With years of cyber security experience we've seen the good, the bad and the ugly. The current security industry does not do enough to help developers to just make secure products. Penetration tests do not cover enough ground and security labs are too expensive. Moreover, at the end of the day you have a big list of vulnerabilities, now what?!
Sharing this frustration, we decide to create a platform to help developers build secure products in the best way we know possible.
Since the age of ten I had a passion for computers. At the age of thirteen I got into reversing and exploiting online games. This lead me further into fascinating experiences and jobs related to software development and cyber security.
When I was 18, I got into a particular sticky situation. I developed an advanced cheating system for an MMORPG exploiting many different vulnerabilities. Luckily this episode was resolved properly, but it was the catalyst to start improving software instead of breaking it. Some time later I found a security problem in the game Skylanders from Activision-Blizzard. I reached out to the studio responsible for the game and was able to spent a year in silicon valley to improve the security.
A lot more has happened and will happen that enables me to find and resolve all kind of cyber security issues. Codian is my solution to help as many developers to fight of my old selves.
My career started in 2007 when I co-founded Greetinq BV, where I experienced both ups and downs of startup life. After winning a national TV-show in 2009 the media celebrated me as a successful entrepreneur, but four months later I was almost bankrupt and had to reorganize the company. A tough phase in my life, but fruitful regarding lessons learned.
We held on, and sold the company in 2012. Afterwards I wrote a book on my learnings (Startups & Downs, 2014) and shared the lessons in coaching and talks. From 2011 up till now I've guided hundreds of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs. As trainer and coach for startups, teaching at universities, and managing incubation programs. I also shared my startup lessons in the corporate world as innovation consultant at VODW (now EY VODW), and currently at the Rabobank Innovation Factory.
I am currently part time involved with Codian to develop the strategy and grow the business.