2017 CEO Forum

OpenView’s annual CEO Forum is an invite-only event. Interested parties can contact our Executive Community Director, Casey Renner, at crenner [at] openviewpartners [dot] com.

Please join us for OpenView’s annual CEO Forum on April 5th and 6th as we gather our portfolio CEOs, independent board members and individuals from our ecosystem to network and share best practices. This invite-only event will feature a dinner on the water in San Francisco on the 5th followed by a full day of great content in the heart of the city on the 6th.

For a detailed agenda, please see below.

The Forum will take place at Google Launchpad, located at 301 Howard Street, San Francisco. ​For nearby accommodations, we recommend the San Francisco Hyatt Regency and San Francisco Marriott Marquis​.


  • April 5, 2017
    6:00 - 9:00 PM

    Opening Reception

    The Pearl
    601 19th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94107

  • April 6, 2017
    9:00 AM

    Opening Remarks

    Scott Maxwell, Founder & Managing Partner, OpenView

    Google Launchpad
    301 Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    9:15 - 9:45 AM

    The Anatomy of the CEO Planning Process

    Alex Shootman, CEO, Workfront, formerly Apptio, Eloqua

    9:45 - 10:30 AM

    Panel: Managing an Effective Board

    Sue Bostrom, Board Member: Spredfast, ServiceNow, Marketo
    Graham Smith, Board Member: Citrix, Splunk, MINDBODY
    Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder, theBoardlist
    Jim Baum, former exec chairman / Interim CEO of Dyn, former CEO of Netezza & Endeca

    10:30 - 11:00 AM

    Culture & Unconventional Strategies to Drive Growth

    David Barrett, CEO, Expensify

    11:00 - 11:45 AM

    Keynote: Building a World Class Team

    Steve Kerr, Head Coach, Golden State Warriors

    11:45 AM - 12:20 PM


    12:20 - 12:45 PM

    Not Your Average Diversity Conversation

    CoCo Brown, Founder & CEO, The Athena Alliance

    12:45 - 1:30 PM

    Product-Led Growth: How to Grow Like Slack, Trello and DocuSign

    Blake Bartlett, Partner, OpenView
    JD Peterson, former CMO, Trello
    Bill Macaitis, former CMO/CRO, Slack, Zendesk
    Ron Hirson, CPO, Docusign
    Edward Hartman, EIR at Simon-Kucher & Partners, Founder of LegalZoom

    1:30 - 2:00 PM

    CEO Story: From Idea to $3.7 Billion, the Evolution of AppDynamics

    Jyoti Bansal, Founder, AppDynamics

    2:00 - 2:30 PM

    The Story of 3 Successful Exits: Dyn, Netezza & Endeca

    Jim Baum, former exec chairman / Interim CEO of Dyn, former CEO of Netezza & Endeca
    John McCullough, VP of Corporate Development, OpenView

    2:30 - 2:45 PM


    2:45 - 3:30 PM

    SaaS Metrics that Really Matter for Your Business

    Perry Wallack, Founder, Cornerstone onDemand

    3:30 - 5:00 PM

    Bridging the Gap Between Strategy & Execution
    Facilitated Open Group Discussion

    CoCo Brown, Founder & CEO, The Athena Alliance

    5:00 PM

    Closing Remarks

    Adam Marcus, Managing Partner, OpenView

    5:00 PM

    Closing Cocktail Reception

    La Mar
    Pier 1 1/2
    The Embarcader
    San Francisco, CA 94105