Lessons from Sentry on scaling DevTools and finding product market fit (again) | Milin Desai (Sentry, VMware, Riverbed)
Episode 129

Lessons from Sentry on scaling DevTools and finding product market fit (again) | Milin Desai (Sentry, VMware, Riverbed)

Milin Desai is the CEO at Sentry, an application monitoring tool for developers. Sentry has recently passed two key milestones: 100K customers and over $100M in ARR. Before Sentry, Milin was a GM at VMware and scaled their cloud networking into a billion-dollar business. Prior to stepping into leadership roles,

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Milin Desai is the CEO at Sentry, an application monitoring tool for developers. Sentry has recently passed two key milestones: 100K customers and over $100M in ARR. Before Sentry, Milin was a GM at VMware and scaled their cloud networking into a billion-dollar business. Prior to stepping into leadership roles, Milin was a PM at Riverbed and a software engineer at Veritas.

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Timestamps:

(00:00) Introduction

(03:03) Joining Sentry as an external CEO

(06:27) The CEO/founder relationship

(09:37) Lessons from VMware

(13:04) What PMs did differently at VMware

(18:04) Becoming the need, not the want

(20:53) Scaling Sentry

(23:07) Building for the “Fortune 500,000”

(27:02) Open versus closed source product

(30:43) The key ingredients to Sentry’s success

(36:21) How Milin updated his playbook at Sentry

(38:49) Focus on packaging, not pricing

(40:29) “Build for the many, not the few”

(41:53) Sentry’s B2D model

(45:10) The second product mindset

(51:03) Contrarian take on building for enterprise

(52:50) Several people who influenced Milin