Meet SaaStr’s Most Respected Leaders of 2019. Our most popular CEO, COO’s and Presidents that spoke at SaaStr Annual 2019. Curious how we came up with this list? We found our most popular speakers by speaker views and likes, session bookmarks and ratings weighing categories more heavily for overall rating than initial interest. Using magic (standard deviation) we came up with the best of the best of our sessions as voted by you, our SaaStr community.

SaaStr’s Most Respected Leader Awards Number: 1 to 4

Sallie Krawcheck Ellevest Co-Founder/CEO
About Sallie…

So how did Sallie Krawcheck make the top of our list? With a staggering amount of likes as a presenter and a stellar sessions average. It was no easy feat as her session had the most voters participating yet still maintained its five-star average. Ellevest is on a mission to close the gender investing gap by leveraging a  robo-advisor designed especially for women. The company just raised another $33M round this March from Melinda Gates’ Pivotal Ventures and former Obama White House advisor Valerie Jarrett.

Sallie Krawcheck started her career on Wall Street as a senior research analyst at Sanford Bernstein and Co., eventually rising to CEO in 2001. She went on from there to become CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Citi Private Bank and Smith Barney.  Today she chairs the Ellevate Network and is CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest.


Claire Hughes Johnson Stripe COO
About Claire Hughes Johnson…

Sitting at number two on the list, Claire was the most steadily popular across all our metrics. Claire Hughes Johnson is Stripe’s COO. Stripe’s software allows its customers to make and receive payments by providing the technical, fraud prevention and banking infrastructure to operate online payment systems.

Claire Hughes Johnson began her career as a special assistant for operations to the MA Attorney General before going on to Google from 2004-2014 where she held a series of roles from VP of Global Online Sales to VP of Google X, Self-driving cars. After her time at Google, Claire went on to her current role as COO of Stripe.

Ryan Smith Qualtrics Founder/CEO

About Ryan…

Coming in at number three, Ryan Smith had the most bookmarked session out of the entire event with very high session ratings.  Qualtrics is an online survey software maker. With over 8,000 enterprise business using Qualtrics, the company counts Fandango, Xerox, Microsoft and Jetblue among its many high profile customers.

Ryan Smith Qualtrics in 2002 alongside his father in their family basement in Utah. Ten years later, the company went from bootstrapped to accepting funding. The company had filed for IPO when SAP CEO Bill McDermott pre-empted the company’s public debut and acquired Qualtrics for $8B.

Dave Kellogg Fmr. Host Analytics Co-Founder/CEO
About Dave…

Number four on our list is Dave Kellogg. His metrics were very popular across all categories and his experience as a tech executive, advisor and investor mirror this in his unique ability to succeed in many ventures simultaneously.

Dave Kellogg has a lengthy history in tech from his start in product marketing at Ingres Corp in 1985 to his ensuing leadership positions at Versant and Business Objects. In 2004 he became CEO of MarkLogic where he stayed until 2010. He then stepped in as SVP of Service Cloud for Salesforce and went on to become CEO of Host Analytics from 2012-2018. Today he is an avid blogger on his personal blog “Kellblog” and sits on the boards of Alation and Nuxeo.

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