I worked at Wandera for just over two years, between 2016 and 2018. It’s one of the UK’s most impressive scale-ups, having raised $50M in venture capital from the likes of Bessemer, Sapphire and 83North. The founders, Eldar and Roy Tuvey, successfully built a web security company called ScanSafe into a global success a decade ago, before selling it to Cisco for almost $200M in 2009. Their new mission at Wandera is to conquer the booming mobile security market, and have assembled the best of the original ScanSafe leadership to make it happen.
The Wandera product is genuinely world-class, which made my job at VP marketing much easier. My role was to help the business expand rapidly (which we did – triple digit annual growth) and assemble a global marketing team that would enable us to do that (almost a dozen fantastic marketing hires in my time there).
Coming from social listening and intelligence, I had a lot to learn about enterprise mobility and cyber security, but quickly picked up most of the basics and eventually became something of an expert in some domains.
There are a few things I’m proud of from my time at Wandera, including the launch of MI:RIAM, a security engine powered by machine learning. To help promote the release I wrote a white paper on machine learning for security, as well as managing to secure some quality PR around the new product. In a similar vein, I’m happy with how we managed to market RedDrop, a discovery of a new zero-day malware threat that impacted Android devices. That story eventually became one of the biggest mobile security events of 2018.
Another is the creation of both a customer advisory board and world-leading event on mobile security. That event is called Level, which I conceived, curated and hosted in 2017 and 2018.