SaaS: Machine Learning and AI for Re-Engaging Customers, $250k ACV and $1.5m Raised

Victor Szczerba

In Episode #832, Nathan interviews Victor Szczerba. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Yeti Data, solving big data problems for customers. Prior experience includes running product strategy at the data division at SAP. He was a McKinsey consultant and sales VP for Tadpole Computer and Utopy.

Famous Five:

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:44 – Nathan introduces Victor to the show
  • 02:14 – Yeti Data makes virtual data warehouses
  • 02:30 – Yeti Data’s model is an enterprise SaaS model
  • 02:45 – An average customer pays Yeti Data $250-500K a year
  • 03:02 – “We love universal usage of our data with inside of the customer”
  • 03:19 – Clients get data from their customers’ behavior
  • 04:24 – AI is a blanket term and machine learning is something very specific
  • 05:08 – Victor shares how machine learning works and they put in details manually
  • 05:52 – In digital marketing, there are ways to understand the customer and their purchasing behavior, but it still can be tricky
  • 06:47 – Yeti Data currently has around 5 customers
  • 07:07 – Yeti Data is close to reaching an $800K, ARR mark
  • 07:31 – Yeti Data was launched 3-4 years ago and was in development mode for the first few years
  • 07:50 – Yeti Data raised capital for RND and they’ve been really lean
    • 08:07 – It was a convertible note
    • 08:31 – 4% interest and 10% discount with a teaser for the second round
  • 09:18 – On pre-revenue, Yeti Data has 3 core people and some consultants
  • 10:03 – Amazon and Walmart have a software that is similar to Yeti Data
  • 10:39 – Some companies that are in competition with Yeti Data are IBM and HP
  • 11:08 – Yeti Data created a way to virtualize their data connections
  • 12:00 – It is still too early for Yeti Data to have their metrics
  • 13:00 – A good ARR of a million bucks can get Yeti Data to a good series A
  • 14:30 – The Famous Five

3 Key Points:

  1. Regardless of how congested your market is, you can still find a way to stand out.
  2. Use your competition as motivation to push harder.
  3. Focus in on what you’re good at.

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