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Will All Companies Go to a Subscription Model?

By Aarthi Rayapura • December 28, 2016<p><i>By David McCann in CFO.com</i><p>If you’re ever awake, you probably know that the subscription-based, …

8 Subscription Economy Predictions for 2017

<b>By Tien Tzuo</b><p>If 2017 promises to be politically tumultuous, I’m predicting at least as much churn in the business world next year. For nearly a …

Customer Service

New Subscription Economy Index Shows Subscription Businesses Growing 9X Faster Than S&P 500 Ones

By Aarthi Rayapura • November 15, 2016<p>Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of talk about subscription companies. Today, Zuora, a company that …

The Ground Beneath Your Feet

By Aarthi Rayapura • November 14, 2016<p><i>By Christina Porter in Subscribed, Fall 2016</i><p>How many century-old companies can you think of that are still …

"Without knowing who our customers are ... we cannot serve them."

By Aarthi Rayapura • November 14, 2016<p>173 years. That’s how long The Economist has been around. As the digital era takes over, the media house is …

Bristol is Open

By Gabe Weisert • November 14, 2016<p>When the “Bristol is Open” project was introduced at our last Subscribed London Conference, I was reminded of the …

Small is Beautiful in Data Science

By Aarthi Rayapura • November 14, 2016<p><i>Q&A with Carl Gold, Zuora’s Chief Data Scientist. Gold holds a PhD in Computation & Neural Systems and has</i> …

Ford Embraces Silicon Valley

By Aarthi Rayapura • November 14, 2016<p>Walking into Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto feels like any other Silicon Valley …

Design Your Product Around Price

By Aarthi Rayapura • November 14, 2016<p><b>Madhavan Ramanujam</b> is a partner and board member at Simon-Kucher & Partners. He advises companies of all sizes, …

Subscribed Magazine - Zuora

<b>FALL 2015</b><p>The inaugural issue of Subscribed Magazine won the Best New Print Publication award in the Design category at the 2016 Content Marketing …

Marketing

How To Be Like Benioff: 4 Startup Lessons From The Early Days Of Salesforce

I worked for Marc Benioff for nine years. Being at his side as we built Salesforce.com from the ground up was an amazing experience. After a month of working for Marc, I quickly realized that pretty much everything I learned in business school was obsolete. Here are four big lessons I learned from …

Detroit schools Silicon Valley on the future of transportation

Who will be the first to get fully functioning self-driving automobiles on the road and in the market? Google, Apple, Tesla Motors, Ford, GM?<p>The truth is, it doesn’t matter. Because being first isn’t what’s going to win the race. The race in transportation isn’t about delivering driverless …

Large CPGs are under attack by startups… and consumers are winning

Tien Tzuo Contributor<p>Tien Tzuo is the CEO of Zuora.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why newspaper subscriptions are on the rise<br>• To compete with Amazon, Walmart should cut itself in half<p>Consumer packaged goods are big business — valued at more than $2 trillion — with much of that market share dominated …

5 Mistakes SaaS Startups Often Make With Pricing

<i>This piece first appeared on Tom Tunguz’s blog.</i><p>The purpose of a price is to tax usage of a product. That’s how companies generate revenue. …

Oracle's Cloud & Mirrors Act

Judging by the fact that Oracle promoted their cloud revenue like crazy in their earnings report last Thursday, I expect that this week at Oracle OpenWorld it’ll be all cloud, all the time.<p>But is a company that makes less than 12% of its money on the cloud really a cloud company? If it has to make …

Resource Planning

Uber’s $2.4 billion strategy — and it’s not self-driving cars

Uber recently launched two pilot programs in several American cities. One garnered a lot of press; the other one not so much. But it’s the second program that is ultimately going to resolve Uber’s $2.4 billion burn problem.<p>You probably know about the first launch. Right now, there are self-driving …

To compete with Amazon, Walmart should cut itself in half

Tien Tzuo Contributor<p>Tien Tzuo is the CEO of Zuora.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why newspaper subscriptions are on the rise<br>• Large CPGs are under attack by startups… and consumers are winning<p>Walmart’s latest earnings report wasn’t pretty. Overall revenue growth came in at a tepid 0.7 percent for …

The VCR Just Died A Sad, Lonely Death. The Product Era Is Next.

Last month, Funai Electric, a Japanese consumer electronics company, announced that it will cease manufacturing VCRs. That’s more than 30 years after …

Innovation

Tien Tzuo's Zuora Set To Capitalize On Subscription Economy It Helped Build

<b>A Series of Forbes Insights Profiles of Thought Leaders Changing the Business Landscape: Tien Tzuo, Co-Founder and CEO, Zuora</b><p>How does Dollar Shave Club go from start-up to $150 million in annual revenue and get scooped up for $1 billion by Unilever in only four years? Certainly part of the answer …

Startups

3 Ways This Gen X CEO Tries to Attract Millennial Talent (With A Response From The Millennial Below)

Millennials have always gotten a bad rap across the board — from parents, bosses and our society in general. I’m not one of them but I work with them …

Work-life Balance

'Subscription economy' moving from magazines to brands

The subscription economy, the benchmark sales model for magazines and newspapers for many years, is now being embraced by brands as they attempt to …

How I Built A Billion-Dollar Business In The Subscription Economy

Tien Tzuo built Zuora, an award-winning platform powerful and flexible enough to fuel any subscription business. According to Zuora, four in five …

Why I’m Betting on OTT Video

1<p>SHARES<p>Related: Next TV SF: OTT Experts Stress Efficiency, a Focus on Content<p>OTT video has been a disruptive force in the media industry with …

Meet the new Apple tax, same as the old Apple tax

Here’s the good news: The famous “Apple Tax” is dropping to 15% after one year, and developers can finally offer subscriptions.<p>Here’s the bad news for app developers: Apple still owns your billing relationships, which means it owns your customer relationships.<p>We’ve been here before. Here’s an Apple …

How Prince and Bowie started streaming music services

Tien Tzuo Contributor<p>Tien Tzuo is the CEO of Zuora.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Why newspaper subscriptions are on the rise<br>• Large CPGs are under attack by startups… and consumers are winning<p>In the wake of Prince’s untimely death, more and more stories have been revealed about his secret life of …