[Update: The session with Mark Mader went really well. He gave some history of the company, the early years before it started its triple digit growth, then he did a product demo of some of the key features that differentiate Smartsheet from spreadsheets like Excel and Google’s, like hierarchal rows, emailing of sections, and cell histories.
Mark emphasized the need for SaaS companies to focus on keeping the product easy to learn and delivering value. There’s also the integration with other online software including Google Apps and the importance of working with the tools that your customers use. He doesn’t shy from using Excel himself, although it getting less over time. All in all it was a well spent evening hearing Mark’s experiences and chatting over a drink and nibbles with him and everyone else who came along.]
Smartsheet is a popular collaborative project and work management tool and has been a very welcome addition to the suite of tools we use here at Xero. There are many teams across our business using it everyday to track and collaborate on a variety of work projects and processes.
Smartsheet is a leading SaaS company
Smartsheet serves more than 35,000 organizations worldwide and has been in business since 2006. Having raised $26 million in growth capital from Insight Venture Partners and Madrona Venture Group in December 2012, the company is accelerating sales and marketing efforts, advancing software development, and expanding partnerships.