Statistic Info

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.


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After $10M in ARR, the median growth rate slows to just under 50%

Analysed by contract value, field sales are primarily evident for companies with median deals over $25K. Inside sales strategies are most popular for companies with $1K-$25K median deal sizes

Between the SMB and Enterprise customer types, the top-quartile performers not only have net-revenue churn that is 14% to 23% percentage less than the average performers but also have net-revenue churn that is negative in an absolute sense

When determining Sales Capacity, “it’s worth noting that some percentage of new sales hires won’t meet expectations, so that should be taken into consideration when setting hiring goals. Typically we have seen failure rates around 25-30% for field sales reps, but this varies by company. The failure rate is lower for inside sales reps. can be counted as half of a productive rep”

It’s common for startups to grow rapidly, doubling or tripling in size year over year, until they hit $5M in ARR

Increases in revenue growth rates drive twice as much market-capitalisation gain as margin improvements for companies with less than $4 billion in revenues

Best-in-class SaaS companies achieve 5-7% annual revenue churn – equivalent to a loss of $1 out of every $200 each month

Unlike many other industries, if a software company grows at only 20%, it has a 92% chance of ceasing to exist within a few years

The fastest growing SaaS companies scale their organizations rapidly, growing their teams by an average of 56% each year

Net-revenue churn improves with larger Average Contract Value (ACV), likely due to more structural churn among SMB customers and higher switching costs associated with larger contracts