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Age of SaaS Development in 2024

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a business model that has revolutionized the way organizations access and use software. In 2024, SaaS will be more prevalent than ever, with a variety of new applications and services. This article will explore the current state of SaaS development, the history of SaaS, and what the future may hold for the industry.

What is the Average Age at a SaaS Startup?

According to Aileen Lee’s analysis of the best start-ups, the average age at founding is 34 in general, and 35 for SaaS, and 38 for true enterprise software [1]. That’s the average age for founders at the time of founding. Of course, this doesn’t mean that SaaS startups only hire 21-year-olds. The age of the founders and employees at a SaaS startup can vary greatly.

The History of SaaS

Software as a Service (SaaS) is a business model where customers pay to use software hosted on a remote computer [2]. The history of SaaS begins with the introduction of Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) developed at MIT [3]. This early way of connecting computers helped businesses access modern computer systems at cost-acceptable enterprise pricing levels [3].

The introduction of local area networks (LANs) allowed businesses to shift towards individual ownership of computers with on-premise enterprise software installed on in-house machines as part of personal licenses [3]. Tomaz Tunguz does a good writeup on the history of Concur, including why it played a crucial role in the history of SaaS [2]. Concur also marks an important note in the history of SaaS because it was one of the very few SaaS companies that achieved both positive revenue and cash flow break-even [2].

Today, SaaS is often used interchangeably with “cloud computing” [2]. Other popular platforms that use an SaaS model include office and messaging software, payroll processing software, CAD software, accounting software, content management software, and antivirus software [2].

The main difference between SaaS and traditional software is that the customer’s data is transferred over a network (like the internet) to the SaaS provider [2]. This allows businesses to access up-to-date software without having to install it on their own systems.

The Story of Concur, the First SaaS Company

Some people call Concur the world’s first SaaS company [2]. It’s also one of the best examples of a successful, fast-growing SaaS company [2]. Concur allowed businesses to access their financial data in real time, while also helping them manage their expenses [3]. This was a major breakthrough in the world of SaaS, as it allowed businesses to benefit from the latest technology, while also reducing their costs [3].

The New Digital Revolution, Explained – Powered by AI

The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) has had a major impact on SaaS development. AI-powered SaaS applications are becoming increasingly popular, as they offer businesses the ability to automate processes, analyze data, and gain insights into their customers. AI-powered SaaS applications can also help businesses save time and money, as they can be used to automate mundane tasks and streamline workflows.


The age of SaaS development is rapidly changing, as new applications and services are being created every day. In 2024, SaaS will continue to be a major player in the world of software, as businesses continue to benefit from the cost-savings and convenience of using SaaS applications. AI-powered SaaS applications are also becoming increasingly popular, as they offer businesses the ability to automate processes and analyze data. The future of SaaS is bright, and businesses will continue to benefit from the cost-savings and convenience that SaaS provides.


  1. https://www.saastr.com/what-is-the-average-age-at-a-saas-startup/
  2. https://bebusinessed.com/history/the-history-of-saas/
  3. https://accelerateagency.ai/the-history-of-saas


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