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What if you knew data behind the fastest growing SaaS companies today? Each morning join Nathan Latka as he spends 15 minutes interviewing SaaS founders. You'll learn how SaaS CEO's launched their startup and grew it into a business. SaaS Founders range from bootstrapped to funded, MVP to 10,000 customers, pre revenue to pre IPO.
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Oct 5, 2017

Spencer Coon. He’s the co-founder of HiBox.co and Joincube. He has over 5 years of experience in enterprise collaboration software and 7 years working internationally. He has managed teams across 3 continents and 5 countries. Previously, he was in investment banking at JP Morgan in New York City.  

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Black Swan
  • What CEO do you follow? – Elon Musk
  • Favorite online tool? — Intercom
  • How many hours of sleep do you get?— 7
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – Spencer wished he knew that technology was going to be more of his passion

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:50 – Nathan introduces Spencer to the show
  • 02:20 – HiBox is a collaboration app for teams
    • 02:31 – It has an artificial intelligence to bring everything together and enhance productivity
  • 03:19 – HiBox is a SaaS model with a 14-day free trial
    • 03:30 – It has 3 different versions, including a pro version and an enterprise version
  • 03:57 – ARPU is $32 a month
    • 04:03 – An average account has 7-8 people
  • 04:55 – Spencer wanted to have his own product, so he left JP Morgan
    • 05:13 – He wanted to create something tangible and has been passionate about Latin America
  • 05:39 – Spencer started HiBox in Buenos Aires
    • 05:46 – It’s less competitive to start a business in Latin America with talented people and their rates are more competitive
  • 06:16 – There are 5 people on the tech team and 15 people in total
    • 06:28 – Most of the team is in Barcelona
  • 06:36 – Spencer left JP Morgan in 2012 and went to another company where he met his now business partner
  • 07:28 – First year revenue was less than $10K
  • 07:43 – HiBox is Spencer’s first baby as an entrepreneur
  • 08:00 – Spencer used up his savings to start HiBox
  • 08:41 – HiBox has raised some seed rounds
    • 08:54 – It was more difficult to access VC funds in the USA because HiBox is based in Latin America
    • 09:16 – They had 2 priced rounds with a total of $500K funds raised
    • 10:00 – Spencer is still in the middle of negotiations for their next round
  • 10:20 – Over 10K companies have signed up to HiBox and there are 35K active users
  • 10:38 – HiBox is their main focus at the moment
  • 10:42 – Joincube is an enterprise social network focused on multi-national companies in Latin America
  • 11:13 – There are 300 companies paying for HiBox
  • 11:30 – MRR is around $10K for the pro version
  • 11:54 – Last month’s revenue
  • 13:05 – Joincube will become HiBox corporate
  • 13:34 – Gross monthly churn is 6.2%
  • 15:10 – Spencer shares why their product would still be beneficial for their clients after the upgrade
    • 15:46 – It’s almost similar to Intercom, but better
  • 16:00 – CAC is $233
    • 16:10 – Most are used for online ads
    • 16:26 – It is a fully weighted CAC
    • 16:38 – $3K was spent on paid advertising last month
  • 16:57 – Spencer is hoping that the business will be profitable at the outset
    • 17:32 – They’re doing as many tests as they can
  • 18:05 – ARR target by the end of 2017
  • 19:00 – Weirdest thing we ever did to acquire clients was tell them I lost a bet and would give them a 50% discount forever
  • 20:00 – Gross margin
  • 20:48 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  1. It’s never too late to start your entrepreneurial journey.
  2. Starting your business in a country with less competition is a cost-efficient and wise decision.
  3. An upgrade should NOT affect customer loyalty and their experience with your product.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • Simplero – The easiest way to launch your own membership course like the big influencers do but at 1/10th the cost.
  • The Top Inbox – The site Nathan uses to schedule emails to be sent later, set reminders in inbox, track opens, and follow-up with email sequences
  • GetLatka - Database of all B2B SaaS companies who have been on my show including their revenue, CAC, churn, ARPU and more
  • Klipfolio – Track your business performance across all departments for FREE
  • Hotjar – Nathan uses Hotjar to track what you’re doing on this site. He gets a video of each user visit like where they clicked and scrolled to make the site a better experience
  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Host Gator– The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible
  • Audible– Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books

Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

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