I am thrilled to share the news that after taking a year-long sabbatical, I have joined the team here at StackRox!
I enjoyed nearly five years at Skyhigh Networks, running products and marketing and having a great time with the team. We were acquired by McAfee this past January, and I took this year to really dig in on what I wanted to do next. I want to send a huge shout out to all the investors, technologists, executives, and security professionals who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with me this year to share valuable insights and learnings.
The most consistent guidance from everyone was to not rush into it, to take my time and meet with as many people as I could. And I took that advice to heart - I had more than 200 meetings up and down the peninsula and became a preferred customer of Starbucks, Peet’s Coffee and Coupa Cafe. As I evaluated multiple opportunities, I focused on three areas - team, market, and product - and found the best combination of these three here at StackRox.
Interestingly, I met Ali and Sameer, the co-founders of StackRox, when Sequoia first invested in the company about 18 months ago, and I was instantly impressed with their clarity of vision, technical and security chops, and the rock star team they had assembled. Over the last couple of months, I had the opportunity to interact with the entire leadership team and was super impressed with each discussion. StackRox has a talented, passionate and dedicated team, and it is my great privilege to be on the journey with them.
In addition to the team, the market is compelling. I am super excited to help enterprises address their compliance and security needs as they adopt cloud-native architectures. Based on my conversations with security and DevOps leaders, most organizations are implementing microservices and containers for their digital transformation projects. Why? Simply put they need the speed, flexibility and agility to release software daily instead of once every six months. Their compliance and security priorities remain the same: a) ensure compliance with various external regulatory requirements, b) harden the environment to reduce the attack surface area, and c) identify and stop attackers that still manage to break in. People working in the cloud-native stack appreciate that existing security tools don’t work, because they don’t understand or leverage the intrinsic properties of containers and don’t fit into the DevOps workflow. And this reality is creating a unique opportunity for the formation of a new category - the container security platform.
On the product front, the leadership team and I share a common vision for providing a comprehensive container security platform that spans the entire life cycle - from build and deploy to runtime. StackRox provides differentiated detection capabilities that enable full coverage of containerized applications rather than simply using an allow listing and an intensely pragmatic approach to operationalizing common security processes and workflows for the cloud-native stack. The recent upgrade to the StackRox Kubernetes Security Platform included the industry’s first feedback loop that leverages runtime intelligence to proactively identify and address security risks earlier in the container life cycle. And we’ve already got great customer momentum, with our software successfully deployed in companies from cloud-native start-ups to Global 2000 enterprises and government agencies.
Over the next few weeks, I look forward to visiting our customers and accelerating the momentum StackRox is enjoying as we pioneer the most comprehensive container security available. Speaking of growth, we are hiring across all departments - engineering, sales, customer success and marketing. Check out our job listings and come join us in building the next-generation security company for the cloud-native world.