The fundamentals of repeatable SaaS success2 min read

John Thompson.001

Today we bring you the first of our extended podcast episodes, where Alex gets to ask the nitty-gritty details he usually doesn’t have time for. These hour-long episodes offer a well-rounded insight into the workings of some of the most successful SaaS founders and their companies.

Our guest is John Thompson, a Co-Founder and a CEO who has taken 2 businesses from zero ARR through seed and A rounds. His first company Commerce Decisions was an early SaaS exit back in 2008. Today he is the Chairman of Wax and ProspectSoft – two later stage PE-backed SaaS companies. He also works closely with Forward Partners, a London-based seed stage VC fund advising their B2B SaaS portfolio companies on sales and growth. As he told me in the interview – he has 8-9 SaaS CEOs in his life every week.

Listen on to learn:
  • The fundamentals of building a strong SaaS company, and the most important elements for success,
  • What has made John a successful CEO
  • What was the wake-up call for him to start taking care of his mental and physical health and how he goes about it

Some of his beliefs may be seen as controversial but he steadfastly believes in them because they all stem from his own experience, in which with each good year, 3 or 4 bad ones came.

John has been at every SaaStock flagship conference to date and will be joining us a fourth time this October in Dublin. Sign up for the Insider Sale and be the first one to find out when we release our 2-for-1 tickets in April. SaaStock is always better with a Co-Founder or a colleague, so you can cover more ground and learn at multiple tracks and bootcamps.

Let us know if you like this longer format by leaving a review and a rating on Apple iTunes or wherever you get your podcast, or by reaching out on twitter @SaaStock.

If you want to get in touch with John, you can email him [email protected]

Diversity for Irina-01-01

The 12 Amazing Partners Bringing Diversity & Inclusion To SaaStock19

While we’re completely committed to ensuring that SaaStock events offer an incredible return on investment, we’re well aware of the fact that a multi-day conference in a foreign country may be an unattainable expense for many. When minorities and marginalized voices are excluded as a result of financial barriers, industry events can rapidly become unrepresentative…

LatAmStartups-8

The Start Of Something Big: 20 Startups To Watch

SaaStock has always been about taking things to the next level, be that connections, knowledge or fledgling enterprises. Startups are the lifeblood of the SaaS space, and every year we’re floored at the initiative and creativity of the new businesses that flock through our doors. At the heart of our Dublin event is our Startup…

diversity panel.001

Nailing Company Culture & Mission: How to Build an Environment Fit for Scale

Remember Enron? A company that went to the highest highs only to have a dizzying fall in 2007. One of the values that Enron had put on the wall was Integrity. In hindsight no one would associate Enron with anything remotely close to integrity. As you heard in the intro, how you reach your objective…