A $196M mistake 🙊, Fortune favors the distributed 💰, Avengers assemble , and more...
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Into the Twitterverse 🐦🌌
Lessons from a $196M mistake 🙊
Last week brought us Paddle’s acquisition of ProfitWell bringing a conclusion to one of the hottest wars in 2010s SaaS - “the 1-click SaaS metrics wars”.
So why did Baremetrics, who was first to market sell for $4M while ProfitWell, a fast follower, sell for $200M!
Don’t charge for commodities: ProfitWell made metrics FREE and charged only for dunning… completely nerfing Baremetrics “paid-metrics” product
Choose your investors wisely: ChartMogul aggregated metrics across payment processors (Stripe, Adyen, Paypal) while Baremetrics stayed exclusive to its early investor - Stripe
Think ahead: SaaS metrics dashboards ultimately started getting embedded deeper into the payments stack and commoditized by the layer beneath. Stripe itself started rolling out subscription metrics! Chargebee, Recurly, Zuora, and Chargify followed as well.
Avengers assemble 🦸🏻♀️🦸🏻
Replit assembles Earth’s Mightiest heroes to support 12 special teams!
Fortune favors the distributed 💰
🔎 The PLG hunt
“If you know, u-no”
Security is a design problem. That’s the premise of ex-Google designer Parteek’s brainchild: Uno.
Uno attempts to solve the problem statement of security through a design-led approach, starting with a fresh new password manager.
Which hot and upcoming PLG company are you most excited about? 👇🏻
Growth Stories 🚀
King Gong 👑
The whirring growth engine that powered the revenue intelligence tool - a category they themselves created - to a $7.25B valuation, 140% net revenue retention, and close to 0 churn - what can product-led growth learn from Gong?
Fundraising, Venture Capital and Exits 🤑
Unified search across all of your apps. 🔎
Glean has raised $100M in Series C funding.We're thrilled to share that we've raised a $100M series C led by @sequoia at a $1B valuation. Glean searches across all your company's apps to help you find exactly what you need and discover the things you should know. And we're just getting started!glean.comGlean raises $100M series C at $1B valuation to power search and discovery across workplace SaaS appsArvind Jain | Sequoia leads investment in Glean’s powerful, unified search solution to help employees combat knowledge fragmentation and SaaS sprawl at work.
Vouch aims to unlock the power of video. Minus the production headaches. 📹A big day here at Vouch HQ! We are thrilled to announce our $8M funding round, led by @Stage2Capital & @OIFVC Ventures. Thank you to our incredible team, customers, investors and advisors for your support so far. We can’t wait to share what’s next❤️vouchfor.comVouch raises $8M funding to unlock the power of video | VouchIt’s an exciting day at Vouch HQ as we officially announce our $8M AUD seed round, led by Stage 2 Capital and Our Innovation Fund.
Launches, events, and releases
New embeds are coming to Substack 🆕New things on Substack: - swipeable images - TikTok embeds - profile-displaying likes - font choices in the app You should start a substack.on.substack.comProduct news for writers: Post reactions, TikTok embeds, updates to the Substack app and moreA rundown of the latest product improvements to help Substack writers succeed
Content marketers, rejoice 🎉
Webflow now allows you to unpublish CMS items without hitting that dreaded “Publish” button.
Blazing hot meme zone 🚧
Brute forcing to default alive through founder-led sales is a common theme in the early days of many of today’s big logos - Retool, Gong…
Let us know in the comments if you know a FLS (Founder-Led Sales) story 👇
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