John Rush

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  1. Make sure you're ready to work nearly full-time on the project right after acquisition. There is no "runs on autopilot" thing in SaaS world. Most likely, the original founder was grinding on it every day. Users will be disappointed if that stops and churn will be big.
  2. Study tech debt of the product and its uptime. The uptime is the most crucial. Most SaaS tools don't even know their stats on uptime. So, ask them to set uptime monitoring and wait for a few months to see what it looks like.
  3. Don't push founders to work on it after acquistion. Even if the founder says Okay. There is no motivation in the founder's heart anymore. Let founders go 100% out of the business after the deal. Only use the founder for Q&A.

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