The Top 6 Reasons to Come to SaaStr Annual 2018

Top 6 Reasons to Buy Tickets to SaaStr Annual 2018 There’s something really magical that happens when you gather with your peers. People with the same interests, the same challenges, the same unknowns.  Folks who not only understand you, but also thrive in the same state of startup terror or euphoria.   While SaaStr Annual has massively grown over the past few years, from 2,000 in 2015 to 5,000 in 2016, doubling to 10K in 2017, (and expecting over 10K in 2018), the core of what makes it great remains the same – gather with your tribe, share that knowing nod, and learn from each other. Unless you’ve been there, it’s really hard to explain how electric the atmosphere is.  It is, after all, a conference with founders talking about the scintillating topic of enterprise software. It should be a snoozefest, and yet, it’s anything but.   But don’t take our word for it, check out what your peers had
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Building the Foundation for Growth in SaaS – Matt Straz, CEO of Namely + David Skok, GP at Matrix (Video)

Earlier this month, we kicked off the SaaStr Speaker Series in NYC at Work-Bench’s beautiful office in Union Square with Matt Straz, CEO of Namely, and David Skok, General Partner at Matrix Partners. Both were highly rated speakers at the SaaStr Annual this year, so we were excited to have them join us for a more intimate session on Building the Foundation for Growth in SaaS. Given the hundreds of founders from NYC that came out for the SaaStr Annual in February, we knew the SaaStr community was strong here, but the turnout exceeded our expectations. With over 200 people present, the energy level was high and you could feel the excitement in the room about the growing SaaS ecosystem in NYC. Below are 4 takeaways from the conversation with Matt and David, but check out the video of the entire conversation below for even more great learnings.

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Building the Foundation for Growth in SaaS - Jason Lemkin, Matt Straz, David Skok at the SaaStr Speaker Series NYC
Building the Foundation for Growth in SaaS - Jason Lemkin, Matt Straz, David Skok at the SaaStr Speaker Series NYC
Building the Foundation for Growth in SaaS - Jason Lemkin, Matt Straz, David Skok at the SaaStr Speaker Series NYC
Building the Foundation for Growth in SaaS - Jason Lemkin, Matt Straz, David Skok at the SaaStr Speaker Series NYC
Building the Foundation for Growth in SaaS - Jason Lemkin, Matt Straz, David Skok at the SaaStr Speaker Series NYC
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SaaStr CSS Meetup & Speaker Series #005 THIS WEDNESDAY! 5/10: Sameer Dholakia/SendGrid + Ajay Agarwal/Bain Capital Ventures

How to Build a Highly Capital Efficient SaaS Company with Sameer Dholakia, CEO, SendGrid, and Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures as the SaaStr CoSelling Space in San Francisco. May 10, 2017. The SaaStr CSS Speaker Series is back ― and it’s going to be a good one! Come join us this Wednesday, May 10th from 5:30-8:00pm for a night full of learnings from Sameer Dholakia, CEO of Pre-IPO SendGrid, and Ajay Agarwal, Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures. SaaStr CoSelling Space CSS Speaker SeriesSameer and Ajay were both very popular speakers at the ’16 and ’17 Annuals and we’re excited to have them at the SaaStr CoSelling Space this week for a more intimate deep dive!  We’ll take a fun look back at how SendGrid grew from $0 to $100m+ ARR in a capital efficient fashion, delve into lessons learned in B2D markets as you scale, and explore the IPO markets. Expect to learn about the model that drives SendGrid’s killer inbound machine and low CAC, ways SaaS companies can prioritize growth without sacrificing profitability ― at any stage, and a whole lot more. We’ll start with our signature craft cocktails and networking, and we’ll save plenty of time for Q&A
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SaaStr is moderating a webcast tomorrow with Zenefits, Square, and Salesforce! “The Future of Small Business Innovation”

The Future of Small Business Innovation - Salesforce Webcast with SaaStr, Zenefits, Square It’s no accident that some of the world’s most innovative companies are also some of the most successful. Tune in tomorrow as Jason moderates a panel discussion on Salesforce LIVE! with speakers from Zenefits, Salesforce, Square and the Small Business Administration. We’ll be diving into the future of small business innovation, and some of the folks who’ve done it best will share how innovation has propelled the growth of their companies. We’ll explore why some businesses are “better” at innovating than others, whether innovation should be incremental or consist of larger efforts, and discuss some of the trends affecting innovation today. You’ll learn tips for fostering creativity at your own company and for making innovation a central and scalable part of your culture. Sign up here and join us at 11:30AM PDT tomorrow!

Panelists:

1 – Jamie Domenici, VP SMB Marketing at Salesforce
2 – Kevin Burke, Sales and Marketing Lead, Square
3 – Jeff Carr, CRO, Zenefits

Want to Speak at SaaStr Annual 2018? Here’s Your Chance.

Join the ranks of SaaS greats and legends, like Jeff Lawson, Leyla Seka, Josh James, and more. Be in front of 20,000 SaaS fanatics and experts at SaaStr Annual 2018! That’s right, the call for speakers is here and all the details are below! Read on for your opportunity to contribute to the SaaS community. 4284

Who are you?

You’re a founder, CEO, CXO, or VP of an early, growth, or scale stage SaaS company. You’re not your company’s pitch person – we’re looking for your unique perspective and opinions, not a demo of your product (no matter how great it is). Your content needs to be around solving a familar problem and how you did it, not what you did it with. The key: you want to share the non-Google-able answers to questions. We’re very committed to gender and racial diversity, even more than 2017. We’ll be offering speaker training
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SaaStr expands to NYC, here’s why.

I’m excited to announce I have joined the SaaStr Fund as a Venture Partner in NYC.  To introduce myself, I spent 5 years in operating roles in BD/Sales/Marketing at two different startups, including some time at Box in it’s very early days. Over the last few years, I have been an investor and advisor to SaaS companies both personally and through Acceleprise, a SaaS focused accelerator I started in San Francisco.  My family and I recently moved to the NYC area and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity ahead.  Here are 5 reasons it makes sense to plant the SaaStr flag in NYC:
  1.      Great SaaS companies are being built everywhere. The SaaStr Annual in February had 10K+ people attend across thousands of companies and it will probably double next year. This year, 78% came from outside the Bay Area and hundreds from NYC.
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