Cash & Burn Podcast - Stories of SaaS Growth

The Cash & Burn podcast is a weekly conversation with SaaS founders and senior executives about the challenges of creating and scaling SaaS companies.  

Guests share their journey of success and setbacks with a primary focus on how they overcame specific issues that could have ended the company.

Hosted by repeat SaaS Founder, Brandon Metcalf, (CEO & Founder of Place, CEO & Founder of ASYMBL, and was the President & Founder of Talent Rover).

Why You Should Question Your Business w/ Max-Michael Mayer
Episode 26

Why You Should Question Your Business w/ Max-Michael Mayer

In today’s episode, Brandon sits down with Max-Michael Mayer, a tech entrepreneur and investor who is also founder and CEO of ISVapp, a plug and play solution for the Salesforce AppAnalytics API. Brandon and Max discuss Max’s backstory and the events that led him to where he is today. He talks about how to scale a growing company, including buying other companies.

The Future of Hospitality and Technology w/ Brandon Barton
Episode 25

The Future of Hospitality and Technology w/ Brandon Barton

In today's episode, Brandon Metcalf sits down with Brandon Barton, the CEO of Bite, a software company that helps restaurants streamline their self-service ordering processes. Brandon shares the story of how his partners came up with the idea for Bite, inspired by their frustration with inconsistent service at a ramen restaurant.

From Four Times Fired to CEO w/ Sam Jacobs
Episode 24

From Four Times Fired to CEO w/ Sam Jacobs

In today's episode, Brandon sits down with Sam Jacobs, the founder and CEO of Pavilion, a community-powered learning platform that gives sales, marketing, success and RevOps professionals the chance to learn the latest and most in-demand career skills from company leaders.

Finding Product Market Fit w/ Melissa Kwan
Episode 23

Finding Product Market Fit w/ Melissa Kwan

In today's episode, Brandon sits down with Melissa Kwan, co-founder and CEO of eWebinar, a webinar automation platform. After ten years in real estate tech, Melissa, together with her husband, co-founded eWebinar in 2019. It’s her third bootstrapped company, and she developed the idea after hosting webinars from across the world in different timezones for her last company.

From U.S. Army to Tech CEO w/ Roxanne Petraeus
Episode 22

From U.S. Army to Tech CEO w/ Roxanne Petraeus

In today's episode, Brandon and Roxanne discuss how Ethena’s innovation comes partly from their enterprise customers and how they found a place in the market. They also explore the low percentage of funding that goes towards female-run companies and why it’s important to understand performance indicators to know the health of your business.

From Surfer to SaaS CEO w/ Colin Johnson
Episode 21

From Surfer to SaaS CEO w/ Colin Johnson

In Today's episode, Colin talks about why they chose to bootstrap their company from day one, having a clear vision of what they wanted to build, how they prioritize a quick setup for customers and the speed bumps they’ve had to overcome to end up where they are today.

Why Protecting Your SaaS Data Is Important w/ Sam Gutmann
Episode 20

Why Protecting Your SaaS Data Is Important w/ Sam Gutmann

In today’s episode, Brandon sits down with Sam Gutmann, co-founder and CEO of OwnBackup, a SaaS data protection platform. Sam talks about how a family vacation to Israel led to him becoming the CEO of OwnBackup, a company with about 1,000 employees today. In this eye-opening interview, Sam also discusses why most people assume their online data is safe, but that’s not always the case.

Moving upmarket from SMBs to Enterprise w/ Sujan Patel
Episode 19

Moving upmarket from SMBs to Enterprise w/ Sujan Patel

In today’s episode, Brandon interviews Sujan Patel, co-founder of Mailshake. They talk about when Sujan started Mailshake and how they, in a very competitive market, faced a lot of challenges like high churn, targeting SMBs. They also discuss the challenges of figuring out their positioning in the market, how businesses need to shift from quick growth to healthy growth now that we’re entering a recession, and so much more.

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