SaaStr Annual 2019 takes place February 5–7, 2019, in San Jose. The conference brings together some of the best minds in the SaaS space today, helping founders, executives and entrepreneurs tackle the challenges of scaling and growing their SaaS companies.
We’re already excited about the lineup of speakers at this year’s event, including these 15 must-see presenters.
Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight
One of the best routes to success is to train the people you have. As CEO of Pluralsight, Aaron Skonnard has been helping companies close critical skills gaps and innovate via technology learning since 2004. Today, Skonnard divides his time between working closely with Pluralsight’s executive teams and speaking at events around the world, including this year’s SaaStr.
This year, Aaron Skonnard will share his insight in a session titled “Taking a $4B Company from B2B to B2C2B and B2B” on Tuesday, February 5, at 1:00 p.m.
Allie Janoch, CEO of Mapistry
Allie Janoch’s passion for hiking inspired her to help found Mapistry in 2013, leveraging the skills she developed at Yahoo to create a SaaS platform that helps businesses comply with complex environmental regulations. Her research on computer vision and machine-learning appears in several publications, and she holds a patent for automatic image piling.
We can’t wait to hear more about how Janoch combines her expertise and insight into the successful growth of Mapistry.
Anthony Kennada, CMO of Gainsight
As chief marketing officer at Gainsight, Anthony Kennada manages the company’s global marketing strategy, digging into everything from demand generation to brand marketing. He’s also the founder of the Pulse community of customer success leaders, which have attracted more than 11,000 executives in more than 50 local chapters worldwide. He also launched B2B Creatives this year, a web series for B2B marketers that features interviews with some of the top minds in the B2B and SaaS space.
We’re excited that Kennada will share his vision at SaaStr this year, and we can’t wait to hear what he has to say.
Brian Halligan, CEO of HubSpot
HubSpot’s Brian Halligan always has a perspective we look forward to hearing. Informed by his work at HubSpot, his previous efforts at Longworth Ventures and Groove Networks, his co-authoring of books on marketing, and his teaching at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Halligan brings solid ideas to the table in approachable ways.
To see Halligan in action, attend his SaaStr session, “The Funnel is Dead, Long Live the Flywheel” on Tuesday, February 5, at 11:30 a.m.
Claire Hughes Johnson, COO of Stripe
As chief operating officer at Stripe, Claire Hughes Johnson has overseen the scaling of Stripe’s worldwide business to meet exploding demand. Her results are based on 20 years of experience in sales, product marketing and operational scaling, which she earned at Google, in management consulting, and in Massachusetts state politics.
On Thursday, February 7, at 10:45 a.m., Johnson will share her experience in a session titled “Operational Excellence: 10 Lessons From Scaling Stripe to $20b and Beyond.”
Dug Song, CEO of Duo Security
Dug Song runs Duo Security, a Michigan-based software company that was acquired by Cisco in 2018 for $2.35 billion. Duo’s goal is to make security simple and effective for the 12,000-plus organizations it currently serves.
Song is also well-known as a hacker, bringing an inside-out perspective to the question of cybersecurity and SaaS business. He’s also the creator of the first commercial network anomaly detection system, which was later acquired by Check Point Software Technologies.
Song takes the stage at SaaStr on Tuesday, February, 5 at 2:15 p.m. in a session titled “From One Unicorn to Another: The Secrets to Disrupting Security and a $2.3 Billion Exit.”
Elisa Steele, CEO of Namely
Elisa Steele is the chief executive officer at Namely, an HR platform for mid-sized companies. Before taking up the reins at Namely, Elisa Steele served as president and CEO of Jive. She has also served as executive vice president of marketing and products at Jive and in positions of leadership at Microsoft, Skype and NetApp. When she’s not leading companies into a strong future, Steele has spent time with the Churchill Club Academy and the National Charity League.
On Tuesday, February, 5 at 10 a.m., Steele will give a talk titled “CEO the Second Time Again: From Jive to an IPO and More to Namely.”
Erica Schultz, CRO of New Relic
Erica Schultz currently serves as chief revenue officer at New Relic, bringing over 20 years of experience in software and SaaS sales to the position. She joined New Relic in 2014 as senior vice president of Global Enterprise Solutions.
Schultz will offer her insights into “5 Critical Steps to Scaling in the Enterprise” on Tuesday, February 5, at 2:45 pm.
Karen Peacock, COO of Intercom
As chief operating officer of Intercom, Karen Peacock focuses her time on company and product strategy, revenue, and customer growth as the keys to scaling the business effectively. Her current work at Intercom benefits from her experience as senior vice president of Small Business at Intuit — a division she helped grow to $2.5 billion in annual revenue.
Peacock will speak about her experience in her current role in a session on Tuesday, February 5, at 3:30 pm.
Leela Srinivasan, CMO of SurveyMonkey
“Every now and then, a career opportunity comes along that is so special, you simply can’t say no,” Leela Srinivasan said of her decision to join SurveyMonkey as the company’s chief marketing officer in April 2018.
Srinivasan is positioned to make SurveyMonkey’s future marketing efforts special, as well: Her own specialties include B2B, customer, content, and social media marketing, along with marketplace businesses, messaging/positioning development, and demand generation.
On Tuesday, February 5, at 11:30 a.m., Srinivasan will offer her insights in a session titled “7 Tips to Using Customer Feedback to Increase Retention and Make More Money.”
Matt Mullenweg, CEO and Founder of WordPress
Matt Mullenweg’s creation, WordPress, has become a household name, yet his personal profile page takes a much more down-to-earth approach: “I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I write code, prose, and music. I love taking photos.”
He describes WordPress and his 15 years of effort in building it as “part of who I am.” In late 2005, Mullenweg founded Automattic, which now supports WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, Simplenote, Longreads, The Atavist, and other well-known names.
Mullenweg will distill his wisdom into a session titled “Powering 30%+ of the Web: Lessons Learned from Automattic and WordPress” on Thursday, February 7, at 10:05 a.m.
Mikkel Svane, CEO of Zendesk
A Money article calls Mikkel Svane “one of the biggest names in San Francisco startup history,” taking Zendesk from startup to the New York Stock Exchange in less than 10 years. Svane is also the author of Startupland, which chronicles his journey from a big idea to a global business with cofounders Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour.
Catch Svane in person on Wednesday, February 6, at 9:35 a.m., when he will host a session titled “On the Way to $1B in ARR: Lessons on Why the Cloud is So Huge with Zendesk.”
Nicholas Dessiagne, CEO and Cofounder of Algolia
Algolia, a hosted search API, was cofounded by Nicholas Dessiagne and Julien Lemoine in 2012. Since then, the company has expanded into offices in San Francisco, Paris, New York, Atlanta and London, and Algolia now powers the search functions in Twitter, Medium and Under Armor, among others. Prior to launching Algolia, Dessiagne worked as vice president of R&D and as a director of product management at Exalead.
SaaStr hasn’t yet revealed the topic or time of Dessiagne’s contribution to the agenda, but we look forward to learning more from him.
Ophelia Brown, Partner & Founder of Blossom Capital
“I started Blossom because I believe founders in Europe deserve better,” says Ophelia Brown on the Blossom Capital website. From her starting days at Goldman Sachs to her founding of Alternative Ladies in Technology (ALT), Brown has sought to help others “make the possible a reality.”
Brown will join Mikkel Svane to talk scale and success in “On the Way to $1B in ARR: Lessons on Why the Cloud is So Huge With Zendesk” on Wednesday, February 6, at 9:35 a.m.
Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr
Finally, we’re looking forward to hearing from the founder of SaaStr himself, Jason Lemkin. Lemkin is also the cofounder and CEO of EchoSign and has served as the VP of web business at Adobe. He lists his specialties as “helping people grow and become their best,” “doing not the impossible, but the unlikely” and “never giving up.”
Lemkin’s participation in SaaStr 2019 includes speaking during the opening and closing remarks, as well as daily announcements.
The 15 speakers listed here represent a handful of the speakers and opportunities we’re looking forward to at SaaStr 2019. Hope to see you there!
Note: Events are subject to change, be sure to check SaaStr Annual for updated schedules.
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