Article Discussion and Startup News – Startup Security Weekly #67
December 27, 2017
In our article discussion, we talk about management principles for highly functioning teams, how to pitch your app to investors, and calculating your total addressable market and making a great TAM slide! In the news, Thales acquires Gemalto for $4.8B, Amazon rumored to acquire Sqrrl for $40M, Convercent raised $25M in equity/unattributed, and ADT filing for IPO!
Article Discussion on Leadership, Innovation, and Startup Success
Disagree And Commit - A Management Principle For Highly Functioning Teams
This applies to security teams, too. We can teach security. Or we can teach business. The key is the blend. What problem are you trying to solve?
Consider investors (and executives) routinely citing the importance of the team
“Technical skills are typically required to implement a new business idea, while business skills are required for conducting market research and finding a promising niche or for securing financing during research and development stages.”
“One theory for why technical skills seem to matter more for a founder is simply that the average technical founder has better business skills than the average business-trained founder has technical skills.”
“With respect to innovation, it seems desirable for technically-trained founders to augment their firms’ knowledge bases by hiring employees who are trained in business.”
This applies to your security team, too.
5 CTAs Secretly Sabotaging Your Sales Emails (& What to Use Instead)
“Amazon might buy cybersecurity startup Sqrrl for around $40 million, according to Axios. Founded in 2012, Sqrrl has raised more than $25 million in equity financing from the likes of Accomplice, Matrix Partners and Rally Ventures. The company secured a $40 million valuation with its most recent round in June.”
We recently talked about ADT bridging physical and cyber security
And IPO proposed to raise $1.5B is a big deal and worth watching
Full Show Notes
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The CIO of Artesia General Hospital in rural Southeast New Mexico shares the ongoing staffing and resource challenges he faces on a daily basis, and how his IT team tackles risk and workforce training.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is asking input on information collection regulations for how energy companies secure bulk electric systems while its CIO speculated earlier this month that regulated energy utilities will likely need to follow recent government actions around implementing zero trust architectures.