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SaaS Interviews with CEOs, Startups, Founders

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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Mar 5, 2017

Craig McLuckie. He’s the founder and CEO of Heptio, a startup focused on making Kubernetes accessible enterprises. Prior to starting Heptio, Craig was a product manager at Google where he founded the Kubernetes project, launched Google compute engine and created The Cloud Native Computing Foundation that he also shared.

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – Influence
  • What CEO do you follow? –  Andrew Grove
  • Favorite online tool? — Lever
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “I wished my 20-year old self understood the importance of kindness”

 

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:25 – Nathan introduces Craig to the show
  • 01:55 – Kubernetes is a technology that is used to run applications in a production setting
    • 02:16 – The idea is to take the collective learning that Google instilled over the last decade of building and running applications
  • 02:35 – Kubernetes is an open-source technology
  • 02:53 – Kubernetes is being widely adopted by enterprises but there are still some gaps
  • 03:16 – Heptio‘s job is to make Kubernetes more accessible to a broad array of developers
  • 03:47 – Heptio generates revenue through support, training and professional service and consultancy
  • 04:25 – Heptio is currently on pre-product revenue
  • 04:50 – By providing Heptio’s professional service, they connect with customers and understand where the key gaps are
  • 05:12 – Heptio has raised $8.5M
  • 05:20 – The people backing Heptio
  • 06:17 – Nathan simplifies Kubernetes’ description
  • 07:50 – Craig explains how Kubernetes actually works in applications
  • 09:07 – Heptio wants to present the perfect idea of how machines should be operating
  • 09:23 – Kubernetes provided the steps from thinking about virtual infrastructure to logical infrastructure
  • 09:49 – At Heptio, they bring the idea of logical infrastructure to companies everywhere so they can experience a better way to decode without worrying about the difficult task of configuring
  • 10:22 – Heptio also helps companies organize themselves around the technology
    • 10:53 – It is like helping people stack the bricks of technology
  • 11:58 – John and Craig started Kubernetes in Google and they had successes in the past
  • 12:20 – Craig demonstrated clearly the product market fit for Kubernetes so they were able to raise $8.5M
  • 12:40 – Craig has spent time with the community
  • 13:10 – Craig quantifies the adoption of Kubernetes
  • 13:50 – The Famous Five

 

3 Key Points:

  • Kubernetes is an open source technology that is used to run applications in a production setting.
  • Demonstrating your product’s market CLEARLY can lead to investors believing and trusting your product.
  • Remember the importance of being kind.

 

Resources Mentioned:

  • Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments
  • Drip – Nathan uses Drip’s email automation platform and visual campaign builder to build his sales funnel
  • Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to the quality of Toptal
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jamf – Jamf helped Nathan keep his Macbook Air 11” secure even when he left it in the airplane’s back seat pocket
  • Freshbooks – Nathan doesn’t waste time so he uses Freshbooks to send out invoices and collect his money. Get your free month NOW
  • Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives
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