It was almost like old times when I sat next to Darius in HackerspaceSG at last week’s 7th Startup Roots Speaker Series, until you realize he’s already walked the talk with the successful sale of tenCube to McAfee, while I’m still slogging away as a peon, trying to make sure I run Neoteny Labs right. All our past speakers have been great, but I wanted to feature one of our own homegrown entrepreneurs to give our fellows a complete picture.
One of our fellows asked Darius why he decided to sell after more than 5 years, to which Darius replied:
I looked at the number of phones we were on, and it was 1% of the smartphones on the market. I believe we can achieve our initial vision (of securing your phones) quicker and better with the resources and access that McAfee can bring.
Darius gave a brief presentation about himself at the start. I’ve embedded the deck below. I liked the part about the unofficial team wallpaper the most; team/company culture and morale is an often overlooked aspect by founders as they rush to get their product out of the door. Darius also talked briefly about his angel investing activities and his ongoing efforts to learn through his involvement with Bansea and Neoteny Labs (investor in our fund).
A reporter from MyPaper was also with us, taking photographs and jotting down notes. I think there will be a feature article by them on Startup Roots soon.