SaaSFest started with a very specific goal: we wanted to create the TED of the recurring revenue world that brought together executives to learn from one another in a non-promotional conference.
We didn't want sponsors pitching you until nausea. We didn't want 10k people where you ironically felt more alone than ever. We especially didn't want fluffy talks that began and ended with "just be better."
Three years later, all of us at Price Intelligently and ProfitWell are pumped to announce SaaSFest 2017 from December 13-15 in Boston, MA. Once again, we're bringing together people from across the world who are the smartest in their fields to share everything they know about growing a recurring revenue business the right way.
SaaSFest isn’t just about learning from the speakers (though we have a lineup of standouts including David Hauser, Guillaume Cabane, Nicola Anderson and more, including some speakers being announced in 2 weeks). It’s a chance to go deep on SaaS strategy in chats with your colleagues and learn the ins and outs of monetization, retention, and acquisition in focused sessions with SaaS luminaries.
You can get more details below, but check out our SaaSFest website to register for exclusive early bird tickets (which expire October 23) and see our ever-growing speakers list. We’ve already sold half of our tickets and intentionally limit the size of the conference, so pick up your tickets while they’re still available.
SaasFest - Focused by design
While SaaSFest has evering you’d expect from a top tier conference, we break some rules to make the whole experythience more human.
We limit the total number of attendees to give you a chance to develop deep connections with colleagues. We ban corporate sponsors - you’re here to learn, not to hear a pitch. We create a ton of opportunities to meet people -- randomized seating, curated introductions, and plenty of time in between talks -- so you won’t get buttonholed by the same crowd.
You’ll have the chance to hear from the top voices in the industry in addition to fast-rising talent. We make a point to scout for speakers working at the cutting edge of SaaS who may not have time for self promotion but know what it takes to build a profitable business.
We’ve worked incredibly hard to create the kind of conference we’d want to attend.
Here’s what you can expect when you come to SaaSFest:
The Main Event (December 14th)
Out of the 6k+ recurring revenue companies we’ve worked with, the most successful have mastered all three pillars of the subscription world: monetization, retention, and acquisition. We’ve organized our main event to give you maximum insight into each.
Each segment will feature a series of 30 to 45-minute talks. Like last year, we’re skipping panels in favor of speakers that will offer deep cuts in their area of expertise.
This year's main event will be headlined by some of the most impactful figures in SaaS like:
These are just a few of our speakers and we’ll continue announcing more in the lead up to the conference. After the fun is over, we’ll hook you up with all of the resources from the day, including videos of the talks and supplemental materials from the speakers. You can engage with our current lineup and follow our updates with #saasfest17 and on the SaaSFest website.
One-Day Pricing Workshop (optional on December 13th)
At Price Intelligently, we’ve developed a bit of expertise in the field of SaaS pricing (a lot if we’re not being humble :)). For companies looking for specific guidance to optimize their pricing, packaging, and positioning, we’re hosting a full day workshop to develop a tailored pricing framework and testing plan.
Identifying growth opportunities in your current pricing data
Methods to collect high quality pricing and relative preference data
Techniques to use data for pricing, positioning, marketing, funnel alignment, and more
We'll give you an inside look at what we do for companies that work with us and help you create a tailored framework that you can take back to your company. Your SaaSFest tickets are included when you come to the workshop and you can bring up to three team members to the workshop with you.
Trial and Error (Invite/Application Only - December 15th)
Last year, we tried a bold experiment: an invite-only post-conference discussion for founders and executives of recurring revenue businesses. It went far better than we expected. One attendee said it was, “The most honest conversation I’ve had about my company all year.” This year, we’re excited to host it again.
Trial and Error is a time to reflect on learnings from the conference and candidly discuss the challenges we face. We’ll talk openly about our wins and failures and shared issues we work through as SaaS leaders. It’s a judgement-free zone where everything discussed in the room stays there -- there’s no social media allowed.
You’ll leave the discussion feeling ready to tackle whatever challenges arrive next, backed up by a new network of high level execs and founders who you can call for advice. It’s a deeply moving and memorable experience. You can apply to attend here for more details.
SaaSFest 2017: Early bird prices end October 23
SaaSFest is all about attendees coming together to share what they've learned while working on the front lines of SaaS and building a shared community in the process. It’s not your typical conference -- it’s a chance to hear actionable lessons from leaders you can immediately apply at work. You'll get to know the people who are making it happen at successful SaaS companies from around the world.
Best of all, you can register today! Early bird tickets for $799 are available until October 23rd and you can take advantage of a limited supply of discounted rooms at the Marriott Long Wharf (our venue). Make sure to follow #saasfest17 for all the updates. See you in December!
By Patrick Campbell
Founder & CEO of ProfitWell, the software for helping subscription companies with their monetization and retention strategies, as well as providing free turnkey subscription financial metrics for over 20,000 companies. Prior to ProfitWell Patrick led Strategic Initiatives for Boston-based Gemvara and was an Economist at Google and the US Intelligence community.