Stewart Butterfield & TechCrunch Join SaaStr Annual 2018!'

Courtney Rogin

In less than two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the fourth annual SaaStr Annual conference at the Hilton Union Square in downtown San Francisco in front of our audience of 10,000. We have 200 speakers and 60 hours of content over the course of three days, featuring the top leaders in SaaS. Today, we’re proud to announce the speakers kicking off our conference on the main stage on Tuesday morning.

Starting the conference off is Slack’s CEO and Founder, Stewart Butterfield, alongside Forbes reporter, Alex Konrad. Both have graced our stages previously, and we are over the moon to have them back for 2018. Stewart was one of our very first speakers back in 2015 at the first SaaStr Annual conference, right as Slack took center stage, changing and completely transforming the way teams communicate and work together. Who doesn’t know and use Slack daily? It has become synonymous with team communication and helped foster the future of work.

“We are so excited to have the best-of-the-best in the industry helping us to open the 2018 SaaStr Annual.  Stewart Butterfield is back, sharing with us everything that has changed at Slack since he joined us in 2015 (hint: A LOT).” said Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, “And we’re very excited to have TechCrunch and Crunchbase do their #1 ranked Equity podcast live at SaaStr to help us launch the 2018 Annual into the stratosphere!”

Stewart Butterfield is the co-founder and CEO of Slack, an enterprise software platform that allows teams and businesses of all sizes to communicate effectively. Over the past twenty years, Stewart has built a distinguished career as a designer, entrepreneur, and technologist. He pioneered a new way of sharing information on the Internet when he co-founded Flickr in 2003 and led the company to become one of the largest web services in the world. Stewart led Flickr through its acquisition by Yahoo! and then worked as GM of Flickr at Yahoo! and as a senior director of product management.

Among Stewart’s accolades: Time Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and he has been ranked among BusinessWeek’s Top 50 Leaders. He’s been featured on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, the Recode 100, and Advertising Age’s Creativity 50. He was also recognized as the 2015 Technology Innovator of the Year by TheWall Street Journal.

Stewart at the first SaaStr Annual:

We’ll be following up this can’t-miss session with another must-see, a live taping of TechCrunch’s Equity podcast! Equity has become the go-to podcast about venture capital, startups and how young companies get big.  Jason was fortunate enough to be the very first guest, and you can take a look back at that one here.

The weekly show, hosted by Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelm, has a regular cast of venture capitalists, IPO folks and M&A lawyers to help unpack the week’s biggest news. If it matters, and it touches venture, it’s on Equity. On stage at SaaStr, the Equity crew will be joined by Ann Lamont, a managing partner at Oak Investment Partners. Lamont invests in healthcare and financial services-related companies, and sits on the board of Freshbooks, among other investments.  


Don’t miss the greatest SaaS show on the planet! In addition to the incredible keynotes, this year’s SaaStr annual will feature 5 stages of speakers and content from the very best SaaS companies. Session registration will be opening very soon, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP so that you can have the best selection of sessions.

Plus, if you haven’t heard, multi-platinum band The English Beat will be playing The Big Party this year at the Masonic on Nob Hill! We’ll also have numerous breakout parties at the Citiview on Tuesday, and tons of chances for you to network with fellow attendees during Braindates and our incredibly popular Lunch-with-a-VC sessions!

Fans of our SaaStr blog can use code Blog20 for 20% off tickets!

Published on January 23, 2018

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