Why We Invested: SpecTrust

A no-code platform to fight modern cybercrime threats.

Online businesses lose over $50B each year to fraudsters, scammers and identity thieves, even though they spend three times that amount maintaining and updating their defenses. Attackers have no-code tools and click-to-deploy networks that put them at an unfair advantage against busy risk engineering teams.

1. What inspired you to found SpecTrust?

It all started in 2014 when I was working for Akamai Technologies, in their cloud security group. I was handling a lot of the ground-level GTM with big banks. While there, I got pulled into a project to help one of our largest customers deploy a fraud detection service that they were having trouble getting off the ground.

2. What is the core problem that you’re solving?

In any organization, there are teams, systems and data scattered everywhere. Checkpoints and applications to fight fraud are deployed all over the place, and there is no one system tying all of this together. It’s so easy to get wrong. Most people just solve issues as they come up and you end up with a giant frankensolution.

3. How do you help your team succeed?

I’m very much a people person. I want to know what type of problem solving gives a person energy, and, as a team, embrace that it varies from person to person and that’s okay. As a leader, I want to align people with their superpowers so they’re doing work that energizes them. When I can’t, it’s important to acknowledge their efforts in pushing through the mismatch.

4. What tools and tactics do you use to get unstuck when you’re struggling with a problem?

The answer for me is definitely people. I lean on a rowdy crew of misfits who I’ve picked up over the years — I would be useless without their support and guidance.

5. What are you most excited about right now?

It’s hard to say anything except for the end of the pandemic. I never thought I would be looking forward to business travel, packed meeting rooms and work dinners, but that aspect of building relationships is something I’ve really come to value. Technology is great, but it doesn’t offset the piece of humanity that comes from meeting person-to-person.

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