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John Gannon

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There’s no WhatsApp social explosion in SaaS.  It’s a slow burn to start.  So if you only give yourself a year — your odds of success go way, way, way down.  2 years at a minimum to get to Initial Traction. via What the Second Time SaaS CEOs are All Doing – SaaStr – Quora.F...
It’s not always obvious which Venture Capital firms may be hiring. In just 2 and 1/2 minutes I’ll show you how to find out. Check out the audio download here.Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: hiring, vc careers, vc firms, Venture capital
And you thought email was dead… My friend Ryan Delk at Gumroad has aggregate data from thousands of sellers ranging from ebook authors (like me) to famous musicians using their platform, the result is some really interesting stats. To me the most interesting was conversion rate b...
Don’t read the blog posts on “Here’s how to hire your 10th VP of blah blah blah.” That’s a rich man’s problem when you need to worry about scaling your sales team. What’s missing is understanding what it takes to be a five-person team to succeed. Going from zero to one is incredible. O...
A reader of my venture capital careers mailing list wrote to me with the question below. She’s an investment banker that’s thinking of going to work on a CFO’s team at a small tech company. Her goal? To eventually get a job in venture capital. Here’s what she sa...
When you’re working at a startup, even if you’ve never touched Python or Photoshop, you still need to be able to get stuff done when technical or design tasks come your way. See my post at The Daily Muse to find out why.Filed under: Uncategorized
Great advice from a founding CEO who has been crushing his company’s goals and is building a sustainable, high growth business in the process. Goals have a way of turning into reality.  Even though we were only two people with pretty much no product and no business model and no c...
On August 20th I’m offering my popular VC Job Hunting Hacks workshop here in NYC. The last 3 times I held this workshop it received 100% positive reviews. And I will not let that change this time around so I’m bringing even more content and tools to the table to make sure y...
…nothing you do is truly authentic, it’s all part of a long-term strategy for how you’ll make an impact in the world. via Seth’s Blog: Is authenticity authentic?.Filed under: Uncategorized
You think you have no moves? How about taking your company public with $2M in trailing revenue and 340 employees, with a plan to do $75M in revenue the next year? I made that move. I made it in 2001, widely regarded as the worst time ever for a technology company to go public. I [̷...
Pay attention to financial operations from the early days. Make a budget. Be explicit with your co-founders at the get-go about decision-making, distribution of information, and level of commitment. Formalize this in a written agreement. Have conversations with co-founders and teammate...
I didn’t want to work. I didn’t want to get out of bed. I didn’t want to cold call people. But I did it anyways. via How I Started 3 Companies in 3 Months.Filed under: Uncategorized
Now the math gets interesting: To build a $100m business on a $5 a month freemium tool, you need 2,000,000 paying customers.  Congrats to DropBox and SurveyMonkey.  But who else is pulling this off?  Not too many. To build a $100m business selling to SMBs at $300 a month, you need ~25,...
I’ve been everywhere, man. I’ve been everywhere, man. Crossed the desert’s bare, man. I’ve breathed the mountain air, man. Of travel I’ve had my share, man. I’ve been everywhere.   — Johnny Cash, “I’ve Been Everywhere” Startup...
Before your B2B startup has a product available you’ll want a few – but not too many – metrics to help you steer the ship in the right direction. Based on my experience at a couple of startups that I joined pre-product or founded here are the handful of metrics that I...
First step: Pick an established social media platform. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Reddit. Second step: Pick an emerging platform (e.g. Quibb, Medium). Emerging = hasn’t raised hundreds of millions of dollars of VC money (yet) Third step: Engage via the established platform and...
As a product guy, I love product features that make me go “Wow, I don’t believe they thought of that.” But it’s never the primary features of the product that make me say that. It’s the little things that seem obvious when you use them (“Of course th...
Scott just posted an amazing interview with Jerry Colonna. Felt like I was back on the couch. Best part of this interview is that Jerry ends up coaching Scott…and in the process exposes all of the key struggles that wrack the mind of an entrepreneur. If you’re an entreprene...
When I step back and ponder this, the CEOs I respect the most are the ones who take responsibility for the actions of their company. Good or bad, successful or not, they don’t shirk any responsibility, blame anyone, or try to make excuses. They just own things, and if they need to be f...
I’m sitting on a panel tomorrow for Inbox Awesome. Consequently, I’m spending some time today (better late than never ;) to learn how I can make the most of the experience. Here’s what turned up in my research that looked worthwhile: Scott Kirsner, a tech journalist a...
In the last six weeks we have: invalidated our previous business model (email API – a cool idea that I couldn’t figure out how to make into a business) validated a huge opportunity in identifying, nurturing, and closing high value passive candidates and began product develo...
I’m getting pretty bored of “what to wear to an interview” and “10 things to say in your CV” rubbish (ours isn’t rubbish! – Editor). The average recruitment blog / feed is full of it. When are recruiters going to talk to passives about how to stay in jobs, how to get a promotion, how [...
Please build this app for me. I’ll be your first customer if you do. Here’s the spec: Keeps track of the people I generally care to keep in touch with. Family, friends, or business associates are all fair game. Keeps track of people who have explicitly asked me to do a call...
Most startups (especially those that want to raise money) these days have advisory boards. They’re usually made up of industry insiders, startup founders and execs, and other impressive sounding folks. Originally I was resistant to creating a formal advisory board because it woul...
Originally posted on A Founder's Notebook:From Things I’ve Learned About How to Build Good Product by Peter Nixey: 1. Golden rule of social: 90% of people consume, 10% of people curate, 1% of people create. 2. Rules of engagement: Registered users / installs — 30% will use i...
This is a great hack for founders but also for any busy professional who gets a lot of inbound requests to network over coffee, drinks, etc. By adopting this hack you still get to meet interesting people and help people out but you don’t stress out your calendar in the process. T...
“How to outsource” – a course where you have to build something (that actually works) using only offshore teams or individuals. Syllabus is simple. Give each student $500 in credit on eLance/oDesk and let ‘er rip. Students can pool resources to build bigger/cool...
Never say any of these things to an early stage investor or entrepreneur you’re approaching for advice if you want to be taken seriously… “Do you know any good patent lawyers?” “We just set up our company bank account.” “I haven’t built a...
RRE Ventures is hiring an Analyst in NYC.Filed under: Uncategorized
Friday was my last day at Amazon after spending 3 awesome years building ad platform products and AWS’s Big Data business… …and today I started my new gig as CEO and cofounder of a SaaS startup based in New York City. We’re tackling an area I’m passionate ...
I talk to a lot of entrepreneurs who think that some of these (ed. SaaS analytics) apps are too expensive. They say things like “when we get big enough, we’ll pay for it.” We wouldn’t have gotten big enough without paying for it. These apps have paid for themselves many times over. via...
I’m doing an ask-me-anything style Q&A on Yabbly.com. You can check it out (and participate) at this link.Filed under: Uncategorized
The secret is being able to play this way when you need to, but being brave enough to leap when it’s least expected. Just like your career. via Seth’s Blog: Kanri Yakyu.Filed under: Uncategorized
…it makes you want to stay in their Tribe. Because they really are just like you, aren’t they? Thanks, Seth, for (yet again) showing me how it’s done.  Filed under: Uncategorized
In the last few years we’ve seen lots of innovation in the email world. We now have transactional email APIs, dynamic ads within email, and completely customized experiences at email open time. And more. But what’s next? Where are the big opportunities for email innovation ...
So for the next few years I have no idea how long this search for what’s next will go on, a game to be playing is building a platform that can plausibly be the next big thing. It’s a risky game. But the payoff can be large. And you can even start by crowdfunding your […]
So when Chamath, who is a good friend and a great investor, says: “”I would bet a large amount of money that the overwhelming majority of us [venture capitalists] would not look favorably on a company started by one of you [Harvard MBAs].” – I’ll just throw out that the door is open at...
Subscribers from my VC Careers email list (you can subscribe from this page) often email me asking for advice about how to get their first VC job. Below is one such email from a PhD student who is hoping to work in VC. I’ve responded to his questions below in bold. Hello John, Th...
It is in the nature of storage engineering that every new product is essentially in extended beta. You’ll see one set of problems using 10 systems, another set with 100, and yet another with 1,000. Squash each set of bugs and eventually you get a solid product. There are no shortcuts. ...
I’ve no investing checkbook to speak of but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an idea of where I’d place some bets in the early stage tech ecosystem were a pot of money to magically appear! :) Feel free to borrow, elaborate upon, or debate any of these seed investm...