An honest discussion of what it was like to have initiated a $700m exit annd what he looks for in SaaS startups when he considers investing.
Notion Family member Paddle are excited to welcome Notion’s Managing Partner Stephen Chandler to the Paddle office for an honest discussion of what it was like to have initiated a $700m exit of Message Labs and what he looks for in SaaS startups when he considers investing.
If you’re involved in a SaaS business or startup come along to get inspired, exchange ideas and collaborate with other SaaS professionals. Refreshments and food will be available and you can enjoy some drinks afterward to continue the conversations.
A frustrated tech banker at UBS in the 90s, I longed to be on the other side of the table. I left to join Star in the heady dotcom bubble days and was part of the founding team of MessageLabs as CFO and EMEA GM. It was an incredible 10 year journey that drove my passion for startups – full of laughs, friendships and challenges. I initiated and led the $700m exit to Symantec at a time of terrifying upheaval in financial markets following the collapse of Lehman. So I think I can get stuff done under pressure.
As part of the founding team at Notion, our idea was to take our considerable and shared experiences in SaaS and apply them to accelerating investments in multiple European start-ups, with the goal to build a market-leading venture capital firm. As well as investing, I help guide strategy and lead our capital raising activities at Notion – so I know what it’s like to be asking for money as well as investing it and have immense respect and empathy for the entrepreneurs I meet.
Follow Stephen: @SC_Chandler
This talk will be moderated by Christian:
Christian Owens is the founder and CEO of Paddle. Prior to Paddle, Christian created his first software business from his bedroom at the age of 14. Having grown the business to over $1m in revenue he decided to quit school at 16 to focus on building startups, and founded Paddle when he turned 18.