Steve Jones has been on the forefront of selling multiple high-tech companies and spinning off software divisions. His 25 plus years of executive experience spans both public and private venture-backed startups. In addition to being a board member of several software companies, Jones is also an SVP with Corum Group, an M&A advisory firm that works exclusively with software and tech companies. Jones is speaking about M&A trends at the World Financial Symposium San Francisco event: Growth & Exit Strategies For Software & IT Companies. Jones caught up with ISVinsights and Software Executive Magazine before his presentation to share his expertise with other software companies who are thinking about selling.
Wildbit had just started “experimenting” with a 32 hour work week when I first met co-founder and CEO Natalie Nagele back in August 2017. Not surprisingly, the story behind this software company’s unique work arrangement was one of the most popular headlines on www.ISVinsights.com and www.SoftwareExecutiveMag.com in 2017 (Can A Software Company Only Work 32-Hours Per Week?) When that article was published, Nagele was not sure how long it would continue or if it would be sustainable.
Andrus Purde knows firsthand how to scale SaaS marketing teams. Purde is the founder of Outfunnel, and was previously the head of marketing at Pipedrive and a product marketing manager at Skype. During his tenure at Pipedrive, he built a marketing team of more than 20 people and was along for the ride as the company grew from zero to more than 50,000 paying customers.
The CEO of a brewery POS software company shares insights from raising a seed round that can apply to software companies at any stage.
If you’re one of the 80 percent of B2B companies with marketing dollars allocated to events, keep reading – especially if you’re a software company that hosts its own partner/user conference. If you’re not part of the event world, you should know Forrester ranks trade shows and events as the second most effective marketing investment behind your company’s website (but convincing you to enter the events business is another article for another day). When done right, partner/user conferences are a proven way to reduce churn, generate revenue, increase engagement, gather feedback, and create excitement about new products or features.
Speaker and author Seth Godin is the author of 18 books, including Tribes, which was on the Amazon, New York Times, BusinessWeek and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. To his raving fans, Godin needs no introduction. To the average software developer who doesn’t religiously read his blog, one of the most popular in the world, it’s important to understand the marketing guru knows the ins and outs of software businesses.
Have you ever been responsible for taking a new complex project from inception to completion when time is scarce, you are already responsible for multiple projects and your new project is considered high priority and urgent? If you are like most people, your anxiety level increased after reading the prior sentence. In addition, you might be feeling the urge to speed up to fulfill the challenge of your additional responsibility. Paradoxically, this is the exact opposite of what is called for. When you experience the pressure to speed up, what is actually called for is patience and intentionally slowing down to optimally address six interconnected project stages.
When acquisitions occur in the point of sale channel, we read the vendor press releases and hear the aspirational statements promising a better tomorrow. But often left without a public voice is the POS reseller who is also significantly impacted by the deal. To remedy that, in November 2017 Vantiv’s PaymentsEdge Advisory Services surveyed resellers who resold or still resell Digital Dining, Dinerware, and PC America – three ISVs who were acquired by Heartland in 2015. We believed their experiences over the past two-plus years would be more insightful than extrapolating possible scenarios for more recent ISV acquisitions.
High Impact communication is essentially a dance that flows between participants. As in most dances, there might be awkward moments, as one develops a sense of their partner’s style, and more elegant graceful moments, when partners are in the flow of the dance. The inherent skills and mindsets of high impact communication are developed over time through intention, practice and embracing a three tier approach. This approach includes essential skills and mindsets to embody BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the communication.
Altaro Software develops backup solutions for small and mid-market businesses. The company was founded in 2009 and has already onboarded more than 5,000 channel partners in its reseller program. Eric Krauss, VP of Sales for The Americas at Altaro, shares advice for other ISVs who are considering starting a channel program. Krauss discusses why Altaro decided to launch a channel program, onboarding and training best practices, and balancing channel and direct sales.
A strategic inflection point is a moment when the familiar rules that govern how your business runs change. This could be because of technology, of course, but also because of societal, regulatory, competitive or other actions. Get an inflection point right, and your business can enjoy a growth surge. Get it wrong, and it can lead to rapid decline.
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First American Payment Systems is the integrated payments expert for simple, customized payment solutions. We provide payment solutions ISV’s need - focusing on EMV, mobile, PCI Compliance, and Security. Our expertise spans across multiple verticals and business types. In addition, we have a hands-on technical integration team to support partners through the integration process and get it done as quickly as possible. With over 210,000 merchants and our award-winning customer service, First American is a leading payment technology provider.
Sterling Payment Technologies, a division of EVO Payments International, is one of the most innovative, customer focused payment processors in the industry. Founded in 2001, the company processes payment transactions for all major card brands, including Visa®, Mastercard®, Discover® and American Express®.
Bill Lodes, executive vice president of business development & strategy at First American Payment Systems sat down with ISVinsights to discuss what software companies need to know about recurring revenue, evaluating residuals from different payment processors, increasing payment residuals, and what kind of investments ISVs are making with these increased revenues.
The EMV transition has gone pretty smoothly across the U.S. after a few initial hurdles, but that doesn't mean this emerging payment technology isn't due for a few upgrades here and there.
For decades, the big payment technology in use not only in the U.S., but around the world, was the familiar old magnetic strip on the back of credit and debit cards.
A semi-integrated approach simplifies the EMV process, expedite in-store experiences, offer ease of ownership, and reduce Payment Card Industry data-security standard (PCI) compliance requirements. This approach to EMV for an ISV or VAR means that they are able to avoid going through the full certification process on their own. This saves the partner money, time, and allows for a quick deployment to market.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover have offered solutions for faster EMV transactions. All of these major card brands have updated their EMV software with Quick Chip.
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