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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from tech’s most innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with Pascal Weinberger, CEO & Founder of Bardeen, a no-code workflow automation platform that has raised over $18 Million in funding.

Here are the most interesting points from the conversation:

  • Origin of Bardeen: Pascal and his co-founder Artem were frustrated by the time spent copy-pasting data between tabs and set out to solve this with Bardeen, aiming to automate tedious workflows.
  • Proactive Automation: Unlike traditional trigger-based tools like Zapier, Bardeen operates on user context, enabling more powerful and intuitive automations.
  • PLG Approach: Bardeen employs a product-led growth strategy, focusing on community support and direct user feedback to continuously refine their product.
  • Challenges of PLG: While PLG offers rapid feedback and user-centric development, it also demands high attention to detail and faces competition for user attention.
  • Category Creation: Bardeen aims to establish a new category of proactive automation, bridging the gap between simple trigger-based tools and complex enterprise solutions.
  • Future Vision: Bardeen aspires to bring automation to everyone, aiming for a world where automation tools proactively identify opportunities to save users’ time, akin to how Honey finds savings at checkout.

 

Actionable
Takeaways

Integrate User Feedback Directly:

Establish direct channels for user feedback, such as community slack channels, to ensure that your team stays close to user needs and can respond quickly to issues.

Build Early Content for PLG:

Invest early in creating content and educational resources, such as blogs and YouTube channels, to build a strong inbound traction over time.

Identify Key Bottlenecks:

Focus on identifying and solving the fundamental bottlenecks that limit user adoption in your category, as Bardeen did with workflow friction.

Embrace Persistent Experimentation:

Understand that PLG requires persistent experimentation and a willingness to continuously iterate based on user feedback and data.

Simplify Automation:

Strive to create automation solutions that are easy to use and context-aware, reducing the barrier to entry for non-technical users and increasing adoption rates.

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