Head in the Clouds: Understanding The Future of SaaS Industry

In Partnership with Voices of Wall Street

The pandemic radically shifted the way many of us work. Like many other industries, Software as a service, or SaaS, saw exponential growth in 2020. For 2021, worldwide public cloud spend is expected to rise by 18% to $305 billion, up from $258 billion in 2020, according to Gartner.

As investors continue to see strong momentum in the SaaS industry, Public.com is partnering up with Voices of Wall Street to invite several SaaS company executives and analysts to share their hot takes on where they see SaaS trends going over the next five years. Hope King from Voices of Wall Street will be the host of this talk.

This session includes a live Q&A with our SaaS company executives and analysts who will answer some of the most pressing questions about the future of the cloud space in 2021 and beyond.

This talk is based on Public Theme: Lost In the Clouds. This is the first of our Public Theme-based virtual event series. You can explore more themes on the Public Themes page.

*Just a talk. Not investment advice. See Public.com/disclosures/.


  • What really are Software As a Service (SaaS) and cloud computing?
  • Why are more and more companies moving to cloud computing? What are the drivers of this change?
  • How has the pandemic affected the cloud industry? Where do you see the cloud industry going post-pandemic? Where do you see the industry going in the next 5 years?
  • What are some of the challenges we face in the cloud space?


Amy Konary

Amy Konary  is Zuora’s VP of Customer Business Innovation with close to 20 years of experience advising companies on subscription business strategies following a tenure as an industry analyst at IDC. She is the founder and chair of the Subscribed Institute at Zuora, a think tank for the subscription economy.

Rishi Jaluria

Rishi Jaluria joined D.A. Davidson in December 2017 to cover the Software sector. Prior to joining the firm, he covered the Software sector at JMP Securities. Other previous experience includes work with Pacific Crest Securities, J.P. Morgan Securities, and UBS.

Rishi holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Hope King

Hope King is a Business Reporter with Axios. Hope was most recently an anchor with Cheddar, where she spent almost four years. From her chair on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, she anchored and co-hosted three business news shows. Prior to Cheddar, Hope was a CNN reporter covering the business of technology. Throughout her career, Hope has reported from around the country and from China. She has interviewed top business leaders including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Apple VP Lisa Jackson, and Lockheed Martin VP Kay Sears.

Hope started her career at Merrill Lynch, where she was a Vice President of Business Development and Product Management for a $200 billion investment management platform.

Talk Partner: Voices of Wall Street

Voices of Wall Street is a video-first financial media company focused on stock news, industry trends, and insights from the sharpest minds on Wall Street and in business. The company believes everyone should have access to quality financial information, not just hedge funds and investment managers. VoWS has interviewed industry experts and executives from innovative publicly traded companies including fuboTV, Lemonade, General Motors, Jumia, Fisker, Desktop Metal, and more.