Who To Know In SaaS Partnerships

Who To Know In SaaS Partnerships

Today’s agencies and consultants are recognizing the power of partnerships more than ever. Partnerships in this sense refer to not only affiliates but reseller and implementation relationships with software companies on behalf of their clientele.

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Today’s agencies and consultants are recognizing the power of partnerships more than ever. Partnerships in this sense refer to not only affiliates but reseller and implementation relationships with software companies on behalf of their clientele.

Looking at the ecosystem of partnerships, you have internal teams, agencies, consultants, and of course software.

  1. Strategic partnership teams – covering brands and integration partnerships.
  2. Partner teams – typically working with affiliates, implementation partners, and consulting partners.
  3. Partnerships success teams – for partner onboarding and enablement.

And on the tech stack side, you have a lot to consider as well.

This partnerships ecosystem is so robust and technical because of the trailblazers.

The following is a list of individuals who have provided enormous value to the ecosystem of partnerships.

Here are the partnership trailblazers you should know:

Ty Lingley, Director of Partnerships at Unbounce

Ty Lingley has been the Director of Partnerships at Unbounce for two and a half years, and is responsible for the recruitment and development of new partners, as well as maintaining the infrastructure required to support an effective partner program. This includes product, co-marketing, and revenue share partnerships

Why you should know Ty:

You can read an interview held by Surges here.

Read his PartnerStack blog post.

And definitely check out his SaaS Connect presentation.

Connect with Ty on LinkedIn

Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Alliances at Forrester

Jay has spent his 25-year career in various executive channel sales, marketing, and strategy roles within IBM, Lenovo, and Autotask. In 2011 Jay McBain became the CEO of ChannelEyes, a software company that aims to reinvent how vendors drive channel partner sales. Now, Jay is the principal analyst for global channels, partnerships & alliances at Forrester, where he has since helped them maintain a powerful partnership strategy for over two years.

Why you should know Jay:

Jay is also a frequent blog author on the topic of partnerships, and you can read his articles on the Forrester website by clicking here. You can also listen to his interview hosted by Model N.

Connect with Jay on LinkedIn

Sunir Shah, President of the Cloud Software Association & CEO of AppBind

Sunir is the president of the Cloud Software Association, a SaaS partnership network that brings together SaaS vendors, distributors, resellers, channels, marketplaces, platforms, and API services to build the market for cloud software distribution.
Why you should know Sunir:
Sunir is the founder of three SaaS organizations and runs the SaaS Connect Conference.His Cloud Software Association is a network of over 2,000 cloud software companies.As the CEO of AppBind, he helps tackle the problem of how partner resellers can buy SaaS and bill it to their clients.Sunir also put together this helpful breakdown of the different Partnership Launch Stages which lay out everything you need to know about organizing a partnership pipeline.
Watch his presentation on software partnerships and read his fascinating posts on the Cloud Software Association blog.
Connect with Sunir on LinkedIn

Kevin Raheja, Director of Strategic Partnerships at HubSpot

Kevin Raheja is a self-titled “innovation enthusiast” and has a vast background in partnerships, and through his work at Groupon has managed brand partnerships with household names such as Whole Foods, Delta, and Uber.

Currently, he is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at HubSpot and focuses on managing and growing technology partnerships.
Why you should know Kevin:
Kevin Helped grow LeadPages from 0-40,000 paying customers.He is also the founder of Automagical, a tool for scaling effective marketing videos using AI and NLP.You can also check out his recent articles on Medium as well as his presentation on growth through platform and integrations strategy.
Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn

Lisa Thoman Lawson, Partnerships Consultant

Lisa is an expert in small business and startup SaaS partner programs. In 2012 she became the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Thismoment, inc, a digital storytelling platform, and proved her ability to drive revenue growth through strategic partners. In 2014 Lisa brought her skills to Optimizely, spending several years there as the Director of Partnerships, after which she lead Strategic Partnerships at Returnly and built up their partnership strategy and infrastructure.

Now, Lisa is a Partnerships Consultant and specializes in helping SaaS companies build and define their partnership strategies through her business LTL Partner Consulting.
Why you should know Lisa:
She has over 15 years in SaaS technology.Lisa successfully drove growth at Optimizely, a digital optimization platform, using her strategic partnership expertise.Check out Lisa’s recent article on Account Mapping and the New Partner Success Process hereConnect with Lisa on LinkedIn

Bryn Jones, Founder of Partnerstack

In 2015 Bryn Jones co-founded Partnerstack, a leading Partner Relations Management (PRM) software company. PartnerStack is used by companies of all sizes to manage the partnerships that make up as much as 20-40% of their overall revenue, including notable companies like Evernote, Asana, Freshworks, and Intuit.Bryn is emerging in the Partner Marketing, Referral, and Reseller Channel field as an expert in scaling large partnership programs and has already left his impression on partnership landscape.Why you should know Bryn:Bryn co-founded a premium PRM software that companies trust to manage a huge portion of their revenue.He gained valuable experience from his previous startups which he wrote candidly about here.Listen to his podcast appearance on Automated.af about “The New World Of Partner Programs” and check out the Partnerstack blog hereConnect with Bryn on LinkedIn

Katrina Razavi, Head of Scaled Partnerships at Facebook

Katrina has a long career in business development and partnership building, having helped several successful startups like Marriage.com, Ringadoc, and Automatic Labs raise capital, go to market, and scale their business. Today she works at Facebook as the Head of Scaled Partnerships. She is also a communication coach in San Francisco, CA and contributes to the blog on Communication for Nerds.

Why you should know Katrina:
Katrina has a wide range of experience from being the Director of Business Development for a health-tech company to being the founder of Marriage.comShe is a communication expert that can bring her social advice to the business worldBe sure to check out Katrina’s article on Neil Patel’s blog “How We Built a Partner Network That Increased Revenue by 1,983%, as well as her guest posts on HuffPost and The Muse.

Connect with Katrina on LinkedIn


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The Story Behind Unbounce’s Partner Program, with Ty Lingley

Today we go deeper into partnerships – if you haven’t listened to the first few segments on partnerships with Jay from Forrester.com, Bryn from Partnerstack.com and Sunir from the Cloud software association, check those out after you hear this episode…  My guest today is Tyrone Lingley, the Director of Partnerships at Unbounce Ty is responsible

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