SSW Episode29

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Featured Interview/Opening Discussion

Interview: Frank Wang, Cybersecurity Factory

Frank Wang is a PhD student at MIT focusing on building secure systems. He did his undergraduate at Stanford, focusing on applied cryptography. He is a member of Roughdraft Ventures, which provides small amounts of capital to early stage student startups. He is currently running a summer program for early stage security companies called Cybersecurity Factory. He has interned at the security teams at Google and Facebook as well as consulted for security companies like Qualys. When he is not busy worrying about your security, he enjoys going to art museums and being outdoors.

  • 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

Listener feedback from Philip Comer on firewalls as functions

“While I was struggling with the concept of a future with no firewalls you said something to the effect of "will the go away? Probably. Will there be something similar in their place? Very likely. Will it be called a firewall? No. "

My first thought was the cable modem.

Is it a modem at all? Not even remotely. Does it do something similar? Kinda sorta. Should we call it a modem? Hell no. One of my many pet peeves. But is it still called a modem? Yeah.”

Michael's Stories

Paul's Stories

Startup & Security Notes of Interest

The 2016 Cybersecurity Recap: Deals Hit A Record High But Exit Activity Slows

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Loses Bonus And Stock Award Over Security Breach

Falkonry raised $5.3M in equity round

Palo Alto Networks' Acquisition Of LightCyber - $105M

Bastille just raised … $196.8k (from a grant)

The Startup Journey: Updates

Michael's Journey:

  • new website in the works (need to streamline, clarify, and reduce cognitive load); it's the culmination of this stage of my journey from 1000 kicks 1 time to 1 kick, 1000 times.
  • narrowing the addressable market
  • exploring how to think about the security space differently

Paul's Journey