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Southern SaaS 2020

Inspire. Connect. Upskill.

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This article was published on 10 March 2020

A not-to-be-missed interactive event exclusively for SaaS business founders, leaders and executive teams.

Starts 10 November 2020
New Zealand wide


What is Southern SaaS?

Now in its third year, Southern SaaS has a simple mission: to inspire, connect and upskill the leaders of New Zealand’s vibrant and growing SaaS business community.

The event brings together a stellar mix of international and local speakers, and a line-up of invaluable interactive workshops and virtual meeting opportunities.

View the full event programme here.

Southern SaaS kicks off on 10 November. Registrations are now closed.


Why attend?

The international upheaval of 2020 means it’s more important than ever for SaaS leaders to tap into the latest global insights. 

Be part of Southern SaaS 2020 to connect with the information and networks you need to help your SaaS business grow faster:

  • Be inspired by keynote addresses from international and local SaaS leaders.

  • Upskill and gain actionable insights at a selection of workshops run by subject experts.

  • Connect with the people, content and resources that matter and share your learning with others. 

The inspiring lineup of international and NZ keynote speakers includes:

  • Marvin Liao – investor, advisor, executive coach and former partner at venture capital fund 500 Startups, where he ran the fund’s San Francisco-based accelerator programme.

  • Sandi Lin – CEO and co-founder of Skilljar, a leading customer education platform used by enterprises to accelerate product adoption and deepen customer engagement.

  • J.Ryan Williams – an experienced builder of sales teams in Silicon Valley who has worked with a range of interesting companies in the SaaS, advertising, mobile, design and healthcare space.

  • Dr Alyona Medelyan – CEO and co-founder of Thematic, an AI-driven customer insights solution helping businesses improve customer and product experience through insights from customer feedback. Thematic’s customers include LinkedIn, DoorDash, ManpowerGroup, Jetstar and Vodafone.

  • Dr Paul Wood – an expert in the psychology of individual differences, high performance and emotional intelligence. Paul is a bestselling author whose passion for assisting others to realise their potential and flourish through adversity comes from his own experience of transformational change: from delinquent to doctor.


What’s different at Southern SaaS 2020?

After sell-out gatherings in 2018 and 2019, this year COVID-19 has forced us to go virtual. Keynotes from our international and local speakers, along with the workshops and planned meet-up events, will be conducted online. 

The upside, of course, is there’s no need to travel to this year’s event, and the sessions will be available on-demand for those who can’t watch them live.

The programme has been expanded this year with a packed schedule of speakers and workshops in the first week (10-12 November) followed by a week of deep-dive workshops (16-20 November) and a week of private appointments to tap into the knowledge of recognised subject experts (23-27 November).

Unless alert level restrictions prevent it, we’re also planning regional face-to-face networking events around the country to bring attendees together for some of the keynote sessions. 


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Highlights from Southern SaaS 2019