[Escape Velocity] – Episode 24 – Ben Jabbawy at Privy

If everything in your business fell apart, and you had to rebuild from scratch… what would you do differently? This is usually a hypothetical question. But not necessarily nowadays… and definitely not for Ben Jabbawy a few years back. Ben is the founder and CEO of Privy, marketing automation software for e-commerce stores. In 2013, they raised a seed round $2 MIL from investors. 2 years later, in 2015… all they had left was $1000 in the bank. They had

[Escape Velocity] – Episode 23 – Peldi Guilizzoni at Balsamiq

When I built my company Clarity.fm, I remember staying up until 3AM designing how this software would work. But I’m not a designer. So I used an awesome wireframing tool called Balsamiq. It was a dream to use. In no time at all, I had a working prototype for my SaaS, the same one that was later successfully acquired by Fundable. I love Balsamiq. And I recommend it to all “graphically challenged” software founders.

[Escape Velocity] – Episode 16 – Jon Miller at Engagio

Back when SaaS was still a new word (circa 2006), Jon Miller started Marketo, a software product that gave businesses an end-to-end view of their customer’s journey. The technology was revolutionary. No longer was a marketing team just collecting leads to give to the sales team...  ...but businesses were able to track and optimize every touchpoint. From ads, to website visitor, to sale, to upsell, to retention and residual profits. Marketo’s goal was to offer enterprise power at an affordable

[Escape Velocity] – Episode 16 – The Future of Retail with Tobi Lütke, CEO/Founder of Shopify

Want to learn what it’s like to compete against Amazon and win? I first met Tobi the Co-founder & CEO of Shopify.com 10 years ago in San Francisco while they were fundraising for their series A... ... most investors said “No”. (We dig into this during my interview... specifically, what those investors missed!) Fast forward to today and they have more than 1M businesses paying them every month, from over 175 countries with total gross merchandise volume exceeding $50 BILLION.