How many activities you engage in daily require connection to a cloud-based application? Software is at the head of leading a major technological disruption to traditional industry structures, sustained by strong demand from consumers and corporates alike.
Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen-Horowitz, the venture capital that invested in the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Skype, observed that SaaS companies are taking a big share of the value chain pie due to increasing reliance on software. This has resulted in attractive market valuations that has drawn VCs to invest in this sector.
This September 28 at Tech in Asia Tokyo, learn from accomplished individuals in SaaS who’ll share how you can ride on the rise of SaaS to scale your business further. To get in on the action, make sure to secure a conference pass, which also entitles you to a range of startup strategy workshops and networking sessions!
Scaling your SaaS business
Given the fast-paced nature of a #startup lifecycle, it can be tricky to decide when you should be moving from company growth to international expansion, because the window of opportunity is fleeting. Coupled with the volatility of market demands, your startup may not be equipped with sufficient resources to cope with sudden growth spurts and run the risk of overworking your manpower.
Not sure how to start or facing roadblocks in planning? Get your questions answered by Michael Litt, CEO of Vidyard, at the first SaaS spotlight session on Day 2 at the Main Stage, which will be moderated by James Riney, Managing Partner & Head of 500 Startups Japan.
Michael Litt, CEO, Vidyard
Vidyard has been making waves in North America with its innovative software used to host and analyze video performances for optimizing business growth, particularly through video marketing.
Under Michael’s leadership, Vidyard walked away from its latest Series C round with US$35 million in funding, achieving yet another milestone for its business scalability. Michael has been credited for being a public advocate for Canadian tech startups, earning him the title of ‘Change Agent 2016’ by business magazine Canadian Business.
James Riney, Managing Partner & Head of 500 Startups Japan
Like its name suggests, 500 Startups boasts an extensive network of startup programs with seed investments across 60 countries.
James recently led the Japan team to win local government backing and raised its total fund value to $35M. Before establishing 500 Startups, James was an investor for DeNA’s venture arm and created headway for the company to break into Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and India. For his contributions to the venture capital field, James was listed in Forbes Asia’s 30 Under 30 in 2016.
Why SaaS is the new black
Cloud platforms are powerful because it enables seamless integration of complex business aspects, displacing the value of traditional data centres. Definitely a force to be reckoned with, SaaS reduces the lead time for data collection drastically with its ability to produce real-time analytics for making important business decisions. Clearly, business owners are becoming increasingly aware of its rising importance – Gartner predicts that the SaaS market will increase 20.1 percent, reaching $75B in 2017.
SaaS is not merely a trend, but a change that is here to stay. Find out how you can harness its power with insights from the following speakers headlining the second SaaS spotlight session:
Matt Garratt, Vice President, Salesforce Ventures & Corporate Development
Salesforce Ventures has been actively investing in SaaS partners globally, with its business footprint spanning across 14 countries.
Matt has been instrumental in expanding the global presence of Salesforce Ventures, adopting a strategic approach in forming partnerships through the venture programme while retaining its core focus on enterprise software companies.
Akira Kurabayashi, Managing Director, Draper Nexus Japan
Draper Nexus is an early-stage venture capital firm focusing on enterprise technology.
A veteran in venture capital, Akira is an active angel investor and has backed more than 30 Japanese SaaS startups over the last 15 years. Akira is passionate about fostering the enterprise sector in Japan, which is currently in its early growth stages, as he believes in the potential of the local entrepreneurship scene.
Piyush Gupta, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital
As a pioneer leading the SaaS revolution, Sequoia has invested in companies like Google, Dropbox, Apple and Airbnb.
Before joining Sequoia, Piyush headed the technology, media and telecommunications vertical in India and Southeast Asia for Deutsche Bank.
Stay ahead of the SaaS curve
These mark exciting times for the SaaS industry. If you’re a SaaS startup with expansion plans, or simply want in on what’s next, head on down to Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017 to connect with these industry experts and other key players in the tech ecosystem.
Simply purchase your conference passes before tonight, 15 September, 11:59pm (GMT +8) and use promo code ’tiatokyo10’ to save 10 percent off full-priced tickets. Don’t miss out on this last discount before the conference takes place!