SaaStr at Home 2020: A Recap from TaxJar

by Sarah Craig

While COVID-19 is continuing to impact live events, SaaStr pivoted to an online version of SaaStr Annual called SaaStr Annual at Home. So while things looked different with less business suits and no handshakes, there was no shortage of great content. Here are a few of our favorite sessions from the event. SaaStr has made all the classes available to watch on demand, so if you missed it, you can still catch up!

The 5 Things That Kill Startups After Their Seed Rounds and the Secrets to Avoiding Them with Y Combinator 

Michael Seibel, partner of Y Combinator and CEO of the YC startup accelerator program, gave a great overview on how to avoid common risks for startups after they receive funding. There are some great tips for companies heading into a round of funding. Recording here

What Being a Founder Taught Me About Leadership

Erica Brescia, COO of GitHub, shares some great lessons she picked up while being a co-founder of her own company and how she still uses the things she learned in her current role as COO of GitHub. Entrepreneurs gain a skill set that can be used even when you step out of the founder position, Erica explains how to harness those skills in a company of any size. Recording here.

From $0 to $400+M: 10 Mistakes the CEO of ZoomInfo Made on His Journey to IPO.

We’ve all made mistakes. ZoomInfo founder and CEO Henry Schuck tells the story of growing a company from the ground up, and everything that happened along the way, speed bumps and all. There is a lot to be gained from his insights, including things about company culture, product releases, and how to hire the right people. You don’t want to miss this one. Recording here

Learning from the Lows: How Mailchimp Navigated Economic Uncertainty.

Mailchimp Co-founder and CEO Ben Chestnut. As we’re all going through an unpredictable economy right now, businesses have a lot of concerns about the future. Ben walks through a series of previous events that resulted in a fragile economy and how Mailchip was able to make it through the first 10 years of its founding. There are a lot of takeaways from going through challenging times, and Ben shares his insight in this session. Recording here

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