My Leadership Philosophy

Pursue Good Profits Life is short. A fair profit comes from the melding of resources such that the results are worth more than the sum of the inputs. This is the point in which true “value creation” happens. Good profits don’t come from charging customers just because you can at a particular moment in time – say an emergency. This is price gouging. Beyond being illegal in most circumstances, it is also a sign of an opportunistic company thinking only of the short term. Good profits leave both transacting parties in a place of satisfaction. The pursuit of fair profits speaks to the integrity of an organization across multiple dimensions. If you have leverage over a customer and you use it unfairly, customers will pay you back at their earliest opportunity (e.g. think Blockbusters late return fee policy in the age of Netflix and video on demand.) If Continue reading "My Leadership Philosophy"

Introducing the Identiverse

identiverse Identiverse (ī-ˈden-tə-vərs) noun The Identiverse is a more perfect digital world of people, applications, and devices that all recognize and interact with each other without annoying security roadblocks. When everything is identity-aware and access is ubiquitous, the Identiverse will provide complete security and freedom to realize the full potential of digital economy. The six pillars of the Identivers
1. Everything has an identity (apps, devices, people)
2. Authentication is multifactor (and rarely passwords)
3. APIs are Ubiquitous
4. Standards are Everywhere
5. Access is Federated
6. Privacy is Possible

Schooled by a 10 year old on identity

9254846799_fdf6b4d38b_b1 Two days before my opening speech at the Cloud Identity Summit, I was sitting in my room wondering what the heck to talk about. After a few days of fussing around on the preso, all I had to show for it was a hodge-podge of slides, all of which seemed to lack substance, theme or pertinence. Somewhat exacerbated, I ended up sharing a personal story about what had happened just that morning as we arrived at the Meritage. Immediately following check-in we went to the room behind our registration desk to see how Mike was coming along in final preparations. With my daughters in toe, the room was cluttered to the ceiling with boxes of backpacks, signs and conference materials. However, one corner of the room was piled high with kids toys (designed to keep 100+ kids entertained for a week). What happened next surprised me. Instead of heading immediately Continue reading "Schooled by a 10 year old on identity"

Tough Mudder Vancouver

Can I just say they get ‘mud’ in Vancouver, much more so than they do in the Denver Tough Mudder. If I look cowardly running through the wires, it’s because I was scared as hell. I want to thank all of my fellow PingToughMudder’s and Jeff Chow for making this a very memorable experience. andretm_smiling_500