San Mateo County Event Center Hosts SaaStr Annual 2023: The Premier SaaS Gathering

September 6-8, 2023

The San Mateo County Event Center & Fair proudly announces its role as the host venue for the highly anticipated annual SaaStr (Software as a Service) Conference, which took place September 6th to 8th, 2023. This three-day event brought together SaaS executives, founders, and venture capitalists for a dynamic experience featuring networking sessions, pitch opportunities with VCs and investors, insights from leaders in the SaaS industry, and immersive community workshops and classes.


In a remarkable demonstration of the resilience of in-person gatherings, the 2023 SaaStr Annual Conference, welcomed over 10,000 attendees!


This year, SaaStr Annual 2023 was extremely monumental, with over 25,000 attendee connections made, 3,200 hours of workshops and braindates hosted, over 50% of speakers were women, 159 sponsors and attendees that traveled from over 100 different countries! The conference included three days of immersive learning, featuring tactical sessions led by prominent founders, emerging voices, and industry leaders, along with insights from 289 speakers representing the world’s top SaaS companies. Attendees participated in over 1,000 networking opportunities, AMAs (Ask Me Anything sessions), mentoring sessions, one-on-one meetings, and roundtable discussions designed to provide actionable advice for scaling businesses from $0 to $100M ARR with less stress and more success.


The event placed a significant focus on engaging speakers who are driving innovation in the SaaS industry. Notable speakers for the 2023 conference included Anu Hariharan, Managing Director of YC Continuity at Y Combinator, Bernadette Nixon, CEO of Algolia, Ben Chestnut, CEO of Mailchimp, and many other influential figures. These speakers inspired and educated all in attendance.


At the heart of the SaaStr conference is a commitment to community support, offering attendees endless opportunities to collaborate and learn from peers across various roles, functions, industries, company sizes, and beyond. SaaStr Annual 2023 is an essential event for B2B founders, executives, revenue leaders, and investors.


Dana Stoehr, CEO of the San Mateo County Event Center & Fair, expressed enthusiasm for hosting the event, saying, “We are always delighted to be host SaaStr Annual. SaaStr’s mission to nurture their community is incredibly inspiring, and we eagerly anticipate supporting their goal of providing equal opportunities to all attendees.”


During COVID, the San Mateo Event Center was unable to host most events but instead played a vital role in protecting our health care workers and most vulnerable populations by serving as a COVID-19 testing site, operations hub, and supply center, 250-bed temporary overflow hospital, and vaccine distribution center for the San Francisco Bay Area. To date, the Event Center has
administered 250,000 COVID-19 tests and vaccinated more than 90,000 individuals.


The award-winning San Mateo County Fair is the Peninsula’s premier community event for family fun and entertainment. The San Mateo County Fair strives to provide a diverse experience through education, inspiration, and entertainment. The annual Fair represents a celebration of our community’s talent, interests, innovations, and rich agricultural and artistic heritage.


SaaStr is the world’s largest community of SaaS executives, founders, and entrepreneurs. Our goal is to help everyone get from $0 to $100m ARR with less stress and more success.  We do that with a combination of industry-leading content and community connections. The SaaStr Annual is the largest non-vendor event in the industry, with 15,000+ attendees from all across the world coming together each September in the SF Bay Area. SaaStr began in 2012 as a simple WordPress blog and a few answers on Quora sharing Jason Lemkin’s learnings of going from $0 to $100m ARR at EchoSign.  This led to our first meet-ups in 2013 and 2014, the first SaaStr Annual in 2015, the industry’s leading podcast in 2016, the first SaaS founder coworking space in 2017, and SaaStr Pro, the first learning management system for SaaS founders, 2018.  We also have an affiliated $90m venture fund. SaaStr has been named one of the Top 100 Blogs for Entrepreneurs by Forbes and one of the 50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine, and a Top Writer on Quora six times.  Jason has been named by Business Insider to the 32 Most Powerful People in Business Technology.

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