August 3, 2020
It’s no news that the C19 pandemic has caused a sharp once-in-a-lifetime business downturn. Like consumers, businesses everywhere have abruptly retrenched, reducing their household or operating expenses and postponing new outlays in order to conserve resources. Despite this newly hostile environment, tech companies that plug serious leaks in their customers’ critical business processes can still prosper, while those whose products are seen as non-essential “vitamins” are suffering. So what critical leaks do you solve in your customers’ “leaky pipe”?
June 5, 2020
2010-2019 was a key decade of growth for enterprise-focused SaaS businesses, and this continued into 2020. At least, until the Covid-19 crisis hit. Now, instead of favoring the pursuit of new logos while frequently neglecting their existing customers, the time has come to really invest in customer success instead of just pretending to do so.
March 31, 2020
In recent weeks Zoom has rapidly overtaken competitors to become the videoconferencing app of choice for business, government, and individual users as a result of the confluence between the Covid-19 pandemic and the massive spike in demand for an effective way of staying in touch with loved ones or conducting meetings from enforced social distancing or self-isolation in their homes. What explains Zoom’s success, and what risks must Zoom avoid if it is to solidify its leadership?
January 14, 2020
The strategy template for Crossing the Chasm “the right way” urges entrepreneurs and CEOs to pick a head bowling pin (or target market segment) and double-down on their bet in order to achieve dominant segment share within eight to twelve quarters. Easy to say, but very few companies manage to pull this off successfully. This real-life case shows that it can be achieved with spectacular results despite stiff obstacles here and there.
December 6, 2019
Startups are taking longer these days to become successful scaleups, and one informal survey reveals that founder-CEOs are experiencing burnout at a disturbing rate. More to the point, it can be alarming to the board and employees — and extremely risky to morale and growth — when the CEO suddenly reveals that they are tapped out and are unable or unwilling to continue. What can CEOs and companies do to prevent burnout or minimize the risks to all concerned?