Receipt Bank, how to keep supernormal growth and what a successful rebrand looks like.
Sophie, one of the early team members of Receipt Bank, talks about how they have been through acquisition and the early days when Receipt Bank was finding product market fit.
Most companies might grow at 100% a year for 2-3 years in the early days. Receipt Bank has managed to keep its growth levels at 100% year on year for nearly 10 years. Nick and Dan find out what is allowing Receipt Bank to keep up this thrilling pace.
This episode has it all, so listen now.
Building a SaaS flywheel: Delighting developers and users, with Slack
As part of the apps and integration team, Bear and Paige cover off some of the most interesting parts of the developer strategies at Slack and how they keep working to move the needle.
The ‘consumerisation of the enterprise stack’ helps Slack grow and maintain such a loyal developer and user base. Focusing on tone of voice and a transparent style of communication has built their ecosystem into a powerhouse of over 1500 public apps in only 5 years.
So listen in as Bear and Paige share their ecosystem insights from one of the fastest growing apps ever.
Building a SaaS Flywheel: Making ecosystems not suck, with Expensify
Expensify is one of the more well known B2B SaaS products in the world, and for a team of 130 people, it punches well above its weight. T.J. Ferriss, Business development and strategic partnerships at Expensify take Nick and Dan through how he got into the SaaS world and why he’s loving it at Expensify. Plus, hear how you can make partner benchmarks work for you when integrating with partners.
Building a SaaS flywheel: Scaling e-commerce via an ecosystem with Shopify
Atlee Clark, Director of App & Partner Platform at Shopify joins Nick and Dan to discuss building an ecosystem that works across integrators, affiliates, and consultants with the goal of end customers growing and succeeding.
From a small API that serviced 100s of developers to a full marketplace with over 2,500 apps, Shopify’s ecosystem allows retailers to have great online and POS journeys. Find out how Shopify has evolved to deal with that growth, and how the ecosystem is stronger because of it.
Atlee talks about the key to creating a frictionless ecosystem, how to prioritise while scaling and Nick and Dan unveil our exciting new segment.
Building a SaaS flywheel: Going big with with Salesforce AppExchange
This week Nick and Dan chat with Ludovic Ulrich (@ludoulrich) – head of Salesforce+Start, about building an ecosystem that entices developers, the problems of not having an ecosystem and the opportunities developers have in growing ecosystems.
In this episode, you'll hear tips for startups that are building their own platforms and ways to create flourishing ecosystems including:
-Growth through Foo Fighters; how big events and having fun at them, in turn, can drive the growth of the ecosystem.
-Creating gravity in the ecosystem, making people work with the platform but also with each other.
-Enablement through self-service courses to enable developers at scale.
Learn how Salesforce has increased innovation by building a successful incubator around their API, and hear why showing some business value can be stronger than hackathons when bringing on new devs.
So tune in to this episode of The Xero Developer Podcast to hear a stunned Nick and Dan listen as Ludo breaks down the AppExchange story by the (big) numbers.