Visual Stories that Sell (Video + Transcript)

Well-known storytellers, Jason Katz – Chief Storyteller @ Pixar, and Peter Arvai – Co-Founder & CEO @ Prezi, held a powerful session on all things storytelling at SaaStr Annual 2018. Are you struggling with telling your founder story or pitching to VCs? These two provide valuable insights into actionable ways to improve your storytelling skills. Also, don’t miss out on discounted prices for SaaStr Annual 2019 tickets. Transcript   Peter Arvai: Hello everyone. Great to see you all and thanks for joining this session on visual stories that. My name is Peter Arvai. I’m the CEO and co-founder of Prezi. Our users have created the world’s largest database of publicly available presentations. We’re the only company that’s competing with PowerPoint and Google and Apple version of slides and we do something completely different where you can put all your images on one canvas and show the relationships between the ideas Continue reading "Visual Stories that Sell (Video + Transcript)"

Top 5 Reasons to Come to the SaaStr Annual 2019


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 a the same state of startup terror or euphoria.  
While SaaStr Annual has massively grown over the past few years, from 1,600 in 2015 to 12,500 in 2019, 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 to say below. And though there are many great reasons to
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Thank you Brite Media Group, Vettery, BlueSnap, and Aspire Systems for sponsoring SaaStr Annual

Our events team is hard at work putting the finishing touches on SaaStr Annual 2019! For newcomers and alumni attendees alike, you won’t want to miss the 5th SaaStr Annual as it will be the biggest and best one yet. This year we’re taking over all of the San Jose Convention Center and surrounding areas, and just announced ‘SaaStr Nights’ — more on that here, but it will be a huge block party exclusively for Annual attendees.   But we couldn’t put on an event at the size and scale of SaaStr, if it wasn’t for partners like Brite Media Group, Vettery, BlueSnap, and Aspire Systems. They are in great company with the likes of Zoom, Intercom, Google Cloud and many others. If you sell to B2B founders and executives — you need to sponsor the Annual and talk to our team now as bronze and diamond level sponsorships are already
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New This Year at Annual! SaaStr Nights! 10 Venues. 4 City Blocks. 100% All Fun.

We’ve worked out a formula the past 5 years at SaaStr Annual.com, with a “Big Party” for everyone on Wednesday night, and break-out parties on Tuesday night, and smaller evening gatherings on Monday (before kick-off) and Thursday (last day). The Tuesday night parties have always been fun but a bit chaotic as we’ve struggled to figure out how to host them, where, etc.  So we’re rebooting it all this year to make things much better. We’re adding “SaaStr Nights”.  On Tuesday Feb 5, we’re shutting down four entire blocks, the entire San Jose Arts District, which is next door to the venue.  Just for us.  The best and coolest part of the city will be All SaaStr (more or less) and 10+ cool venues all on the same street and block will be reserved just for SaaStr Annual attendees that evening.  Even venue will
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Plivo, Sage Intacct, Data Grail, Smartling, Bolstra, Crossbeam, and 2Checkout Become the Latest SaaStr Annual Partners!

We wanted to give a special shout-out to some of our newest partners for SaaStr Annual 2019. At the 5th ever SaaStr Annual, 12,500+ SaaS executives, founders, and VCs will come together for the largest non-vendor SaaS conference on the planet. Our Bronze sponsorships are now SOLD OUT with Gold sponsorships soon to follow! If you’re even thinking about kick-starting your marketing goals in 2019 with the Annual, get in touch with team SaaStr now before all the booths are taken. SaaStr is happy to have Plivo as a partner! Plivo is a communications platform that enables businesses to connect, engage and interact with their customers. Simplifying the notorious complexity of telecom by offering simple and enterprise-grade building blocks. Plivo’s infrastructure handles billions of voice calls and messages every year from businesses around the world. The  Plivo team wanted to say “Hi” and invites you to come to their booth
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Bessemer Venture Partners Adds Pitch Hours Before the SaaStr Really Big Holiday Party!

Hopefully you’ve grabbed your tickets for the SaaStr Big Holiday Party on November 15 — grab ’em here!  We already have 620+ top founders, VCs and CEOs coming. We’ll go from 3pm for mentoring and content sessions through 9pm+ with the big band and cocktails and bowling and more. Byron Deeter and Jason Lemkin will talk about the State of the Cloud at the Party, but before that, Bessemer Venture Partners, fresh off raising a new $1.9 billion fund (!), will be doing pitches with start-ups that apply with their Cloud Team, backers of Twilio, Sendgrid, and 100+ more cloud leaders! Submit your pitch here: The post Bessemer Venture Partners Adds Pitch Hours Before the SaaStr Really Big Holiday Party! appeared first on SaaStr.

Olivier Pomel, CEO of Datadog: How to Build and Sell a Product that Customers Love (Video + Transcript)

 Co-Founder at Plato, Jean-Baptiste Coger (JB), held a session with CEO at Datadog, Olivier Pomel, at SaaStr Europa. Pomel focuses his talk on making your SaaS startup customer-centric. He talks about how event marketing has helped him integrate his engineering and sales teams. He also talks about product managers and ways to utilize them effectively. Lastly, he provides his piece of advice to all founders that are looking to become customer-centric. What’s your take? Also, if you didn’t attend SaaStr Europa, we’re having it again in 2019. Don’t miss out on the chance to get your tickets. 🙂 Transcript CEO @ Datadog | Olivier Pomel
Co-Founder @ Plato | Jean-Baptiste Coger JB: My name is JB, I’m one of the founders of PLATO. So I start with a simple question. How many of you guys’ product rely on the highly functioning engineering team? Yeah, everyone, right? So that’s pretty Continue reading "Olivier Pomel, CEO of Datadog: How to Build and Sell a Product that Customers Love (Video + Transcript)"

SaaStr Annual 2019 Will Rock! Check Out the Agenda and Sessions

saastr annual 2019 agenda It’s here! The day eager SaaStr superfans have been waiting for — that’s right, we’re giving you the first look at the SaaStr Annual 2019 Agenda and Sessions! For the 5th ever SaaStr Annual, we’re going bigger and better than ever before with more speakers, content, space … basically more of everything you loved about coming to SaaStr Annual in previous years. In 2019, we’ll have 5 stages and a bonus AMA stage, with more seating in +40 hours of sessions at our new space— the San Jose Convention Center. 100 speakers have already been added to our incredible lineup, and we’re just getting warmed up! With so many new Unicorn speakers coming to share their story with the SaaStr community, trust us when we say you won’t want to miss the great content. Here’s how the SaaStr Annual 2019 agenda is shaping up so far: Day 1 will be devoted Continue reading "SaaStr Annual 2019 Will Rock! Check Out the Agenda and Sessions"

Best Practices in Customer Success in 2018: Maximizing Revenue, NPS and Happiness (Video + Transcript)

This session with leaders in the customer success space discusses best practices for your customer success teams in 2018. They talk about when to hire your VP of Customer Success, qualities to look for in your team and how to ask for feedback at the best times in the customer journey. After all, Jason Lemkin says 90% of your revenue goes into customer success. Also, if you didn’t attend SaaStr Europa, we’re having it again in 2019. Be sure to grab tickets before October 1st because prices will be going up come November 1st. This is your very last chance to grab tickets starting at $199! Transcript Katherine Barrios | CMO @ Xeneta Emilia D’Anzica | Principal @ Customer Growth Advisors Sue Doris | Director of Marketing & Customer Experience @ M4 Communications Sue Doris: Hello everybody! How’s everybody doing? If you’re in the right place, this is Very Best Continue reading "Best Practices in Customer Success in 2018: Maximizing Revenue, NPS and Happiness (Video + Transcript)"

Thanks to OFI, Aircall, Spiff, Jupiter and Gainsight for Sponsoring the Annual!

We wanted to give a special shout-out to some of our newest sponsors for SaaStr Annual 2019. At the 5th ever SaaStr Annual, +60 of the best and hottest companies on earth will go BIG as partners/sponsors. Only 1 Diamond and 1 Platinum Sponsorship are left. They will be taken by the end of October. Join these incredible companies to experience all the value of SaaStr! Aircall is an alumni sponsor and empowers teams to ace every call with a phone system specifically built for their favorite business tools. With no need to hire special technicians or purchase fancy equipment. All you need is an internet connection, a computer and a headset, hence is why Aircall has been trusted by over 3,000 companies worldwide. PS — Gus from Aircall wanted to say “Hi”!   Spiff is an online platform for incentivizing your commissioned employees. Spiff gets you out of spreadsheet manual
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