Cloud Computing

In addition to Bessemer's long history of successful enterprise software investing, we have been particularly focused on the emergence of Cloud Computing. We believe Cloud Computing is the most important trend in the software industry of the decade.

Bessemer has been an advocate of Cloud Computing for more than a decade, investing in early pioneers in this high-growth market segment such as Postini, Cyota, Trigo, and Verisign. Our current portfolio dozens of leading public and private cloud companies such as Box, Broadsoft (BSFT), Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), DocuSign, Eloqua, LinkedIn (LNKD), Twilio, and Wix.

We define Cloud Computing as the umbrella encompassing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platforms-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).

As the space has evolved, so has our practice and investment strategy. While SaaS continues to be the most active part of our Cloud Computing portfolio, we are actively seeking companies that are innovating in the broader space.  We believe that Cloud Computing is fundamentally disruptive to the software industry and are eager to partner with entrepreneurs looking to capitalize on this opportunity.

Please feel free to submit your business plan or executive summary to cloudvc@bvp.com

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Bessemer's Top 10 Laws of Cloud Computing and SaaS

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We first presented Bessemer’s Top 10 Laws for Being “SaaS-y” at our annual Cloud CEO Conference almost five years ago, and were overwhelmed by requests to share the content more broadly.  This update is the most extensive we have ever undertaken, and is the result of literally thousands of conversations that we've had with cloud executives, including our past and current portfolio companies, as well as other leading public and private cloud companies.
  1. Drink Your Own Champagne. Use your own product and that of your customers, partners, and peers. To understand the cloud revolution, you have to be a part of it. READ MORE...
  2. Build for the DOer, Build Employee Software.  We’re witnessing the “Consumerization of Software” so focus on ease of use for SaaS and “Developer Citizenry” for PaaS and IaaS. READ MORE...
  3. Death to the Suite; Long Live Best-of-Breed and Even Best-of-Feature.  For most of the last two decades, major software vendors have pushed the concept of an “integrated” software suite on the market.  With cloud computing, the pendulum is swinging back forcefully in favor of best-of-breed applications. READ MORE...
  4. Grow or Die.  Investors, employees and partners aren’t buying into your current company as they are investing into some future version of your business, and growth rate determines the size of the business, at that future period. READ MORE...
  5. Play Moneyball in the Cloud and Check the Scoreboard with the 5 C’s of Cloud Finance.  Related to growth are many more detailed metrics that you’ll want to understand including areas of acceleration and deceleration in the business and cohort performance over time.  We recommend EVERY cloud business track and report on these. READ MORE...
  6. Build the Revenue Engine, And Only Invest If You Have a Short CAC Payback Period.  If hyper-growth is the goal of most aggressive cloud CEO’s, how do you know if your sales and marketing investments are ultimately “profitable?”   Measure your Customer Acquisition Costs and benchmark your CAC Payback. READ MORE...
  7. Make Online Sales and Marketing a Core Competency.  You’re a cloud business, so by definition, your sales prospects are all online.  This is a clear example where business-to-business (B2B) marketers need to learn from their business-to-consumer (B2C) counterparts. READ MORE...
  8. The most important part of Software-as-a-Service isn’t “Software” it’s “Service.” The only acceptable reason to lose a customer is death (bankruptcy) or marriage (acquisition).  Every cloud company is in the service business, and therefore your customer service can be the difference between failure (churn) and huge success via high retention and up sells. READ MORE...
  9. Culture is key as you build your Dream Team.  Bessemer has enjoyed the privilege of backing hundreds of companies throughout our rich history, and the one single determinant of success above all else is the quality of the team and how well they work together. READ MORE...
  10. Cash is (still) king.  Cloudonomics requires that you focus on cash flow above operating profit, and plan your fuel stops very carefully.  Understanding the cash flows of your business – including gross and net burn rate – is critically important to survival in the early days, and to your dominance in the long term.  READ MORE...

BONUS LAW:

You can ignore one or two of these rules, but not more.  Great companies innovate, but pick your battles!  READ MORE...

 

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