Next NYC Spotlight: Determining Hex’s Flavor of PLG

Despite recent advancements in the modern data stack, data work is still fragmented across tools and stakeholders. Recognizing this gap in 2019, Hex was built as a data science and analytics collaboration platform to better serve this need. 

Apr 25, 2024

Pre-Product Market Fit: What It Means to Ideate & Validate an Enterprise-Ready Product

As Seed-stage investors at Work-Bench, the startups that we source, invest in, and support have not yet reached PMF - the point at which they have multiple paying customers who love their product and a consistency in growth.

Apr 1, 2024

Next NYC Spotlight: A PM’s Journey UpMarket

We caught up with Sanjay Padval, Group Product Manager at Vanta, who has been a part of the team since 2021 to get his perspective on what this journey has been like building and scaling products from startups all the way to enterprise customers.

Feb 20, 2024

How To Build a Hand of “Defensible Cards” To Set Your GTM Apart

While enterprise buyers continue to be under intense scrutiny, early-stage enterprise startups have held a relentless commitment to navigating this demanding landscape.

Dec 11, 2023

Enterprise Startup Founder Survival Guide with David Politis, Founder of BetterCloud

We first met David Politis, Founder and former CEO of BetterCloud, over 10 years ago at our NY Enterprise Meetup. Fast forward and he took the very same stage at our recent meetup to talk through his top, hard-learned lessons.

Nov 28, 2023

Next NYC Spotlight: Marketing for Marketers

While many naysayers will tell you that focusing on weekly goals can bog you down in the weeds and make you lose sight of long-term goals, Ryan quickly learned that “the person who hits the weekly target, hits the quarterly target, and so on.”

Nov 14, 2023

3 GTM Tactics Every Enterprise Founder Needs To Survive Today’s Market

Nailing go-to-market (GTM) as a startup is hard. But nailing GTM as an enterprise startup in a down market is exceptionally harder.

Nov 13, 2023

Next NYC Spotlight: Selling an Open-Ended Product

Retool was designed around the belief that software has been built the same way for the last two to three decades, requiring specialized training and expertise from developers.

Nov 2, 2023

Mastering Open-Source GTM with Vercel, Grafana, and Apollo GraphQL

In an era where many companies use open source as a foundation to win over the developer community, nailing a go-to-market strategy that monetizes a product is important to successfully scale the business.

Oct 26, 2023

Next NYC Spotlight: Building a World-Class Sales Team

In 2018, Persona entered the game to become the identity layer of the internet. While they’ve been continuously expanding their talent and improving the product, it’s been imperative for the team to refine their GTM.

Oct 26, 2023

GTM Tactics You Need To Scale in Marketing, Sales, Product & Professional Services

We wanted to get into the nitty gritty GTM tactics these operators have used and proved-out on their journeys to scaling successful enterprise startups.

Sep 12, 2023

1st Principles for Seed-Stage Enterprise Software Startups

Building an enterprise startup is hard. But building an enterprise startup amidst this downtown is exceptionally harder. 

Sep 11, 2023

A Formula For Pitching CIOs

After just a few years on the job, most CIOs will typically have heard ~100 sales pitches. And 7x CIO Mark Settle has heard the good, the bad, and the ugly.

May 9, 2023

An Enterprise Founder’s GTM Template For Seed-Stage Due Diligence

As thesis-driven, Seed-stage investors, we often diligence and invest in enterprise startups pre-revenue. This means founder’s often come to the table with no customer logos or clear-cut metrics to help us generate conviction.

Mar 20, 2023

How to Build a Scalable Customer Acquisition System

Marketing is often seen as a black box. With endless channels to tackle (content, events, outbound emails, and ads, to name a few), where should early-stage enterprise startups even begin?

Feb 27, 2023

Leveling Up Discovery and Demo Calls

In today’s environment, it's critical to nail discovery and demo calls with prospective customers. This is often the make-it or break-it touchpoint that sets up the success of the rest of the sale process.

Feb 6, 2023

Introducing the Work-Bench Enterprise Playbook Library

Over our decade helping fund, grow, and support early-stage enterprise software startups, we’ve seen the most difficult challenges and the most tactical solutions for scaling an enterprise startup.

Jan 10, 2023

The Sales Playbook That Turbocharged Outreach from $0 to $200M ARR

Our November NY Enterprise Tech Meetup focused on a topic we’re particularly passionate about at Work-Bench: enterprise sales and go-to-market tactics.

Nov 15, 2022

5 Experiments To Find a Winning Developer Acquisition Strategy

For this Work-Bench Masterclass, we hosted Martin Gontovnikas, General Partner and B2B Growth Advisor at HyperGrowth Partners and former SVP Marketing and Growth at Auth0.

Oct 21, 2022

Living Up to the Hype: How To Enable Hypergrowth with PLG with Snyk, MongoDB, Elemental & Pace

After 2 years of virtual Meetups, we finally closed out of Zoom and got back to action at our first IRL NY Enterprise Tech Meetup since the pandemic!

Sep 27, 2022

3 Acts of Growth: Lessons, Patterns & Mistakes from a 3x Entrepreneur

The founder journey typically comprises of conquering product-market fit, go-to-market fit, and then scaling.

Aug 10, 2022

The Founder’s Guide to Announcing a Seed Round

Closing a Seed round is a huge milestone for any startup.

Jun 10, 2022

Security For Enterprise Startups To Scale & Sell

In this post, I set up useful guardrails that early stage (Series A or earlier) startups should consider when building their security programs that I’ve gathered from experts in the security community and elsewhere.

May 5, 2022

3 Proven Community Strategies to Grow Open Source Businesses

This post was originally published on The Data Source, my monthly newsletter covering the top innovation in data infrastructure, engineering and developer-first tooling. Subscribe here and never miss an issue!

Apr 19, 2022

Enterprise Tech Operator Masterclass: How to Launch a Demand Gen Campaign on a Seed Dime

We’re excited to introduce our new event series brought to you by our NY Enterprise Tech Meetup — the Enterprise Operator Masterclass!

Apr 12, 2022

How To Handle VC Inbound After Raising A Seed Round

First of all, congrats! After putting in the tremendous hard work of getting your enterprise startup off the ground and gaining some traction, you’ve closed your Seed round.

Mar 16, 2022

10th Anniversary NY Enterprise Tech Meetup: How the CEO of Attentive Navigated a Massive Pivot to Find Product Market Fit

This month, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of our NY Enterprise Tech Meetup! To honor our New York roots, we welcomed Brian Long, CEO and Co-Founder of one of NYC’s most exciting giants, Attentive, to our Zoom stage.

Mar 1, 2022

How Should Enterprise Startups Navigate Today’s Changing Seed World?

As the late stage investing landscape becomes more and more chaotic, the battleground for VCs has largely shifted to early stage. Today, there’s more institutional capital than ever chasing Series A’s from firms like Tiger Global and Insight Partners in addition to traditional Silicon Valley VCs.

Feb 25, 2022

6 Tactics on How to Fuse Product & Enterprise Sales for PLG Success

At Work-Bench, we know customers are like oxygen for early-stage startups.

Aug 12, 2021

The 5 Step Framework for Building a Product Led Business

This month, Work-Bench, OpenView, Primary Venture Partners and Lerer Hippeau hosted the second of its four-part SaaS Growth Camp

Feb 25, 2021

How to Best Prepare an Enterprise Sales Pipeline Review for Your Investors

As enterprise investors here at Work-Bench, investing at Seed II stage, we are obsessed with all things go-to-market and working alongside our founders to refine their early GTM and sales engine.

Oct 20, 2020

Dear Enterprise Startups, Not All Customer Intros Are Equal

These Are the Doors You Should be Knocking On

Jul 13, 2019