INCLUSION & Diversity
At SaaStr, we are committed to inclusion and diversity both as a community and as a fund. Our 2018 goals for the SaaStr Annual, the world's largest event in the industry, is to achieve a 50/40/30 ratio for the 20,000+ Attendees:
50% multicultural speakers, 40% women speakers, and 30% women attendees.
We achieved the 50%/40% speaker goals in 2017 but did not reach out 30% goal on attendees. That's a top action item for 2018.
We are also committed to supporting all efforts to allow the best founders and executives from across the world to come to the U.S. Founders from almost 50 countries come to the SaaStr Annual, and from more than a dozen work out of the SaaStr CoSelling Space.
We especially recognize that doing much more to support SaaS executives of color is critically important and seek to promote as many speakers, attendees and participation here as possible.
So far, 50% of our SaaStr Fund investments have a woman CEO and/or co-founder, and 100% have either a woman co-founder or an immigrant co-founder.
Historically, 90%+ of our investments have been in CEOs that have come to the U.S. from other countries, from all across the world. We have invested in some of the best entrepreneurs from Portugal, Armenia, France, UK, Estonia, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Sweden, etc. Without policies that welcome the best-of-the-best to the U.S., we do not believe there is a bright future for entrepreneurism in the U.S.
Our goals here are evolving, but currently, our minimum commitment is to having 33% of our investments have women cofounders, and to continue being a leader in founders from other countries. We recognize these are only partial steps to achieving equality in participation and investment opportunities. We also recognize that in particular, much, much more needs to be done for founders and women of color.
We are proud to be investors in companies and applications that themselves help companies achieve better diversity themselves, such as Teamable.
We actively seek out founders from diverse backgrounds, primarily because it is consistent with our core values, but also because they have been our top performers.
We strongly support the #decencypledge
MUCH more to do
Please provide us with feedback. We need your help here.
We scale better, the more diverse we are.
Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.