Facebook to shut down #Parse, migrate to @batch!

Yesterday Facebook is shutting down Parse (Building apps isn’t easy). In a blog post, Parse that it will be totally shut down on January 28th, 2017.

On this post you can read:

“We have a difficult announcement to make. Beginning today we’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse will be fully retired after a year-long period ending on January 28, 2017. We’re proud that we’ve been able to help so many of you build great mobile apps, but we need to focus our resources elsewhere.

We understand that this won’t be an easy transition, and we’re working hard to make this process as easy as possible. We are committed to maintaining the backend service during the sunset period, and are providing several tools to help migrate applications to other services.” Read more


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10 essential tools for 2016!

Today we would like to present you 10 amazing tools for growth you business, increase your productivity and get power! 🙂

: The best phone system for you team.

Description: Aircall isn’t just an application for managing calls to your business, it’s an all-in-one tool that will allow you to create a number in more that 40 countries, have a team for every number, and receive your calls from anywhere using a simple internet connection.

Plan: Starter $10 / Month. Until Sunday January 22 we credit your account with $108 on SaaS Invaders!

aircall Sales Prospecting, like a Boss

Description: Send emails directly from your Linkedin, add automatically prospect on Pipedrive and get notified on your Slack! If you want more information, read this article!

Plan: Free for 1 user and 50 email queries / month The one place to control, share, and track your sales documents.

Description: Send your documents with Attach, know who opens, what pages they read and close more deals!

Plan: FREE for 3 documents.

Real Time Analytics: Google analytics, much better!

Description: Real Time Analytics it’s a perfect tool for to maximize your ROI. Real Time Analytics analyses the multiple channels acquisition about past and real time traffic to give you accurate projections about future traffic on your website.

Plan: Free for Open Beta

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Heap: Instant, Retroactive Analytics

Description: Heap automatically captures and track every user action on your website or your app!

Plan: Free 5,000 sessions / months

Heap Schedule meetings 10x faster

Description: Spend 1 minute setting your availability preferences. Share your personal scheduling page with Clients, Users, Customers. They visit your Vyte page to pick an acceptable time, and the meeting is added to your calendar.

Plan: FREE


Polymail: Simple, beautiful, powerful email

Description: With Polymail start a new experience with this beautiful native app for Apple OS!

Plan: Free for Beta

Polymail Get notified on Slack

Description: Get notification in your Slack when your startup is mentioned online!

Plan: Free




Algolia: Build unique search experiences

Description: Incredible tool to hosted search API in your website and revelant results from the first keystroke.

Plan: Hacker FREE 10,000 records.



Mixmax: Make email awesome

Description: All in one tool for your Gmail: track emails, set up meetings in an instant, use templates, schedule emails!

Plan: FREE






Perfect #SaaS combination for your sales prospecting!

Today i would like to present you a perfect SaaS combination for your sales prospecting!

With this 3 tools you will really increase your productivity in your startup.

The 3 tools we are talking about ?

Slack (a messaging app for your team), Pipedrive (sales pipeline) and (online prospecting).

And just for our community, SaaS Invaders is currently offering a magical Discount of 4 Months Free in order to let you enjoy the power of this tool (until Monday, December 7)

Step 1: Integrate Slack and Pipedrive in (really simple!). 

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I integreat my prospect to PipeDrive when i send an email.



For Slack integration, i think that creating a new channel dedicated to is the best choice you can make. Indeed, send you a notification directly in Slack when your prospect opens your message or interacts with it. AMAZING! 🙂


Finally, install the Chrome extension and let’s go to the next step.


Step 2: Go to the website of your next prospect! 

Here, I chose the website of Snapkin, the Startup of my friends Jeremy and Damien.


The pluggin of automatically detects emails on the website you’re visiting!


I can send an email directly to Jeremy from my browser.  You can also add a signature and templates.


Step 3: Pipedrive

Once you sent your e-mail, will automatically add my new prospect in my Pipedrive!

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Step 4: Slack

And last point, but not the least, sends you a Slack notification when Jeremy would have open my email!

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Now, sales prospecting like a boss!

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5 tools used by @bentossell, Community Manager @ProductHunt

Ben Tossell is the community manager of Product Hunt. He is part of the team we manages an amazing community, 103K followers on Twitter  and 20K fans on Facebook!

Today he shared with our community 5 tools that make his job easier and more efficient!


Respondly is a web app for managing your community on Twitter with your team!

In the same place, you can answer to your followers, assign all tweets to your team, see your team in real time, monitor specific tweets, archive tweets as soon as you’re done with them… and even more 🙂



Intercom it’s a perfect tool for communicate with your customers!

All in one app including many features for manage your customers. You can chat with your visitors in real-time, engage your community with targeted email, push & in-app messages, get customers feedback and inside your app help your customers.






Slack has the most impressive growth over the past 10 years!

Slack it’s a messaging app for teams. With Slack you kill e-mail in your startup, 48.6% reduction in internal e-mail! And 32% increase in team productivity!

If you want to know more about this wonderful tool, read Why you should start using Slack right now!




Ben and Product Hunt team obviously uses Twitter!

For Product Hunt, Twitter is an impressive tool for managing their community and  to discuss with her!

104K followers, 44K tweets, 12K likes and just 5 following, awesome job guys! 🙂





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Finally, Ben uses Product Hunt (off course)!

Product Hunt is a website that highlights best new products, games, podcasts and books! Every day, discover a selection of the best news tools on the web!

The Product Hunt community upvote for the best products! If you want to upvote for SaaS Invaders, click here 😉




Thanks Ben for your recommendations with our community!

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Jason Lemkin: VC – founder @SaaStr – SaaS enthusiast!

Hi Jason, a few lines to tell us a bit more about your career?

I’ve been a 2x founder selling to enterprise with 2x pretty good exits, and now do VC and angel investments and founded SaaStr, the largest web community for SaaS founders.  We get almost 3 million views a month now and will have 5,000+ founders at the ’16 SaaStr Annual in February.

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In your opinion, what are the succes criteria for a start-up on a SaaS market?

The bar has gone up today. 

Ultimately, it’s all about getting to $1m, then $10m, then $100m ARR as fast as you can without burning out.  You can get there super fast like Zenefits or Slack, or you can start more slowly and then accelerate, like Atlassian or Qualtrics, there are different ways to get there.  But to raise venture capital today, you probably have to be growing 15% month-over-month at $1m ARR or close to it.

Can you give us THE metric to monitor when you have a SaaS?

After $1.5m-$2m ARR I think top line growth and net cash burn tells you almost the entire story if you are growing 12% a month or faster. 

Before that, I try to see if you have any leads, and where you get them, and try to see the future from that.  I call this Lead Velocity Rate.  And finally, growing your average deal size is path #1 to growing revenues more quickly.

What are your criteria for investing in a SaaS startup?


1- founders better than me (as a founder), adjusted for time

2- above average unit economics (see prior point)

3- company doesn’t have to be even remotely hot, but it’s important than in 12-18 months it can be.  If it isn’t hot then, then the Next Investor may not write the next check.

A word about Algolia and FrontApp? (2 great French SaaS Startups)

Love ’em both to death.  Founders better than me.  Better unit economics than I had at EchoSign.  And both weren’t “hot” when I invested, but now are.  Algolia is a pre-nicorn already and FrontApp has crossed into Initial Traction and is doing all the right things to build a nine figure ARR business.

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What are your 3 favorite SaaS apps? Excluding those where your invest, of course 😉

My thoughts here are actually less valuable than they were say 3 years ago when I was running my own SaaS company. 

Today, my “company” is tiny and we run it on Google Apps, WordPress, AWS, Mailchimp, Slack, Trello, Zenefits, and Eventbrite, plus a bunch of social tools.

Thanks Jason!

Follow Jason on Twitter

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Find an email in 2 minutes with @Email_Hunter!

Everyone needs to find emails, Email Hunter for Chrome is an indispensable tool for that!

1. Install Email Hunter for Chrome

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2. Find the contact you are looking for on Linkedin

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3. Use the Email Hunter button to find the email

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4. Verify that the email is valid with Mailtester

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Let’s go!! 



5 amazing Tools for startups created by @efounders

eFounders is a startup studio created by Thibaud Elziere and Quentin Nickmans. The studio builds SaaS products and especially 5 amazing Web Apps: Aircall, Mention, Mailjet, Front & TextMaster.

Aircall is a tool for create your phone support in minutes! You get phone numbers in 30 countries directly in your app. You can assign calls at your team, custom messages, decide when your numbers is open to receive calls, analyze your performance and more!

Starter offer $10/month


Mention is the web monitoring platform. Mention monitor all the web, websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and billions of sources in real time! With Mention you never miss a conversation about your startup, you identify the influencers and you react immediately with your dashboard.

Starter offer $29/month



Mailjet is a email marketing tools to propel your startup! One solution for email marketing. With Mailjet you can create contact list management, personalize your email campaigns, use beautiful newsletter templates, sending email with SMTP relay, segment your contact list, run A/B testing and track all results!

Starter offer is FREE 🙂 (6000 emails a month & 200 emails/day)



Front is an incredible and simple tool for manage your inbox. With Front you receive and respond to all of your conversations directly in one application. Email, phone, SMS, Facebook, Twitter in one place! No more missed messages, great collaboration with your team, analytics into your team’s inboxes and find all your messages.

Starter offer is FREE! ? (1 team inbox, 5 users).


TextMaster is a online translation service. One place for translate all your content in more than 30 languages (web, newsletter, legal, marketing, technical, SEO, business content…). TextMaster select qualified freelance writer & translator! Online intuitive platform for translate documents and you receive your translations in just a few hours.

Basic offer is $0,039 per word!


And if you want take great informations and news about SaaS resources read the SaaS Club Newsletter by Rachel Vanier!



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Perry Oostdam: the story of a successful pivot!

Perry Oostdam Co-founder & CEO at Recruitee a fast, easy, collaborative hiring tool!

Hi Perry, could you tell us how did you come up with the idea to launch your start-up ?

I’ve met my co-founder Pawel online -on a platform for entrepreneurs. We’ve started GeoRun (a gps-based gaming company) four years ago. When our team grew, we looked around for a handy recruiting tool. We couldn’t really find a simple and intuitive tool, and decided to build our own tool for internal use. Several startups in Amsterdam and Poznan started to use our solution as well, and we realized Recruitee could be turned into a separate business. One year later, we’ve pivoted our business and got the whole team working on Recruitee.

Could you introduce your app in few lines ?

Recruitee is a fast, easy, collaborate hiring platform. We aim to be an industry standard for fast-growing teams, proving them with both a backend recruiting tool (ATS) and career site editor (employer branding).



Would you share with our community one funny anedocte about your start up ?

When we started this project (Recruitee had another name back then), we bought a domain name on one of the big auction sites. We had no external cash and decided to bootstrap our business at least till breakeven.

After two weeks of being live, we received a very angry letter from a NY law firm indicating that our name was infringing on their copyright. Damn it, and that after two weeks!

We bluffed that our operations would stay in Europe, and our initiative wouldn’t hurt their business in the US. One week later, a domain name broker approached us, asking if we would consider selling the domain.

We ended up selling the domain name for an amount that brought us to breakeven ;-).


What are your 3 favorites Saas apps ? Excluding yours of course 😉




If you had to compare your start-up, would it be a movie, a sport or a music band ? Which one and why ?

A movie. The Godfather of course! Why? Because we make you an offer you can’t refuse ;-).

Enjoy 50% discount on Recruitee during 6 months! Until september 20 ?

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Bram Kanstein: founder @startupstash & previously @ProductHunt!

Bram Kanstein is an entrepreneur, Product Hunter and more! Bram makes us the pleasure to answer to some few questions.

Hi Bram, a few lines to tell us a bit more about your career?

I’ve been active in the internet world for some time now. Started at The Next Web with an internship and working in the Marketing team. Then I went on to work at an Amsterdam based investor, helping startups with product development and strategy. Tried and failed at 2 startups in between 🙂
Then I launched and joined Product Hunt as their European community manager. Now I’m off to pursue new adventures 🙂

Could you give us some tips to have a successfull launch on Producthunt?

Make sure your product is awesome of course 🙂 Find a hunter that has posted products in your vertical before. Check for instance. Make sure you have a proper (not to long) comment ready + great images of your product you can add to the post. Stay active in the comments, thank people for upvoting (do this on Twitter) and try to leverage your appearance on PH with other publications like Techcrunch etc.


How do you select your Apps on Startupstash?

It took my about 5 months to index around 700 products. Eventually I chose 400 products to be in the first version of Startup Stash. I look at the product itself and what they offer. Basically it’s my own opinion of cool tools 🙂

It seems that you’re working on a new project … Timeforstartups. Can you tell us a bit more about this? 🙂

YES!! This is going to be a weekly show on where I, together with an awesome co-host give feedback to 3 startups (20 minutes each, 1hr total). This will be live-streamed and shared on Youtube also. confirmed co-hosts are Chris Messina, Jonathon Triest, Owen Williams, Cody Simms, Marc Kohlbrugge,, Emiel Janson and more!



Lastly, what are your 3 favorite Web Apps? Share and discuss articles and websites with friends, directly from any webpage. Create an engaging, gorgeous, weekly email newsletter.

And I use Twitter on Web A LOT 🙂


Follow Bram on Twitter!