art 1 of the survey results focuses on growth rates, go-to-market trends and cost structure. A new highlight in this year’s survey is data on balancing growth and profitability in SaaS companies, commonly known as The Rule of 40%.
You can find Part 2 results here. Part 2 compares application delivery methods, covers more on operational costs, and offers data on gross margins, contract terms, churn rates, capital requirements and accounting methods.
We’ve also created the forEntrepreneurs 2016 SaaS Infographic. The infographic pulls together major takeaways from the SaaS Survey and ties in advice and insights on key metrics.
As expected, many of the fastest growing companies are among the smallest. Eliminating them brings median growth rates down ~10 percentage points. Median growth rates are consistent with last year’s results. However, this year’s respondent pool was more evenly distributed.
Survey results indicate that companies in the $7.5MM-$15MM range are among the fastest growers. The median growth in this range is much greater than the median of companies half their size. Interestingly, there was a similar bump-up last year, but for companies between $5MM-$7.5MM.
More SaaS + Software Stats
The median average contract length is 1.3 years and the average billing term is seven months in advance in 2016. Comparable to 2015, with average contract length shortening from 1.5 to 1.3 years and average billing period increasing by one month from 2015 to 7 months
More Growth Strategy Stats
Because of the losses in the early days, which get bigger the more successful the company is at acquiring customers, it is much harder for management and investors to figure out whether a SaaS business is financially viable.