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Top SaaS startups to watch in 2023 with Alok Goyal, Partner, Stellaris Venture Partners

100x Entrepreneur

SaaS startups in India have seen significant growth in recent years. The country's SaaS market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 22.5% from 2020 to 2025, reaching a value of $6.3 billion. A few of the factors driving this growth are:Increasing adoption of cloud computingAvailability of advanced tech infrastructure in IndiaSupport from the Government of India for funding, mentorship, and other resources to entrepreneurs. In India, there are Investors and founders who have witnessed the evolution of SaaS in India. With his notable investments like Whatfix, LimeChat, GTM Buddy, Alok has built his own thesis for SaaS over the years.Tune in to hear Alok sharing about the top SaaS companies in India, what all has changed in his investing thesis, the categories he’s most bullish on, and why SaaS sector is only going to rise in the coming years.  Notes - 01:53 - How Alok got into investing02:44 - Evolution of SaaS in India08:16 - Definition of global category leaders in SaaS10:02 - Is there a known pattern in the US for his portfolio companies in India? 13:23 - SaaS investments in 202214:02 - Next 3-4 years for SaaS in India19:03 - Building a GTM engine in the US with a seed round in India23:00 - Focus on reducing burn24:51 - Growth in more & more $100Mn ARR companies in India29:14 - The Edge India has in creating successful SaaS startups 31:28 - Major shift in his thesis in the past years38:21 - His focus on AI automation startups43:55 - Thesis on Developer-Centric Softwares48:50 - Backing founders at Idea Stage58:34 - What he looks for in founders?Also, try out a 30-day free trial of Zoho Payroll, and simplify your Payroll journey as an entrepreneur! https://zoho.to/zoho-payroll

1hr 3mins

9 Jan 2023

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Alok Goyal, Stellaris Venture Partners

100x Entrepreneur

#100xEntrepreneur #Podcast with Alok Goyal, Partner, Stellaris Venture Partners“It’s essential that you find the perfect balance between passion and money” - Alok Goyal.After heading SAP India as COO for 3 years, he decided to become a Venture Capitalist and joined Helion Ventures in 2013 to understand and experience the Indian Startup Ecosystem. In 2016 he Co-Founded Stellaris Venture Partners, where he looks after the following markets - SaaS, Logistics, Recruiting.Some of the Portfolio companies of the firm include - Mamaearth, Whatfix, mfine and Shop101 among others.In this podcast, Alok shares, about Electric-vehicle & SaaS space in India and more.Notes - 00:35 - Journey - COO at SAP India to a Venture Capitalist05:38 - How he got introduced and joined Helion07:02 - Led investments in Software & Services markets at Helion 09:15 - How are Investment decisions taken at Stellaris?11:20 - Deals led by him - Whatfix, Signzy, noticeboard, LOADSHARE 15:05 - Reasons behind rapid growth in Whatfix and LOADSHARE18:05 - Does he needs validation on his investment decisions from a senior investor?19:05 - “If you are a reasonably sized fund, it’s not possible to build Theme sized funds?” 21:39 - Why is he so bullish in the Electric-vehicle space in India?24:53 - Two-wheeler & Three-wheeler vehicles would be first adopters of EVs in India26:36 - “EVs Market would be bigger than Ola & Uber combined due to Economies of Scale”27:42 - SaaS Startups Growth in India vs US32:20 - Evaluation of Founders - “Great Founders don’t fit into any pattern, they define new patterns”35:05 - Key Strategies in SaaS - “Ability to sell your solutions, Scale what works & Kill what doesn’t”44:22 - Role of Markets in Growth - “Great Entrepreneur + Average Market = Average Outcome” & “Average Entrepreneur + Great Markets = Decent Outcomes”Also, try out a 30-day free trial of Zoho Payroll, and simplify your Payroll journey as an entrepreneur! https://zoho.to/zoho-payroll

1hr 3mins

17 Nov 2019

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PBTO31: Insights on B2B Selling and Leading a B2B Sales team with Alok Goyal

Pushing Beyond the Obvious - Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed

In this episode, we host Alok Goyal, Partner at Stellaris Venture Partners and until recently, he was the Chief Operating Officer of SAP India Pvt. Ltd., a large global software company’s India subsidiary. Alok was also a strategy consultant (with McKinsey & Company in India and The McKenna Group in California, USA). Alok did his undergrad in Computer Science from IIT Delhi, a Masters in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from INSEAD, France. In this free wheeling conversation, Alok shares a lot of insights on The subtle shift in B2B buyer behaviour How the […]

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