SSW Episode21

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Opening Discussion

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Listener Feedback

Joe writes in:
"Question for you guys (I couldn't find the actual ssw email address), are you guys interested in doing a ssw show that covers lifestyle businesses [1] and how they contrast from startups?

I think there could be lots of people in security industry (myself included) that aren't after the high risk and intensity of rapid growth, but do want to take on some level of business to give themselves some autonomy from their day job. There's also some legal aspects around "work for hire" restrictions and taxes that it would be great if you guys could cover."

Interview: Justin Foster, Foster Thinking

For more than a decade, Fortune 1000 corporations and self-aware entrepreneurs have turned to Justin Foster for a new way to think––and be. The 45-year-old husband and father of two sons has thrived as a branding and social strategist, speaker, coach, consultant, and author, all under his Foster Thinking practice. His two books, Oatmeal v. Bacon: How to Differentiate in a Generic Worldand Human Bacon: A Man’s Guide to Creating an Awesome Personal Brand, introduced and unpacked his original concept: the world’s most interesting brands and people honestly embrace their unique, inherent allure and become irresistible––like bacon. Along with partner Emily Soccorsy, he is launching Root + River, a new hive of comprehensive branding expertise, rooted in organizing brands around their belief systems.

  • 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 Stories

Michael's Stories

Paul's Stories

  1. Take a look inside the doctor's office of the future, created by a $2 billion startup that's shaking up healthcare
  2. A huge public pension fund faces an agonizing decision: Should it reinvest in tobacco?

Startup & Security Notes of Interest

Bitglass Raised $45m

Bitglass, Inc. |
Bitglass develops a cloud security software that offers encryption, data protection and threat detection services

The Startup Journey: Updates

Michael's Journey: Straight Talk Framework

  • Amazing 2016, looking forward to an even better 2017
  • Understanding more about what Straight Talk does for both individuals and teams; I'm getting excited (and I use it, too!)
  • Public cohort - with a focus on teams - launching next week; possibly the only public cohort of 2017
  • Focusing on team approach
  • Building some other elements, too - stay tuned, because our listeners will get a first crack when I roll the new stuff out

What I published recently

And I'm going to try out live video each Friday after this show. A chance to engage and talk about Straight Talk - or whatever you want.

Paul's Journey