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Want to Speak at SaaStr Annual 2018? Here’s Your Chance.

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Join the ranks of SaaS greats and legends, like Jeff Lawson, Leyla Seka, Josh James, and more. Be in front of 20,000 SaaS fanatics and experts at SaaStr Annual 2018! That’s right, the call for speakers is here and all the details are below! Read on for your opportunity to contribute to the SaaS community.

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Who are you?

You’re a founder, CEO, CXO, or VP of an early, growth, or scale stage SaaS company. You’re not your company’s pitch person – we’re looking for your unique perspective and opinions, not a demo of your product (no matter how great it is). Your content needs to be around solving a familar problem and how you did it, not what you did it with. The key: you want to share the non-Google-able answers to questions.

We’re very committed to gender and racial diversity, even more than 2017. We’ll be offering speaker training to all speakers, so don’t let a lack of experience onstage deter you from submitting.

What is your format?

1:1 interviews (Ex.: Josh James/Domo, Jeff Lawson/Twilio)

Panels (Ex.: Customer Success, Sales Ops, VP Product, European Founders)

Single & joint presentations (Ex.: Byron Deeter/Kristina Shen from Bessemer and Promise Phelon from Tapfluence)

Deep Dive –Think 2017, but bigger and better. (Ex.:AMAs, SEM for SaaS, the most hypertactical topics out there)

Venture-Backed CEO: Lessons Learned Inside and Outside of Silico

What is your topic?

This is what we’re looking for, somewhere in these realms of topics. Please be sure to tell us specifically what you’d want to cover in the topic. (As in, don’t just say ‘Customer Success’ – specify ‘hiring for customer success’ or ‘customer success KPIs you should know.’) The 2017 Agenda is going to be place you should start your thinking. 

Sales

Examples of great topics from 2017: Sales Mistakes that Can Kill Your SaaS Business and How to Avoid Them; Building Sales Operations from $1M to $50M: Who to Hire, When and Why; Three Non-Obvious Lessons Learned Selling to SMBs; How the Best Outbound Sales Teams Are Managed

Customer Success

Examples of great topics from 2017: The Secrets of Net Negative Churn: Customer Advocacy; How I Built Our First Functional Customer Success Organization; How To: NPS 75 with 40K Customers

Investing

Examples of great topics from 2017: How to Raise a Big A** Round; How VCs Try to Spot Unicorns at $1k in Revenues, And What You Can Do To Look More Unicorn-y

Getting Funding

Examples of great topics from 2017: Good Intentions, Bad Advice: How to Keep Your Board Aligned with Your Vision; Who Needs the Valley? How to Fund and Scale your SaaS Juggernaut Outside Silicon Valley

Operational

Examples of great topics from 2017: 12 Key Levers of SaaS Success; Numbers That Actually Matter for Founders; Build, Break, Stretch, Repeat: Lessons from Scaling Google & Stripe; Navigating Your Career in the SaaS World: A Primer; Measuring Excellence: Operational Benchmarks for Founders

Marketing

Examples of great topics from 2017: How To Gain 30 Thousand Leads Every Month. Like Clockwork; The CEO’s Role in Marketing: How to Hustle, Build Momentum, Sell Your Company – and Yourself; How to Market to Customers Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large: All at the Same Time from the Same Budget

Product

Examples of great topics from 2017: What a Great VPP Really Does — And Why You Need One – NOW!; Building a Product Both CIOs and Devs Love; Infrastructure for Non-Devs: What CEOs Really Need to Know in 2017; Grow 10x Faster & Cheaper with Product-Led Growth

The Founder’s Story

Examples of great topics from 2017: Get to $100m ARR While Burning Almost Nothing: 6 Learnings in 6 Years; How to Manage Up and Have Happy a Board. Even When You Miss a Quarter.

DoubleUnicorns: How Things Are Different Now. And Things That Ne

How we’re selecting:

We generally build sessions around unique perspectives to share with lessons we think would be valuable for other founders or execs to hear. So, don’t be alarmed if we reach out and ask you to participate on a panel or in some other format than you originally submitted. We want to make sure you and your topic are able to shine on stage in 2018. If we are interested, someone from SaaStr will reach out to you. We run on a rolling basis, so as we build out themes and content, your topic may become a better fit. So, if you don’t hear from us right away, you may later in the summer. Lastly, we are firmly not pay to play. Speakers are selected completely independent of any sponsorship.

Published on March 28, 2017
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