Demandbase 2017 Revenue and Account Based Marketing Discussion with CEO Chris Golec

Demandbase CEO, Chris Golec

In Episode #605, Nathan interviews Chris Golec. He’s the CEO and founder of Demandbase. Chris is an entrepreneur and prior to starting Demandbase, founded one of the most successful B2B software and data solutions in the late 90s called Supplybase. With previous positions at GE and DuPont, Chris uses his wealth of experience to position Demandbase as one of the most rapidly expanding B2B marketing companies in the space.

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Demandbase 2017 Revenue: Breaking $100 Million

Famous Five:

  • Favorite Book? – N/A
  • What CEO do you follow? – Keith Krach
  • Favorite online tool? — Amazon and Skype
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Go for it sooner”

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:22 – Nathan introduces Chris to the show
  • 02:10 – Demandbase is a marketing technology company focused on B2B marketers
  • 02:46 – Demandbase sells subscriptions to large enterprises
  • 03:10 – Chris used his experience in GE to find what salespeople need
  • 03:40 – Average customer pay per month
  • 04:09 – Demandbase has raised $90M
  • 04:51 – Demandbase was launched in 2007
  • 05:20 – Demandbase started pushing the account-based marketing technology
    • 05:32 – Chris explains what an account-based marketing technology is
  • 06:03 – Supplybase was in a supply-chain space
  • 06:37 – Chris started as a consultant
    • 07:04 – Chris saw the huge opportunity from his clients’ experiences
    • 07:33 – Chris shares how he determines the red flags in revenue plans
  • 09:05 – First year revenue
  • 10:17 – Demandbase had their first round in 2007 for $2.5M
    • 10:33 – It was an equity round
  • 11:00 – Chris shares what he deems important to know before raising a round
    • 11:07 – Have a goal
    • 11:22 – Know that “it’s not easy raising money”
  • 12:00 – Demandbase currently has 400 customers
  • 12:23 – Average MRR
  • 12:40 – Team size is under 250
  • 13:44 – Gross customer churn
  • 13:59 – “Even if we don’t add any customers this year, we’ll still grow by 10% next year”
  • 14:14 – Chris shares how the teams are designated by customers
  • 15:00 – CAC
  • 15:13 – Average contract value
  • 15:40 – Demandbase is in San Francisco
  • 16:55 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. When you see an opportunity, go for it!
  2. Raising money is not a walk in the park – know your goal beforehand.
  3. Don’t wait around, go for your dreams as soon as you can.

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