SaaS Series : Navigating the Global Ambition: A Roadmap for SaaS Expansion to the USA

Roshni Mohandas
3 min readJan 17, 2024

The Global Ambition

In the realm of SaaS, harboring a global ambition is a common thread that binds us all. But how do we navigate this journey efficiently? I firmly believe the U.S. market stands out as the prime destination for SaaS companies. That said, India’s burgeoning market cannot be ignored, serving as an excellent training ground before taking on the U.S.

The Starting Line: Getting Fit

The first step in this ambitious journey is ensuring your business is in peak condition. For us, this meant a rigorous due diligence process for our CCPS, which helped resolve many operational and financial issues. This kind of internal ‘fitness’ is essential for any company eyeing global expansion.

Structural Considerations: C Corp and Beyond

Based on insights from a session with KPMG in the Bay Area, the C corp structure emerges as a preferred choice among investors here. However, registering in Singapore is also a popular option for many Indian companies. The key is to maintain clarity, especially in financial and tax matters.

Creating an India Advantage

What unique value can your company bring from India? For us, it’s about identifying and capitalizing on this ‘India advantage’. It’s crucial to develop your product and go-to-market (GTM) strategies with a focus on the most lucrative markets.

Understanding Your Ecosystem

Knowing your ecosystem is critical. What is the highest value proposition you offer? Analyze the current leaders in your sector, understand their strengths, and learn from the companies that failed to scale. Identifying clear trends and needs is essential for forming strategic partnerships.

The Terrain: Case Study Approach

Observe how successful companies have navigated this terrain. Utilizing tools like LinkedIn, Lusha, and Survey Sparrow for outreach, and platforms like Capterra and G2 for visibility, can offer valuable insights.

The Launch: Gaining Traction

Launching in a new market requires discipline and visibility. Leverage top-tier incubators and accelerators such as YC, Techstars, Alchemist, and FalconX (to which I am currently pitching). In my case, strategic programs with entities like Unilever have been invaluable. Establishing a world-class digital presence and building trust through angels, mentors, and advisors are crucial steps. Remember, your first customers are akin to the Starship Enterprises; choose them wisely.

Initial Positioning and Team Dynamics

Your first hire in the USA should not be a salesperson; instead, look for someone with a co-founder’s mindset. Embrace diversity in thinking and team composition. This is key to understanding and penetrating the U.S. market.

Sustaining Momentum: Quality over Quantity

In the U.S., the focus is not just on ARR, but on the quality of ARR. It’s about building sustainable, scalable revenue streams.

Cross-Border Culture and Fundraising Challenges

Creating a cross-border culture is challenging. It’s important to foster a sense of connection among team members across different locations. Raising funds in the U.S. can be tough, but it’s not impossible. Focus on the sellability and capabilities of your team.

Final Thoughts: Be Thoughtful, Be Strategic

If you’re unable to raise funds quickly, it could become problematic. Therefore, approach your expansion with careful thought and strategy. Remember, the journey to global success is not just about reaching new markets; it’s about thriving in them.

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Roshni Mohandas

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