• The Organic Revenue Growth Challenge

    If your firm is more than ten years old, there is a good chance your organic revenue growth rate has hit a wall. Unless your company is a dominant player in the market, it is difficult to sustain 20%+ organic revenue growth rates. This post will cover four strategies mature companies have successfully used to sustain organic revenue growth

  • Software Equity Group 2019 Annual Report

    The Software Equity Group (SEG) has published their 2019 Annual Report that analyzes 2018 software M&A transactions.  SEG consistently publishes comprehensive, free, analytical research on M&A transactions.  The 93 page report is chockfull of stats and trends including EV/Revenue, EV/EBITDA multiples, revenue growth, margin growth, and EBITDA growth and trends over the past three years.  […]

  • Are Product Managers the CEO of Their Product or Not?

    The Great Debate In 1998 Ben Horowitz, of Opsware and Andreessen Horowitz fame, penned a piece entitled “Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager” where he asserted: “A good product manager is the CEO of the product. A good product manager takes full responsibility and measures themselves in terms of the success of the product. They are […]

  • Pitchbook-NVCA 2018 US VC Trends

    Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) collaborated on a recently published study on VC and PE activity in 2018.  The highlights cover 18 key trends.  Here are a couple illustrative findings: Private Equity involvement in VC deals has risen to a 10 year high $25M+ Deals Now Represent the Majority of Early Stage […]

  • Why Product Managers Should Care About Goodwill

    Accounting Goodwill has to be one of the more boring and esoteric financial topics. There are situations where product managers can benefit from having a basic working knowledge of it. Goodwill could impact their future bonuses and level of funding for their product lines.  Goodwill Basics Investopedia defines goodwill as: “Goodwill is an intangible asset […]

  • Agile Stories and Product Management

    As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Agile Manifesto, I have become more interested in pieces that talk about the state of Agile in today’s environment.  I am a historian by training and firmly believe in the adage that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  Product Managers can benefit […]

  • How I Got Fred Wilson’s Advice Totally Wrong

    “I believe that marketing is what you do when your product or service suck” Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures AVC Blog When Fred Wilson posted this quote on his blog in 2011 I was taken back a bit.  I had been in enterprise software marketing for almost 15 years at the time having served as […]

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