Alexis Fogel, co-founder at Stonly, is sharing his insights on B2B Rocks and his advice for young entrepreneurs.
He will be speaking at the conference Lessons learned from young graduate to Co-founder & CPO managing 100 employees.
Can you introduce yourself briefly? Why did you found Stonly?
I am a product oriented entrepreneur. I co-founded Dashlane ten years ago to help non-tech savvy people manage their digital life. Last year I left the company to build Stonly a product allowing people to create step by step interactive guides. I founded Stonly because this was solving an issue I had at Dashlane and I was convinced it could help other businesses as well. As Dashlane was scaling we needed a solution that would help customers troubleshoot their issue before contacting support and I did not find any good solution on the market so I decided to create it myself. Then the concept expanded itself to what Stonly is today.
What does this event mean for entrepreneurs in the B2B sector?
B2B rocks is a great example of how active the B2B SaaS scene is becoming in France. This event brings a lot of knowledge on the table from successful businesses that started in France and became international leaders.
What would you say are the main challenges entrepreneurs face when setting up a SaaS company?
Finding the right Product market fit is the make or break and the most challenging for a B2B SaaS company. This is what any company should focus as it starts. Once a company has found product market fit, it can start executing on scaling the business.
What advice would you give to graduates willing to found their own business?
Find a great cofounder, be 100% focus on your project and don't give up until you absolutely have to. Don't worry, even if your company is not a success, you will have acquired so much knowledge that you will have no issue finding a great job after this.
What is Stonly’s highlight in 2019?
2019 is a very important year for Stonly. We raised a first seed round, launched our product publicly and started getting traction. The feedback we got so far makes us even more bullish about how needed our solution is.