How Customer Success Can Be Your Company’s Secret Weapon with Don Aquilano and Haresh Gangwani

Posted August 8, 2017

Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

Following last month’s announcement that Powderkeg has officially become a product company, my team and I have been doing some intensive planning on how to build a world-class customer experience (CX). With this in mind, I sought out Haresh Gangwani of Bolstra and Don Aquilano of Allos Ventures for this episode to get the perspective and advice of two experts in the SaaS Customer Success space.

Gangwani and Aquilano have a combined 30 years of customer success experience, Gangwani as a business operator and Aquilano as an advisor and investor. Gangwani previously served in various VP roles at the enterprise software company Aprimo, where he developed such a passion for helping customers get value out of a product that he later launched his own customer success SaaS startup, Bolstra. Meanwhile, Aquilano invested in and sat on the boards of both Aprimo and Bolstra, which helped him form a close working relationship with Gangwani and taught him the incredible value of customer success from a financial and advisory perspective.

Our guests provided some truly invaluable insights on why and how to make outstanding customer success practices a secret weapon for your SaaS business. I know I’ll be heeding their advice as we create our new customer experience strategy for Powderkeg.

Enjoy the show, and please leave us a comment below to let us know if you liked the episode! You can also reach out to Gangwani and Aquilano on LinkedIn (links below) to thank them for sharing some of their wisdom on the podcast.

In this episode with Don Aquilano and Haresh Gangwani, you’ll learn: 

  • How Gangwani conceived of Bolstra’s customer success platform (3:53)
  • What a true mentor/mentee relationship looks like, and why you need one (12:50)
  • The big difference between customer success and customer support (22:53)
  • Bolstra’s process for driving customer success with their SaaS product (28:40)
  • Why charging for customer success actually makes economic sense (33:25)
  • Why you need to commit to customer success early in the life of your business (38:43)

Please enjoy this conversation with Don Aquilano and Haresh Gangwani!

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Don Aquilano and Haresh Gangwani Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Companies and Organizations:

Bolstra

Aprimo

Software Artistry

Tivoli Systems

IBM

Infosys

Capgemini

Orr Fellowship

HP

Guinness

Diageo

Boston Consulting Group

Burt’s Bees

Seventh Generation

Venture Capital Firms:

Allos Ventures

Universities:

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Purdue University

Indiana University

University of Notre Dame

University of Kentucky

University of Illinois

People:

Don Aquilano (LinkedIn)

Haresh Gangwani (LinkedIn)

Bill Godfrey (LinkedIn)

Rob McLaughlin

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COMMENTS?

What stood out most to you about what Don Aquilano & Haresh Gangwani shares in this podcast?

For me, it’s why you need to commit to customer success early in the life of your business.

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Matt Hunckler

CEO & Founder, Powderkeg

Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $500 million in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors. @hunckler