All posts by 14minutesofsaas

E08 Adi Azaria – Sisense



Adi Azaria, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist of Sisense. His company has raised $97M for its business analytics solution. Sisense prepares, analyses, and visualises complex datasets using one single-stack solution. Adi is largely self-taught in the software world and his defining quality is his penchant for solving problems – whether it’s simplifying the pain of data consumption, reducing sex trafficking in India, tackling childhood cancer in the US, or successfully engineering a solution for his own son’s sleeplessness. Rather like LaunchDarkly’s Edith Harbaugh, Adi finds that his best ideas come when he is in a relaxed state of mind – whether mediating, walking, painting or doing sports. And like Algolia’s Nicolas Dessaigne he focuses on the link between company culture and hiring and retaining great people.

“I love people more than computers. I love the relationship between them, but I love people more.”


E07 Ron Palmeri – Layer, Prism Skylabs



Ron Palmeri is Founder and CEO of Layer and Founder of Prism Skylabs. Layer has raised about $30 million in 5 years for its toolkit for building better conversations through messaging. Prism Skylabs has raised $24M in less than 7 years to bring physical spaces online – it’s a video intelligence platform that transforms security cameras into data sources for business analytics. Like Algolia’s Nicolas Dessaigne, Ron is excited about the evolution of conversational ininterfaces.

“Mobile is rewiring our brain. All of that is going to get fundamentally remade through what we call conversational interfaces.”


E06 Edith Harbaugh – LaunchDarkly



Edith Harbaugh, CEO and co-founder of LaunchDarkly, adores software so much that she’s built a product that helps other companies build better software. She also writes, codes, podcasts, runs ultramarathons and mentors startups while running a Silicon Valley star scale-up. Her company is less than 4 years old and has raised over $32m

“When you’re outside your mind starts to make connections because you’re not staring at a screen.”


E05 Eilon Reshef – Gong



Eilon Reshef, Co-founder and CTO at Gong, talks about his conversational intelligence platform for helping sales teams converse more effectively. Gong was founded founded in 2015 and has raised $26 million in investment. Eilon also reflects on AI and data ownership.

“I can’t recall a King who suddenly decided he doesn’t want to be a King anymore …. Kings are gonna take as much tax as they can and these guys are gonna take as much of our privacy as they can.”


E04 Rick Stollmeyer – MINDBODY



Rick Stollmeyer is Co-founder and CEO at MINDBODY, the largest platform on the planet for the health and wellness industry. He started this in his garage in 2001. Rick feels people have a duty of care to themselves, their loved ones and society to improve their own health. The emotional, personal time, productivity and financial hit caused by unnecessarily shortened healthspans is enormous. This episode is a little different for a couple of reasons. It’s the only company in series 1 over a decade old – post IPO with a market value of $2 Billion. The interview was conducted just offstage in the WebSummit before Rick was about to speak – so watch out for the abrupt end!

“Everything in life gets better when you take care of yourself.”


E03 Polina Montano – Job Today



Polina Montano, Co-Founder & COO, explains why she set up Job Today, which sets out to bring new levels of efficiency and immediacy to hiring across high staff-turnover industries like retail and hospitality. Job Today launched it’s viral app in 2015, and has raised $65 million for it’s mission already. She talks about the ‘crazy’ invisible offline nature of local jobs, video cover letters and the increasing need for companies to focus on developing a positive internal culture.

We really believe that people are much more than their resumes


E02 Nicolas Dessaigne – Algolia



Nicolas Dessaigne, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, chats about Algolia, his platform for building search into your business. Algolia was founded founded in 2012 and has raised $74 million in investment. He discusses the importance of APIs, conversational interfaces and a special focus on developer experience. Nicolas is obsessed with promoting a positive company culture and he believes in always striving for authenticity.

Sometimes when you have a problem or a bug, it’s an opportunity to shine … you need to care about the culture you create


E01 Mada Seghete – Branch



Mada Seghete, Co-Founder and Head of Mobile Marketing, discusses Branch, a linking infrastructure for apps and the mobile web. Branch was founded founded in 2014 and has raised $113 million in investment. She talks about her vision for Branch becoming the conduit that effortlessly takes users to the content they want. She shares future visions of a seamlessly connected digital world and VR, and talks about building community. She also shares memories of her imaginary competitor!

I’m a mobile gamer … I’m always addicted to one game … you play very differently when you have only one life left