About Last Night: What We Learned at SaaStr’s Spring Soiree

We had a blast at SaaStr’s Spring Soiree at our new(ish) Co-Selling Space home last night. There were grilled cheese sandwiches paired with tomato soup from American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, delicious cocktails served with flair from Sharpshooters, and swag bags filled with goodies for every attendee. By far, the highlight of the evening was the content, as we saw Intercom CEO Eoghan McCabe join Jason Lemkin onstage for an informal fireside chat, while our CRO Dayna Rothman led a panel on marketing, sales, and SDR compensation with The Bridge Group’s Sally Duby and Mixpanel’s VP, Marketing Emma Dunstone. This morning on Twitter, Jason shared his own learnings from his chat with Eoghan. Continue reading "About Last Night: What We Learned at SaaStr’s Spring Soiree"

The SaaStr Superhero Awards: Honoring the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Tech

It’s no secret that women who work in technology often turn out to be statistical underdogs. Even though women make up more than half of the total US workforce, they fill less than 20% of the country’s tech jobs. And these statistics look even worse from a leadership perspective—only 5% of startups are run by female founders, and as of a few years ago, women held just 11% of the executive positions in Silicon Valley. Suffice it to say, there’s a LOT of room for improvement and a clear need to bring to the surface and recognize the incredible contributions of the fearless women in technology who are leading their fields. Introducing the 2019 SaaStr Superhero Awards to honor up-and-coming women leaders in the tech world who are putting themselves out there, making an impact, and paving the way for all other aspiring young ladies who need more women industry Continue reading "The SaaStr Superhero Awards: Honoring the Next Generation of Women Leaders in Tech"

Grilled Cheeses, Cocktails & Content: What to Expect at SaaStr’s Spring Soiree

saastr-spring-soiree Next Thursday, from 4-8 p.m., we’re opening up the SaaStr office and Co-Selling Space for the world (or our small corner of it, anyway) to see. We’ll have plenty of goodies to offer our guests, along with a plethora of rockstar speakers and the unique opportunity to network with like-minded peers and mentors from throughout the SaaS community. We’re welcoming one and all to SaaStr’s San Francisco Spring Soiree. Below, we highlight the big things attendees can expect at our May 10th event in SF’s SOMA neighborhood:

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We’re Up to 900 Attendees Now for SaaStr Europa! Zuora, UiPath, Anaplan and More Added as Speakers!

We’re up to ~900 total attendees for our first SaaStr Europa now in Paris!  We’re capped at about 1,000, although we may be able to squeeze a few more in. This will be a 1+1+1 day event, with our main full day on Friday 15 June, a kick off party on 14 June at The Family, and a VC-Founder Morning and Half-Day on June 16 with August Capital, Insight, Accel, Point 9, and other SaaS leaders.  We have extra tickets set aside just for founder/VC day if you want to get funded or learn how to, so sign up here! We have room for 3 more sponsors — click here if interested.  The lead quality should be very high if you sell to CEOs and founders of B2B companies. We’re also continuing to add great final speakers:

We’re Setting Aside 1,000 Diversity + Inclusion Tickets for 2019 SaaStr Annual. APPLY NOW!

We’re proud to have > 60% women and multicultural speakers at the 2018 SaaStr Annual, and we hope to meet or exceed that in 2019. But our bigger goal is to drive our attendees to similar levels of inclusion and diversity.  Our 2018 attendee Diversity and Inclusion program was fully subscribed and worked well, so we want to go even bigger this year on a number of levels. In further of those goals, we’re going big and setting aside 1,000 full, no-cost passes to the 2019 SaaStr Annual for applications to our Diversity and Inclusion program. Yes, it’s early, but we’re planning for 12,500+ folks this year for the ’19 Annual Feb 5-7, so we need to start early to hit our aggressive goals. Please apply now here!  As crazy as it sounds, all 1,000 will be spoken for.  We’ll assign them in batches of about 100
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We’ve Reserved 100+ Tickets for the SaaStr Europa Inclusion Program — Please Apply!!

We will sell out early for SaaStr Europa on 15 June in Paris so we’ll start dribbling out the remaining tickets after April 1.  We have room for ~1000 folks at the venue, the Hotel InterContinental Paris – Le Grand in Paris. However, we are saving 100+ tickets for our Diversity and Inclusion Program. We need the best women and under-represented founders and executives with us in Paris.  Please apply here if you can come for a no-cost ticket. And if you want to come in general, try to grab a ticket now in March while there is still room.   We already have 500+ spots taken and we haven’t even kicked off promotions, etc. for real yet.  Don’t complain when all the tickets are long gone. And if you want to help sponsor this inclusion initiative, let us know.  We would love a sponsor that
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5 Reasons to Include SaaStr Europa in Your Spring Travel Plans

Imagine yourself sipping champagne and dining on a deliciously authentic bowl of french onion soup while listening to Jason Lemkin talk SaaS in the heart of Paris. Sounds pretty friggin’ awesome, right?! Well, thankfully, we made this pipe dream into a reality with SaaStr Europa–which takes place this year in June at the incredible Intercontinental Paris Le Grand. I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in. We are bringing SaaStr and Silicon Valley to the heart of one of the most amazing cities in the world. Whether you are from the US and need that perfect excuse to take that long overdue trip to Europe, or you live close by, SaaStr Europa is shaping up to be an incredible event. OK, so why should you go and what should you expect?

1. Content, Content, and Content–Bringing the Best of SaaS to Paris!

The foundation of the SaaStr
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Speaking Submissions for SaaStr Europa are open!

Ooh là là! Nous allons à Paris! – We are hosting our first-ever SaaStr Europa this coming June in Paris, France! We’re so excited to taking SaaStr on the road, and bringing the stories from the leaders in SaaS to a brand new location in just a few months! This will be a jam-packed, one day event taking place in the heart of Paris at the Intercontinental Hotel. We will have a full day of sessions, sponsors, networking, fantastic food, and of course some evening activities. The best of SaaStr Annual, now in Paris! We are looking for 15 – 20 speakers for this one day event, that are willing to travel to France for June 15th and want to share their learnings, expertise, and success stories with 800+ attendees. See SaaStr Annual 2018 speakers here. If you’re interested, please read our editorial requirements here. Then fill out the form Continue reading "Speaking Submissions for SaaStr Europa are open!"

5 Ways to Create More Meaningful Connections at SaaStr Annual 2018

Post written by Plato HQ.  The excitement is palpable—in just a few short days, thousands of founders, executives, and VCs will be gathering in San Francisco to share their stories, exchange ideas, and meet like-minded folks at the SaaStr Annual event from February 6–8. But if you’ve attended this event (or one like it) in the past, you know that making meaningful connections can be tricky. Sure, you might strike up a conversation with the person next to you in a session or at your lunch table, but it can be difficult to get into a deep conversation when you’re squeezing everything into a minute or two. So we thought, why leave it up to chance? We’ve put together a few tips to help you strategize your SaaStr Annual experience this year so you can build more meaningful connections.

1. Make time to go on a “Braindate”

Join one
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Announcing our Opening Keynotes: Slack and TechCrunch

In less than two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the fourth annual SaaStr Annual conference at the Hilton Union Square in downtown San Francisco in front of our audience of 10,000. We have 200 speakers and 60 hours of content over the course of three days, featuring the top leaders in SaaS. Today, we’re proud to announce the speakers kicking off our conference on the main stage on Tuesday morning. Starting the conference off is Slack’s CEO and Founder, Stewart Butterfield, alongside Forbes reporter, Alex Konrad. Both have graced our stages previously, and we are over the moon to have them back for 2018. Stewart was one of our very first speakers back in 2015 at the first SaaStr Annual conference, right as Slack took center stage, changing and completely transforming the way teams communicate and work together. Who doesn’t know and use Slack daily? It has become synonymous with
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