Serial entrepreneur and investor Oliver Friedrichs can trace his origins to the earliest days of tech when the internet was still in its infancy. As a hacker turned cybersecurity startup founder, Oliver hasn’t just witnessed the evolution of the cybersecurity landscape, he’s helped shape it.
“I’ve been in the cybersecurity space since the late 90s. I was a hacker,” Oliver says. “There was this thriving hacker culture that wasn’t revolving around criminal activities like you would see today, like fraud and credit card theft and other types of crimes, but more about exploration.”
While Oliver didn’t have nefarious intentions, he was accessing systems illegally and ultimately came face to face with law enforcement. They gave him two options, use his forces for good and help secure the systems he was hacking, or get arrested.
“That’s how I got into cybersecurity. And it really provided me with a massive opportunity,” Oliver says. “Over the last 25 years, I’ve had the chance to start five companies in the cybersecurity space.”
Four of those companies have since been acquired by industry giants like McAfee and Symantec. His current endeavor Pangea is a pioneer in the Security Platform as a Service space.
In a global keynote for Founders Network on August 30, Oliver will share the lessons he’s learned as a five-time founder.
His global keynote will cover:
Opening Remarks @ 9:30am PT
Join us for opening remarks with Dina Fattom, Member Success Manager at Founders Network, to get the latest updates from the Network and opportunities for getting involved.
Keynote Speaker @ 9:40am PT
Oliver Friedrichs is Founder & CEO at Pangea; He was previously VP Security Products @ Splunk; Founder and CEO @ Phantom Cyber (acquired by Splunk); Founder and CEO @ Immunet (acquired by Cisco); Co-founder @ SecurityFocus (acquired by Symantec) and Secure Networks (acquired by McAfee).
Stage-Based Roundtables @ 10:30am PT
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