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Saad Farooq

Saad Farooq

Director of Revenue Operations / Customer Care, DigitalOcean

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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
Depends on what parts of the organization your RevOps team Support. When you hire internally from the teams that you want to Support, these people can help you realize problems that your team needs to solve before someone else has to ask for them. If I wanted to go on to join the RevOps team, I'd start by looking at items that the team is operationalizing for my specific function (it could be Marketing, Sales, Support, anything) and learn the ins and out of it. 
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
There are a variety of ways that revenue operations teams can communicate updates and activities to the rest of the company. Some potential options could include: 1. Regular meetings: Scheduling regular meetings with relevant teams and stakeholders can be an effective way to share updates and discuss ongoing projects and initiatives. These meetings could be held in person or remotely, depending on the needs of the team. 2. Company-wide updates: Sharing updates with the entire company through channels such as email newsletters or all-hands meetings can help ensure that everyone is aware of what the revenue operations team is working on and how it aligns with the broader goals of the organization. 3. Collaboration tools: Using collaboration tools such as project management software or document sharing platforms can help revenue operations teams share updates and collaborate with other teams in real-time. 4. Internal communications channels: Leveraging internal communication channels such as company-wide chat platforms or intranet sites can help revenue operations teams share updates and communicate with other teams in an efficient and convenient way. Ultimately, the best approach for communicating updates and activities will depend on the needs and preferences of your team and the organization as a whole. It may be helpful to experiment with different approaches and gather feedback to determine the most effective methods for your team.
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
For me, at any organization and in any role, the most important alignment is the one with the overall Organization's goals. The strategy should be dynamic and it should continue to evolve. The tasks your team performs on day to day will change as your strategy evolves. However, it is important that all you are doing is serving those org-level goals. In my previous life, we had YoY growth as a north star metric. Lately, I have seen mature orgs putting Net Revenue Retention (NRR) on top of their scorecards. I try and tie all the tactics that my team is implementing with that north-star metric to stay aligned with the business goals. 
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
As a company scales and grows, the skills and expertise needed in the team may evolve and change. When looking to hire additional team members, it can be helpful to consider a variety of skills and experiences that complement and differ from those of your current team. Some skills and experiences that may be helpful to consider as you scale your team could include: 1. Specialized expertise: As your company grows and takes on new projects, you may need team members with specialized expertise in specific areas, such as data analysis, machine learning, or cybersecurity. 2. Leadership experience: As you scale your team, you may need to hire team members who have experience leading and managing others, either as managers or as team leads. 3. Cross-functional skills: It can be helpful to have team members who have skills and experience in a variety of different functional areas, such as marketing, sales, and product development. This can help ensure that your team has a diverse set of perspectives and can tackle a wide range of challenges. 4. Diverse backgrounds: A diverse team with a variety of backgrounds and experiences can bring a range of perspectives and approaches to problem-solving, which can be especially valuable as your company grows and takes on new challenges. Ultimately, the specific skills and experiences that you look for as you scale your team will depend on the needs and goals of your company, as well as the specific roles and responsibilities of the positions you are looking to fill.
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
My preference is to hire internally from Support roles. It can be Customer Service, Analysts in Operations, Data teams or coordinators, and ICs and Proj / Program office. Cross-functional collaboration is a very important skill required in any RevOps role, and if you have served one or more parts of the organization, institutional knowledge is a valuable asset. This allows a very short ramp-up time and a ton of valuable insight that only an insider can have. This also provides a career path for Support roles in your organization. 
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
When expanding a revenue operations team from one to multiple people, it can be helpful to establish a set of key processes to ensure that the team is able to operate efficiently and effectively. Some potential processes to consider could include: 1. Task management: Setting up a system for managing and tracking tasks can help ensure that team members are aware of their responsibilities and can work effectively towards common goals. 2. Communication and collaboration: Establishing clear channels for communication and collaboration can help team members stay informed about ongoing projects and initiatives, and can facilitate the exchange of ideas and feedback. 3. Performance tracking and evaluation: Setting up processes for tracking and evaluating team performance can help ensure that the team is meeting its objectives and can identify areas for improvement. 4. Training and development: Providing training and development opportunities can help team members acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their roles and can support the overall growth and development of the team. 5. Team culture and engagement: Establishing a positive team culture and engaging with team members can help foster a sense of belonging and purpose, and can be especially important as the team grows and evolves. Ultimately, the specific processes that you set up will depend on the needs and goals of your team and organization. It may be helpful to consult with team members and other stakeholders to determine the processes that will be most effective for your team.
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
I have seen it done the other way around even in my own case. I started with Content & marketing before I went to Business Development and eventually landed in Support and Success. Now as a RevOps leader, I understand each of these functions enough to support operations in each of these teams. So at a Leadership level, I'd prefer someone who has done some of it, if not all, and then is able to oversee all of this. If I were to start from RevOps and then specialize in one of the fields, I'd start with Data or Business Systems and then venture into the field whose processes I liked operationalizing the most.
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
Any tool that allows you to analyze large sets of data. When dealing with hundreds of millions in revenue, and hundreds of thousands of customers, data is your only true guide and best friend. You can 10x your potential as a RevOps leader as you become better at being able to analyze large sets of data. 
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
Start with identifying what parts of the organization your RevOps team will be supporting. Then find the resources in each of these teams you will be supporting to either become your stakeholders and partners or if you do have the option to hire, bring them into your org. When you hire internally from the teams that you want to Support, these people can help you realize problems that your team needs to solve before someone else has to ask for them. 
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Saad Farooq
Saad Farooq
DigitalOcean Director of Revenue Operations / Customer CareJanuary 5
Scaling a revenue operations team beyond the first revenue operations manager can be a complex process, as it involves balancing the needs of the team with the goals and constraints of the business. Here are a few tips that may be helpful as you scale your revenue operations team: 1. Define clear roles and responsibilities: As you bring on additional team members, it's important to define clear roles and responsibilities for each team member to ensure that everyone understands their scope of work and how their efforts fit into the overall goals of the team. 2. Establish processes and systems: To ensure that your team can operate efficiently and effectively as it grows, it's important to establish clear processes and systems for managing tasks, tracking progress, and communicating with other teams and stakeholders. 3. Foster collaboration and teamwork: Encouraging collaboration and teamwork among team members can help ensure that everyone is working towards common goals and can support one another as the team grows. 4. Invest in training and development: Providing training and development opportunities for your team can help ensure that team members have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their roles, and can also help build a culture of continuous learning and improvement. 5. Focus on team culture and engagement: Building a positive team culture and engaging with team members can help foster a sense of belonging and purpose, which can be especially important as you scale the team and bring on new team members.
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Director of Revenue Operations / Customer Care at DigitalOcean
Revenue Operations AMA Contributor
Knows About Customer Success Operations, Customer Success / Revenue Ops Alignment, Establishing t...more