I got a nice surprise LinkedIn message earlier this month from my friend and Head of Hackers at Intigriti, Inti De Ceukelaire.
As the former head of HackerOne's hacker community, I always saw myself as more of a steward.
I'm not a hacker I just play one on TV.
I try to listen first. Seek to understand, not be understood.
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
I reflect on this and the many friendships I have and opportunity in the cybersecurity industry I've only been involved with for a little over 6-years. I'm humbled that a competitor of my former company remembered what I preached and respected me enough to include it in their new employee onboarding. 😊
Inti's message was a nice encouragement amidst a difficult year in startup building. It's a season that calls for a wartime consigliere. I made some mistakes, probably too hard on myself and on my team. I'm recentering and finding that balance (thankful for grace and patience from my colleagues).
Thanks Inti for letting me share this story, and thanks to all hackers, the future is yours.