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SafeStack founder’s log: 3 May 2022

Captain’s log: [insert date here]

That’s how you’re supposed to start these things, right?

I promised myself I’d write more this year. And yet, it’s almost May and I haven’t written a word about my journey as a founder. So let’s start today.

We’ve recently started the new financial year. It’s going to be a big one.


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Free online masterclass: Security for unicorn farmers

Earlier this month, we held a special online masterclass, targeted specifically at investors and stakeholders in high growth companies. The aim of this masterclass was to share our playbook for supporting cyber security in high growth companies.


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Winning an iSANZ Award and what awards mean to SafeStack

A couple of Thursdays ago, the SafeStack team spent the night celebrating. It was a strange night, really.

Six months earlier, we’d entered the iSANZ Awards, pitching ourselves as the Best Security Company of the Year and SafeStack Academy as the Best New Zealand Security Service or Product. That feels like a lifetime ago. The odd thing about awards is that once you do the hard work of submitting your entries, it’s easy to forget all about them.


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Why we’ve started an apprenticeship programme

This week SafeStack welcomes three software development apprentices to our team. This is a huge moment for our tiny company and one I’m so very humbled to be able to share.


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SafeStack Academy’s 2021 year in review

I know I’m not the only one who feels like 2021 has somehow been the longest and shortest year of my life.

In some respects, the overwhelming presence of COVID-19 and the ongoing changes it’s brought to how we live our lives has created a sense of anxiety and stress that few of us have encountered before, let alone for an extended period.

Amongst all of this, however, this year has also been exceptional.


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SafeStack Academy closes $2.3m NZD seed round

It’s been a massive year for SafeStack Academy, and today I’m thrilled to share that we’ve raised a seed round of $2.3m NZD to help us bring our community-centric approach to cyber security education to the world.

We’re honoured to be backed by a strategic group of New Zealand and Australian investors, led by Australian venture capital firm Jelix Ventures and including Carthona Capital, K1W1, New Zealand Growth Capital Partners’ Aspire NZ Seed Fund, and NAB Ventures.


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20 years of OWASP: Beyond syntax

This is a big week for those of us in the application security industry. One of our iconic foundation organisations, the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), reaches its 20th anniversary and that’s a time for us all to celebrate.

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SafeStack South Island – Open for business

One of the great things about running a remote-first company is our ability to find amazing people to work with, wherever they happen to live. After-all, our mission is to bring security to everyone and those people aren’t just in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand.

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