My first two tech startups were AMA (finance) and Ridacto (legal). I'm proud of and have learned a ton of lessons working on those.
This month I began embarking on my third startup adventure: Epirus. I've joined as Co-Founder and COO.
Epirus is a venture-backed startup specializing in agile development of advanced defense systems. The team combines decades of aerospace & defense experience with Silicon Valley innovation in order to address 21st century threats, such as drones and other asymmetric technologies. The company name is inspired by the story of the mythical king Theseus who defended Athens with a bow that had an infinite cache of arrows called the Epirus bow.
I wasn't really looking to work on anything new when I got a call somewhat out of the blue from a close college friend who had worked for over a decade at traditional defense contractors. He wanted to start a new type of defense company to protect against drones, and he wanted help on software, operations, and building a culture of innovation. That's where he thought I could help.
I had always been interested in drones and working on software applied to challenges in the physical world. I knew absolutely zero about the defense space and was somewhat weary about that. Getting to know the rest of the team sold me on the opportunity because I was blown away by the technical rigor and awesomeness of my teammates (100+ patents, awards, etc.). And the excitement and support by 8VC was very encouraging.
This is somewhat different from my other startups in a number of ways: traditional venture backing, my role as COO and sidekick to other amazing co-founders (as opposed to CEO or the first founder/co-founder), bigger team, and totally new industry/market for me. For me, this is an opportunity to learn a ton about a brand new space and build something awesome from the ground up, which I love doing. Go Epirus!
P.S. Epirus is hiring!
My friend, fellow entrepreneur, and software engineer Jimi Smoot interviewed me on his Prior Transformation Podcast about "How Investors Think about Risk." I love podcasts in general, and it was the first time someone asked to interview me. It was fun having a casual conversation with my friend, and maybe some tidbits came out of it that could be useful for others.
Check out Jimi's post about the episode or listen to it below.
After hearing about all the major websites getting hacked every few months, I decided to be proactive about improving online security.
Over time I began switching to a password manager, and I discovered that it had a feature to review the security of all your passwords for weak, blank, and reused ones. I tried running this and was daunted by how many issues it found and never got around to fixing it.
Then I came up with a solution: just change one password per day. It usually takes less than 5 minutes. The only annoying part is when your login info doesn't even work and then you need to go through a reset process of some sort (and maybe where the account got migrated to some other website where you have to sign up fresh).
Why do this at all, especially for sites you may no longer actively use? So many sites keep our personal info in their databases, even if we aren't actively using them. And to minimize the chance of that info being hacked, it's good to have as strong security as possible.
So along with changing reused or weak/blank passwords, I also took the time for each site to turn on 2FA if it was available for that site. You could argue that I could just turn on 2FA and leave the password alone, but I figured two levels of protection are better than one.
All in all, it took me about 3 months to get through the sites/passwords I cared about to make them all strong, turn on 2FA, etc. (and there were many days I skipped it if I was busy).
Here are the detailed steps in case you want to take on a similar such "daily password change" habit for yourself: