Best in SaaS

Join us as we work towards cracking the go-to-market sprint to unicorn status and beyond. In these interviews you can expect to hear B2B patterns and playbooks from some of the best revenue operators and investors in the industry. The show host, Elias Rubel, who has led two startups to acquisition as CEO and serves as a growth advisor to Dropbox, brings you along for candid discussions as he works toward his mission to turn the sprint to $100M ARR and beyond into a blueprint for other founders and operators.


Box CMO, Chris Koehler, on generalists vs specialists, and the transition to hybrid marketing
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Chris Byers on using M&A as a strategic lever for growth
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Naman Khan, CMO of Zeplin, on his approach to building and scaling marketing orgs from the ground up
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Rich Taylor, VP of Operations and COS at Qualio, on approaching conversations, measuring success, and the fundamentals
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Former VP of Growth at Drift and Advisor to many, Guillaume “G” Cabane, on the mashup between Economic Market Dynamics and low-cost CAC strategies
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Shane Murphy-Reuter, CMO of ZoomInfo, on the importance of setting your brand vision and the ‘Miley Moment’
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Amy Guarino, VP of Ironclad, on shifting perspectives and advice to her younger self
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Paramita Bhattacharya, CMO of Blurb, shares on leadership and lessons learned along the way
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Randy Frisch, CMO at Uberflip on how and when to think about category creation
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Sam Boonin, former VP Product Strategy at Zendesk on all things PLG and Product Marketing
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New Relic CMO Seema Kumar unpacks the myths of developer marketing and other strategies for hyper scale
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From $0-$80M ARR in 13 Months with Hopin CMO Anthony Kennada
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Greg Strickland on how to be a good human, while hyper scaling in SaaS
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Johanna Fagerstedt, CMO of Quinyx, shares thoughts on organizing a globally-distributed team for success amidst an uncertain climate
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Jennifer Dimas, CMO at Qumu Corporation and Co-founder of Women in Revenue on blending analytical and creative aspects of marketing
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Chili Piper, Nicolas Vandenberghe on their GTM Strategy and building a durable remote culture
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Chargebee CRO Adam Tesan and the Rise of RevOps
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OneLogin CMO and Co-Founder of Women in Revenue, Dayna Rothman, on building teams and a Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff reunion
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Skilljar CEO and Co-Founder, Sandi Lin, on her evolution as a leader and lessons learned
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Co-founder and Partner of PeakSpan Capital, Matt Melymuka on patterns of success growth and failures
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Carolina Kung of Frontline Ventures on accelerating the learning curve of early-stage founders and CEOs
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6Sense CMO Latane Conant on earning the right to go big
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Kirti Dewan, VP of Marketing at BugSnag on the most successful campaigns this year and pivoting to online events
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Sendoso CMO Daniel Frohnen on his team’s response to this year’s challenges and his advice for early stage companies.
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What’s it like reporting to a board with Marc Andreessen and John Chambers in a board room? In this episode with Matt Singer, CMO at OpenGov, we talk about marketing GovTech, and the evolving revenue landscape post-covid.
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Kevin Dorsey on Scaling Sales with Missionaries not Mercenaries
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Impartner Software CMO Kerry Desberg talks us through her professional journey and identifying profitable markets
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Brian Kardon, the legendary valley CMO behind InVision, Eloqua, and Lattice shares his strategy for creating alignment between sales and marketing and building a balance between product-lead growth and traditional operations
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Bootstrapping to $20M ARR and beyond with Vivek Bhaskaran
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From Microsoft leadership to startuplandia with Romi Mahajan
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Huckabuy Founder & CEO Geoff Atkinson on how we accomplished exponential growth at Overstock and what he’s up to with Huckabuy
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Cracking Hubspot’s Playbook for Emerging Markets with Paul Rios
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Thiago Sa Freire, CRO at, shares lessons learned throughout his career and thoughts on customer centricity
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From 0-$12M ARR in 18 months with Jake Dunlap
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Brett Plotzker, Co-founder and Chairman at Anagram, talks about the steps he took to grow Anagram to 3 million ARR quickly and raise 17M in funding
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Ahin Thomas, VP of Marketing at Backblaze, shares the unconventional ways he drives growth and why professional wrestling is America's purest form of storytelling
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Rob Brewster shares lessons from the early growth trenches at Salesforce, Twilio, and Eloqua and what can be applied to startups sprinting to $10M ARR
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Evan Kohn on dialing the Inbound & Outbound growth mix at Pypestream
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Walter Roth of Moment Sales on how to apply an engineering mindset to sales, compassion, and truth
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LeadCrunch CEO Olin Hyde on their unique pricing model and how it has helped them achieve industry-leading YoY growth.
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What did it take to grow Namely from $200k to 60M+ ARR? Michael Manne breaks down the learnings and advice he now gives to folks on their revenue journey.
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Sydney Sloan, SalesLoft CMO, on marketing trends and customer centricity
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Alex Bilmes [VP of Growth at Puppet] reflects on the growth that led to his first exit.
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Michelle Benfer, VP Sales at Hubspot, on hyperscale and creating a culture to drive revenue.
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Lars Nilsson, fmr Cloudera Global VP of Sales, on a career full of learnings, mentorship, and gratitude.
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Aditya Vempaty of Synthego on retention as a marketing-driven metric and a focus on customers instead of product
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Unpacking the Psychology of Success with Mike Lindstrom
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What do the sales programs at Google, Salesforce, Okta, Box, and LinkedIn all have in common? John Barrows.
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4x IPOs as CMO and countless Board Seats later, Carol Meyers digs into her secret sauce for sustainable growth
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Attorney turned sales executive, David Cain shares insights on thinking strategically about your customer base
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Richard Harris shares insights and lessons learned over his 20+ years of technology and SaaS experience
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Sean Sheppard of GrowthX on the importance of “Stage Fit” in SaaS growth
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1517 Fund founder Danielle Strachman on venture capital success metrics and startup fire-fighting
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Getting from $10M-$20M: Justin Gray shares applicable lessons learned driving high performance growth.
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Hiring 400+ sales reps in one year, and the value of continually seeking feedback.
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PandaDoc CRO, Nate Gilmore on building teams to support the revenue triangle
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Legendary valley CMO, Meagen Eisenberg shares her reflections on leading growth at TripActions and MongoDB.
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From high school arts teacher to a successful career leading B2B marketing teams, Jen Spencer shares her unique journey to the top
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From G2 to HelpScout, Adam Goyette talks us through his approach to high performance growth
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Andrew Ettinger took Pivotal from $0-$500M+ and now is the CRO at BigID
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Former Hubspot VP of Growth, Brain Balfour, unpacks growth at Loom, Drift, and Pipefy
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Chris Combs of LinkSquares on the importance of getting the right people in the right seats
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This week we dive deep into FinTech SaaS with Logan Allin of FinVC
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Angela Jackson on her approach to investing through empirical evidence and diversity at the decision-making table
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Revenue guru Matt Heinz on operationalizing growth mechanisms
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Prolific entrepreneur and investor, Arjun Sethi on overcoming the challenges of scale
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Acclaimed B2B marketing exec, Kasey Byrne, on avoiding marketing traps
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After years in the making, former HubSpot CRO, Mark Roberge unveils his new paradigm for product-market fit and the ebook to get you there
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Alok Nandan of Emergent Ventures on the importance of identifying buyer pain in B2B SaaS
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Scott Leese on the importance of getting sales ops right in B2B SaaS before hyperscale
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Episode Outline

[04:39] Having the mindset of hustling and outworking everybody

[06:16] The purpose of writing his new book

[10:10] How investing in sales operations help scale the company

[12:04] Thoughts on recruiting and training people

[14:34] The bias and mistakes founders usually make

[16:35] How to communicate to your prospects in a way that is relevant to their needs

[19:22] The regret of not having a sales mentor or business mentor

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3x founder Neha Sampat on building and scaling impactful teams + how to survive a shark attack
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Olivier L'Abbe, former SVP of Sales at G2 on his sales leadership playbook.
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Hiten Shah cracks the code to 37 Signals Growth Playbook
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