16 September 2014
IntroductionBelow are the slides from my talk at Business of Software today and links to all the resources I've referred to.
OutlineBack in 2003 I'd developed an investment thesis entitled, "Everything as a Service". Based on this, I was lucky enough to back a great team to start a company called Demandware (NYSE: DWRE). Demandware was the first company to build a best-of-breed SaaS eCommerce platform -- offering retailers the ability to focus on their core competence of merchandising, not infrastructure and software.
29 August 2014I’m a huge fan of the BoS conference. But when Mark asked me to talk at BOS this year, I had to think carefully. I love software. And his audience is full of great entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs building the next generation of software leaders. This is normally an audience I’m learning from, and supporting as an investor. So we settled on a mix of sharing and mutual learning from a story….Back in 2003 I'd developed an investment thesis entitled "Everything as a Service". Based on this I was lucky enough to back a great team to start a company called Demandware.
28 August 2014Introduction from Michael SkokI'm often asked about what it takes to build a successful SaaS business. And many times it's by people who have legacy businesses, wondering if they can make the transition. It's not for the feint of heart, but it can be done. And one such success story is Qvidian who I asked to share their story below. Lewis summarized it in the post below, but it's really the overview. I encourage you to ask questions of Lewis in the comments below to learn from it.