What does tomorrow look like for Trello and Atlassian?

“Backstage at Web Summit was one of those moments that clinched it for me. Jay and I looked at each other and it was just sort of this magical moment. It became clear to me that this was the way to move.”

Michael Pryor is head of product of Trello, a company he co-founded in 2011 – 1.1 million people now use Trello daily, and they’ve had 14 million signups to date.

It was at Web Summit 2016, that Michael shared that “magical moment” backstage with Jay Simons, president of Atlassian.

Michael and Jay were about to hit the SaaS Monster stage for a talk on how employers can better empower their employers when Demet Mutlu, CEO of Trendyol, decided to tell them how much she loved both of their products.

“She told Jay that Trendyol use JIRA and that they love it. Then she turned to me and said, ‘We run parts of our company off Trello; it’s amazing.’

Michael and Jay were about to announce Atlassian’s $425 million acquisition of Trello, and this moment assured Michael that Trello had made the right decision.

“The people who love our products love them together and use them together. It just makes sense,” says Michael.

Jay took similar inspiration and said that he “drew a lot of energy from that moment and it was a good endorsement of the impact we are making on teamwork inside a really big company.”


Empowering your workforce

Philippe Botteri of Accel, Tom Gonser of DocuSign, Michael Pryor of Trello, Jay Simons of Atlassian and Demet Mutlu of Trendyol :

The workplace has changed a lot over the past 20 years. This panel will discuss what this means for employees and work/life balance, how we can empower employees to work in an environment that suits them and what the future will hold on the workplace.

Posted by SaaS Monster on Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Trello and Atlassian share the Web Summit stage

Michael says that attending conferences like ours is all about meeting people.

“We’re building software all the time. Actually meeting your customers and seeing how they’re finding your work is so important.

“Being at these conferences is really important because you can connect with your customers in a way that you can’t online. Also as a person who creates something, it’s a totally different experience to meet other creators in person,” says Michael.

We get a real kick from seeing two of our regulars (Atlassian has joined us six times) strike up a partnership like this. We like to think of Web Summit as a meeting place for the people behind the companies of both today and tomorrow.

We can’t wait to see what tomorrow looks like for Trello and Atlassian.

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