Authenticity in Leadership: What it is, Why it Matters, and How to Embody it

Oct 8th, 2021 @11:40 am
According to Edelman, 81 percent of customers won’t buy from a brand unless they trust them, and authenticity is key to building that trust.

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Tom Keiser

Katie Burkhart

Founder Matterpulse
Katie Burkhart is the mastermind behind mlOS™, the smart system for running a purpose-driven business and has quickly become one of the go-to experts in the space. She's a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, minimalist designer, jargon slayer, and sharp communicator. She synthesizes connections that enable teams to make the most of the time they invest in our work. Connect with her on Linkedin, subscribe to her newsletter, and get her Weekly Brief.

Authenticity in Leadership: What it is, Why it Matters, and How to Embody it

According to Edelman, 81 percent of customers won’t buy from a brand unless they trust them, and authenticity is key to building that trust.

Kill the Website Relaunch to Achieve Radical Growth

Oct 7th, 2021 @2:35 pm
What are the two most horrifying words in all of marketing? “Website Relaunch.” Website relaunches are expensive, time-consuming, and full of risk — especially for SaaS companies. In contrast, companies winning in the digital marketing arena spend less money and receive better results because they refuse to fund the mythical unicorn that is the long-term website overhaul. Join experts from Kanopi Studios and Pantheon as they discuss how leveraging an iterative approach to your website operations will help you achieve radical growth goals by harnessing the power of data-driven business intelligence.

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Sarah Fruy

Director, WebOps Partner Marketing Pantheon
As the director of WebOps partner marketing, Sarah Fruy collaborates with Pantheon's agency and technology partners on co-marketing programs and WebOps education. Prior to this role, Fruy served as the director of brand and digital experience, where she led the strategy, goals, and road map for Pantheon's public-facing website, branded assets, and experimentation program. Fruy is a ScrumMaster® and Certified Agile Marketer who joins Pantheon with over 15 years of experience in the digital publishing and online advertising industries, along with marketing strategy and digital marketing certifications from Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management. Previously, she worked at emerging media companies, such as Say Media, as well as heritage brands like the San Francisco Chronicle.

Anne Stefanyk

CEO & Founder Kanopi Studios
As Founder and CEO of Kanopi Studios, Anne helps create clarity around project needs and turns client conversations into actionable outcomes. As someone at the intersection of business development, marketing, and technology, Anne provides digital strategy to clients and organizations in the nonprofit, higher education, government and corporate sectors. She enjoys helping clients identify their problems, translating it all into plain language, and then empowering the Kanopi team to execute stunning website solutions that strengthen brands and help companies succeed. Kanopi was born from Anne’s desire to build strong, sustainable, creative websites and provide for their growth beyond launch. The name “Kanopi” represents her passion not only for treehouses but for websites, as both are sustainable ecosystems under a larger canopy: both have beautiful architecture, can be simple or complex, are customizable within their landscape, have strong foundations, need to accommodate constant growth and change, and are limited only by creativity. As such, Kanopi provides quality customer service with a holistic approach that covers the full lifecycle of a website, from initial strategy to beyond launch. When she’s not advocating for the open-source community or running her web agency, she enjoys yoga and meditation, time on a bike or in the water, and hanging with her nephew.

Kill the Website Relaunch to Achieve Radical Growth

What are the two most horrifying words in all of marketing? “Website Relaunch.” Website relaunches are expensive, time-consuming, and full of risk — especially for SaaS companies. In contrast, companies winning in the digital marketing arena spend less money and receive better results because they refuse to fund the mythical unicorn that is the long-term website overhaul. Join experts from Kanopi Studios and Pantheon as they discuss how leveraging an iterative approach to your website operations will help you achieve radical growth goals by harnessing the power of data-driven business intelligence.

How Your Customers Can Help Fund Your Business and Drive Growth

Oct 7th, 2021 @1:45 pm
It’s hard to raise capital while driving your business. The good news is that the process of raising capital is changing. We’ll show you how innovative brands are leveraging updated regulations and fully-digital platforms to align the interests of their customers and shareholders to grow their businesses.

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Jamie Finn

President & Co-Founder Securitize
Jamie Finn is a seasoned executive who has worked in 6 countries in both startups and corporations, and is currently the President and Co-Founder of Securitize, Inc. During his nearly 20 years of experience he has participated in over $500m worth of transactions, including Kontera, Sansa Security, Jajah, Tokbox, RingRing Media, and Zingy. Most recently, Jamie helped grow Aki Technologies from an 8 person, $1m company, to a profitable enterprise with over 60 people and tens of millions in revenue. His previous employers include Ericsson and Telefònica o2, and Jamie also held the position of AVP of Product Innovation at AT&T, as well as executive positions at numerous startups. He has been in San Francisco for the past 5 years, after spending 6 years in London. Jamie grew up in Puerto Rico and is a native English and Spanish speaker.

Cass Sanford

Associate General Counsel OTC Markets Group
Cass supports regulatory and policy making initiatives at OTC Markets Group. She represents the company on public panels and before industry and regulatory groups, focusing on equity market structure, online capital raising and emerging FinTech and RegTech trends. Cass currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Securities Traders Association. Prior to joining OTC Markets Group, Cass represented issuers, broker-dealers and individuals in securities litigation and in regulatory matters. Cass received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College. She is a member of the New York Bar.

Andrew Dix

Co-Founder & CEO Crowded Media
Andrew Dix is CEO and founder of the Crowded Media Group, LLC, publisher of Crowdfund Insider, the leading news and information site covering disruptive finance including online capital formation, online lending, blockchain and other forms of Fintech. He is also the founder of DisclosureQuest, a searchable database of securities filings including Reg D, Reg A+ & Reg CF. Andrew is a vocal proponent for access to capital for small and emerging companies and the need for an innovation-driven economy. He is a member of the Cambridge Alternative Finance Leadership Advisory Board, part of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge School of Business. Crowded Media Group has partnered with CCAF as the media partner on their Alternative Finance Benchmarking Reports. A recognized authority in the Fintech world, Andrew is a participant in the bipartisan Securities Regulation Working Group organized by the Heritage Foundation. In 2016, Andrew received the New Capital Markets Leadership Award For leadership in the development of new capital markets under the JOBS Act. He is a founding special advisor to the Association of Online Investment Platforms. Andrew has a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University and a Masters in Business from Boston University. He also attended Case Weatherhead School of Management where he continued his education in Finance.

JP Richardson

Co-Founder & CEO Exodus
JP's mission to help half the world exit the legacy financial system began from humble beginnings in America's heartland: Nebraska. In 2015, JP co-founded Exodus to build a beautiful and easy-to-use self-custodial wallet that allows customers to manage portfolios of cryptocurrency. Exodus was the first US company to conduct an SEC-qualified crypto-only public stock offering. Today, Exodus has over 200 employees and 1.9 million people trust Exodus to keep their cryptocurrency secure.

How Your Customers Can Help Fund Your Business and Drive Growth

It’s hard to raise capital while driving your business. The good news is that the process of raising capital is changing. We’ll show you how innovative brands are leveraging updated regulations and fully-digital platforms to align the interests of their customers and shareholders to grow their businesses.

Combining the Power of SaaS & Community

Oct 7th, 2021 @11:40 am
There are a lot of directions you can take when it comes to growing a SaaS business. Most SaaS products are used by businesses for serving their users better. If your SaaS product creates enough of a differentiating user experience to become the preferred way for consumers to engage with a business, then your SaaS product can actually become a marketplace as well.

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Prashanth Chandrasekar

Prashanth Chandrasekar is Chief Executive Officer of Stack Overflow and is responsible for driving Stack Overflow’s overall strategic direction and results. Prashanth is a proven technology executive with extensive experience leading and scaling high-growth global organizations. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Rackspace’s Cloud & Infrastructure Services portfolio of businesses, including the Managed Public Clouds, Private Clouds, Colocation and Managed Security businesses. Before that, Prashanth held a range of senior leadership roles at Rackspace including Senior Vice President & General Manager of Rackspace’s high growth, global business focused on the world’s leading Public Clouds including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Alibaba Cloud, which became the fastest growing business in Rackspace’s history. Prior to joining Rackspace, Prashanth was a Vice President at Barclays Investment Bank, focused on providing Strategic and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) advice for clients in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) industries. Prashanth was also a Manager at Capgemini Consulting where he managed Operations transformation engagements and consulting teams across the US. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Eng in Engineering Management from Cornell University and a B.S. in Computer Engineering (summa cum laude) from the University of Maine. Prashanth is married and has two children.

Whitney Sales

Managing Partner Acceleprise Ventures
Whitney Sales is a Managing Partner at Acceleprise Ventures, a B2B SaaS accelerator and Seed fund and creator of The Sales Method. Prior to Acceleprise, Whitney was instrumental in bringing four companies, LoopNet, Joby, Meltwater, and SpringAhead, to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list.

Combining the Power of SaaS & Community

There are a lot of directions you can take when it comes to growing a SaaS business. Most SaaS products are used by businesses for serving their users better. If your SaaS product creates enough of a differentiating user experience to become the preferred way for consumers to engage with a business, then your SaaS product can actually become a marketplace as well.

How Not to Fail at Scale

Oct 7th, 2021 @10:50 am
Maximizing sustainability; Prioritizing scaling over growth; Choosing the right partners; What is the measure of success in 2021?

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Krish Subramanian

Krish Subramanian is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chargebee, a Subscription Management & Billing Solution for Recurring Revenue Businesses. Krish is an engineer by profession and a problem solver at heart. For Krish, everything comes down to service and experience. Krish has prior stints at reputed software enterprises like Tata Consultancy Services and Cognizant Technology Solutions. He started his career as a software engineer at Matexnet Private Limited, a company specialising in online auctions of excess inventory. In his services consultant avatar, Krish used to work with fortune 500 customers, managing enterprise implementations of Ariba products, integrated with Oracle & SAP. He was a techno-functional consultant, specialising in Sourcing, Contracts, Buyer & Invoicing Solutions pertaining to Indirect Purchasing. His passion to build for the future, combined with over 20 years of experience in the world of software, along with his co-founders has helped fuel Chargebee’s 100% growth in revenue year on year. He is referred to as the “nice guy” within the company, the tech community, media, and by his mom.

Rob Pegoraro

Journalist Fast Company
Rob Pegoraro covers the problems and possibilities of consumer technology--computers, gadgets, telecom, social media, apps, and other things that beep or blink--for USA Today, Fast Company, Wirecutter and other outlets. He also speaks frequently about them on radio, podcasts, TV and at conferences. Pegoraro has met most of the founders of the Internet and once received a single-word e-mail reply from Steve Jobs.

How Not to Fail at Scale

  • Maximizing sustainability
  • Prioritizing scaling over growth
  • Choosing the right partners
  • What is the measure of success in 2021?

Key Integrations to Accelerate Growth

Oct 6th, 2021 @5:05 pm
High-growth SaaS companies have one thing in common: They all automate critical business processes early on to free up resources and run faster and scale. There are three key business processes that every company should look to automate. Mark Simon, Celigo's VP of Strategy, shares best practices and insights from over a decade working with customers and their business processes.

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Mark Simon

VP of Strategy Celigo
Mark comes to Celigo having spent the last 21 years in technology. He started his career as a software developer in 1997, building e-commerce applications and custom integrations for several years. He then co-founded and led technology and operations as CTO for Evo, a successful e-commerce company that grew from $0 to $13M in revenue in three years… While at Evo, Mark got his first exposure to the NetSuite ecosystem 15 years ago when he selected and oversaw the implementation and integration of NetSuite for internal use. He then moved on to start a career in consulting with Explore Consulting, an award-winning Solution Provider and VAR in the NetSuite ecosystem. Mark spent the last 13 years at Explore, where he specialized in NetSuite and custom software development, including the last eight years leading the professional services practice as the EVP of Services & Technology before their acquisition by RSM. Mark has worked with clients across several industries including multiple software clients and publicly traded companies pre and post IPO. His efforts for software clients included designing and developing automated processes for sales order processing, subscription management, and provisioning among others.

Key Integrations to Accelerate Growth

High-growth SaaS companies have one thing in common: They all automate critical business processes early on to free up resources and run faster and scale. There are three key business processes that every company should look to automate. Mark Simon, Celigo’s VP of Strategy, shares best practices and insights from over a decade working with customers and their business processes. Topics include:

  • Lead-to-Cash
  • Customer 360
  • Employee Onboarding
  • Developing an integration strategy and roadmap
  • Integration options

Unconventional Tactics to Generate New Revenue Streams in SaaS

Oct 6th, 2021 @4:15 pm
New add-on offerings a SaaS company could consider adding to their core SaaS platform, how building block technologies can help you customize those offerings towards clients, how to put these add-on offerings in the market and how to monetize them.

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Terence Craig

Terence Craig is the Chief Investment Officer for The Impact Seat, one of the leading independent investors in high growth technology companies led by women, especially women of color. At The Impact Seat, Terence leads investment activities and provides post-investment support for over 60 portfolio companies and monitors their LP investment in several venture funds. An experienced technologist, speaker and author, Terence has founded multiple companies and has served as the Chief Technology Officer at multiple venture-backed companies including the Mayfield funded Consensys Software and several pioneering enterprise and Big Data software companies. Terence was one of the earliest Black CEOs and founders to raise venture capital (way back in 1998), and he uses that experience and expertise to improve the startup ecosystem. His goal has been to support other “non-traditional” founders in navigating the startup landscape. His efforts to increase inclusion in the startup ecosystem led Terence to join the executive team at Astia Angels, an international angel group focused on investing in high-growth companies with women on the leadership team. During his time at Astia, Terence ran a pilot investment program to support Women of Color called the Representation Program, funded by strategic corporate funders. The program was such a success that Astia has now made it a permanent part of their investment platform. Terence’s book, Privacy & Big Data, has been translated into several languages and is currently available for purchase on numerous platforms such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Google Books.

Charlie Lynch

Embedded Analytics Specialist Cumul.io

Kris Rudeegraap

Co-Founder & CEO Sendoso
Kris Rudeegraap is the co-founder and CEO of Sendoso, the leading Sending Platform. Kris has more than a decade of sales experience and has spent time at Talkdesk, Yapstone, and Piqora. During that time, he discovered that creating meaningful engagements through direct mail and gifting was an effective way to drive demand and increase sales—which helped inspire the idea for Sendoso. Kris is a California native and CSU-Chico alum currently residing in the Bay Area.

Unconventional Tactics to Generate New Revenue Streams in SaaS

New add-on offerings a SaaS company could consider adding to their core SaaS platform, how building block technologies can help you customize those offerings towards clients, how to put these add-on offerings in the market and how to monetize them.

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