Paris and the Maison de la Mutualité play host to the SaaStr Europa Conference on June 12 and 13, 2019.
Across the two days, SaaStr Europa attendees will learn actionable SaaS tips and strategies from the best in the industry, which they can use to grow their own companies. The conference also serves as a fantastic networking opportunity and is a great way to meet potential customers and partners.
With over 2,500 attendees and 60 speakers, this event is a must for anybody involved in the SaaS-sphere seeking to learn from the top minds in the business. To help plan your days, here are our recommendations for events to see at the SaaStr Europa Conference 2019.
Wednesday, June 12
There are no events on Wednesday morning, but registration opens at 10 a.m. You can use the time before talks commence to network with sponsors such as Ingram Micro and Chargebee in the Sponsor Hall Open, which runs all day alongside the main events.
The Braindate Lounge will be open from midday. Following on from the success of last year’s installment at SaaStr, Braindate is once again running its peer-to-peer mentoring program with individual and small group sessions for SaaStr attendees. Make sure to book your Braindate session well in advance.
At 1 p.m., SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin kicks off the conference with Tiago Paiva, founder and CEO of TalkDesk. Their talk is called “From Hackathon to Unicorn”, and will touch on TalkDesk’s major achievements and major industry milestones, including reaching 100 million calls and scaling from 10 employees to over 300, as well as Lemkin’s NanoGram, acquired for $50 million just 13 months after he cofounded the company.
Next, at 2 p.m., you can head to Le Théâtre where SaaS veteran and chief customer officer at New Relic, Roger Scott will discuss “7 Tips and Tricks to Having Happy Customers at Scale.” With Scott’s 25+ years of international enterprise and SaaS experience, his presentation is certain to contain actionable and valuable content.
Following a short interlude, attendees can choose between two presentations at 2:45 p.m., each offering different insights into SaaS optimization.
Tricia Miller, senior director at EMEA Marketing, will be on the Salon Monge stage to discuss something which all SaaS startups require: “The Insider’s Guide to Getting More Leads.” Here you’ll gain valuable insights into how to skyrocket your consumer engagement.
Meanwhile at Le Théâtre, chief customer officer and Egnyte cofounder Rajesh Ram delivers a presentation on “How to Win the Long-Game in Saas” with the mantra “Land, Expand, Explode.” Ram has enviable longevity in the SaaS game, so if you have your sights fixed on the future of SaaS, this talk is crucial for success.
Then at 3:30 p.m. in Salon Monge, Eric Rea, CEO of leading customer interaction platform Podium, will be detailing how he went “From $0 to $60M ARR in 4 Years.” Rea’s business model saw him generate serious revenue levels that most SaaS businesses never reach. Expect his advice to be much sought after.
Le Théâtre plays hosts to “The Rules You Can Break, The Ones You Can’t” at 4:15 p.m. This exciting talk on crossing boundaries in the SaaS field is delivered by two key speakers who have skin in the game: Jos White, general partner at Notion, and Christian Lanng, Tradeshift cofounder and CEO. With White acquiring $150M ARR and Lanng netting 1.5 million customers across 190 countries, few in the industry are better placed to offer advice.
Or, for a how-to on managing an effective team for your growing SaaS company, grab a seat at the Salon Monge stage for the 4:15 p.m. presentation on “Hiring, Firing and Stretching: How to Build Your First Management Team.” Moderated by ScaleX founder Dilek Dayinlari, speakers Hande Cilingir, cofounder and CEO of Insider, and Berkay Mollamustafaoglu, cofounder and CEO of OpsGenie, will deliver valuable tips on team management in the SaaS field.
After an insightful day of talks from top professionals in the game, take the chance to network with key speakers and attendees at the Networking Happy Hour at the Espace Maubert zone from 5-7 p.m.
Thursday, June 13
To get the second and final day at the SaaStr Europa Conference 2019 underway, Laura Bilazarian, SaaStr venture partner and Teamable cofounder speaks alongside SVP of Sales at Algolia, Gaetan Gachet. This 9:30 a.m. talk highlights how to optimize profit alongside effective team management by “Building a Sales Team that can go from $0-$50M.”
From 10 a.m. onwards, things really start heating up. With 35 presentations delivered by key players in the SaaS industry across all stages, it is impossible to catch all that is on offer. With this in mind, here are some top recommendations for pitches which promise to deliver the most value from speakers who are at crushing it in the SaaS world.
Over at Le Théâtre at 10 a.m., Andrew Filev, Wrike founder and CEO and recipient of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 List for four consecutive years is set to tell you “5 Do’s and Don’ts: Lessons from My Bootstrapping Days with Wrike.” For anyone seeking inspiration, this presentation will help you take your SaaS firm to the next level.
Next up at 10:45 a.m., be sure to keep your seat at Le Théâtre to learn about the different phases of SaaS growth in detail with “Slow Growth to Hypergrowth” delivered by managing director of Insight Partners Teddie Wardi and Felix Van de Maele, CEO of Collibra.
Keen to see how the correct approach to SaaS statistics can enhance the performance of your company? Start the afternoon out right at the Salon Sorbonne stage at 1 p.m. as DFJ’s Josh Stein explains “How to Lie (to Yourself) with SaaS Statistics.”
Next, if you are looking to increase your influence by moving up and collaborating with big businesses in the SaaS field but are unsure quite where to begin, Leighanne Levensaler, managing director at Workday, uncovers “10 Things That Aren’t Obvious About Partnering with Big Companies” at the Salon Monge stage at 2:45 p.m.
Head back to Le Théâtre at 3:30 p.m. for what promises to be an insightful presentation by CEO and cofounder of Lucidchart, Karl Sun. A veteran in the game with his company amassing over 15 million active users, Sun discusses his top lessons learned from his “Best and Worst Marketing Experiments.” Be sure to attend this talk to gain an insight into the mind of one of the most successful marketers in the industry.
Finally, round off a productive two days of talks at Espace Maubert for “Happy Hour with Sponsors We Love” from 5-7 p.m. Get together with the other attendees, network and soak up the invaluable insights you’ve gained from the masterclass speakers of SaaStr 2019. Make sure to say “hi” to our team who will be having a well-earned drink.