Cyber Inspiration

Evgeniy Kharam and Security Architecture

Cyber Inspiration podcast explores the minds of CTOs and CEOs, at the time they started their cyber security companies. We find out what happened in their technical or personal lives that motivated them to start the company. Cyber Inspiration will also cover social, technological and business aspects. This show is affiliated with https://www.security-architecture.org/ podcast! Patreon page https://www.patreon.com/cyber_Inspiration_2022 read less
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Episodes

Episode 63 - Mariana Padilla - CEO of HACKERverse®
Feb 14 2024
Episode 63 - Mariana Padilla - CEO of HACKERverse®
In this episode of our podcast, we are joined by Mariana Padilla, the co-founder and CEO of HACKERverse®, a platform and marketplace for cybersecurity in the world of e-sports. Mariana shares her journey from the pain of purchasing enterprise software to becoming the CEO of HACKERverse®, formerly known as KIKRR. She discusses the challenges she faced in naming the company and the importance of making it easy for vendors and customers to navigate the cybersecurity landscape. Mariana is passionate about changing the way the world buys and sells cybersecurity software, and she shares her insights on the pitfalls of AI-based marketing and the need for targeted solutions. She believes 2024 will be their year, as they continue to gain recognition for their innovative approach. Building and managing a team is another topic Mariana delves into. With an incredible team of 12 members, HACKERverse® has been able to tap into diverse talents across different areas, including development, sales, and marketing. Mariana emphasizes the importance of understanding the problem, being passionate about solving it, and creating a company culture that values inclusion and teamwork. In the episode, Mariana also shares her strategies for managing tasks and goals. As a fast learner, Mariana acknowledges the importance of organization and accountability. Tracking goals publicly and ensuring the team has visibility into progress are key aspects of their workflow. Lastly, Mariana makes a big announcement that HACKERverse® has been accepted into the prestigious Google Growth Academy AI Cybersecurity Program. This program provides access to Google's network, mentors, and a community of early-stage founders. Mariana looks forward to the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals and gain valuable insights. We hope you enjoy this insightful episode with Mariana Padilla as she shares her entrepreneurial journey, lessons learned, and her mission to revolutionize the cybersecurity industry.
Episode 62 - Tal Kollender - CEO & Co-Founder of GYTPOL
Feb 1 2024
Episode 62 - Tal Kollender - CEO & Co-Founder of GYTPOL
Join us in this insightful episode as we dive into the fascinating journey of Tal Kollender, CEO and Co-founder of GYTPOL. Tal shares her remarkable story, from her early days of gaming to becoming a skilled hacker, and eventually, the visionary leader of a cybersecurity company.In this candid conversation, Tal discusses her motivations for starting GYTPOL, a company focused on addressing device misconfigurations, human errors, and default settings. She opens up about the challenges she faced, the importance of building a strong company culture, and the unique path GYTPOL has taken in the world of cybersecurity.Discover how Tal transitioned from a technical role to embracing sales, the lessons learned from running a startup, and the crucial role of passion in selling one's vision. Tal provides valuable insights into building a successful company, from hiring the right people to dealing with procurement challenges.Don't miss this engaging episode, filled with anecdotes, advice, and the inspiring journey of a female CEO making waves in the cybersecurity landscape.Key Takeaways:Tal's unconventional path from gaming and hacking to founding GYTPOL.The genesis of GYTPOL and the pivotal role of addressing device misconfigurations.Navigating the challenges of startup life and the decision to remain bootstrapped.The significance of building a strong company culture and hiring the right people.Tal's perspective on the balance between technical expertise and salesmanship.Dealing with the highs and lows of running a startup and the role of passion in leadership.Insights into the validation and evolution of GYTPOL based on customer feedback.Tal's advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and the importance of learning from mistakes.Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of Tal's entrepreneurial journey and the innovative strides GYTPOL is making in the cybersecurity realm.