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The unprofitable SaaS business model trap – @ASmartBear - WP Engine. Marketo filed for IPO with impressive 80% year-over-year growth in 2012, with almost $60m in revenue.

The unprofitable SaaS business model trap – @ASmartBear - WP Engine

Except, they lost $35m. WTF? It’s not impressive when you spend $1.60 for every $1.00 of revenue, force-feeding sales pipelines with an unprofitable product. Don’t tell me this is normal for growing enterprise SaaS companies. I know the argument: The pay-back period on sales, marketing, and up-start costs is long, but there’s a profitable result at the end of the tunnel. Bullshit. So no, this upside-down business model isn’t what a SaaS business should construct. The mindset works like this: It costs a lot of money to land an enterprise customer.

Dave Ramsey built empire by bucking the system. When Sarah, a 28-year-old Atlanta woman, found out that her parents had forged her signature to receive a student loan, she called someone she trusted for advice on how to clear her name.

Dave Ramsey built empire by bucking the system

“Is there any way I can get my name taken off of this?” Sarah asked. Exasperated, the voice on the other end of the line responded, “Good gosh. Financial child abuse.” The speaker told Sarah to file a police report if her parents didn’t repair the damage in a month. It’s that kind of tough love, mixed with familial nurturing, mixed with financial advice, that people like Sarah, a recent caller into “The Dave Ramsey Show,” have come to expect over the past two decades from the voice on the other end of the line, show namesake and financial guru Dave Ramsey. More than 8 million people tune in every week to hear the Brentwood-based radio personality dole out homespun financial advice, the kind prudent grandmothers gave and that generations built on credit have ignored. A talk show giant. Startup = Growth.

September 2012 A startup is a company designed to grow fast.

Startup = Growth

Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of "exit. " The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth. If you want to start one it's important to understand that.

Keeping Good People

MBA Mondays. Concepts from law practices. Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups. Anyone who has started a business has his or her own rules and guidelines, so I thought I would add to the memo with my own.

Mark Cuban's 12 Rules for Startups

My "rules" below aren't just for those founding the companies, but for those who are considering going to work for them, as well. Mark Cuban from begin. Famous in the NBA for his zealous management of the Dallas Mavericks, entrepreneur Mark Cuban has also owned multiple Internet startups and a theater chain.

Mark Cuban from begin

Synopsis Born in Pittsburgh in 1958, entrepreneur Mark Cuban has ventured into many diverse businesses, from theater chains to Internet startups. In 1990, Cuban sold the firm CompuServe for $6 million, one of his largest early business ventures. He is most famous, however for for his zealous management of the Dallas Mavericks, which he purchased from Ross Perot, Jr. in 2000. In addition to his wise business decisions, Cuban is also known for his controversial and statements. Early Life. Tom Gau biz model. Tom Gau is at the helm of one of the most lucrative financial planning firms in the country.

Tom Gau biz model

In many ways, the story of how he got there parallels the transformation that is occurring throughout the financial services industry. Initially an accountant, Tom had branched out into creating financial plans for his clients, but soon realized that many of the plans were not being implemented. Worse yet, if they were implemented, he wasn't getting any of the action. One day, a client with $10 million came in for a financial plan. Tom created the plan, and then sent the investor to a stockbroker to implement it. Tom decided the stockbroker's business model was much better than the accounting model he'd been using, and he decided to become a licensed financial planner who actually implemented investment and insurance recommendations.

Early Success When I first met Tom in the early 1990s, he was already a very successful financial planners. 3 Unique Ways to Get Started With Business Podcasting. Do you want to bring podcasting into your marketing mix?

3 Unique Ways to Get Started With Business Podcasting

Are you stuck because of concerns about time commitment, lack of knowledge or production challenges? There are many ways to approach business podcasting without interupting your schedule, budget and skills. In this article you’ll discover how three businesses started a podcast and what they uniquely did differently. Use their examples for inspiration to set up your podcast to fit your particular needs, time and budget, and reap the benefits of creating a personal connection with your audience through audio. Create a Podcast From Anywhere With Limited Equipment Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur, provides a great example of how to podcast from anywhere with limited equipment. Podcasting has helped Natalie's audience feel more connected to her and her brand.