Based on 20 years of sales experience, Experiment, Build, Scale is the go-to-market field guide for startup founders.
Startup founders often lament that there’s no playbook for building and scaling a sales function. All too often, it’s an experimental, improvisational process, in which any wrong move can lead to wasted time and capital. But in her 20 years building and scaling go-to-market teams, Stephanie Friedman has identified a set of steps that any B2B founder can take to build a successful sales organization.
This book is that playbook—a structured and repeatable methodology for building a high-performing sales function from a company's earliest days.
In Experiment, Build, Scale, Friedman lays out a systematic framework for building and managing a sales organization, from defining the repeatable sales motion and creating a sales playbook to hiring the right salespeople and managing the revenue engine. The book is divided into three phases of startup growth and offers actionable insights and tactics drawn from Friedman’s two decades of experience working with successful startups, both as an operator and as a board director and adviser to founders and CEOs.
Even if your company is tiny, you need to be preparing for a time when it won’t be. Experiment, Build, Scale is the go-to-market field guide for founders looking to scale from $0 to $100 million in annual sales, which often coincides with building the sales team from zero to 100 salespeople. The principles put forward in Experiment, Build, Scale allow startup founders and CEOs to implement a repeatable and predictable approach to selling their product—and, ultimately, building a generational company—from day one.
About the Author
Stephanie Friedman is an investor, advisor, and startup executive with 20 years of go-to-market operations experience, with a focus on enterprise software. Previously, Friedman helped build three successful startups as an operator and revenue leader, and after one acquisition stayed on for two years to manage operations for a $380 million business as part of a public company. She joined her last startup, Xamarin, in 2012 as their first non-engineering hire and built the customer-facing organization from zero to 100 sales and customer success people and $0 to almost $50 million in run rate sales in less than four years. Xamarin was acquired by Microsoft in 2016. Friedman has lived and worked in six countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Paraguay, and the US), is fluent in five languages, and has an MBA in international business. She lives in California.