SaaStr 348: How To Align Your Pricing To The Success of Your Customers, What Does Great Change Management Look Like and The Right Balance Between Software vs Services Revenue with Kurt Muehmel, Chief Customer Officer @ Dataiku
Kurt Muehmel is the Chief Customer Officer @ Dataiku, the platform democratizing access to data and enabling enterprises to build their own path to AI in a human-centric way. To date, the company has raised over $146M in funding from some of the best in the business including ICONIQ, Firstmark, Battery Ventures and CapitalG to name a few. As for Kurt, he joined the company over 5 years ago and has risen from AE to VP EMEA to VP Sales Engineering to today as Chief Customer Officer. Before Dataiku, Kurt spent 5 years at Deloitte as a Manager advising primarily European public authorities on sustainable development policies.
In Today’s Episode We Discuss:
- How Kurt made his way into the world of enterprise SaaS with Dataiku having started his career at Deloitte in Paris?
- What does it take to go from 0-1 in implementing both AI and data science disciplines in 20th-century companies? Where do many go wrong with their first steps? How can one assist them in the right way? How does Kurt feel about services revenue? At what stage or ratio does it become too much?
- How does Kurt approach the challenge of change management? What does great change management look like? Where do so many go wrong? How can content be used to efficiently scale change management practices? How does one need to engage different teams for effective change management?
- How does Kurt think about the right pricing mechanism for the customer today? How does one find a mechanism that does not disincentivize the customer with usage? How does Kurt feel about discounting? To what extent is Kurt and Dataiku willing to engage with pilots and POCs? Where do many go wrong here?
Kurt’s 60 Second SaaStr:
- Biggest challenge of Kurt’s role with Dataiku today?
- What does Kurt know now that he wishes he had known when he entered the world of SaaS?
- Who does Kurt look up to in the world of customer experience? Why?
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