Mike Preuss's posts

Co-founder and CEO of Visible.vc. Chicago born and IU Grad.

Investing in Investor Updates

The Visible team was fortunate enough to give a seminar on investor updates to the 2017 Techstars Chicago class today. It was great getting to synthesize our key learnings from the past two years to create a great dialogue with an engaged group of entrepreneurs. You can find the investor updates presentation below as well as some key takeaways. Investing in investor updates from Visible.vc Key Takeaways for Investor Updates Companies that provide regular investor updates are 200% more likely to receive follow on funding. Don’t be scared to share bad news. You are not alone even though it might feel like it. Build a cadence and keep updates succinct as well as comparable Just do it! Get feedback and iterate. Always Include These Items in Your Investor Updates Cash, burn and…

4 Ways to get to $100 Million in ARR

Back in April we partnered with OpenView to share our free Total Addressable Market template. With an overwhelming positive response and some inspiration from Point Nine Capital’s “5 Ways to Build a $100 Million Business [Infographic]” we wanted to build a new forecasting template on how SaaS businesses can get to $100 million in annual recurring revenue. For this template we partnered with our friends at Foresight & OpenView to provide 4 distinct forecasting models on how a business can grow to $100 million in ARR. You can get the template here!  Getting to $100 million in annual recurring revenue is one of those SaaS benchmarks you’ll hear about frequently. It’s a line in the sand that investors have drawn to deem your business “venture-backable” or not. I’m sure many have asked or received the follow question, “That’s great,…

Ultimate Report Part 3 of 4: ARR Movements

Welcome to part 3 of 4 of our Ultimate Report series. When we talk to our customers and potential customers we love to get an understanding of their “ultimate report”. It’s the report that stakeholders can quickly rally behind and understand how the business is performing, usually to a goal or target. Part 1: Pacing Part 2: Cadence & Operational Metrics Part 3: ARR Movements Part 4: Coming on July 12th  This week, our ultimate report is ARR Metrics. For any SaaS business, the movements in your recurring revenue are crucial to making decisions, hiring and resource allocation. What makes SaaS metrics great are that they are fairly easy to benchmark across industries. Tracking Your ARR Movements This report focuses on 4 key recurring revenue movements. New Business ARR: When a lead converts to a…

Ultimate Report Part 2: Cadence & Operational Metrics

Your Ultimate Report: Sharing Operational Metrics Welcome to part 2 of 4 of our Ultimate Report series. When we talk to our customers and potential customers we love to get an understanding of their “ultimate report”. It’s the report that stakeholders can quickly rally behind and understand how the business is performing, usually to a goal or target. Part 1: Pacing Part 2: Cadence & Operational Metrics Part 3: Coming on July 5th Part 4: Coming on July 12th  This week we want to touch on two key parts of the reporting process every company should be doing. Operational Metrics Developing a cadence for stakeholder reporting The below chart is a common one that most VCs love & one that you’ll see in just about every “Investor Update” template post online. The goal here…

Why We Love Net Promoter Score (NPS)

We’re huge fans of the NPS (Net Promoter Score) at Visible. This article is all about NPS & is broken down into 4 sections. What NPS is? Why we love it! How we implement it. Do unanswered NPS surveys correlate to churn? (This question was the original idea for writing this post)   What is NPS? If you’re not familiar with NPS, it is used to gauge the loyalty of a firm’s relationships. It is used by more than 2/3 of the Fortune 1000 and it can measure a company, employer or another entity. You have likely received an NPS survey yourself. It’s a score of 1 to 10 usually with a question of “How likely are you to recommend X to your friend or colleague?” X could be your company, your customer support experience, an…

Consolidated Xero Reporting

Automatically Consolidate Multiple Xero Accounts If you run a business that operates in different countries, different currencies or one that requires many Xero or Quickbooks accounts, you will know the pain of consolidated reporting. Being able to quickly get an understanding of Revenue, Cash Position, Expenses and more can be a pain.  Luckily, with Visible and our formula builder, you can now quickly and intuitively combine many accounts for your consolidated Xero reporting. Customers can connect as many Xero or Quickbooks accounts as needed. From there, it’s as simple as creating a new metric from a formula and building your new consolidated metric. If you want to convert the currency of a particular metric, you can apply the logic of Exchange Rate * Metric. You can read more about our formula builder and data…

A + B = C -> Introducing Formulas on Visible

We’re excited to give you a sneak peek & preview our new Formula builder. With our intuitive Formula builder you’ll be able to create functions by using any of your current metrics, from any data source, integration or providing a metrics directly. This will be a game changer as you’ll be able to dynamically create new metrics and transform your existing data streams directly on Visible. The Visible Formula Builder In the example above, we take calculate Customer Acquisition cost by taking Sales & Marketing Expenses  from Xero and dividing by New Customers coming from Salesforce. Just one of infinite possibilities! As new data comes into Visible your formulas will update on the fly and the new data points will be readily available at your finger tips. If you wish to get on…

April Product Improvements – Data Labels, Annotations, Goals & more

Hey there – We wanted to provide a quick recap of all of the major functionality that we’ve launched in April. As always feel free to send us any feedback, questions or comments. Data Labels on Charts You can now add the actual value on the data point on your charts. This will display the actual values of the respective metric on the chart itself. We suggest using charts with 8 or less data points to utilize data labels or you’ll quickly overcrowd the visualization. Chart Annotations While you are creating or updating a chart you can now call out specific data points and add your own context through annotations. Simply click on any data point and add in text. Goals With any chart you can now add a goal, benchmark…

I’m Giving You $50k

That might have been the most click bait subject line I’ve ever written. My intentions were positive though, I wanted to understand how the best marketers (and friends) in my network would spend $50,000 if it were in their hands. My recent intrigue with marketing and customer acquisition stems from a couple key areas: I believe the outbound BDR (business development representative or sales development representative) channel will only get noisier and more crowded as the defacto go-to-market strategy. The market has responded to this by creating more tools for BDRs that will only exacerbate the problem. The cost to hire a couple new graduates and have them hit the ground is pretty low. Obviously, BDR teams work well for a lot of organizations and certain business models but my guess…

Announcing Our ChartMogul Partnership & Integration

  Visible + ChartMogul We’re excited to announce our partnership today with ChartMogul. ChartMogul provides analytics for building a better subscription business to over 800 customers (and growing!). By integrating with Stripe, Braintree, Recurly and more, ChartMogul provides turnkey metrics to give you instant insight into your customers. Visible customers will be able to integrate their ChartMogul metrics directly into Visible and use for their own stakeholder reporting. Our initial integration includes your recurring revenue metrics, customer metrics, churn data and LTVs. We’ll continue to improve the integration so send any feedback our way. You can find more info on the ChartMogul + Visible feature page. If you have any questions or comments about Visible + ChartMogul send them to hi@visible.vc. Current Visible users can read more about the integration in this knowledge…

Winter Wrap Up

With spring around the corner we wanted to provide the latest in the Visible world. Below we’ll highlight some key functionality that has been released over the past couple of months. Data Source Integrations We made some great improvements to our existing integrations, added new data sources and currently support 10 direct data sources in Visible. New integrations include Mixpanel, Advanced Google Analytics and ChartMogul. Update Improvements Updates can now be sent through a shareable and trackable link in addition to email. We also added support to save Updates as PDFs and improve the editor experience. View Example Update As always, please feel free to directly respond with any questions, comments or to setup a time to chat! Up & to the right, The Visible Team

Introducing the Spectrum Partner Program

Our Spectrum Partner Program for Investors & Finance Firms As more companies continue to use Visible everyday to tell their story, we’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside many of the professional services providers that also work closely with our customers. These providers range from accounting, CFO, venture capital and marketing firms in addition to economic developmenent groups and more. Working with these partners has been a great experience and we’ve learned a lot! We’ve taken those learnings and invested in more robust integrations, had the chance to put on special events and been referred to more of their clients. In turn, we wanted to make sure we recognize our partners in addition to providing value back to them and their customers. We’re incredibly excited to officially launch our partner program that we are calling Spectrum. Spectrum is…

Xero Integration 2.0 – Chart of Accounts

Introducing Xero Chart of Accounts We originally launched our Xero integration into the Add-On marketplace just over a year ago and it has quickly become one of our most popular accounting integrations. Xero is a cloud accounting platform that has gained in popularity and is beloved by their power-user accountants. Our initial integration was great. We pulled in your high level financial metrics from your Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Statement. We started to hear more and more that our customers wanted to get granular reporting on their Chart of Accounts — after all, being able to compare your Online Ad Spend to Budget has become increasingly popular as “unit economics“ has become the in vogue term of 2016. We’re excited to release our Xero 2.0 integration to all that not only pulls in…

Zapier & Product Updates

We quietly launched some awesome updates to Visible last week that we wanted to make sure got the attention they deserve. The two updates below focus on automation of your KPIs and enhancing the storytelling of your data. Zapier Integration Our integration with Zapier is now live! It is in beta so you’ll have to use this link to accept the invite to Zapier. Link any trigger apps and assign values to your Metrics in Visible. E.g. Every time a new trial of our “Pro” account is started in Stripe I have that add +1 to our Pro Trials Created metric within Visible. You can find more info in our knowledge base. Feel free to reach out with any questions or recipes that you love! Update Enhancements You can now do two commonly requested actions…

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