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Inside Dropbox’s Sales Culture — The Information
As a result of his hiring, several former Salesforce executives identified with the old-fashioned approach have been pushed a layer down on the organizational chart, below Mr. Hansen. And the company has sent the signal that in the future, Dropbox will put more emphasis on landing so-called “channel” deals, where partners like Japan’s Softbank and Dell help sell Dropbox for Business. At Microsoft, Mr. Hansen oversaw $6 billion to $9 billion worth of similar deals, a person familiar with the company said. [...] Its success in generating a sustainable profit will determine whether it can go from being a big unicorn to an even more valuable public company.
SAAS  DropBox  Box  Salesforce  Microsoft  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  operation  operations  operating  margin  lock-in  B2B  Silo  Platform  B2C 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber Continues To Bleed Cash In India To Pick Up Market Share | TechCrunch
The U.S. company was a relatively late arrival in India, but it has quickly scaled to cover 11 cities and make India its second largest market. Initially lagging behind a handful of local firms, Uber is making its large pile of funding count with a series of eye-catching (and cash-burning) promotions, the latest of which is free rides for anyone in the country between Wednesday and Sunday. &! - techcrunch.com/2014/11/23/sf-has-an-sm-problem/ >> "Our Sales and Marketing costs are killing us. [...] Hortonworks [...] $33.4 million in total revenue in the first three quarters of 2014, but its S&M costs were $44.6 million in the same period. New Relic, [...] revenues of $63 million in the year before March 31, with $58 million in sales. [...] Box, $124 million in revenue in the year ending January 31, but $171 million in S&M costs. [...] [ Same with FireEye & SalesForce ] [ Other case; Slack w high Net Promoter Score (Product) & mix of B2B and B2C case. &! bit.ly/SXRliN from a16z
Uber  burn  rate  freemium  business  model  subscription  model  user  acquisition  user  churn  Box.com  Square  profit  margin  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Venture  Capital  growth  round  Net  Promoter  Score  gross  margins  SaaS  B2B  growth  hacker  growth  hacking  lifetime  value  cost  of  aquisition 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Lenovo to buy IBM's low-end server unit for $2.3 billion | Reuters
It would not be easy for Lenovo turn around the server unit, however. IBM's low-margin server business has posted seven quarters of losses as clients move to the cloud. "To generate costs synergy, Lenovo will need to move most of the manufacturing from IBM's existing facility in Virginia to Asia while keeping some R&D in the U.S.," Lau said. The server business being sold by IBM, which produced low-cost x86 servers, competes with Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell but lags both in market share. + http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-23/lenovo-to-buy-ibm-server-unit-for-2-3-billion-amid-pc-slump.html "[S]egment’s gross margin -- the percentage of sales remaining after taking out production costs -- also is getting squeezed. It fell 3.5 percentage points to 36 percent last year. That compares with an 89 percent margin for its software business."
IBM  Lenovo  Cloudstorage  cloudcomputing  margin  commoditization  commodity  business  SaaS  Service  Industry  Enterprise  Services  IT  Industry 
february 2014 by asterisk2a

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