The BizSpark startup of the day is Envault Corporation, based in Finland. You will find below an interview with Tuukka Autio, Product Manager of Envault Corporation. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
I’m Tuukka Autio, Product Manager of Envault Corporation; my role is to oversee that our product delivers all the right qualities that our customers expect, and to manage our technology roadmap together with the rest of our management team. I’m also responsible for the creation of Envault marketing materials.
Just before joining Envault in August 2007, I worked for the Networking Laboratory of Helsinki University of Technology, researching the techno-economics of new broadcasting networks. Prior to that, my employers have been large organizations such as Nokia and KONE Corporation, so I would say that I had some knowledge about how technology and enterprise IT is managed, but it’s still a steep learning curve each day!
We are very excited about the recognition! We are building something completely different in the enterprise encryption market and to be noticed by a key player like Microsoft is both an honor and an encouragement for us.
Envault’s simple mission is to commercialize the envaulting technology -- in other words, to offer ultra-simple and easy to use data protection products that anyone can use and which eliminate the need for passwords in your daily life. We are in the business of helping our enterprise and government customers to protect their information assets against accidental or deliberate data leaks.
I’m not one of the original founders, although when I joined the company it had only existed a couple of months and actually changed its focus to enterprise security at the time I started – and you could say that I have had a large stake in building the company into what it is today. The original founders had the idea of using Envault technology to protect commercial mobile television broadcasts, kind of like DRM – but it was soon clear that there is much more potential for the technology in the enterprise encryption market. The idea of using our technology to protect enterprise data on the move was born when one of our founders discussed it with a large airline. The airline had plans to provide their desktop environment on a USB stick – but none of the existing solutions would provide the needed security.. and that’s where it all began.
Since 2007, we have raised the needed funding from business angels. Currently we are not planning to raise further money, as our internal income is expected to support us from 2010 onwards.
We have roundabout 20 employees, of which 50% are developers.
Yes we are in fact – we are looking for technical staff locally here in Helsinki region. Open positions range from junior and senior developers to test and support engineers, please check our website for all current and future job openings!
Windows, Linux, Mac OS X – we build on all major platforms as our customers have heterogeneous environments.
Cloud computing is creating new data loss risks for organizations -- and opportunities for security related software – but still the traditional endpoint security such as laptop protection is inadequately answered by traditional technologies and there is big demand for an enterprise-oriented approach such as Envaulting.
It’s a great way for us to adopt Microsoft products in our daily work and to get assistance in integrating our product with the Microsoft enterprise systems. Definitely worth joining for any startup.
Talk with potential customers to understand what their needs are and what they see as valuable.
I would say anyone who has the guts to become an entrepreneur and build something new that helps others in their business or daily life.. And especially the people who can create a healthy balance between work and family and friends.
Forget passwords and user-based security decisions – choose Envault to protect your company data! Cheers.