Announcing the agenda for TechCrunch Sessions: SaaS – TechCrunch

TechCrunch Sessions are back!
We are taking on the fiercely competitive field of software-as-a-service (SaaS) and we are thrilled to announce our packed agenda. It features some of the most prominent names and the most innovative startups in the sector. You are in luck! $75 Early-bird tickets remain on sale so make sure to book yours now and enjoy the entire agenda.

You can expect to hear industry experts throughout the day and participate in discussions about new data, open-source, security threats, investing early-stage startups, and much more.

You will be joined by some the most prominent names in the industry and the smartest and prescient people, such as Javier Soltero from Google, Kathy Baxter, at Salesforce, Jared Spataro, at Microsoft, Jay Kreps, at Confluent and Sarah Guo, at Greylock, and Daniel Dines, at UiPath.

For $75 or less, you can connect with people all over the globe through our world-class virtual networking platform. There are also discounts available for students, nonprofits, government agencies, and new founders.

The agenda highlights some of the most powerful players in the space as well as smaller teams that are developing and disproving fundamental technologies in this industry. We have some tricks left and will be adding new names to our agenda in the coming month.

These agenda highlights are available in the interim:

Survival of the Fittest: Investing Today's SaaS Market

With Casey Aylward, Kobie Fuller (Upfront), and Sarah Guo(Greylock).

Venture capital is more competitive and faster than ever. Investors looking to invest in the most exciting SaaS deals are now even more challenged. Venture capitalists have to rethink their expectations and operations in light of the increasing non-traditional money flowing into the sector. Remote dealmaking is now the norm and there is a growing market for software startups. TechCrunch speaks with three of the most prominent investors about how they fight for allocation in hot deals and what they have done to improve their processes. It also discusses what today's top founders want.

Data, Data everywhere

Ali Ghodsi, Databricks

Databricks' primary product, a data lake (which is what companies are struggling to manage and share), was valued at $28 billion in its latest funding round. We will be speaking with Ali Ghodsi, CEO of Databricks, about the reasons his startup is so successful and what next.

SaaS Security: Today and Tomorrow

With Edna Conway, Olivia Rose (Amplitude), and Olivia Rose (Microsoft).

The constant threat to enterprises comes from cybercriminals, nation states and corporate insiders. Both startups and corporations can't afford to ignore security after a year in which billions of people worked remotely and the cloud ruled. Learn what SaaS startups should know about security today and in the future.

Automation is the Moment

With Daniel Dines, Laela Strurdy (CapitalG), Dave Wright (ServiceNow).

We learned one thing during the pandemic: the importance of automation. This will only get more apparent as we progress. We will be speaking with UiPath CEO Daniel Dines and Laela Strurdy, CapitalG investors, and Dave Wright, ServiceNow, about why automation is the moment.

Did the Pandemic Cloud Productivitys Spark?

Javier Soltero (Google).

SaaS includes productivity apps such as Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. We spoke with Javier Soltero, executive at Google about the role that Google Workspace plays within the Google cloud strategy.

Future is Wide Open

With Abby Kearns, Aghi Marietti (Kong), Jason Warner (Redpoint).

Today, many startups have an open-source component. This helps to build an audience and drive sales. Talk to Abby Kearns, Augusto Aghi Maretti from Kong, and Jason Warner, an investor at Redpoint about how open source can be a great way to start a business.

Microsoft Moved from the Prem to Cloud

Jared Spataro (Microsoft).

Jared Spataro is an employee of Microsoft for more than 15 years. He was part of the transition from purely prem software to a cloud-based business model. He is today the CEO of one of the most popular SaaS products. We talk with him about how Microsoft made this shift and what it has meant for the company.

How startups are turning data into software gold

Jenn Knight (Agentsync), Barr Moses, and Dan Wright (DataRobot).

We are now in the era of big data. Today's top SaaS startups are using data to do more than just helping customers gather information. Three leaders from three data-focused startups have been gathered to share their insights on how SaaS companies today are using data to create new businesses, solve new problems and scale like mad.

What happens after your startup is acquired?

With Jyoti Bainsal (Harness), Nick Mehta(GainSight).

We spoke to three founders about their emotional reactions after being acquired, and what happens once the check clears. Jyoti Bangsal, Jewel Burkes Solomon, and Nick Mehta, both from GainSight, are part of our panel.

How Confluent rode the Open Source Wave to IPO

Jay Kreps (Confluent).

Confluent, a streaming platform built on Apache Kafka, was created out of a LinkedIn project. It went from startup to IPO. Jay Kreps, the CEO and co-founder of Confluent, will tell you about his journey.

We will soon have more sessions and names, so keep checking back. We are excited to share our excitement with you.

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Why would you make the effort to take a day off your busy schedule to attend TC Session: SaaS? Although this may be our first year focusing on SaaS, it's not our first. These are the comments of other attendees about their TC Sessions experience.

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People want to learn about the latest trends and be surrounded by people who are interested in them. Large companies such as Ford and GM were there because they are starting to see mobility becoming a trend. They want to learn from experts and TC Sessions Mobility has all of them. Melika Jahangiri is vice president at Wunder Mobility.

On October 27, TC Sessions: SaaS2021 will take place. Grab your team and join your community to create opportunities. Get your tickets now for the early bird price!