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SaaS Pirates

SaaS Pirates

By Mike Slaats
Actionable learnings and growth strategies from both starting and successful leading SaaS companies. Short and to-the-point with interviews with founders, product managers, marketing, and customer success folks. Join our awesome FB group to stay connected: www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates/
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How Crisp grows in a competitive market with CMO Antoine
Antoine “Anthony” Goret is the CMO of Crisp, an all-in-one multichannel messaging platform that connects companies & customers. In a highly competitive market, they are rapidly growing. In today’s episode, we learn more about the marketing behind Crisp and Antoine shares how doing demos is key to onboarding new customers.Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Drift Tools: Crisp, HREFS, Slack. Books: Nir Eyal (https://amzn.to/3rsnboh and https://amzn.to/3t1ylRo) FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
13:30
March 8, 2021
How to Launch a Profitable Shopify App with Alex of PickyStory
Alex Green is the co-founder and CEO of PickyStory, a Shopify tool that can help you quickly upsell with bundles from your product pages. They launched their Shopify app in beta to learn from users and once they launched, they were profitable within months with an MRR of multiple thousands of dollars. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: HubSpot Books: Purple Cow (https://amzn.to/3bbcpgw) Person: Seth Godin FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
13:59
March 3, 2021
5-Figures MRR within 1 year with Danny of ICwhatUC
When Danny's furnace broke, it took 30 hours for the technician to come to his house, but only 30 seconds to fix it. He immediately thought this could be done more efficient. Out of his own frustrations he built ICwhatUC, a customer self-service support tool that uses augmented video to simplify customer-driven, in-home services. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Slack Books: The Advantage (https://amzn.to/3bF4kQ1), The Entrepreneurial Revolution (https://amzn.to/3dLUy19) FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
24:06
February 26, 2021
7-Figures ARR with Thibaud of Loomly
Thibaud is the co-founder of Loomly, which he founded with his spouse. Loomly provides marketing teams with all the tools, workflows and insights they need to build a successful brand online. They are growing 100% year-over-year and are hitting 7-figures ARR with their SaaS. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Shopify Books: How to win friends and influence people (https://amzn.to/3pnUlDB) FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
17:15
February 16, 2021
Founding story of analytics SaaS platform Splitbee with Tobias Lins
Tobias Lins is the FOUNDER of Splitbee, a friendly all-in-one analytics & conversion platform that helps to grow your SaaS. As always, we would like to hear more of the founding story and the strategies that accelerated their growth success. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: CloudFlare Books: Refactoring UI (https://refactoringui.com/) FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
11:56
February 3, 2021
How to Build a SaaS Service to help SaaS startups grow - Jim of xFusion
Jim Coleman is the co-founder of xFusion, a tool that provides startups the customer support they need in order to grow their business. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Zapier, Basecamp Persons: Dan Martell Books: Good to great (https://amzn.to/3iZN5MQ), 7 habits of highly effective people (https://amzn.to/3oCynMZ). FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
18:18
January 29, 2021
$10,000 MRR Google Analytics Alternative - Marko from Plausible.io
Marko Saric is the co-founder of Plausible.io, a lightweight and open-source website analytics tool what they call a privacy-friendly alternative to Google Analytics. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Basecamp Persons: Rand Fishkin Books: This is Marketing (https://amzn.to/3o7N0Y8), Rework (https://amzn.to/3sI4wpz) FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
20:50
January 22, 2021
Narrow down your ICP by Product Marketing Manager Dhanraj - Wotnot
Dhanraj is the Product Marketing Manager at Wotnot, a chatbot to help businesses generate qualified leads and scale their support. His biggest lesson learned: “Narrow down your ICP (ideal customer profile) as much as you can”. In this episode, you’ll hear his point of view. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Gong.io Persons: Jason Fried Books: Hooked by Nir Eyal (https://amzn.to/3nRUVbR), Never Split the Difference (https://amzn.to/3oW5Cf5) Tools and Apps: Reddit, Slack FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
17:07
January 18, 2021
Building and scaling a to-do list app - Nicolas Vandenberghe of KosmoTime
Nicolas Vandenberghe is the CEO of Chili Piper and the founder of productivity tool KosmoTime, which he recently launched in August of 2020 on Product Hunt. He describes KosmoTime as a To Do List with Super Powers. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Slack, Figma Persons: David Cancel (Drift) Books: Essays by Paul Graham Tools and Apps: Slack, Google Docs FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
24:41
January 6, 2021
Building a successful WooCommerce platform - Jessica Risch of Woosa
Jessica is the founder of Woosa, a platform where you can get the most popular WooCommerce plugins for your Wordpress e-commerce website such as plugins for Amazon, Zalando, and eBay. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Heineken Persons: Reed Hastings from Netflix, Daniel Ek from Spotify Books: Think and Grow Rich (https://amzn.to/3nv8O0f) Tools and Apps: Slack, Jira, Zendesk FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
17:51
December 17, 2020
SaaS Pivot into a Podcast audio generator - Anan from Listnr
Anan is the founder of Listnr, a tool to create your own podcast based on a blog post or text with translations to over more than 18 languages. He pivoted from a “Spotify for News” app and today he shares his journey. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Slack, Baremetrics Persons: Arvid Kahl Books: The Art of War (https://amzn.to/3gokoHW) Tools and Apps: Notion, Slack, Scribd, Github FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
14:52
December 11, 2020
Building and Selling a SaaS - Arvid Kahl of PermanentLink
Arvid Kahl is the author of Zero to Sold and founder of FeedbackPanda, which he recently sold. This year, he started a new SaaS company called PermanentLink and he is also writing his second book Audience First in public. He’s sharing his lessons in building, scaling, and selling his SaaS and also how he self-published and sold his first book with the help of Gumroad. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Transistor.fm, Basecamp Persons: Justin Jackson, Rob Walling, Tyler Tringas Books: The 4-hour workweek (https://amzn.to/2K3EpaM), E-myth (https://amzn.to/2VRjCKf), Built to Sell (https://amzn.to/2VPIWQE) Tools & Apps: Twitter FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
34:13
December 9, 2020
Building a successful tool for the developer community - Kilian of Polypane
Kilian Valkhof is the founder of Polypane, a browser for developing responsive & accessible websites. In this episode, he talks about creating a tool for the developer community, copycats, and his biggest lessons learned. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brands: Webflow, InVision, Intercom, Makerlog, Prototypr, Stark, AppSignal. Persons: Rob Walling, Patrick McKenzie (patio11). Books: Starting and Sustaining, Don't Just Roll the Dice (https://amzn.to/2Jw87VT), The Entrepreneur's Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together (https://amzn.to/3qpat9B). Tools: Trello, Toggl, Github Apps: Twitter FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
18:27
December 7, 2020
$50,000 MRR and initial growth with AppSumo - Rachit of Stackby
Rachit is the founder of Stackby, a tool that gives you the building blocks - such as spreadsheets, databases and APIs - in an all-in-one flexible platform to plan, manage and automate your work. They are at $50,000 MRR and the initial growth came from AppSumo. He shares his valuable lessons in this episode. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brand: Intercom, Hubspot Person: Nathan Latka, Dan Martell Book: Zero to One (https://amzn.to/3g3ga8j) Tools: Slack, Zoom Apps: Techcrunch FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
15:54
December 3, 2020
$15,000 MRR Scraping Software with Pierre de Wulf of ScrapingBee
Pierre de Wulf is the founder of ScrapingBee, which is an API for scraping the web by handling headless browsers and rotating proxies. They’re currently at $15,000 dollars MRR. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brand: Lemlist Person: Arvid Kahl, Nathan Latka Tools: Todoist, Notion, Slack, Spark email, Datadog FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
23:46
November 27, 2020
Research your target audience before you launch by Dennis Smink of Ploi.io
Dennis Smink is the founder of Ploi.io, which is software that makes it easy to manage your own servers and sites with any server provider. As always, we would like to hear more of the founding story and the strategies that accelerated their growth success. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Favorites: Brand: Upvoty Tools: PHPstorm, Crisp, Discord, Upvoty FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
11:04
November 25, 2020
$11,000 MRR Growth Strategy by Yannick Veys of Hypefury
Yannick Veys is the co-founder of HypeFury, a tool to grow and monetize your Twitter audience. They grew from an MRR of just $5 thousand dollars into currently $11,000 dollars in just a couple of months. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing!  Favorites: Brand: Baremetrics Person: Arvid Kahl Book: Atomic Habits (https://amzn.to/2Vw2No0) Tools: Todoist, XMind, Twist, Ahrefs FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Mike: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ & https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/ [DISCOUNT OFFER] User feedback tool: https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE').
22:33
November 23, 2020
Introduction to SaaS Pirates
Hey Hey! Welcome to the SaaS Pirates podcast. In this show, we keep it short and to-the-point to discover the real value behind the growth or strategy of the SaaS businesses that join us. We want to learn what worked for them, what resources and tools they recommend, and of course, we want to be inspired by their stories. Subscribe and you won't miss a thing! Need a great feedback tool? https://upvoty.com (10% off with code 'PIRATE'). Come join our awesome FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saaspirates. Connect with me: https://twitter.com/mikedotsaas/ and https://instagram.com/mikedotsaas/.
01:25
November 16, 2020