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.
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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)
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Don Aquilano and Haresh Gangwani Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:
“Almost all the companies we look at, whether we invest in them or not, are not great at customer success.” — @don_aquilano on @PowderkegCo
“In order to grow, you have to look up to somebody who can truly, selflessly help and guide you.” —@hareshgangwani on @PowderkegCo
“Even the best companies will misplan and head down some blind alleys.” —@don_aquilano on @PowderkegCo
“Customer success post-initial sale is where you really need to provide delightful outcomes.” —@hareshgangwani on @PowderkegCo
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Bill Godfrey (LinkedIn)
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