The Importance of Clean Financials

Jul 23 2019

This is a guest article from Founders Advisors Director Chris Weingartner. We hope you enjoy it! Across all the deals we’ve done, there is likely no larger deterrent to both a premium valuation and a smooth closing than a company that doesn’t have clean financials. We certainly can be empathetic for companies that have not […]

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The Power of SaaS Storytelling Versus Storymaking

Jul 18 2019

A lot of SaaS marketing is made up. The best marketing is not. And the reasons for that may be way deeper than you think. Yes, this is another post espousing the value of authenticity in SaaS marketing. But it’s much more than that. Storytelling in tech marketing is critical because what we’re marketing is often […]

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The Highest Offer Doesn’t Always Seal The Deal With Founders

Jul 16 2019

This is a guest article from Founders Advisors President and COO Wesley Legg. We hope you enjoy it! Cash is King, however, the highest offer doesn’t always seal the deal. This is especially the case when the seller is a founder-based company, i.e., the seller is the founder or an heir of the founder. Founders, of course, […]

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How Important is Growth to SaaS Valuation?

Jul 09 2019

This is a guest article from William Short of Founders Advisors. We hope you enjoy it! There have been several studies of the public markets and valuation drivers, all of which typically show a strong correlation between EV/Revenue and revenue growth.  In its 2017 Software Outlook, Credit Suisse finds that revenue growth has the strongest […]

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Unprepared for SaaS Due Diligence?

Jul 05 2019

Many SaaS companies go through due diligence in a less-than-ideal state. That’s a lot less stressful when you know what that means. A while back I wrote about what to expect in SaaS due diligence and provided an interactive institutional readiness report cardto help you prepare, but today I want to address the consequences of being unprepared […]

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How Do I Value And Sell My Business?

Jul 02 2019

This is a guest article from Founders Advisors President and COO Wesley Legg. We hope you enjoy it! For most people the steps to selling their company are not that well known. Yet there is proven methodology that, when followed, increases the likelihood of a company obtaining a premium value and getting a deal done. […]

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SaaS Scale and SaaS Maturity Are Not the Same

Apr 30 2019

I’m actually a bit cranked up about SaaS scale and SaaS maturity being confused and comingled. We’re working with a couple of SaaS companies at roughly the same revenue scale but wildly different maturity levels. The problem is that both founders see themselves in the same stage of development because annual recurring revenue (ARR) is often misused […]

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What to Expect When You Are Expecting SaaS Due Diligence

Apr 18 2019

If you’re expecting to give birth to a deal in SaaS, you’re expecting due diligence. And if you haven’t been through it before, SaaS due diligence may be more burdensome than you might think. Then again, maybe it will be less onerous than you’re expecting. I seriously doubt the latter, but anything is possible. Your […]

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SaaS Engineering Talent Quality vs Quantity

Apr 09 2019

In my experience, leading a tech company for over ten years, SaaS engineering talent is the hardest to find. I was at a barbecue over the weekend and ended up commiserating with another CEO over the challenges and philosophies around SaaS engineering quality vs. quantity. We all know that demand outstrips supply for software engineers, […]

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