We’re shining the light on entrepreneurship in cyber security, and uncovering some of the most authentic stories from cyber security startup founders.
CyRise is a venture accelerator program, funded by NTT Global and Deakin University.
CyRise Sessions with Sam Crowther
Sam Crowther is the founder of Kasada, a cybersecurity solution for bot mitigation designed to beat cybercriminals at their own game. Sam got his start in entrepreneurship pretty early on, kicking off the business in 2015 at age 18. His story and the following success has been pretty unique. We talk about fundraising, managing sales cycles, and the importance of picking the right people to work with.
In this episode you'll hear us mention Pieter Danhieux from Secure Code Warrior. You can hear his story here: https://soundcloud.com/cyrisesessions/cyrise-sessions-with-pieter-danhieux
Sam's book recommendation is The Ride of a Lifetime, by Robert Iger: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44525305-the-ride-of-a-lifetime
Find out more about Kasada here: https://www.kasada.io/
CyRise Sessions with Wesley Huffstutter
Wes Huffstutter is a serial entrepreneur and US expat living in Brisbane, Australia. Currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Queensland University of Technology (QUT), was the Co-founder and CEO of QuadMetrics, ultimately acquired by FICO. We chat about his path to acquisition, product-to-market fit, and pain killers vs vitamins.
CyRise Sessions with Pieter Danhieux
Our guest for this episode is Pieter Danhieux. He’s the Co-founder and CEO of Secure Code Warrior, a platform that empowers developers to write secure code from the beginning. SCW was founded in 2015, currently employs 170+ staff, and has secured over $50M USD in funding. We chat about early customers, cofounder dynamics and why it’s lonely as a CEO.
Pieter's book recommendation is Powerful, by Patty McCord: https://www.amazon.com.au/Powerful-Building-Culture-Freedom-Responsibility/dp/1939714095
We talk about Eddy Sheehy. He's the former CEO of Nuix, an investor, an advisor, and all-round legend. We was also a guest on this podcast and you can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/cyrisesessions/cyrise-sessions-with-eddie-sheehy
CyRise Sessions with Mohan Koo
Our guest is Mohan Koo, Cofounder and CTO at Dtex systems. He’s spent over 20 years building Australian-grown technology into a hugely successful global business. 2020 sees Mohan and Dtex Systems navigating their third global economic crisis. We talk strategies to navigate through the challenging period, and how to maintain morale while you do it.
CyRise Sessions with Saket Modi
Our guest is Saket Modi. Saket is the Founder and CEO of Lucideus, a self-confessed geek and nerd, and who at 29 is one of India’s most well-known cyber startup founders. We chat about the transition from services-only to having both services and product, what it's like to have John Chambers as an investor, and what vision and values offer to a startup.
Tim Cook's address to Stanford graduates: https://youtu.be/2C2VJwGBRRw
Saket's book recommendation:
Trillion Dollar Coach, Bill Campbell
CyRise Sessions with Elizabeth Lawler
Our guest for this episode is Elizabeth Lawler. Elizabeth is an Entrepreneur and Angel investor who, having founded and sold a cyber startup, most definitely understands the game. We recorded this conversation a few weeks ago, when she so generously gave up her time on a stormy Boston night to share some incredible advice.
Interested in the books Elizabeth mentioned? Here are the two she references.
From her France getaway:
My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle, by Marcel Pagnol
Her pick for a great startup book?
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914, by David McCullough