Welcome to a behind-the-scenes look at the world of B2B SaaS, as seen through the eyes of an industry insider. In a recent episode of the Hyperengage Podcast, we had the opportunity to sit down with Enzo Avigo, the mastermind behind June, a product analytics platform that’s making waves in the tech world. Our conversation was a deep dive into the realities of founding a B2B SaaS company, the nuances of understanding your market, and the pivotal role customer feedback plays in shaping a product. Let’s unpack the insights from this engaging conversation.
This blog post delves into a conversation with Enzo Avigo, founder of June, a product analytics platform. The discussion, part of the Hyperengage Podcast, offers insights into the journey of creating a B2B SaaS company, the significance of understanding your market, and the role of customer feedback in product development. Key points include the importance of identifying real problems, the customer-centric approach of the Collison brothers, the power of listening to your customers, June’s initial GTM strategy, and the value of asking customers how they discovered your product.
Why did June.so decide to apply to Y Combinator
June’s decision to apply to YC wasn’t premeditated. With minimal funding and a product still in its infancy, the suggestion to apply came from a trusted advisor. Despite their initial reservations, the team took the leap, emphasizing the importance of seizing opportunities even when the path seems uncertain.
“We barely have a product, we don’t have customers.”
Yet, the encouragement they received was the push they needed, showcasing the value of mentorship and guidance in the startup world.
“Scratch Your Own Itch” – The Genesis of June
Enzo Avigo’s journey into the world of B2B SaaS began with a simple principle – “scratch your own itch.” Having experienced firsthand the challenges of product management, he recognized the need for a tool that could simplify the process. This led to the creation of June, a product analytics platform designed to address the problems he had encountered in his career. Enzo’s personal experience and the drive to find a solution for himself became the foundation for a product that resonates with many.
How did YC’s rigorous interview process shape June.so‘s perspective
The YC interview, led by Michael Seibel, was intense. Avigo and his co-founder felt they had criticized a decade’s worth of YC’s work. However, this candid feedback was what YC was looking for.
Michael Seibel was the managing director back then. Kind of like really grilled us.
This experience underscores the value of honest evaluations and the need for solutions that address genuine industry pain points.
The Importance of Problem Identification
One of the key takeaways from Enzo’s journey is the importance of problem identification. He emphasizes that chasing a fake problem is one of the main reasons for failure.
If you have a clear understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve, you’re more likely to come up with effective solutions.
This is particularly true if you’re building a solution for a problem you’ve experienced yourself. It’s not just about creating a product; it’s about addressing a genuine need in the market.
The Collison Brothers’ Problem-Solving Approach
Enzo also discusses the problem-solving approach of the Collison brothers, the founders of Stripe. They believe they are not visionaries, but rather, they listen to their customers and solve problems one after another. This customer-centric approach has been instrumental in Stripe’s success and is a strategy that Enzo has adopted in his own company.
if you listen to your market, and you go after a big enough market, you will always find a road in your strategy to get from A to Z.
This philosophy emphasizes the importance of being attuned to customer needs and adapting accordingly.
Listening to Your Customers
Enzo is a firm believer in the power of listening to your customers. He asserts that understanding their pain points, needs, and feedback is crucial for product development and refinement. June’s success can be attributed to this customer-focused approach, which has helped them continually evolve and improve their product offering. By being in tune with their audience, June has been able to pivot and adapt, ensuring their product remains relevant and valuable.
What was the GTM Strategy of June
June’s go-to-market (GTM) strategy was initially focused on selling to their batchmates. This approach allowed them to quickly gain feedback and iterate on their product. It also helped them to establish a solid customer base from which they could grow. Enzo highlights the importance of starting small and leveraging immediate networks to gain traction. By focusing on a niche audience initially, June was able to refine its product based on real-world feedback, setting the stage for broader market penetration.
An Expert Advice from Enzo
One piece of expert advice from Enzo is to include a question in your onboarding process asking customers how they learned about you. This can provide valuable insights into which marketing channels are most effective and where to focus your efforts. Enzo’s emphasis on data-driven decision-making is evident here. By understanding customer acquisition channels, businesses can optimize their marketing strategies, ensuring they get the best return on investment.
- Scratch Your Own Itch: Founding a successful company often starts with identifying a problem you’ve experienced yourself and creating a solution for it.
- Problem Identification is Crucial: Understanding the problem you’re trying to solve is key to developing effective solutions and avoiding the pitfall of chasing non-existent problems.
- Adopt a Customer-Centric Approach: The Collison brothers’ strategy of listening to customers and solving problems one by one has proven successful for Stripe and is a strategy worth emulating.
- Listen to Your Customers: If you listen to your market and pursue a large enough market, you’ll always find a path in your strategy to get from A to Z.
- Understand Your GTM Strategy: June’s initial GTM strategy of selling to their batchmates allowed them to quickly gain feedback and iterate on their product.
- Ask the Right Questions: Including a question in your onboarding process about how customers learned about you can provide valuable insights into the effectiveness of your marketing channels.
Enzo Avigo’s journey with June offers valuable insights for anyone in the tech industry, particularly those in the B2B SaaS space. His emphasis on understanding your market, listening to your customers, and continually iterating on your product provides a roadmap for success. As June continues to evolve and grow, there’s no doubt that these principles will continue to guide their journey.