- 1 Episode Audio
- 2 Hosts
- 3 Featured Interview/Opening Discussion
- 4 Interview: Bonnie Halper, StartupOneStop
- 5 Startup Articles & Discussion
- 6 Startup & Security Notes of Interest
- 7 The Startup Journey: Updates
Featured Interview/Opening Discussion
Interview: Bonnie Halper, StartupOneStop
Bonnie Halper is an award winning writer who has been involved in the tech world since 1994, as an entrepreneur, a recruiter, a reporter/commentator and an industry expert. In fact, in 1994, she co-founded one of the first industry awards festivals – iMagic (fondly pronounced ‘I’m a Geek’), whose advisory board was a veritable who’s who of the industry at the time, including a Stanford master’s candidate (the only board member who wasn’t attached to a thriving startup or major corporation), but Jerry Yang did graduate and went on to found Yahoo!
She has written for Reuters, PEOPLE magazine and SHOWTIME, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, San Jose Mercury News and Time Magazine, among others. In 2009 Bonnie founded StartupOneStop, a strongly opinionated and sometimes prescient newsletter covering the tech industry, that’s a first read of investors, entrepreneurs, and the tech press globally. She was also founding editor in chief of AlleyWatch, and more recently founded Ladies Who Lead, a quarterly event hosting the leading women technology investors in the New York area, including angel, venture capital and corporate investors. In other words, she’s a high level networker extraordinaire and superconnector, two skills that are essential to and often undervalued/appreciated in the tech industry.
Since she has been hyperactive since birth and hasn’t outgrown it, she is also a monthly contributor to athleisuremag.com. Columbia and Oxford University educated, Bonnie also mentors at three of the world’s top accelerators: Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, DreamIt Accelerator, and Founder Institute NY, and is a judge for Parallel 18. Ms. Halper also hosts a semi-monthly Investor Breakfast, and frequently speaks on panels focused on the tech industry.
- What is unique about running a security startup?
- How about moving from a services/consulting company to a product company?
- What are some unique things investors are interested in when talking to security startups?
- Where are the best opportunities in the market for security startups?
- What advice do you have for those who may have an idea and want to create a security startup?
- What are some of the most exciting security startups in the industry right now and why?
- What advice do you have for enterprises looking at solution and considering (or not) a solution for a security startup?
Startup Articles & Discussion
- How to Become Insanely Well-Connected ==>
- Self-made millionaire: Don't start your own business—unless you have this trait ==>
- Why Companies Are Not Startups ==>
- The 24 month journey to product/market fit ==> stages + timing… where are you in the process?
- Startups worship the young. But research shows people are most innovative when they’re older ==> check out the median age.
Startup & Security Notes of Interest
Amazon Web Services Changed the Way VCs Fund Startups
- ‘’“By comparing rates of investment before and after AWS was introduced in 2006, Nanda and his colleagues could see how VCs changed their strategies with startups such as cloud-based software and service companies, which could take advantage of AWS to decrease costs, versus others like biotechs that were less impacted by the new technologies.”’’
- more companies got less money in a “spray and pray” approach
- those that survive get higher valudation
- might delay governance - the guidance startups need from VC
Signifyd raised $56M Series C
- ‘’Signifyd is a Software as a Service platform that helps e-commerce businesses to detect fraud and prevent credit card chargebacks.’’
Attivo Networks raised $15M Series B
- ‘’Attivo is a provider of deception technology for real-time threat detection, attack forensic analysis and continuous threat response to cyber-attacks.’’
Signal Sciences raised $15M Series B
- ‘’Signal Science offers a real-time web protection and security prioritization solution that covers cloud, physical and containerized infrastructure.’’
CyberArk acquired Conjur for $42M
- ‘’Conjur provides DevOps security software offering multi-factor machine authentication. instant isolation and shutdown solutions to organizations.’’
- A little unclear at to the total funding, but this seems like a decent exit
The Startup Journey: Updates
- Straight Talk starts with a Value Proposition
- Resource, cheat sheet, and breakdown process drafted, racing to implement
- Picked up pace of reading, learning
Published this week
- leaders can unite the business around identity ==> ‘’Kevin Cunningham shares insights on why identity is a smart way to bring your business colleagues together to support security efforts’’
- Are venture capitalists the new stewards of modern security research and development? ==>