CASB, Skyhigh and I

If you are one of those who are wondering what is CASB – then first familiarize yourself with it. A few years ago, CASB as a product / category didn’t even exist – but today, Gartner considers this as one of the hottest growing areas in Enterprise security. In fact, the ascendance of CASB as a critical security technology was on full display at this year’s Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit. CASB’s presence was more prominent than ever before, with Gartner calling it a must-have enterprise security technology and predicting that by 2020, 85% of enterprises will be using a CASB. There is also a magic quadrant under way – read more here about the upcoming MQ.

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Figure: Pictoral Representation of where a CASB sits in an organization

I made the decision 2 months ago to leave the comforts of Oracle to join a leading startup in the CASB space – Skyhigh Networks. So far, looking at the customer momentum and the kind of customer problems that we are solving, I am super thrilled to be part of this hyper growth startup. Sure there are challenges to be faced – but then nothing that is unsurmountable. The best part is that the leaders of this organization are committed, passionate and always willing to roll up their sleeves to solve the customer problems and get things done. In fact, some of the relentless energy spent has led to us discovering potent and brute force attacks before other vendors can pick it up – for example, read about the sophisticated attack on Office 365 high value accounts that happened and which Skyhigh discovered.

If you are interested in knowing more about Skyhigh and what we do, feel free to drop me a note – either through comments or via my Twitter handle – we can then connect to discuss. Also, needless to say, we are hiring – so, if you are interested in joining us, look at the open job positions and apply.

Weekend project – Converting an old laptop into a Chromebook

This is my next …

Today was my last day at Cisco WebEx – the stay here for me was short (16 months) but it was one of my sweetest and most fruitful in terms of work and achievement.

I am joining YouSendit (YSI) as the Director of Product Management for Enterprise starting from next week.

So, the obvious question is why am I leaving? – so, here are some thoughts that were in my mind when i made this decision:

  • Growth was probably the most important reason to make this leap. When the YSI folks approached me regarding this opportunity around a month ago, I was initially not 100% sure about it. But then the more I talked to them – the hiring manager/team, the more due diligence I did about the company, the more interested i became about the role. For one, it gave me a chance to take more product leadership in a hot and happening company.
  • YSI is currently a 180 people company but they are growing like crazy. There was a distinct buzz in that place when I talked to them – everybody was enthusiastic about the company and its growth prospects. I have always wanted to go back to start ups – but wasn’t sure to make the leap. But after talking to the team and knowing more about the role, I was sold on the decision to make the move. Besides, after working in a big company (Yahoo!) and an even bigger company (Cisco), I thought it was time for me to go back to a ‘roll-up-your-sleeves’ kinda role.
  • There is no good time ever to leave a company – but one thing that I learned from leaving my job at Yahoo! was that I didn’t want to be a in a situation where I was willing to accept another role that was similar in nature. Since there was no compulsion to leave here (+ they were keeping me well), I only looked at opportunities that represented a bump in my career.
  • Document collaboration is hot – you probably know that by now considering the crazy valuations that the companies are getting. So, yeah – i am probably walking into a tech bubble – but i don’t mind that. In the worst case, the bubble may burst, but I think the experience that I will gain from this gig will be invaluable (at least, that is what I think :)).
  • Lastly, YSI plans to go IPO soon – but of course, i did not take that into the equation 🙂 #Kidding

Salary Negotiation Tips

A couple of months ago, I blogged about some of my tips for finding a new job. Over the next days, I received quite a bit of feedback on it – one of the common feedback was about salary negotiation and how would one go about it. I don’t claim to be an expert in that area – but i can always help :).

I am attaching a Note about Salary Negotiations that I received during my B-school days and I have always found this to be useful – at least it definitely helps to act as a refresher before one starts talking about salary. I hope you also find this useful.

Regards,

Thyaga

Zappos continues its fantastic customer service

A little over 2 years ago, i had experienced great customer service while buying my running shoes online from Zappos (read). I thought that this was a one-off thing and wouldn’t happen again. But I was wrong ! – i once again ordered a new pair of running shoes and here is what i got in my email inbox from Zappos Customer Service:

Whoa, Nellie! Have We Got A Surprise For You!

Hello Thyaga!

Although you originally ordered Standard Shipping, we’re upgrading the shipping time frame for your order. It will ship out today, so you’ll get it even faster than we originally promised! It’s kind of like we waved our magic wand!

Please note that this is being done at no additional cost to you. It’s our way of saying thanks for being our customer.

This is just terrific – i don’t think I shall ever want to purchase shoes from any other store :).

Thank you Zappos – hope you can keep this up under Bezos as well 🙂