SaaS Startup - ARR is a vanity metric

SaaS Startups: Why ARR is a Vanity Metric vs Bookings

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SaaS Businesses & ARR Some Software as a Service (SaaS) Startup Founders may find themselves guilty of bragging about their ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue) figures. ARR is their latest monthly sales multiplied by 12 to get an annualised revenue figure. That is fair because SaaS businesses often keep the customers they sign on as subscribers, and their churn rate (rate …

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Insights: The Shopee Business Model & Revenue Model

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How Shopee Works – Shopee Business Model Analysis & Breakdown First, let me begin by saying that I initially got curious about the Shopee business model when someone told me their shipping is free (well, not all of it). How great is that for consumers! I got quite intrigued as to how they could recover this cost! So, I did …

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Is Your Startup Raising the Right Amount of Money?

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Most early-stage startups in Malaysia not aware of funding amount needed Around 90% of early-stage(!) startups I meet request more startup funding than they need. Sometimes, founders are looking to raise a multiple of what the startup requires at that point. This can lead to entrepreneurs giving away more equity than they would have to, or entrepreneurs having difficulties raising …

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How to be an Angel Investor

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There is so much to know on how to be an angel investor! Knowing so, it is also about who you know – because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. We gather as an angel investment group here in South East Asia because there are so many of us that can contribute to startups in many different ways. …

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Top 10 Startup Accelerators in Malaysia

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Top Startup Accelerators in Malaysia Here are the top accelerators in Malaysia (in no particular order). They are mostly startups accelerators in Kuala Lumpur. One of them is in Johor. Note that not all accelerators are suitable for every Startup. Choosing the right accelerator depends on what your Startup lacks. If the weakness of your startup or founding team is …

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Equity CrowdFunding (ECF) in Malaysia – Alternative Investment

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What Is Equity Crowdfunding (ECF)? Equity Crowdfunding is a method for Startups and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or Businesses to raise funds via the general public, a.k.a. Retail Investors. Retail Investors look for deals on ECF platforms to Invest in businesses in exchange for Equity. These businesses are generally a high risk, high return investment alternative to other Investment …

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Cash Flow Planning Tool

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  I highly recommend to any startup or small business to do monthly cash flow planning! Why should you care?   Countless reasons, but here the major ones: Basic CF figures are the big picture financials of your company. You need to know where money is coming from, and where it will be going. Simple as that. You also need to …