Salesforce chairman, co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff took a lot of big chances when he launched the company 20 years ago. For starters, his was one of the earliest enterprise SaaS companies, but he wasn’t just developing a company on top of a new platform, he was building one from scratch with social responsibility built-in.
When it comes to a cloud success story, Snowflake checks all the boxes. It’s a SaaS product going after industry giants. It has raised bushels of cash and grown extremely rapidly — and the story is continuing to develop for the cloud data lake company.
In September, Snowflake’s co-founder and president of product Benoit Dageville will join us at our inaugural TechCrunch Sessions: Enterprise event on September 5 in San Francisco.
Dageville founded the company in 2012 with Marcin Zukowski and Thierry Cruanes with a mission to bring the database, a market that had been dominated for decades by Oracle, to the cloud. Later, the company began focusing on data lakes or data warehouses, massive collections of data, which had been previously stored on premises. The idea of moving these elements to the cloud was a pretty radical notion in 2012.
It began by supporting its products on AWS, and
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.
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:
Interesting, actionable content
Jason Lemkin in an informal one-on-one conversation with Eoghan McCabe, CEO of Intercom.
A panel featuring SaaStr CRO Dayna Rothman, LeadGenius CEO Mark Godley + more TBA will talk all things sales and marketing comp.
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:
Marc Duioane, President of Zuora. Fresh off Zuora’s IPO,
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
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
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!