History of Public SaaS Valuations | PVC SaaS Index

Aman Verjee
6 min readJun 11, 2020


  • Practical Venture Capital has developed a new proprietary index of publicly traded SaaS companies: the PVC SaaS Index™
  • This index tracks the EV / LTM multiple of a basket of 80 SaaS companies in five different verticals
  • This multiple has generally been in a range of 5-8x since 2013, with a brief period below (the “SaaS Crash of 2016") and a recent run above
  • SaaS multiples dipped to 7.4x at the end of Q1 2020, but rebounded to a new all-time high of 8.7x at the end of May


Software as a Service (“SaaS”) has been around longer than the cool new “cloud.” It shares some aspects of cloud computing, but its focus tends to be clearer: SaaS is simply the delivery of software applications over the Internet from a server that’s hosted by the SaaS provider somewhere far away.

The first true SaaS startups was probably Concur Technologies, a Bellevue, WA-based provider of travel and expense management services to businesses that was founded by Steve Singh in 1993. Concur began by selling floppy disks and CD-ROMs of expense software in computer software stores. In 1996, they started selling software licenses directly to enterprises, and went public on this model in 1998. Soon after the crash of 2001, the startup’s market cap totaled only $8M.

The category went dark for a while during the 2000–2002 downturn. Concur’s story ends up fine: they evolved…



Aman Verjee

Former C-suite at PayPal, Sonos, eBay. Now general partner & founder at Practical VC, a secondary venture capital fund.