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Jay Simons of Atlassian to Keynote Greenville’s 2020 Venture Pitch Conference

Learn how this visionary silicon-valley veteran grew Atlassian from virtually nothing to serving over 100,000 entrepreneurs around the world and generating more than $1B in annual revenues ... without a traditional sales force

Greenville, 2020 – NEXT announced today that Jay Simons will keynote its virtual annual conference in September. The online event spans three half-days from September 15 -17 , 2020.

In 2008, Jay Simons joined Atlassian (Nasdaq: TEAM) an Australian-based global software company and helped grow the business from virtually nothing to over $1.7B in annualized revenues represented by over 170,000 customers from across the world. During his tenure as President, Jay helped pioneer the “Product Led Growth” software category whereby software businesses grow largely through product innovation, “land-and- expand” virality and online self-service. Atlassian is famously known for leading collaboration tools which include JIRA Software, Confluence, Bitbucket, Trello and JIRA Service Desk.

“Jay has spent decades serving, coaching, evaluating and building world class entrepreneurial teams across the world,” said Alex Estevez, Venture Partner with Accel and NEXT Venture Pitch Chair. “As such, Jay’s insights on growing your business are invaluable, and we are so pleased to have him join our community of entrepreneurs to share these insights for this event.”

In addition, Jay has served the entrepreneurial community as a board member to Hubspot (Nasdaq: HUBS), a leading growth platform with over 78,700 total customers and entrepreneurs in over 120 countries.

HubSpot’s award-winning software, services, and support transforms the way companies attract, engage, and delight customers.

NEXT Venture Pitch is produced in partnership with Clemson University and presented by SCRA – two strategic allies in the Greenville/Upstate S.C. entrepreneur ecosystem.

About NEXT

NEXT attracts and grows high-impact, knowledge-based companies by developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting entrepreneurs to it. NEXT is a production of the Greenville Chamber and currently supports over 120 knowledge-based companies in Upstate South Carolina.

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Christy Ashkettle

Director of Communications & Culture

(864) 751-4845

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