Backblaze will be celebrating its 12th year in business this coming April 20th. We’ve grown steadily over the years, and this year have reached $30 million ARR (annual recurring revenue). In a series of posts and in a BrightTALK Founders Spotlight interview, our CEO, Gleb Budman, shares his behind-the-scenes insight into what it’s really like to found a tech startup.
Having a strong social media presence has not only helped Backblaze build a community of fans and advocates, but it also has driven serious bottom-line growth. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how Backblaze approaches social media and the importance of community to its brand.
Hiring success shouldn’t be defined by finding and hiring the right person, but instead by the right person being successful and happy within the organization. Let’s look at who you need to hire, when to hire them, where to find them (and how to help them find you), and how to get them to join your company.
Running out of cash is one of the quickest ways for a startup to go out of business. As a primarily bootstrapped but capital-intensive business, managing cash flow at Backblaze was and still is a key element of our success and requires continued focus. Let’s look at what we learned over the years.
“Are you crazy?” “Why would you do that?!” “You shouldn’t share that!” were just a few of the common questions and comments we heard over the years when Backblaze shared information about our business that most other companies do not. What was the thought process behind opening up? I’d like to explore the positives and negatives of being so transparent as a company.
Perhaps your business is competing in a brand new space free from established competitors. Most of us, though, start companies that compete with existing offerings from large, established companies. Your job is to come up with a better mousetrap — not the first mousetrap. That’s the challenge Backblaze faced. In this post, I’d like to share some of the lessons I learned from that experience.
In my previous posts, I talked about coming up with an idea, determining the solution, and getting your first customers. But you’re building a company, not a product. Let’s talk about what the first year should look like.
If you launch your startup and no one knows, did you actually launch? As mentioned in my last post, our initial launch target was to get a 1,000 people to use our service. But how do you get even 1,000 people to sign up for your service when no one knows who you are?