I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about Art and Culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of Art – a painting, a poem, a piece of music, so forth – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Rice Terraces, Autumn
Rice Terraces, Autumn | Sramana Mitra, 2013 | Water color, Brush Pen, Ink and Pastel | 12 x 18, On Paper
Mack has built a successful business optimized for autonomy and profitability. Excellent navigation!
Sramana Mitra: Let’s go to the very beginning of your journey. Tell us where you’re from. Where did you grow up? Where were you born and raised?
Mack Sundaram: I was born South India in a village near Chennai. I spent some time of my childhood in Chennai and Pondicherry. I later went to school in New Delhi. Since then, I moved over to the United States where I had an opportunity to pursue a doctoral degree in Economics. That’s where the transition happened.
We’re a middle class family from India. There was a lot of support and pressure for doing well in education. I appreciate my parents for doing that, but there was always the push to find something that you really like to do. I still remember my parents telling me many times as a child that I’ve got to find something.
Sramana Mitra: How do you solve that challenge of the Zero Trust access? How do you tackle it?
Danny Kibel: That is based on the basic foundation of Zero Trust. At Idaptive, we verify every user first and foremost. Then we verify that the device they’re using is actually a valid device that can get access to those systems.
We also basically combine User-Behavior Analytics to make sure that the users access the right system with the right level of contact. So how do we verify every user?>>>
Sramana Mitra: Kevin was also doing YCombinator?
Ryan Chan: I was part of the YCombinator class of winter ’17.
Sramana Mitra: But you didn’t hire him through YCombinator. You hired him and brought him into your YCombinator membership.
Ryan Chan: Right. We went through YCombinator. It was an amazing experience. I got introduced to this world of technology, venture capital, growth, and startups.>>>
Danny discusses Zero Trust access management.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by introducing our audience to yourself and Idaptive.
Danny Kibel: I’m Danny Kibel. I’m the CEO of Idaptive. Idaptive is a new company that spun out earlier in the year out of Centrify, which is a cyber security leader in the identity and access management space.>>>
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Sramana Mitra: What did you learn as you went through the customer base, started getting to know the customer base, understanding the customer base, and understanding who’s converting from free to premium?
What did you learn in terms of who were the ones that were really important for the business from a segment point of view?
Ryan Chan: I had this belief very early on that it is the technicians or the end users that we are building the products for. Our entire product is centered around the maintenance technician.>>>