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SureSwift is in the business of acquisitions, so you might think a post on SaaS valuation from us is a conflict of interest. A founder obviously wants to sell for the highest number possible, and a buyer wants to buy for the lowest reasonable number possible. But there’s a sweet spot where the founder gets a dream exit — not just a good number, but also a good outcome for their customers and team — and the buyer gets a fair price. With 30+ acquisitions under our belts, we’re confident that we know a thing or two about that. We also get asked by a lot of people how we value a bootstrapped SaaS, so today we’re sharing the basic terms you should know, and things to consider if you’re thinking about selling your SaaS now or in the future.
Kishin Manglani’s resume reads like a “Who’s Who” of the startup world. He’s been an early employee at tech startups like Venmo, Bustle, Hatch/Tinder, and others. So it was pretty natural that his passion for startups extended into his personal life. In 2016 he founded the ChargeStripe app. This is the story of how he grew the business to a sale in 2 short years, and how he knew it was time to sell. Plus, our Product Manager Radu Irava talks to us about the future of the app at SureSwift.
We get a ton of questions from people about what it takes to buy a SaaS business. Here’s our advice for anyone interested in growing revenue through acquisition, whether you’re thinking about buying one business or 100.
Growth at SureSwift has always been swift, but this season things have kicked into a whole new gear with a new look for our website, two new leadership hires, new job openings, and new events on the horizon. Here’s the latest on what’s happening with us this winter.
When you’re starting a software business from scratch, there are a ton of options for how to build it. Acquiring and running more than 30 online businesses, we’ve learned a lot about what to do and what not to do when it comes to your SaaS tech stack.
How an Opera Singer and a Software Engineer Built a $55k/mo SaaS Ed Tech Business from the Ground Up
Back in 2017 Danielle Simpson had an unlikely bio for a SaaS founder. She was an opera singer auditioning for roles and side hustling as an online ESL teacher. This is the story of how she and her partner, Arvid Kahl, built FeedbackPanda from the ground up, and how they knew it was time to sell.
We’re stoked to announce a new addition to our portfolio with the acquisition of FeedbackPanda, an Ed Tech SaaS business, which was founded by Danielle Simpson and Arvid Kahl in 2017.
Mack McConnell built Taster’s Club from an idea into six figures of MRR over the course of several years. We caught him recently between trips to exotic locales to chat a bit about how he started and grew the business, why he ultimately decided to sell it, and what he’s up to now.
A little over four years ago, SureSwift was just a couple of co-founders with an idea. Today it’s a rapidly growing portfolio of more than 30 online businesses, managed by a fully remote team of 80 people working across 14 timezones. Hear from co-founder and CEO, Kevin McArdle, about how we got from there to here.
Great leaders come in many different forms, with different backgrounds, strengths, and areas of expertise. But some patterns do start to emerge when you look at a big sample of successful founders — especially in the bootstrapped business model. Being in the acquisition business we’ve had the distinct advantage of purchasing more than 30 companies and reviewing hundreds more from behind the scenes. These are a few things we’ve noticed along the way.