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20Sales: The Biggest Sales Lessons Scaling Brex to $400M ARR, Why Startups are Doing Outbound Wrong and How to Fix It & Why Demand Gen is the Bottleneck for all Startups and How to Solve it with Sam Blond, Former CRO @ Brex

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Sam Blond is the former CRO at Brex, where he led the company from near $0-$400M in ARR and a $12.5B valuation. Before Brex, Sam was VP of Sales at Zenefits, where he led the company from $0-$70M ARR in 2 years and a $4.5B valuation. Sam joined Founders Fund as a Partner in 2022 and recently left to focus more on operating.

In Today's Episode with Sam Blond We Discuss:

1. Lessons From Scaling Brex to $400M ARR & Zenefits to $70M ARR:

  • What are the secrets that very few people know, that led to the success of Brex and Zenefits?
  • What was the single worst sales investment Brex made? What was the best?
  • What are Sam's biggest tips to people picking the rocketship they will join?

2. Who, What and When to Hire:

  • When is the right time to hire your first sales rep?
  • Should the founder be the one to create the sales playbook?
  • What is the right profile for the first sales hire?
  • Does it matter if the new hire has domain experience?
  • Why does Sam always advocate to hire through network and not recruiters?

3. How to Hire the Best Sales Reps:

  • What are the questions Sam always asks in interviews with sales hires?
  • Does Sam do case studies with candidates? What is he looking for?
  • What are the biggest green and red flags a candidate can show in an interview process?
  • What are the biggest mistakes founders make when hiring sales teams?

4. How to Have the Best Performing Sales Team:

  • What are the three ways to measure the success of a rep in the first 30-60 days?
  • Why does Sam believe most startups are doing outbound wrong? What should they change?
  • Why does Sam believe demand gen is the bottleneck for all companies?
  • What can be done to solve the demand gen challenge?
  • How does outbound change in a world of AI?

  continue reading

1166 episoder

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Manage episode 412097265 series 73567
Indhold leveret af The Twenty Minute VC and Harry Stebbings. Alt podcastindhold inklusive episoder, grafik og podcastbeskrivelser uploades og leveres direkte af The Twenty Minute VC and Harry Stebbings eller deres podcastplatformspartner. Hvis du mener, at nogen bruger dit ophavsretligt beskyttede værk uden din tilladelse, kan du følge processen beskrevet her https://da.player.fm/legal.

Sam Blond is the former CRO at Brex, where he led the company from near $0-$400M in ARR and a $12.5B valuation. Before Brex, Sam was VP of Sales at Zenefits, where he led the company from $0-$70M ARR in 2 years and a $4.5B valuation. Sam joined Founders Fund as a Partner in 2022 and recently left to focus more on operating.

In Today's Episode with Sam Blond We Discuss:

1. Lessons From Scaling Brex to $400M ARR & Zenefits to $70M ARR:

  • What are the secrets that very few people know, that led to the success of Brex and Zenefits?
  • What was the single worst sales investment Brex made? What was the best?
  • What are Sam's biggest tips to people picking the rocketship they will join?

2. Who, What and When to Hire:

  • When is the right time to hire your first sales rep?
  • Should the founder be the one to create the sales playbook?
  • What is the right profile for the first sales hire?
  • Does it matter if the new hire has domain experience?
  • Why does Sam always advocate to hire through network and not recruiters?

3. How to Hire the Best Sales Reps:

  • What are the questions Sam always asks in interviews with sales hires?
  • Does Sam do case studies with candidates? What is he looking for?
  • What are the biggest green and red flags a candidate can show in an interview process?
  • What are the biggest mistakes founders make when hiring sales teams?

4. How to Have the Best Performing Sales Team:

  • What are the three ways to measure the success of a rep in the first 30-60 days?
  • Why does Sam believe most startups are doing outbound wrong? What should they change?
  • Why does Sam believe demand gen is the bottleneck for all companies?
  • What can be done to solve the demand gen challenge?
  • How does outbound change in a world of AI?

  continue reading

1166 episoder

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