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The Ascent Conference

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Spotlight Events

One

Annual Conference

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Invite-Only

$20m+

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Our Flagship Event

Ascent Annual

The Ascent Annual Conference is a fully immersive 3-day virtual SaaS conference. Entering our 4th year, we will be convening 1,000+ invite-only SaaS executives to enjoy peer-to-peer networking and content sessions led by some of the leading thought leaders in the SaaS space who will share their subject matter expertise through 90+ keynote presentations and interactive panels.

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About Ascent

Since 2018, Ascent has convened over 12,000 SaaS executives at our Ascent Annual Conference, quickly becoming one of the most anticipated and highly regarded SaaS conferences in the US. With a speaking faculty that includes senior thought leaders from some of the leading brands in the SaaS space, Ascent attendees have come to rely on the Ascent Annual Conference to gain critical insights into the latest trends, research and developments within the sector. The interactive nature of the event provides attendees with limitless opportunities to network amongst industry peers and investors, as well as key accounts and prospects, creating an engaging environment for all attendees to collaborate and share ideas.

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Spotlight Series

In addition to the Ascent Annual Conference, we will be convening subsets of our attendees throughout the year as part of the Ascent SaaS Spotlight Event Series. These Spotlight Events will focus on a specifific functional area, and allow us to curate an agenda featuring content and speakers that are highly relevant to the audience. Individual 2021 Spotlight Events will convene ~150 decision makers from business functions such as: Cybersecurity, Finance, Human Capital, Marketing, Revenue Leadership and Product Management. All events will be invite-only, and restricted to professionals who meet the attendee profifile requirements of Director+, $20M+ ARR. Additionally, Ascent’s Spotlight on Startups event will convene ~150 founders and C-level executives of seed round and Series A startups, as well as 100 investors. This event will also be invite-only with the content and agenda aligned to address the unique challenges faced by startups.

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Unrivaled Access to Your Target Audience

NETWORKING & BRANDING

Virtual Stage Branding, Website & Email Collateral.

SPEAKING OPPORTUNITY

Drive thought leadership through a Keynote Address, Panel or Fireside Chat.

LEAD GENERATION

Drive pipeline through engagement with key decision makers and access to the full attendee contact list.

2020 Speakers

Sarah Bird

CEO Moz

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner Fusion Fund

Neal Sales-Griffin

Managing Director Techstars

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder Wellville

Chris Savage

CEO & Founder Wistia

David Siegel

CEO Meetup

Christi Olson

Head of Evangelism for Search Microsoft

Rand Fishkin

CEO SparkToro

Sarah Bird

CEO Moz
Sarah Bird serves as the CEO of Moz, the world leader in Search Engine Optimization software. With Sarah’s leadership, the company has grown to over 34,000 customers, 150 employees, $60+mm annual revenue, raised $30mm venture capital, launched multiple software products, and created a beloved marketing brand. Prior to Moz, Sarah practiced law and travelled the world. She regularly speaks about entrepreneurship, business models, search marketing, women in tech, and fostering an inspiring company culture. She has served on the boards of Sitrion, a private company, and the Washington Technology Industry Association. Sarah was named a Henry Crown Fellow, Geekwire CEO of the Year Finalist three times, Role Model of the Year, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, a Top 100 Women in Tech.

Lu Zhang

Founder & Managing Partner Fusion Fund
Lu Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur and a Stanford Engineering alumna. Fusion Fund is active in supporting early-stage entrepreneurs who are looking to build globally disruptive companies using innovative technologies to drive systemic change originating from the U.S market. For the past couple of years, Lu leads the Fusion Fund team funnels exits of multiple portfolios’ IPO and M&As. Lu received the title of 2018 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (Davos). She has also garnered other accolades including the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017), Silicon Valley Women of Influence (2018), Town & Country 50 Modern Swans – Entrepreneurship Influencer (2017) and Top 10 All America Chinese Youth (2018). Prior to starting Fusion Fund, Lu was the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes (acquired in 2012). Lu is active in the entrepreneur and investor communities and serves as a board member and 2020 president for Youth Council of Future Forum.

Neal Sales-Griffin

Managing Director Techstars
Neal Sáles-Griffin is an entrepreneur, teacher, and nonprofit leader. He co-founded the first beginner-focused in-person coding bootcamp, and most recently ran for mayor of Chicago. He's currently the Managing Director of Techstars Chicago, serves as co-chair of the School of the Art Institute's MakeWork council, and is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering where he teaches entrepreneurship.

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder Wellville
Esther Dyson(@edyson) is executive founder of Wellville(@WaytoWellville), a 10-year nonprofit project (2015-2024) to nudge society towards long-term and equitable thinking by showing the social and financial value of investing in health for all. She is also an active angel investor, focusing on human capital and health (more than “care”), space travel and a variety of useful innovations in areas such as agtech and logistics. She started her career as a proofreader, journalist, Wall Street analyst and finally editor/publisher/conference manager (Release 1.0 and PC Forum - 1982-2007). In 1996, she wrote the best-seller “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age (Broadway Books). In addition to a Harvard BA in economics, she earned a certificate of completion from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (2009) outside Moscow, for her six months of training as a backup cosmonaut.

Chris Savage

CEO & Founder Wistia
Chris Savage is the co-founder and CEO of Wistia, a web-based software solution that helps marketers turn viewers into brand advocates to grow their businesses. After graduating from Brown University, Chris and his co-founder Brendan Schwartz, started Wistia in Brendan’s living room in 2006. They founded the company with the goal of helping businesses effectively market their products or services more creatively through video. Recently, Savage and Schwartz turned down an offer to sell Wistia and took on $17.3M in debt instead, which allowed them to buy out their investors, gain full control of Wistia, and take the path less traveled in the tech industry. Now, more than 500,000 businesses across 50 countries depend on Wistia's products to build their brands and their businesses, including HubSpot, MailChimp, Sephora, Starbucks, and Tiffany & Co.

David Siegel

CEO Meetup
David Siegel is the CEO of Meetup, the leading social media platform dedicated to online groups that meet in person. He has over 20 years of experience as a technology and digital media executive leading organizations through innovative product development, rapid revenue growth and traffic acceleration. Prior to joining Meetup, David was CEO of Investopedia and before that, President of Seeking Alpha. David holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Pace University where he teaches courses in Strategic Planning & Entrepreneurship.

Christi Olson

Head of Evangelism for Search Microsoft
Christi is the Head of Evangelism for Bing at Microsoft, and since 2015 has been annually recognized by PPC Hero and her peers as one of the 25 Most Influential PPC Experts. For over a decade she has managed digital marketing and analytics teams across Enterprises, Agencies and Start-Ups. Her love for digital and expertise in search has led her to keynote and speak at hundreds of conferences globally, including at over 80 conferences in 2018. She is a contributing author about all things search, conversational AI, and digital marketing across the web at Entrepreneur, TheNextWeb, MarketingProfs, Search Engine Land, and Search Engine Journal.

Rand Fishkin

CEO SparkToro
Rand Fishkin is the cofounder and CEO of SparkToro. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through his blogging, videos, speaking, and his book, Lost and Founder. When Rand’s not working, he’s most likely to be in the company of his partner in marriage and (mostly petty) crime, author Geraldine DeRuiter. If you feed him great pasta or great whisky, he’ll give you the cheat code to rank #1 on Google.

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