SaaS has become a household name due to mainstream products like Netflix, Spotify, and even Amazon Prime. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is also known as cloud-based software. It doesn’t matter what type of business technology you are, a massive corporation or a tiny one, cloud-based software is like the default setting now. SaaS is a technology that has made the systems more affordable and flexible than it ever was.

We have curated a list of SaaS Startup CEOs who have left a footprint in the field and are changing the world’s outlook towards this technology in the ways they are using it.

1. CoSchedule

About CoSchedule: Coschedule is a dream come true for the marketing geeks. It has changed the way marketers plan, execute, and manage their marketing projects. The company is serving over 7000 international customers which helps them stay focused and meet deadlines. The company was one of the top 15 leading software providers on the Inc. 500 list and got recognized in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Marketing Platforms. Currently, CoSchedule is the fastest-growing solution for companies that are seeking a unified marketing platform.

About Garrett Moon

The current CEO and a Co-Founder of CoSchedule have taken the company to different heights. Garrett has published a book called “The 10x Marketing Formula”. He also actively blogs and speaks about social media marketing, content marketing, and startups. 

With his work ethic and extreme diligence, he was featured in sites like Forbes, Entrepreneur, Social Media Examiner, and Content Marketing Institute. He was invited to Googleplex to pitch CoSchedule along with Co-Founder Justin Walsh for the 2015 Demo Day.

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2. Setapp

About Setapp: is a subscription-based service created for Mac application by MacPaw Inc in 2016. The app provides first-hand access to the increasing array of Mac software from different developers by charging them a fixed monthly payment. The company has over 1 million users and 160 apps in the Setapp subscription. The application covers categories like- productivity, lifestyle, web development, Mac maintenance, creative writing, personal finance, and education.

About Oleksandr Kosovan:

Oleksandr Kosovan is a successful Ukrainian tech-entrepreneur. He is the founder of MacPaw, CleanMyMac, and Setapp that has passed the count of 4 million users. The first germ of MacPaw came into existence in the year 2008 when Kosovan was studying at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Since then, he has been successful in being the big name among the software developers in the Mac Market. With his keen attention to quality, functionality, and design, he and his company had managed to cater to a full scale of audience. He has played a significant role in bringing Ukraine on the technology map by investing in the local IT field. He is rigorously funding and mentoring the upcoming specialists. Kosovan has co-founded SMRK (smrk. vc), which is a venture capital fund that has a global reach. He has also invested in world-famous projects like AJAX. Systems, Madberry, Amazing Hiring, and Allset.

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3. Shopify

About Shopify: Who has not heard of the name Shopify? A Canadian multinational e-commerce company with one million registered businesses spread over 175 countries. In the year 2018, the company’s total gross merchandise volume exceeded USD 41.1 billion. In August 2013, the company launched Shopify Payments that allowed its users and merchants to use credit card payments without requiring any third-party payment gateway. Later they also started an iPad-centric point of sale system that provides an iPad to accept payments from debit and credit cards.

About Tobias Lutke:

Tobias Lutke, the founder, and creator of Shopify owns around 6.7% of the company as announced publicly in the year 2015. The platform helps other companies set up and run online stores. Lutke was a child prodigy and learned coding at a tender age of 12. He grew up in a German family and left school at the age of 16 to enter a computer programming apprenticeship. The first draft of Shopify came into existence when Lutke was trying to open an online snowboard shop but couldn’t find decent software to do so. Being the coder that he was, he developed the e-commerce platform along with a friend. And the rest is history. Today some of the top-notch companies like Kylie Cosmetics and shoe retailers Rothy’s and Allbirds use the Shopify platform. At the age of 39, he is a self-made businessman and on the Forbes list of Billionaires. 

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4. CompStak

About CompStak: CompStak is a real estate platform for commercial real estate practitioners. It allows them to compare data of different properties and neighborhoods. The platform uses a crowdsourcing model to acquire information that otherwise is either unavailable or nearly impossible to compile. The business model of the platform is simple – brokers exchange the comps they already have with the ones that they need. With a glorified present and future, CompStak has been featured in some prestigious publications like The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Real Deal, Bloomberg, AG Beat and many more. 

About Michael Mandel and Vadim Belobrovka:
Michael, the creator of CompStak, had some painful experiences as a commercial leasing broker in Manhattan and that’s what inspired him to originate CompStak. He is recognized for his success as Real Estate New York’s 30 under 30 in 2008 and Grubb & Ellis’ National Rookie of the Year in 2007.

Now Talking about Vadim, he is the driving force and the actual tech-mind behind CompStak’s layout and implementation. With his skills and consultation of the world’s predominant financial institutions and leading teams, he has successfully created complex custom commercial software. With a list of clients like JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and UBS, there is no stopping for this CEO duo.

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5. Docurated

About Docurated: The company offers the most agile and easiest way for sales and marketing teams to search and use the content. They also provide services for IT, marketing, strategy, and sales. They are active on the PAN United States basis.

About Alex Gorbansky

Alex Gorbansky has a notable past as being CEO of Frontier Strategy Group and Consultant at Boston Consulting group. He has also worked with Loudcloud and EMC Corporation and has a BS in Financial Engineering from Stanford University. Other than that he studied globalization and international relations at Oxford University. He has been mentioned in Forbes and VentureBeat. 

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6. Featurespace

About Featurespace: The company is a global leader of Adaptive Behavioural Analytics. The technology is delivered via machine learning ARIC platform to do risk management, control frauds, and compliance. 

About Martina King

Martina is a role model for many women across the globe who are trying to make it big. She has been the CEO of Featurespace since 2012. She was a former managing director at AR-based company Aurasma and had an extensive career in media technology, which also included leadership roles at Yahoo! Europe and Capital Radio. In the year 2018, she was named PaymentSource’s Most Influential Women in Payments. Martina was named in the Top 40 powerful women in tech by the Silicon Republic. 

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7. Netcrumb

About Netcrumb: This is a web application that supports creators to build a hassle-free one page WordPress website. You just need to select a design and then customize it to your needs.

About Dragos Ivanov:
Dragos started the company with a small budget that he used to outsource an app from Bucharest. Till now, his journey has been full of ups and downs. He has recorded it all on Medium posts along with cost estimation and useful lessons for the readers.  

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Each one of the CEOs is a class apart in the job they do, but one thing common in all of them is the mastery in their skills that made them grow and excel year after year.

Updated : May 6, 2021


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