Meet the impressive line-up of speakers for the Indian SaaS track at TechSparks 2022

By Surya Kannoth
November 08, 2022, Updated on : Wed Nov 09 2022 13:28:52 GMT+0000
Meet the impressive line-up of speakers for the Indian SaaS track at TechSparks 2022
In line with the overarching theme of TechSparks 2022, ‘Building on India’s tech agenda’, the Indian SaaS track will focus on how marquee players are turning India into a SaaS superpower.
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As the first cloud service to truly take off, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) arguably has a significant lead over other cloud-based services. It has clearly driven a best-of-breed world. There are now purpose-built apps for almost every industry and line of business.


With India poised to become the global SaaS capital over the next few years, the Indian SaaS market is expected to leapfrog multi-fold by 2025. In fact, India has already gone from having just two SaaS unicorns to 18 in 2022. The country’s SaaS revenues are currently witnessing an annual growth of 20 percent. The Indian SaaS market is likely to account for almost 7 to 10 percent of the global SaaS market, from 2-4 percent at present, according to a recent research report published by EY and CII.


Taking cue from the successes of the Indian SaaS universe, the latest edition of TechSparks – YourStory’s flagship startup tech event, scheduled between November 10 and 12, 2022, at Taj Yeshwantpur, Bengaluru – has curated a special track dedicated to the Indian SaaS. In line with the overarching theme of the event ‘Building on India’s tech agenda’, this track will focus on how marquee players in this space are turning India into a SaaS superpower.


The track will commence with a keynote address by Sunil Gopinath, CEO, Rakuten India on the theme ‘SaaS product innovation: An ecosystem play’. In an era where consumers are spoilt for choice, a GTM strategy is needed that cuts through the clutter, especially when it comes to SaaS. Sunil will deep-dive on how startups can build their go-to-market strategy with a laser-sharp focus on the customer.


The session will be followed by a panel discussion themed ‘Beyond borders: How early-stage SaaS companies can win US’, which will feature Aayush Lalit Jain, Venture Capital & Startup Business, AWS, Pranay Desai, Principal, Matrix Partners and Abhishek Srivastava, Director, Endiya Partners. The panelists will delve upon how early-stage companies can crack the US market following the footsteps of Freshworks’ listing on the US bourses.


Slated next is a fireside chat with Tejeshwi Sharma, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital on the topic ‘The Indian SaaS playbook for the 2020s’ where he will decipher what the next decade could look like for Indian SaaS.


The concluding fireside chat will feature Amit Srivastava, Head of Sales and Marketing, Rakuten India, who will deliberate on ‘Project North Star: How to optimise your SaaS business’. The idea of a North Star Metric is simple: find the one measurement that defines the long-term success of any business. But the mission to zero in and optimise the growth of a business towards this one component is easier said than done.


Catch all these incredible speakers, sessions and more, at TechSparks 2022. Book your TechSparks 2022 ticket here.

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