Adi Dar, CEO, Cyberbit

Many cybersecurity startups in Israel share a similar vision: To become so successful and promising that a bigger entity would acquire it. This was not what Adi Dar had in mind in 2015 when he established Cyberbit. “We did not want to be bought by anybody,” he says. “My goal was to establish a cyber…

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Arnd Baranowski, Founder, CEO, Oculeus GmbH

Arnd Baranowski studied aerospace engineering in college. He attained the level of a master of science degree from Universität der Bundeswehr München, the university of the German Armed Forces. After graduation he remained with the German Army and was a professional career officer for 20 years. A good bit of Baranowski’s university study included programming,…

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Arun Buduri, President and Co-founder, Pixm

Leaps of faith When people think of Craigslist, they probably think about second-hand furniture, apartment rentals, odd jobs. But in 2016, when Arun Buduri was searching for a contract job with a startup, he found more than what he was looking for – a co-founder in Chris Cleveland who initially advertised for a coder on…

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Chad Boeckmann, CEO and Founder, TrustMAPP

The proverbial bike shop Chad Boeckmann, CEO and founder of TrustMAPP, believes that security leaders are the driving force to innovative solutions becoming successful. “Ultimately CISOs vote with their dollars and by peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and solutions that are working,” he says. Security leaders, Boeckmann says, should constantly be on the lookout for solutions…

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Dario Forte, Founder and CEO, DFLabs

Dario Forte didn’t start his career as a technology innovator. In fact, his background is military and law enforcement. At the beginning of his career, he was responsible for the drug enforcement and organized crime unit in the Milano Financial Police Office. In the five years just prior to leaving the police agency, he founded…

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David Enga, Co-founder and CEO of Craxel

At a time when most boys were riding bikes and playing sandlot sports, David Enga was already on his way to becoming a technology innovator. “My background is actually very technical,” says Enga. “I started writing software when I was about 10 years old. When I was in elementary school in the early 1980’s, my…

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Ebba Blitz, CEO, AlertSec

For Ebba Blitz, CEO of encryption service company AlertSec, running a technology company is not much different from her sailing across the Atlantic in 2000, when she didn’t see land for 16 days after leaving the harbor. “I remember preparing for the journey, and then throwing away the ropes as I set sail, moving further from land until I had…

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Ellison Anne Williams, Enveil

Self-proclaimed “Southern girl” Ellison Anne Williams acknowledges that she is a math and computer science geek. She attended universities in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina, where she earned separate Masters degrees in Computer Science and in Mathematics, as well as a Doctorate in Mathematics. But the high tech field wasn’t her original plan. “I…

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Etay Bogner, CEO, Meta Networks

Perhaps the best way to describe Etay Bogner in two words is “serial entrepreneur.” To date, Bogner has founded four technology companies, and he believes his latest venture, Meta Networks, is poised to revolutionize networking and the software-defined perimeter. Bogner began his career as a programmer and team leader for various technology companies while he…

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Florin Talpes, Bitdefender

Thriving in Troubled Times Most people would say they prefer an untroubled life. But for Florin Talpes, founder and CEO of Bitdefender, it was trouble that created great opportunities. In fact, if it had not been for hardship in his native Romania where a 1989 revolution toppled the Ceaușescu government, disrupted his life and caused…

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