SaaStr Podcast #143: Ben Uretsky, CEO @ DigitalOcean on Scaling To 1m Customers with No Sales Team
Welcome to Episode 143! Ben Uretsky is the Co-Founder & CEO of Digital Ocean. Under Ben’s leadership, DigitalOcean has risen from a cloud startup for developers to the second largest and fastest growing cloud computing platform. To date, more than 1m developers have deployed more than 50 million cloud servers, and the company has expanded its worldwide infrastructure footprint with multiple datacenter locations around the globe. The company has raised $123 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Access Industries, IA Ventures, CrunchFund, and Techstars. Prior to DigitalOcean, he co-founded and built a managed hosting provider that supported some of the top websites online and generated million-dollar annual revenues.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
* How Ben made the move from co-founding a bootstrapped startup competing with Rackspace to co-founding DigitalOcean and competing with Amazon?
* What have been Ben’s big learnings in raising $123m for DigitalOcean? How does Ben suggest building a trusted relationship with VCs?
* How have DigitalOcean scaled to over 1m customers without a sales team? What are the core tenets that have made this possible? How does the team prioritize customer acquisition channels at DigitalOcean? How does Ben say is the right way to build a community?
* Sean Rad has said before the hardest part is scaling with the firm. How has Ben seen his scaling as CEO with the firm? How has his personal relationship to the company changed with the scaling? Hear an inflection point in the scaling of DigitalOcean and how Ben’s leadership changed as a result.
60 Second SaaStr
* What hire des Ben wish he had made earlier?
* What does Ben know now that he wishes he had known earlier?
* What are the key inflection points in SaaS businesses?
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