The Average SaaS CEO is 43 at IPO (Updated)

Does “age” even matter anymore for SaaS founders, if it ever did? 

On the one hand, the Stripe founders became billionaires in their teens.  On the other hand, many SaaS founders are on to their 3d or 4th success.  SaaS has just been around for a while.  The vast size of the Cloud is attracting more and more founders of all ages, backgrounds, nationalities, and more.  And many CEOs and founders … just want to keep going.  Frank Slootman is running Snowflake after having already been CEO of ServiceNow.  Jyoti Bansal founded Harness and more … after already selling AppDynamics for $3.7B.  And so on.  Will many of us founders just do SaaS … forever?

The above data suggesting the best exits coming from founders around 60 years old made me want to take a look back at some classic SaaStr data — how old are founders of top SaaS companies at IPO (when the real job starts in some ways), and at founding?

The answer: of the current batch of newer public SaaS companies, the average CEO is 43 at IPO and 32 at founding. And this data seems to have stayed fairly consistent over the last batch of SaaS IPOs.

Just some food for thought.  You be you.  And it’s certainly not too late, nor for some of us too early, to start a great SaaS startup.

 

Published on October 14, 2022

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