SaaStr Annual is one of our favorite conferences each year because it’s an opportunity to submerge yourself for three days in some of the best networking and learning for the SaaS industry. What makes the event top-notch is the incredible lineup of speakers and sponsors that include entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, founders, CEOs, bloggers, and more. Get to know some of these keynote speakers before SaaStr Annual by following them on Twitter. Here’s our list of the top 10 speakers whose expertise and advice we enjoy and think you will, too.
1. Rachel Orston (@rachelorston) CEO of UserIQ, is a customer success pioneer with deep experience launching and marketing new products for some of the world’s most recognizable technology brands including Microsoft, Sony and IBM. Today, Rachel leads UserIQ in helping SaaS companies strengthen user adoption. Find Rachel on the Studio C stage on Wednesday, Feb. 7 as she reveals “The Fundamentals of User Adoption: What Changes and What Doesn’t as You Scale.”
2. David Skok (@BostonVC) is a founder and five time entrepreneur turned VC at Matrix Partners. David also founded forEntrepreneurs.com, a blog covering tactical advice for gaining funding and building a successful company. Follow David on Twitter for real world advice on startups and insights into SaaS, sales, marketing, and more. Don’t miss David at SaaStr where he’ll discuss the topic of “Zero to $50M – A Roadmap of the Key Stages, and How to Win at Each Stage.”
3. Harry Stebbings (@HarryStebbings) is the founder and host of TheTwentyMinuteVC podcast aiming to inspire the next generation of founders and VCs. He also has a hand in hosting the SaaStr podcast with Jason Lemkin. Follow Harry to stay current with the most successful and inspiring SaaS founders, CEOs, VCs and VPs on his podcasts. Also be sure to check out Harry this year for the SaaStr Podcast Live! with Momchil Kyurkchie, CEO of LeanPlum.
4. Aaron Ross (@motoceo) is a SaaStr Annual alumni, consultant, speaker, and author of Predictable Revenue and co-author (with Jason Lemkin) of Impossible to Inevitable. Follow Aaron on Twitter to keep up with his numerous speaking engagements and all things lead generation, sales, and customer success. Aaron returns to SaaStr Annual this year to discuss building and managing outbound sales teams with Mélanie Attia of Vanilla Forums, Scott Wong of Corral/Axia Technologies, and Mackenzi Farsheed of MindFire Inc.
5. Dharmesh Shah (@dharmesh) is angel investor in more than 60 startups and the co-founder and CTO of HubSpot. Dharmesh is a frequent speaker on startups and inbound marketing, as well as a returning SaaStr Annual speaker for 2018. Follow Dharmesh for the latest inbound marketing trends at HubSpot as well as advice for entrepreneurs and startups on his blog. Hear Dharmesh’s fireside chat, “Welcome To Culture Club — Here Are The Rules” with Hubspot’s Chief People Officer, Katie Burke.
6. Ajay Agarwal (@ajay_bcv) is the Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures, where he invests in early-stage software with a focus on front-office SaaS, supply chain and logistics, and autonomous systems. He is the author of Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence and a professor at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. In 2012 and 2013, Ajay was named to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Venture Capital Investors. Catch Ajay on the Studio C stage on Tuesday, Feb. 6 where he’ll chat with Marcus Ryu, CEO & President of Guidewire.
7. Roman Stanek (@RomanStanek) is a passionate entrepreneur and industry thought leader with over 20 years of high-tech experience. His latest venture, GoodData, was founded in 2007 with the mission to disrupt the business intelligence space and monetize big data. Prior to GoodData, Roman was also the founder and CEO of NetBeans. Hear Roman speak on “Challenge Yourself and Your Data to Do More – What I’ve Learned as a Serial Tech Entrepreneur” on the Studio E stage on day 1 of SaaStr.
8. Peter Reinhardt (@reinpk) is Segment‘s co-founder and CEO. He studied Aerospace Engineering at MIT and fell into the world of customer data and analysis when he and three of his college friends started Segment, a customer data and integration hub, in 2011 as part of YCombinator. Join Peter at the Studio E stage on Tuesday as he discusses “Finding Product Market Fit.”
9. Tom Klein (@tomklein) is the Chief Marketing Officer at MailChimp. An authority on digital marketing, e-commerce, and brand strategy, he has more than 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s leading brands, including Chanel and Kraft. As CMO at MailChimp, Tom was recognized as one of Adweek’s 50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media, and Tech in 2017, and led the 2017 Cannes Lions Cyber Grand Prix award winning campaign, Did You Mean MailChimp?, in partnership with Droga5. Don’t miss Tom as he chats with Stephanie Paterik of Adweek about “Building Customer Empathy Through Storytelling and Creativity.”
10. Sara Mauskopf (@sm) is the CEO and co-founder of Winnie, the companion app for modern parents. Prior to Winnie, Sara held product leadership roles at Postmates, Twitter, Google and YouTube. Sara graduated with a Computer Science degree from MIT. Hear Sara discuss “Secrets of Building an Engaged User Base” with her Winnie co-founder, Anne Halsall, on the Studio E stage on day 3 at SaaStr Annual 2018.
While we only chose our top 10, be sure to check out the rest of the speaker line up for SaaStr Annual this year. The UserIQ team is also happy to announce that we will be a sponsor at SaaStr Annual 2018. Don’t miss UserIQ’s booth (#38) where we’ll be outfitting you for your user adoption journey with this giveaway of the ultimate User Adoption Kit!
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