Klipfolio Raises $12M on $45M+ PreMoney Valuation with 7000 Customers, $500k+ in MRR Helping With Business Dashboards with CEO Allan Wille

Allan Wille

In Episode #594, Nathan interviews Allan Wille. He was on The Top on December 12, 2016, Episode 506. His company, Klipfolio, raised $7.9M in the past and has grown to 7000 paying customers. They create dashboard software for companies who want to monitor their business processes. Klipfolio is into something incredible, tune in as Allan shares about it on today’s episode.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 02:22 – Nathan introduces Allan to the show
  • 02:52 – Klipfolio is an online and cloud based, and they create real-time dashboard software for SMBs
  • 03:03 – There are over 7000 companies globally who uses Klipfolio
  • 03:15 – Klipfolio just had a $12M Series B raise
  • 03:33 – Klipfolio has a total of $19.9M total raised
  • 03:41 – Klipfolio already has good investors in their cap table
  • 03:56 – Allan shares how he came up with the Series B
    • 04:19 – The initial intent was to bring in new investors
    • 04:30 – Things turned out differently from the initial intent
  • 04:47 – RPU
  • 04:55 – MRR
  • 05:02 – 2017 MRR goal
  • 05:52 – Klipfolio licenses per number of dashboards
  • 06:25 – Allan wants customers to see Klipfolio’s value first
  • 06:35 – CAC
  • 07:20 – LTV
  • 07:33 – Team size
  • 08:00 – Klipfolio believes in product first policy
  • 08:21 – Most of the investment will go into Klipfolio’s product
  • 08:35 – Allan shares where they spend most of their CAC
    • 09:00 – Klipfolio will add more people in sales and support
    • 09:13 – “We’re actually gonna put a lot of effort in content strategy”
  • 09:37 – Allan is friends with Craig Fitzpatrick from Pagecloud, who talks about content marketing, too
  • 10:26 – Allan wants the system to be more efficient to maximize user experience
  • 10:44 – Allan was able to get a great valuation
  • 11:06 – Allan shares how things happened during the valuation
    • 12:23 – Allan shares the offer he received
    • 12:55 – The questions Allan had before accepting the offer
    • 13:30 – The first offer was a low-ball
    • 15:03 – “In many cases, terms are probably more important than valuation—multiple or the actual preimposed”
  • 15:54 – “We got to basically where we wanted to be”
  • 16:35 – Allan was happy with the terms
    • 16:45 – One of the terms is 1x multiple
    • 17:14 – The other term includes an anti-dilution clause
  • 18:20 – Nathan closing the episode

3 Key Points:

  1. There are cases where terms are more important than valuation.
  2. Content strategy plays a big role in marketing – invest in it.
  3. Go in the direction you want to be.

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