A framework for saying "no"; Why SaaS founders should embrace their inner scientist on the path to $1M ARR; Managing Ops teams at high-growth startups
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Happy Sunday, friends - welcome to Femstree't’s life online. I’m Sarah and this is the 277th edition of Femstreet.
VC firm ex/ante, started by Zoe Weinberg who span out of a philanthropic venture arm of former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, raises a $33M fund focused on online privacy and security. Revolut appoints Francesca Carlesi (ex Barclays and Deutsche Banks) as new UK CEO as British banking license is still pending since 2021. The Goop strategy: spinning a product into a business. Anu Duggal is building a landscape where female founders thrive. A new TV Series about the rise of Glossier is coming to Amazon.
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SaaS founders, be a scientist, not a builder until you hit $1m ARR.
It takes the average SaaS company 33 months to hit $1m in ARR, a great outcome would be 18 months. Common mistakes founders make in GTM are selling the product before it is ready, not leveraging their product to increase usage and preventing customers from buying the way that they want to buy. Maria McMenamin ex Stripe & Pitch on how to embrace your inner scientist to get to PMF and prepare to learn through many experiments…Read more.
Managing Ops teams at high-growth startups
What makes a startup a startup (at least, for those who have a product to market) is growth. Growth is what creates the soul of any startup. But when should you start focusing on growth? Allison Barr Allen shares lessons from planning processes at Uber…Read more.
Developing high performers
Most managers see high performers and just leave them alone because they are performing well. But high performers are where all the potential of a company lies. There’s nothing more magical than watching someone do things they didn’t know they were capable of. Molly Graham argues if you want to retain high performers, you should offer exciting opportunities that scare them…Read more.
A framework for saying "no"
Saying “no” is a must-have skill for software engineers to manage their workload and align with stakeholders on requirements, timelines, and deliverables. Not pushing back can result in overwhelm, delayed roadmaps, and poor team morale. Irina Stanescu shares how declining, counter-offering, or buying time are effective strategies for saying “no” at work…Read more.
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