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Gong ranked #2 on LI's Top Startups

There can only be one logical explanation to this ranking... The gong tech has breached LinkedIn and is controlling their entire org.


Jokes aside, I'm so curious why a lot of you sales savages shit on these guys. Seems like they are blowing up, but if they are posting company wide LinkedIn's that is a bit cringe.


Anyway a couple notable companies on there, but heres the top 10:

  1. Better
  2. Gong
  3. Glossier
  4. Discord
  5. Brex
  6. Clubhouse
  7. Attentive
  8. Youth to the People
  9. Outreach
  10. MikMak
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UrAssIsSaaS
Politicker
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SaaS Eater
People shit on the way Gong reps act and are nauseating on LI. I think most people on here agree the company is doing really well, its just everything else that everyone on here hates.

That being said this is just a list of SaaS companies that paid LI to get on here.Β 
paddy
WR Officer
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Account Executive
I’m sus that the company is doing well. Seems like they’re just laundering human trafficking money to cook their books along with Seamless.ai
UrAssIsSaaS
Politicker
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SaaS Eater
Maybe the traffic their humans to seamless @WCKΒ can you investigate? You're our resident expert here.
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Sunbunny31
Politicker
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Sales Executive
I'm surely missing something wrt Gong.Β  Should I be spending more time on LI to see what's up?
UrAssIsSaaS
Politicker
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SaaS Eater
Spending more time in LI is never the answer or a good idea.Β 
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InQ5WeTrust
Arsonist
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Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
Their rate of growth is pretty impressive even if I would yeet most.of their employees into the sea.Β 

poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
1. Better - 7,285 employees
2. Gong - 803 employees
3. Glossier - 439 employees
4. Discord -1,243 employees
5. Brex - 857 employees
6. Clubhouse - 123 employees (REAL STARTUP)
7. Attentive - 1,009 employees
8. Youth to the People - 73 employees (REAL STARTUP)
9. Outreach - 1,161 employees
10. MikMak - 121 employees (REAL STARTUP)

Great list of SME and Enterprise companies with enough money/influence to get onto this list...nice to include three SMB/real startup companies in the list, too.
UrAssIsSaaS
Politicker
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SaaS Eater
This is such a spot on call out. I have a good number of friends that work at Samsara (#15 on this list and like 1500 employees) and they act like they are a startup still but have gone through 7 rounds of funding, raised almost $1 billion and are doing like $250 mil a year in revenue. That aint a startup.Β 
jefe
Politicker
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Sales Director
Not familiar with Samsara, but that's a ridiculous way to classify yourself at that point.
jefe
Politicker
+8
Sales Director
This is the second thing that struck me...

The term 'startup' is thrown around so loosely these days.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Startups, Scaleups, VentureUps (Series D+ like Toast...now Public)...it's so convoluted.
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Jewcan_Sam81
Politicker
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Account Executive
100%, the definition of startup is BS and doesn’t mean anything anymore
Justatitle
Politicker
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Mid Market AE
Gong is selling the shit out of their product and constantly making it better. The hate is derived from the cringe posts their reps have on LinkedIn (it’s a blend of influencer and bs) anyone would love to sell a product as in demand as Gong is right now.Β 
InQ5WeTrust
Arsonist
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Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
Clubhouse being on their is a joke and a half.Β 

Remains to be seen if they're anything.more than a flash in the pan.Β 
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Senior Account Executive
Exactly my first thought. How the hell is CH on the list? πŸ‘€
InQ5WeTrust
Arsonist
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Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
A clubhouse member wrote this.
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jefe
Politicker
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Sales Director
Yea that really struck me...
fidelcashflow
Valued Contributor
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Account Executive
Yup, agreeing with first comment. The product is great and I've literally used it at every startup. No denying that. The fucking people are beyond cringe. Makes me sick.
Diablo
Politicker
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AE
I'm not surprised. Not difficult to figure out how to get names on the list 😜.
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chadilac
Fire Starter
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Sales Director
I think people are sus of Gong because it makes it so they can’t hide anymore. All their shortcomings are out in the open. People don’t like being told they’re not as good as they thought, especially sales people.
Money
Valued Contributor
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Director of Enterprise Sales
OK, who let Amit Bendov in the War Room?

In all seriousness, def some prideful people who don't like having software telling them why they suck, but generally heard positive things from people who use it long term.

Gong has a great product that works. Their marketing strategy of swarming LinkedIn with blowhardy and cringey engagement pod bullshit is annoying when it clogs up your LinkedIn feed.
SaaSyBee
Politicker
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Sales Content Writer
I was obsessed with Gong for a long time. Our Head of Sales at my last company was always like, "Why can't we be more like Gong?!" V. annoying.

Good for them that they're blowing up. Just wondering how sustainable it'll be. Is their product really the best? Or is it just that their brand is everywhere?
BDMSam
Executive
+6
Business Development Manager
Really enjoying Gong, didn’t think I would - love the integration with Salesforce
goose
Politicker
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Sales Executive
I remember when Outreach was just starting and on the brink.Β  Cool to follow that company.
BlueJays2591
Politicker
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Business Development Manager
You would think Outreach would be higher on the list.Β 
DungeonsNDemos
Politicker
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AE of B2B
What does everyone think? Is this a way you would go about picking a company to sell for?Β 
Obviously this is a list you can (most likely) pay to get on, but these are companies looking to keep growing and stay in the limelight.
cw95
Politicker
+6
Pricing Executive
zoooooooomΒ 
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