WHY WE SHOULD ALL FEAR GOOGLE, AND WHY A TECH STARTUP CHOSE THE GOLD COAST
Written on the 18 July 2017 by Ben Hall
"GOOGLE is the enemy".
So, what drove you to jump the fence, so to speak, and work on something that's for consumers rather than corporates and government agencies?
Steve: I was CEO of a cyber security firm (Solera Networks) and we sold surveillance software for Fortune 500 companies and they were all designed to monitor and well ... invade privacy. So, in the past, we used to do that hacking. With the systems we have here, if you do hack us you get nothing.
"You can take more control over your privacy and you can slowly inch back what has been taken away over and over again by Google and others."
Paul: You'd be shocked by what someone can find out about you just by having your mobile phone number.
Steve, you've worked as a digital privacy expert for big companies in the private sector and several US Federal agencies, what's it like being a part of a startup?
"As a startup you eat what you kill, and if you don't kill anything that day, you're not gonna eat."
We've all done startups so we know how the startup journey goes, how it looks and how it feels. It's not easy, it's not clear and it's all a little ambiguous sometimes and you've got to be flexible and read the market. But it's exciting and you can move the needle and you can really do great things. After I was acquired (by Anonyome), I was broken for big companies.
So SudoApp and SudoPay have been three years in the works, why is now the right time for you guys ramp things up?
"On the Gold Coast you also have a great talent pool, a couple of great universities, you have a good time here."
You go the Bay and it's a grind. The quality of life there, what you're making, how hard you're working, and you're fighting traffic every day, and for that you're living in a box.
Author: Ben Hall