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Published: Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:28:41 GMT2017-08-31T14:28:41Z


Secret To SaaS Success: Recognize That You're Not Selling Software

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:02:04 GMT2017-03-07T15:02:04Z

I've been working in the software industry for over 25 years. Pretty much my entire professional career (if you don't count that stint as a night clerk at Red Roof Inn).

Why This New Chatbot Is More Likely To Get You Promoted Than Fired

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:09:36 GMT2016-07-14T19:09:36Z

Confession: For the past several months I've been furiously coding away on a new project as part of HubSpot Labs. It's called GrowthBot. It's a chatbot for marketing and sales people -- and anyone looking to grow a company (like startup folks).

Insightful Study of 386 SaaS Startup Pricing Pages

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 13:16:52 GMT2016-03-21T13:16:52Z

Late last year, I combed through the Montclare SaaS 250 — a directory of the biggest SaaS companies in the world — to find common trends in what I thought would be a significant dataset. As it turned out, 80% of the 250 biggest SaaS companies didn’t have a pricing page at all.

10 Questions I Hope I Don't Get Asked During My Product Hunt AMA

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 18:09:09 GMT2016-02-22T18:09:09Z

I'm doing an "Ask Me Anything' (AMA) session on Product Hunt tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb 23rd, 2016 at 10 am PST, 1pm EST).  

Zero to IPO: Lessons From The Unlikely Story of HubSpot

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 15:20:48 GMT2016-02-19T15:20:48Z

HubSpot has had a pretty good run.  Went from zero to IPO.  What's not known is how unlikely the story of our success is.

The First Rule Of Disruption

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:20:01 GMT2015-12-22T19:20:01Z

Working on a startup?  Have a 800 pound gorilla you're trying to disrupt?  That's awesome.  But here's a tip:  Don't talk about disrupting them.  

Do Fewer Things, Better

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 18:07:54 GMT2015-11-24T18:07:54Z

I'm going to tell you a secret.  I have a very simple, 4-word strategic plan (devised it a few years ago).

An Early-Stage Founder’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Growth

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:10:18 GMT2015-08-05T20:10:18Z

The following is a guest post by William Griggs.  William is the Founder of Startup Slingshot, the resource for battle-tested startup strategies. Access the audio interviews of today’s featured growth practitioners, the full 43 page guide, and tons of resources here (free for now).

Happy Birthday HubSpot! 9 Lessons From Our First 9 Years

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 20:48:58 GMT2015-06-09T20:48:58Z

9 years ago today, on June 9th 2006, HubSpot was officially started. I remember the day, because it was also the day I graduated.  (I had promised myself I'd enjoy my 2 years in grad school without too much distraction, so deliberately picked graduation day as the official start-date for HubSpot.)

So far, we've had a pretty good run.  HubSpot is now public [NYSE:HUBS] and still growing fast.  More importantly (at least to me), I'm still having a great time.

Rather than bring out the party hats and cake, I thought I'd reflect a bit on some of the hard-won lessons we've learned across our 9 hear history in the hopes that it will be helpful to some of you.  (Note: The below picture of a cake is from our 2nd birthday party.  Now, we'd need a bigger cake)

How Emotion Helped Grow Our Startup to 2.8M Users in 20 Months

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:30:00 GMT2015-06-01T17:30:00Z

This is a guest post by Melanie Perkins, co-founder and CEO of Canva. We are launching Canva For Work that will help you and your team create original stunning visuals faster than ever. Register your interest to win free accounts.