Super 30: SaaS based Startup Founders Under 30

Nilam Oswal

Nilam Oswal

Senior editor

Parul Saxena

Chief editor

Last updated: July 6, 2018

The SaaS startup bubble is rising and these founders have revolutionized the business world with their successful startups in this field. Take a look at the top 30 of them who are just under the age of 30 and conquering the world:

SaaS startup founder under 30 2018

  1. Abhijit Kane

Co-Founder, Postman

Twitter: @abhijit_kane
HQ: San Francisco

 

  • What the company does: An API testing and development platform for individual developers as well as enterprises. It covers the entire API lifecycle, smoothens the workflow and allows simplified integration and collaboration.
  • The Journey: A Computer Science and Economics graduate from BITS Pilani, Abhijit interned at the likes of WalMart Labs and Adobe before co-founding Postman with Abhinav Asthana and Ankit Sobti in 2014. Today, Posman boasts a user base of 5 million developers, with clients that include Microsoft, Sony, and Netflix.
  1. Alessio Alionco

CEO & Co-Founder, Pipefy

Twitter: @alessioalionco
HQ: San Francisco

 

  • What the company does: A powerful intuitive cloud-based BPM (Business Process Management) platform that helps managers of all kinds build/work with any kind of workflow.
  • The Journey: Alionço was a mergers & acquisitions consultant before he founded Pipefy in 2015. His experience with the inflexibility and exorbitant cost of tools needed for process execution integration of business operations of the companies in mergers is what led him to develop Pipefy.

Pipefy is now used in over 150 countries and by big shots such as Accenture, GE, Volvo and Visa.

  1. Jason VandeBoom

Founder & CEO, ActiveCampaign

Twitter: @jvandeboom
HQ: Chicago


  • What the company does: A multifunctional marketing solution targeted towards small businesses. It takes care of email marketing and marketing automation while doubling as a sales CRM.
  • The Journey: Launched in 2003, ActiveCampaign was one of eight different products offering simple solutions to help small businesses to connect with their customers. The transition to SaaS and a single unified product caused an obvious dip in the revenue but was ultimately for the best as it became one of Chicago’s fastest growing companies, while tripling its revenue and maintaining its profitability.
  1. Matin Movassate

Co-Founder &CEO, Heap

Twitter: @matinm1
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: Automates customer insight analytics across various platforms so businesses can understand customer behavior, improve sales and customer retention.
  • The Journey: Heap was started in 2013 with the aim to “make data useful for everybody” by Movassate and co-founder Ravi Parikh, who are both Stanford alumni. Heap saw 3x revenue growth in 2016 and as of 2018, its funding adds up to $40.2 million. It serves over 6000 companies including Zendesk, Optimizely, and Casper.
  1. Justin Zhu

Co-Founder & CEO, Iterable

Twitter:@hjzhu
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: Growth marketing platform that provides intuitive lifecycle automation, reporting, and segmentation.
  • The Journey: The aim of Iterable is to captivate the right customers at the right time with the right techniques. It was founded in 2013 by Zhu and co-founder Andrew Boni, and is helping growth marketers today to achieve true omnichannel relevance.
  1. Peter Reinhardt

CEO & Co-Founder, Segment

Twitter: @reinpk
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: Growth marketing platform that provides intuitive lifecycle automation, reporting, and segmentation.
  • The Journey: Peter studied Aerospace Engineering at MIT before dropping out to found Segment. Today Segment offers a simplified customer data collection across several platforms and over 200 integrations all under a single API. It is used by 15000 companies and has received a funding of $108.7 million since 2011.
  1. Spenser Skates

Spenser Skates

Co-Founder & CEO, Amplitude Analytics

Twitter: @spenserskates
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: A product analytics service to help companies understand customers better, how to engage and retain them. It helps to sharpen and focus your product development strategy in line with user behavior.
  • The Journey: An MIT alumnus, Skates co-founded Amplitude Analytics in 2012 after co-founding Sonalight, a hands-free text-to-speech app, both with Curtis Liu. Amplitude Analytics provides behavioral analysis, retention and churn analysis and also pathfinder conversion among other features.
  1. Deepak Diwakar

Co-Founder, MindTickle

Twitter: @ddeepak4u
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: A data-driven sales readiness platform offering a range of functionalities ranging from onboarding to skill development.
  • The Journey: MindTickle was started by Diwakar and three others in 2011 as a way to make customer-facing sales teams sales-ready, and improve their competitiveness. It is used by companies including Qualtrics and Egnyte to for end-to-end sale readiness, onboarding, and sales effectiveness.
  1. Pratham Mittal

Co-Founder, Outgrow & VenturePact

Twitter: @prathammittal
HQ: New York


  • What the company does: VenturePact connects businesses with vetted software development firms and service providers. Outgrow is a growth marketing platform that allows marketers to create interactive and engaging content and tools to generate demand.
  • The Journey: Before Outgrow and VenturePact, Mittal had founded Newsance.net, an API that allows news agencies to specify which friends/acquaintances of a user are most affected by a news item. Pratham and co-founder Randy Rayess are both Penn State alums.


10. Jonathan Anguelov

Co-Founder & COO, Aircall

Twitter: @Joanathanangv
HQ: Paris


  • What the company does: Cloud-based call center software and app, allows businesses to effectively operate their call centers from anywhere in the world.
  • The Journey: Jonathan has built Aircall’s entire sales machine from scratch. He previously worked as an investment banker in Paris and London. Aircall is a complete business and contact center that can be integrated with any CRM. It is active in 30 countries and its current funding stands at $40.6 million.
  1. Jeroen De Wit

CEO, Teamleader

Twitter: @jeroendewit
HQ: Ghent, Belgium


  • What the company does: Comprehensive CRM, Project Management, and Invoicing SaaS solution for small and medium enterprises.
  • The Journey: De Wit founded Teamleader in 2012, as a CRM tool based on customer feedback. The mission is to help European SMEs to work smarter.
  1. Ara Mahdessian

Ara Mahdessian

CEO, ServiceTitan

HQ: Los Angeles

 

 

  • What the company does: Field service software and mobile app for home service contractors
  • The Journey: ServiceTitan was conceived as a tool to help contractors such as Mahdessian and co-founder Kuzoyan’s fathers. It streamlines operations for residential HVAC, plumbing, and other home service provider organizations of all sizes, including clients such as Mr. Rooter, Gold Medal Service, and Casteel Air.
  1. Eric Rea

Co-Founder & CEO, Podium

Twitter: @ericwilliamrea
HQ: Lehi, Utah

 

  • What the company does: Cloud-based software that helps small and medium businesses to manage their online reviews on social media.
  • The Journey: Rea and Daniel Steele founded Podium in 2014 as a solution for small and medium-sized companies to improve their online reputation through online reviews in a less time-consuming and more effective manner. Its total funding stands at $36 million today.
  1.  Omar Gabr

Omar Gabr

CEO & Co-Founder, Instabug

Twitter: @OKGabr
HQ:  Cairo, Egypt


  • What the company does: An SDK (Software Development Kit) used for crash-reporting, bug-reporting, user surveys, and more for mobile apps.
  • The Journey: Instabug started in 2012 when co-founders Omar Gabr and Moataz Soliman developed a prototype of Instabug in their final semester at Cairo University. As of 2017, Instabug has been integrated into 800 million devices, and is in use by Android, iOS, Cordova, Ionic, and the like.
  1. Tom Coburn

Tom Coburn

Co-Founder & CEO, Jebbit

Twitter: @tomcoburn1
HQ: Boston


  • What the company does: A declared data platform that empowers marketers to create elegant mobile experiences to capture valuable consumer data.
  • The Journey: Coburn co-founded Jebbit while a student at Boston College in 2011. A Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, Coburn envisioned Jebbit as a way to improve customer engagement by using the right data.
  1. Eric Spett

Eric Spett

CEO, Terminus

Twitter: @ericspett
HQ: Atlanta

 

  • What the company does: First of its kind, an account-based B2B advertising platform that allows marketers to get the most out of their digital marketing investment.
  • The Journey: Spett founded Terminus after his first startup failed. It has received a total funding of $19.6 million since its launch in 2015 and is successfully helping B2B marketers generate high quality leads via display advertising.
  1. John Collison

John Collison

President, Stripe

Twitter: @collision
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: Technical, banking, and fraud-prevention infrastructure for online payments
  • The Journey: Stripe was founded by Collison and his brother, Patrick in 2011 when he was just 19 years old. As of 2018, the company’s worth is pegged at over $9 billion, and Collison is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire at 26. Stripe is used by big-name clients such as Facebook and Lyft, and has quickly transformed into a worldwide standard for online payment processing.
  1. Allen Gannett

Allen GannettCEO, TrackMaven

Twitter: @Allen
HQ: Washington, DC


  • What the company does: Marketing analytics software that provides marketing insights and integrated analysis of marketing data from every channel.
  • The Journey: Gannett previously co-founded Accelprise, a successful SaaS startup accelerator. He founded Trackmaven in 2012; it was born as a rudimentary Excel system which he used to automate the tedious data collections in his job as a marketing officer, and deliver appropriate insights. Today it is used by the likes of Microsoft and the NBA.
  1. Mallorie Brodie

Mallorie Brodie

CEO, Bridgit

Twitter: @MalBrodie
HQ: Kitchener, Canada


  • What the company does: Construction management software which streamlines the entire construction process.
  • The Journey: Brodie and co-founder Lauren Lake started Bridgit right after university. It was conceived as flexible, on-site automation tool for construction projects to improve the quality and efficiency of on-site communication while ensuring a smooth adoption process.
  1. Mathilde Collin

Mathilde Collin

CEO, Front

Twitter: @collinmathilde
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: Shared inbox app that receives all your incoming feeds, enabling you to collaborate on them in real-time.
  • The Journey: Front App got into the Y Combinator program way back in 2014 before it was officially launched. It changes the way organizations manage email, enabling improved internal and external communication. In fact, Front App was utilized by Y Combinator too, in order to manage its email better.
  1. Keith Ryu

Keith Ryu

CEO, Fountain

Twitter: @kibaekr
HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: Hiring platform meant to manage high-volume and high-turnover recruiting in industries such as retail, hospitality, and manufacturing.
  • The Journey: Previously known as OnboardIQ, Fountain was developed as a mobile-first application to make hiring for hourly workers easier and less expensive. Companies such as Uber, Grubhub, and Safeway rely on Fountain for large-scale hiring.
  1. Cody McLain

Cody McLain

Executive Chairman, SupportNinja

Twitter: @codymclain
HQ: Austin

 

  • What the company does: Omnichannel customer care and back-office support service provider.
  • The Journey: Cody is no novice when it comes to startups, he started and sold his first company when he was only fifteen. SupportNinja was developed to help startups become more scalable and their entrepreneurs more efficient. It was originally based out of India, but was later moved to the Philippines.
  1. Alexander Fischer

Alexander Fischer

Co-Founder, SimScale GmbH

Twitter: @AlexDFischer
HQ: Munich, Germany


  • What the company does: Simulation software that provides CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), FEA (Finite Element Analysis), and Thermal analysis.
  • The Journey: SimScale was released in 2013, developed by Fischer and four other fellow graduates of the Technical University of Munich, with the goal of bringing CAE solutions to the commercial market and provide a more cost-effective solution to traditional on-premise methods in use at the time.
  1. Yann Fleureau

Yann Fleureau

Co-Founder & CEO, CardioLogs

Twitter: @yannfleureu
HQ: Paris


  • What the company does: AI-powered cloud-based software that allows medical professionals to screen patients for cardiovascular diseases accurately, anywhere.
  • The Journey: Fleureau is the executive face of the software, which was founded in 2014, while co-founder Jia Ll brings the science. CardioLogs is meant to make cardiac examination and analysis easier, smarter, and faster.
  1. Miraj Patel

Miraj Patel

Founder, Harness

HQ: Tampa, Florida


  • What the company does: A mobile platform that enables organizations of all sizes to effectively engage donors.
  • The Journey: Miraj and co-founder Andrew Scarborough started Harness in 2015 with the idea that a little goes a long way when it comes to charities and non-profit organizations. Harness also allows users to round up debit or credit card purchases and donate the change to their favorite charities.
  1. Dallen Allred

Dallen Allred

Co-founder & COO, Artemis

Twitter: @dallenallred
HQ: Salt Lake City, Utah


  • What the company does: Data analytics tools for employee benefits managers.
  • The Journey: Artemis was founded in 2013 to help employers manage their employee health benefits more effectively through data analytics. Allred has previous startup founding experiences with Subtopia and Provo Startup Dojo.
  1. Ryan Chan

Ryan Chan

Founder & CEO, UpKeep

Twitter: @chanrj001
HQ: Los Angeles


  • What the company does: Mobile-first maintenance app (CMMS) for facility and asset maintenance.
  • The Journey: Chan came up with the idea of UpKeep while working as a process development engineer at a membrane manufacturing plant, as a way to empower maintenance teams and help them be twice as productive. Chan is a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and got UpKeep through the Y Combinator program in 2017.

28. Didi Horn

Didi Horn

Founder & CEO, SkyX

Twitter: @Didi_H1
HQ: Ontario

 

  • What the company does: UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) / drones that enable oil and gas industries to monitor rigs and pipelines more effectively and cheaply.
  • The Journey: Horn was an ex-fighter pilot for the Israel National Army for 9 years. SkyX started as a long-range, simple, small, and practical commercial solution for the energy market.
  1. Joseph W. Kaupp

Joseph W. Kaupp

Co-founder & CEO, Bainbridge Health

Twitter: @JosephKaupp
HQ: 
Philadelphia


  • What the company does: Provides hospitals a data analytics platform for improved medication safety.
  • The Journey: Originating in 2013 at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Kaupp was the Entrepreneur in Residence, Bainbridge Health was conceived as a way to improve patient safety by reducing the risk of medication errors. Previously, Kaupp founded The University of Proofreading, which was later acquired by Sapient Data Services.
  1. Adam Brown

Adam Brown

Co-Founder, Mux Inc.

HQ: San Francisco


  • What the company does: Provides real-time performance monitoring and video streaming infrastructure.
  • The Journey: Launched in 2015, Mux was founded by Adam Brown and three others. “Mux” stands for “multiplexing” i.e. combining multiple data signals into one in digital media. It went through the Y Combinator program in 2016 and helps development teams everywhere to create and manage elegant video workflows.
Nilam Oswal
Nilam Oswal is a Content Marketing Head and Brand Strategiest at SoftwareSuggest. When she's not hard at work, she can be found wandering, reading, and just generally having a good time in life.

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