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John Czupak: A Serial Entrepreneur’s Adventures in Cybersecurity

Oct 17, 2017
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The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship produces Bootstrapped, a podcast featuring founders, investors and serial entrepreneurs. The podcast is hosted by Elana Fine, Managing Director of the Dingman Center, and Joe Bailey, Associate Research Professor at the Smith School. Each episode brings a different startup story to life with special guests offering advice and lessons learned on topics that range from fundraising and marketing to team formation and customer acquisition.

On this episode of Bootstrapped, we interviewed UMD alumnus and serial entrepreneur John Czupak, the President and CEO of ThreatQuotient. Before ThreatQuotient, John worked at Sourcefire in a variety of roles from 2002 to 2013, until he ultimately engineered a $2.7 billion acquisition with Cisco, the 3rd largest pure play cybersecurity acquisition ever. In this episode, John discusses the approach, mindset and key factors that cybersecurity startups must implement to be successful in a competitive environment.

John Czupak is a senior technology executive with extensive experience in cybersecurity, starting businesses, executing on IPO’s, and managing those businesses long-term. John previously worked at Sourcefire from 2002 to 2013 where he served in a multitude of roles including Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, General Manager of FireAMP and Senior Vice President of International and Business Development. Through his leadership, expertise, and technical acumen, John has excelled in driving expansion and financial growth to his companies.

To listen to this episode and gain further insights into the startup world, subscribe to Dingman Bootstrapped on iTunes or download the episodes on the Dingman Center website.

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