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Today, our unicorn builder is Harrison Rose, co-founder of Paddle, a payments infrastructure provider for SaaS companies that has raised $300 million in funding. Harrison’s journey from starting his first business at 18 to stepping back and co-founding GoodFit.io provides a unique glimpse into the mind of a successful tech entrepreneur. Paddle, now with 300 staff and 3000 global customers, exemplifies the trials and triumphs of scaling a global tech business.

Key topics discussed:

  • Harrison’s entrepreneurial journey from co-founding Paddle at 18 to stepping back and starting GoodFit.

  • The inspiration and challenges behind creating Paddle, aimed at solving B2B payment issues for software companies.

  • Early days of Paddle, including stories of raising funds without understanding the VC world and learning from mistakes.

  • Insights into Paddle’s growth strategy, focusing on software verticalization and the shift from a marketplace model to providing comprehensive payments infrastructure.

  • The evolution of Paddle’s marketing philosophy, transitioning from heavy reliance on outbound sales to investing in brand and market presence.

  • Harrison’s reflections on the importance of founder self-awareness and the ability to adapt and grow with the company.

  • GoodFit’s inception, leveraging the lessons learned at Paddle and focusing on changing how companies approach go-to-market strategies.

Actionable
Takeaways

Adopt a Problem-First Approach:

Harrison's venture into Paddle was driven by a clear problem identification—simplifying B2B payments for software companies. Understanding and focusing on a specific problem in your market can guide your product development and GTM strategy.

Build GTM Strategies Around Customer Feedback:

Paddle’s evolution from a marketplace to a comprehensive payment infrastructure was significantly influenced by listening to customer needs. Continuous feedback can help refine your GTM approach and product offerings.

Embrace Educational Marketing:

As Paddle grew, educating the market on the benefits of their comprehensive solution became crucial. Founders should consider how educational content can play a role in their GTM strategy, particularly when introducing new or complex solutions.

Invest in Branding Strategically:

Focus on Building a Strong Sales Process: Paddle’s initial growth was heavily reliant on outbound sales. A well-structured and executed sales process can be a key driver of early growth, especially for B2B startups.

Stay Grounded in Your Mission:

Through Paddle's evolution, maintaining a clear focus on solving specific problems for SaaS companies ensured they didn't dilute their offering or stray from their core mission.

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