SaaStr 2019 takes place February 5-7, 2019 in San Jose. Promising 300 speakers, 200 exhibitors and over 12,500 attendees, SaaStr is a must-attend event for anyone engaged in the SaaS sphere.
With so many speakers and events on the agenda, however, it’s worth taking the time to plan your time at SaaStr before you arrive. Here’s our overview of the SaaStr 2019 agenda, highlighting the speakers and events that excite us most.
(Note: Event information is current at time of writing, but of course things change, please view the SaaStr site for final schedule.)
Tuesday, February 5
Speakers begin taking SaaStr’s five stages at 10 a.m., as SaaStr kicks off with presentations from some of the finest minds at Slack and Namely. Dave Kellogg, CEO at Host Analytics, offers answers to “The Top 5 Questions Every SaaS CEO Wrestles With.”
At 10:30 a.m., SaaStr sessions are all about building. Whether it’s a $10m ARR sales team, a stellar engineering organization, or a dream marketing team, attendees can find out how leaders in the industry built what they have today. The Growth Marketing Summit presents “The Definitive Founders Playbook for Building a Dream Marketing Team,” featuring author and consultant Todd Wilms and Dropbox’s global head of digital marketing, analytics and martech, Kady Srinivasan.
Official opening remarks happen at 11 a.m., courtesy of SaaStr founder Jason Lemkin.
At 11:30 a.m., attendees can choose between “7 Tips to Using Customer Feedback to Increase Retention and Make More Money,” with SurveyMonkey CMO Leela Srinivasan, or “The Funnel is Dead. Long Live the Flywheel,” a fireside chat with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan.
In no time at all, lunch arrives! Reconvene at 1 p.m. to choose among events on all five stages. InVision’s chief sales officer Seth Shaw hosts an Ask Me Anything, while leaders from Logikcull, Yello, Jellyvision, Pluralsight and Khosla Ventures share their wisdom in their respective events.
At 1:30 p.m., Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures hosts an Ask Me Anything session. In a separate event, Karen Peacock of Intercom offers “Lessons Learned from Intercom COO.”
Take a brief break after the 1:30 p.m. sessions conclude. At 2:15 p.m., Karen Peacock takes the stage again for an Ask Me Anything session. Or attendees can catch presentations on “Building Consumer-Grade Enterprise Products” and “How to Build at CSM Team That Generates 130% Net Retention” help educate SaaS teams, while a panel explores the challenges and opportunities of “Building a More Diverse Workforce: Scaling Outside the Bay Area.”
We’re particularly intrigued by PagerDuty CEO Jennifer Tejada and Duo Security CEO Dug Song, whose presentation is titled “From One Unicorn to Another: The Secrets of Disrupting Security and a $2.3 Billion Exit.”
At 2:45 p.m., three sessions are available. Learn more about scaling in the enterprise or founding SaaS standouts like SalesLoft and Calendly. Tejada and Song also host an Ask Me Anything immediately following their 2:15 p.m. presentation.
Wrap up Tuesday with the final session: a 3:30 p.m. talk on “Doing It Again, But With Happiness as a Mission: The Secrets of Zoom,” featuring Zoom founder Eric Yuan and SaaStr COO Mallun Yen.
Wednesday, February 6
For early birds, Villi Iltchev of August Capital hosts an 8:00 a.m. session titled “Pitch and Run 5K.” SaaStr founder Jason Lemkin provides insight on the day’s events with morning announcements at 9:00 a.m., and at 9:05 a.m., Mark Roberge of Harvard Business School provides “A Step by Step Guide to Revenue Growth.”
At 9:35 a.m., choose between two panel options exploring the growth of two global names in SaaS: Glassdoor and Zendesk. CEOs from both companies partner with investors to talk about how they saw opportunities and seized them.
At 10:15 a.m., Adaptive Insights CEO Tom Bogan shares his “Top 10 Lessons Learned in Getting to $100M ARR – Twice.” Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane hosts an Ask Me Anything.
From 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, learn how Adyen became “The $16 Billion+ Sleeping Giant in Payments.” Harvard Business School senior lecturer Mark Roberge also returns to the stage with an Ask Me Anything session – the perfect follow up to his 9:05 a.m. presentation.
There’s time left in the morning for one more session. At 11:30 a.m., choose among TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque, SafeGraph CEO Auren Hoffman, and HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan. These SaaS leaders discuss the mistakes made and lessons learned while building their respective businesses. Or discover “10 Tough Lessons from Closing 12,000 Customers at WebPT.”
Afternoon Wednesday marks the halfway point of SaaStr 2019, yet we’re just getting started. At 1:00 p.m., Bessemer Venture Partners presents “State of the Cloud 2019.”
At 1:40 p.m., choose between the wisdom offered by leaders at Flexport, Treehouse, Kabbage and Peek.
From 2:20 to 2:50 p.m., speakers include Brex CEO Henrique Dubugras with “Lessons Learned from the Fastest-Growing Company to $1 Billion,” and Duo Security VP of Inside Sales Jennifer Lawrence with “The Secrets to Building a World-Class, $2.3 Billion Inside Sales Team.”
Round out Wednesday by stopping by one last session at 2:50 p.m. Learn how to improve a low CAC or dig into the importance of corporate ethics.
Thursday, February 7
Hear once more from SaaStr founder Jason Lemkin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday as he delivers the daily announcements. Then at 10:05 a.m., join “Predictable Revenue” author Aaron Ross for an Ask Me Anything session, or learn more about “Powering 30%+ of the Web: Lessons Learned from Automattic and WordPress.”
From 10:40 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., attendees can learn more about the process of scaling Stripe to $20 billion or recruiting a world-class sales team. Or head farther afield with Giraffe CEO Anish Shivdasani, who explores “10 Things We Learned Growing to 1 Million Users in Africa.”
At 11:20 a.m., CEOs from Carta, Hired, and Y Combinator share their wisdom on three separate SaaStr stages. Learn more about how to raise Series C funding or how to move from transactional to recurring revenue. Or spend time looking to the future, based on a decade of experience from Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel.
Noon features speakers from Smartsheet, Pipedrive and Dropbox, focusing on generating sales or saving a company from its own mistakes. Tomasz Tunguz also hosts an Ask me Anything.
Take a ten-minute break, then reconvene at 12:40 p.m. with visionaries from Stripe, WalkMe and Acceleprise as they discuss early-stage B2B SaaS sales. Or learn more about expanding across international borders, staying on track for a successful exit, investing in AI for SaaS, or how to foster better communication between VCs and entrepreneurs.
At 1:30 p.m., SaaStr’s five stages stay full. Arkadium CEO Jessica Rovello discusses the importance of “Flipping the VC Script: The Buyback of Tech’s Soul.” Speakers from Turn/River Capital, Tradeshift, DFJ, Shasta Ventures and WePay round out the opportunities to be explored early Wednesday afternoon.
The 2:30 p.m. slot also offers a wealth of options, including insights on creative ways to stand out in SaaS, stretch funding, investment, and moving from transactional to transformational. Take a break, then join Sequoia Capital partner Jess Lee at 3:30 p.m. or wait until 3:40, when Jason Lemkin offers closing remarks on SaaStr 2019.
Too excited to quit? Fortunately, SaaStr wraps with a four-hour afterparty in the Expo area. Get together with colleagues, do some networking, or simply relax after three insight-packed days featuring some of the best minds in SaaStr today.
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