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the 15 talks You Shouldn’t Miss

SaaStr Europa speakers

SaaStr Europa returns to Paris for the second yr in a row. Happening on Wednesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 13 at Maison de la Mutualité, it’s one of many solely conferences in Europe the place you possibly can hear immediately from SaaS founders and executives and study from their playbooks.

There are over 60 audio system to select from over the course of the convention. Deciding who to listen to from is sure to be tough, however we expect the next 15 audio system ought to be on the prime of your record.

Christina Bechhold Russ, Director of Samsung NEXT Ventures

Christina Bechhold Russ is the top of the UK division of Samsung NEXT Ventures, an early-stage software program and providers fund. She can also be the cofounder of Empire Angels, a New York and London-based angel fund that helps younger entrepreneurs.

Bechhold Russ has a private curiosity in cellular and enterprise SaaS, which makes her the perfect individual to debate “5 Issues That Are Totally different In Monetizing Cellular SaaS” with Beekeeper’s Christian Grossman on Thursday, June 13 at 2 p.m.

Philippe Botteri, Companion at Accel

Philippe Botteri is a associate at enterprise capital agency Accel and has greater than 20 years expertise within the Silicon Valley and European tech ecosystems. Most just lately, he has led Accel’s investments into DocuSign, Doctolib, Blablacar and Chainalysis. Botteri can also be on Fiverr’s board and advises CrowdStrike.

Botteri can be talking with Doctolib’s Agnes Bazin about “The Secret to SMB Gross sales” on Thursday, June 13 at four:15 p.m.

Hande Cilingir, Cofounder and CEO of Insider

Hande Cilingir is the cofounder and CEO of Insider, the primary built-in progress administration platform for digital entrepreneurs that helps digital markets drive progress throughout the whole funnel. Beforehand, she cofounded, managed and bought English & Extra Worldwide Studying Centre.

Cilingir can be talking alongside executives from ScaleX and Atlassian on Wednesday, June 12 at four:15 p.m. about “Hiring, Firing and Stretching: Find out how to Construct Your First Administration Groups.”

Dilek Dayinlarli, Founder and Managing Companion of ScaleX

Dilek Dayinlarli is the founder and managing companion of ScaleX Ventures. Beforehand she was a VC at 212 and a director of technique at Groupon. Dayinlarli has invested in quite a lot of tech and SaaS corporations, together with IyziCo, MENA and Insider.

She is going to be a part of Insider’s Hande Cilingir and Atlassian’s Berkay Mollamustafaoglu as moderator within the dialogue “Hiring, Firing and Stretching: Easy methods to Construct Your First Administration Groups” on Wednesday, June 12 at four:15 p.m.

Andrew Filev, Founder and CEO of Wrike

As a younger software program entrepreneur annoyed on the limitations of the workflow and collaboration instruments out there to him, Andrew Filev determined to create his personal. In 2006, he created Wrike to concentrate on constructing out these instruments. Wrike was utterly bootstrapped till 2012 — and even then the corporate took on simply $1 million in funding.

Filev discusses what he discovered from these early days of Wrike on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. in a chat titled “5 Dos and Don’ts Classes From My Bootstrapping Days with Wrike.”

Christoph Janz, Managing Companion of Level 9

Christoph Janz is a SaaS founder turned investor. In 1997, he cofounded Deal Pilot, which was acquired by Purchasing.com, and in 2005 he cofounded Pageflakes, which was acquired by LiveUniverse. He turned an angel investor in 2008, investing in Zendesk, FreeAgent and Typeform. In 2011, he cofounded Level 9 Capital, a Berlin-based enterprise capital agency, the place he works as a associate investing in SaaS corporations and on-line marketplaces.

On Thursday, June 13 at 2 p.m., Janz shall be joined by Typeform’s Joaquim Lecha to debate what it’s like to supply “Freemium at Scale.”

Anna Khan, Vice President of Bessemer Enterprise Companions

Anna Khan is a vice chairman on the enterprise capital agency Bessemer and one in every of Forbes’ 30 Underneath 30 for Enterprise Capital. Khan is a cloud computing skilled and has co-authored the final three annual State of the Cloud Reviews for Bessemer.

If what you are promoting is concentrated on the cloud, you possibly can’t miss her speak with Bessemer’s Alex Ferrara on the “State of the Cloud 2019: Europa Version”  at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

Christian Lanng, Cofounder and CEO of Tradeshift

Christian Lanng is the cofounder and CEO of Tradeshift, the world’s largest enterprise commerce firm connecting over 1.5 million corporations in 190 nations. Lanng began his first software program firm aged 19 and constructed one of many world’s first cellular browsers. He’s a member of the World Financial Discussion board’s International Agenda Council on the Way forward for Software program & Society

You possibly can hear Lanng speak about “The Guidelines You Can Break, The Ones You Can’t” with Notion’s Jos White at four:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12.

Jason Lemkin, Founder and CEO of SaaStr

Jason Lemkin is the founder and CEO of SaaStr and founder and former CEO of EchoSign, which he bought to Adobe in 2011. Since then he has helped construct the world’s largest enterprise SaaS group and invests in different SaaS startups via the $90m SaaStr fund. BusinessInsider named him certainly one of “The 32 Most Highly effective Individuals in Enterprise Know-how.”

Lemkin sits down with Talkdesk founder and CEO Tiago Paiva to debate what it seems to be wish to go “From Hackathon to Unicorn” on Wednesday, June 12 at 1 p.m.

Leighanne Levensaler, Ventures Managing Director & SVP of Workday

Leighanne Levensaler wears two hats at Workday. She is concurrently the senior vice chairman of company technique — the place she leads the workforce that creates built-in enterprise methods — and the managing director and co-head of Workday Ventures, the place she leads the workforce’s investments in rising enterprise tech.

You’ll be able to hear her talk about her experiences of the latter in her speak “10 Issues That Aren’t Apparent About Partnering with Huge Corporations” on Thursday, June 13 at 2:45 p.m.

Tiago Paiva, Cofounder and CEO of Talkdesk

Tiago Paiva is the cofounder and CEO of Talkdesk, a cloud-based contact middle software program supplier. The corporate began in 2011 when Paiva and Cristina Fonseca observed how outdated most name middle software program was. They construct the primary model of Talkdesk in 10 days at a hackathon hosted by Twilio and have been later chosen to hitch 500 Startup. By the top of 2018, Talkdesk was valued at over $1 billion.

Paiva joins SaaStr CEO Jason Lemkin on Wednesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. to speak about his experiences of taking Talkdesk “From Hackathon to Unicorn” valuation.

SaaStr Europa speakers

Doug Pepper, Managing Director of Shasta Ventures

Doug Pepper is the managing director of Shasta Ventures, an early-stage VC agency that has invested in Canva, Mint, Nest and Nextdoor amongst different software program and web corporations. In his earlier position as common associate at InterWest, Peppers was the primary investor in Marketo.

Regardless of his success at InterWest, it took two years to fund his personal firm. You’ll find out why it took so lengthy in his speak on Thursday, June 13 at 10:45 a.m.

Eric Rea, Cofounder and CEO of Podium

Eric Rea is the cofounder and CEO of Podium, a buyer engagement software program firm based mostly in Provo, Utah. He based the corporate in 2014 and in 5 years has grown the enterprise from 5 staff to 500.

A part of Podium’s progress is a results of enterprise capital funding that the corporate was capable of achieve regardless of being situated tons of of miles from Silicon Valley. Rea will speak about what it was like in his session “Scaling Outdoors Silicon Valley: Going from $zero to $60M ARR in four Years” on Wednesday, June 12 at three:30 p.m.

Josh Stein, Associate at Threshold Ventures

Josh Stein is a companion at Threshold Ventures, an early-stage funding fund, and advisor to an enormous vary of startups, together with Talkdesk, AngelList, LendKey and Lumity.

It’s truthful to say Stein is aware of a factor or two about rising and scaling SaaS manufacturers. Which is why he’s the right individual to speak about “Methods to Lie (to Your self) with SaaS Statistics”. He’ll be talking at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.

Jos White, Basic Associate at Notion

Entrepreneur turned investor Jos White is a basic associate at Notion VC, a enterprise agency that focuses on SaaS enterprises throughout Europe. In 2000, White and his brother constructed MessageLabs, which was one of many world’s first SaaS corporations. Collectively they grew the corporate right into a $150m ARR enterprise that was ultimately acquired by Symantec for $700m in 2008.

You’re fortunate sufficient to have the ability to hear White twice at SaaStr Europa. First, he’ll be talking with Tradeshift’s Christian Laang on “The Guidelines You Can Break, The Ones You Can’t with Tradeshift” on Wednesday, June 12 at four:15 p.m. and on Thursday, June 13 at 2:45 p.m. with Notion’s Maddy Cross in a session referred to as “Constructing excessive efficiency groups and hiring gamechangers.”

This yr can also be the primary time that the Epic Presence staff will probably be attending the convention. Drop us a line when you’re heading to Paris, too!

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