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What Is SaaStr?

SaaStr began in 2012 as a simple attempt via a WordPress blog, together with a few answers on Quora, to help share back Jason M. Lemkin’s learnings of going from $0 to $100m ARR with the next generation of great SaaS and B2B entrepreneurs.  It has since gone on to become the largest community of SaaS founders and entrepreneurs, with over 3M views per month and 20 million+ views on Quora, and events hosted throughout the year.

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The core SaaStr long-form content first appears here on SaaStr, and then on Quora, as well as via syndication in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Enterprise Irregulars, and other leading media.  Forbes named SaaStr one of the Top 100 blogs for entrepreneurs, and Inc. named SaaStr one of The 50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs. SaaStr also consists of over 1,800 additional posts and answers on Quora, where Jason M. Lemkin is consistently one of the Top 3 most popular authors (and has been named a Top Writer four times).

 

Jason M. Lemkin:

Jason M. Lemkin is a 2x founder, 1x VC, and constant SaaS enthusiast.

He led or sourced the first VC investments in many leading enterprise/SaaS start-ups, Guidespark, Greenhouse.io, Pipedrive, Algolia, Talkdesk, Parklet.co, RainforestQA, Salesloft, Avanoo, Perfect Pipeline, Logikcull, and more.  Collectively, these start-ups are worth in excess of one billion dollars.

quora_topwriter He is also an advisor or smaller investor in Showpad, FrontApp, Influitive, BetterWorks, and other SaaS leaders.
Jason has co-founded two successful start-ups selling to the enterprise.  Before SaaStr and VC investing, he was CEO and co-founder of EchoSign, the web’s most popular electronic signature service, from inception through its acquisition by Adobe Systems Inc.

He then served as Vice President, Web Services at Adobe, where he oversaw the growth of EchoSign and Adobe Document Services to $50,000,000 in ARR in 2012 and $100,000,000+ ARR in 2013.

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 5.07.04 PMPrior to EchoSign and Adobe, he co-founded one of the only successes in nanotechnology, NanoGram Devices, which was acquired for $50m just 13 months after founding.  The technology, built into implantable power cells, has gone on to help extend the lives of thousands.

He has no known hobbies.

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Gretchen DeKnikker:

gd-bioGretchen DeKnikker is the COO at SaaStr.  Armed with her magic wand, she’s creating a world beyond a blog that connects the global SaaS community both online and off.

Gretchen has been launching and growing SaaS companies and platforms since way back in the last century with 5 startups under her belt. Most recently, she was the co-founder and CMO of SocialPandas. Previously, she launched LivePerson’s (LPSN) Apps Marketplace platform where she led integration efforts resulting in a network of over 30 partners in under a year.  At Genius.com, Gretchen headed up business development where she built a network of alliances and resellers that influenced 30% of new revenue as well as garnering Salesforce.com Customer’s Choice awards.  Her big claim to fame within the SaaStr community is being employee #5 at EchoSign where she landed early strategic accounts like GE Capital and Facebook and grew the user base at British Telecom by 20x. Gretchen attended “Dotcom University” double majoring in Boom and Bust and now holds an MBA from UC Berkeley.

In her spare time, Gretchen is a bacon worshiper, mediocre yogi, and aspiring bourbon aficionado. She loves San Francisco, hip hop, and all things tech.