Startups

Pitch Competition: Presented by SaaSOptics

Nov 17th, 2021 @3:00 pm
The top 12 startups selected will present their 3-minute pitch live to our panel of judges. The top three finalists and overall winner will be announced at the end after judges deliberation. - 1st Place Prize: $1,000 SwagUp Gift Certificate & Free booth at Ascent 2022 In-Person Conference - 2nd Place Prize: $400 SwagUp Gift Certificate & 10 free tickets to Ascent Annual 2022 - 3rd Place Prize: $200 SwagUp Gift Certificate & 5 free tickets to Ascent Annual 2022

Speakers

Hillary Lovric

VP Marketing Chargify
Hillary is a results-oriented leader with over a decade of billing and product experience. She grew her career over eight years with Monexa Services, focusing on professional services and development. In her time at NetSuite, Hillary was responsible for the go to market strategy of their billing product as well as driving customer satisfaction and growth. Since joining Chargify in January 2020, HIllary has built a marketing team from the ground-up, and under her leadership enabled Chargify to increase the amount of pipeline generated, the average revenue per account for new acquisitions, and total revenue earned overall.

Jon Cochrane

Director of Product SaaSOptics
Jon is a CPA and Director of Product at SaaSOptics, a subscription management platform that provides emerging and growth SaaS businesses with subscription billing, revenue recognition, expense recognition, financial reporting and robust SaaS metrics and analytics. Jon has nearly a decade of well-rounded accounting and finance experience in roles as an auditor, advisor and controller. Previously, as controller for Higher Logic, Jon oversaw all financial and accounting activities alongside significantly decreasing time to close, optimizing processes and successfully designed and implemented the migration from ASC 605 to 606. Jon earned both a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s in Accounting from Penn State University.

Bryan Rosenblatt

Bryan is a partner at Craft Ventures, focused on building the firm's east coast portfolio. Prior to joining Craft, Bryan led Reddit's New York office and revenue team, cultivating partnerships with brands like Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, P&G, and HBO. During his time at Reddit, the revenue organization grew 10x while scaling revenue to a $100m+ annualized revenue run rate. Bryan was an early member of Twitter's New York team where he worked with brands like Peloton, Harry's, Bonobo's, Casper, and Under Armour on their acquisition marketing efforts. Bryan has been an active investor both personally and via Riverside Ventures, which he founded in early 2017. His investments include Carta, Citizen, Bonobo's, Slack, and Dapper Labs. In 2018, Bryan was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising. He was also recognized by Ad Council for championing nonprofit advertising that builds awareness around topics including mental health and diversity & inclusion. In 2021, Bryan was named to Business Insider's Top 100 Seed Investors.

Pitch Competition: Presented by SaaSOptics

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