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For Sale – 4TB Red Pro | SOLD: 2 x 2TB WD Red HDDs, 8TB Red

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ThoughtSpot CEO: COVID-19 creates unprecedented challenges

With the spread of COVID-19 forcing organizations to drastically alter operations, these are unprecedented times for company leaders like ThoughtSpot CEO Sudheesh Nair.

They need to figure out how to remain operational even though almost no one is coming into the office. They need to figure out how to communicate quickly and efficiently to employees dispersed across hundreds and even thousands of locations, depending on the size of the organization.

And that’s no different for Nair. The ThoughtSpot CEO is making decisions he’s never had to make before.

The business intelligence software vendor, founded in 2012 and based in Sunnyvale, Calif., recently raised $248 million in financing and is positioning itself to go public. It needs to continue to innovate to keep its status as a young but respected company, and it needs to keep growing its customer base to remain attractive when it eventually conducts an IPO.

In a recent interview, Nair discussed these extremely challenging times as well as ThoughtSpot’s recent technological offerings.

In part one of a two-part Q&A, the ThoughtSpot CEO talks in depth about how ThoughtSpot is dealing with COVID-19. In part two, he delves into the company’s product plans, as well as the steps it’s taking on its path toward an IPO.

How has ThoughtSpot been affected by COVID-19?

ThoughtSpot CEO Sudheesh NairSudheesh Nair

Sudheesh Nair: ThoughtSpot is absolutely affected like any other company in the world. I look at this as very unique and unprecedented in modern history for one specific reason. People say this is like SARS or MERS or the 2008 financial crisis, but this is the first time that personal health is trumping everything else. If you asked people what they were worried about in 2008 they would say losing their job, or if you asked in 2001 it would be going to war. Here, it’s an unknowable and uncertain enemy — there is complete uncertainty with what is going on. Personal health trumps everything, and that has never been the case before.

The second thing is the stock market and people’s 401(k) plans, so personal finance is a concern. Number three is their job.

And as ThoughtSpot CEO, how are you helping the company respond to the coronavirus?

Nair: We’re doing a few things. Internally, we have made the company work distributed. Last year when I joined ThoughtSpot, one of the initiatives we had was called ‘No HQ’ — we don’t want to be a headquarters company because it assumes that other locations aren’t as important, so we went with a ‘No HQ’ plan of building the culture, the tools, the infrastructure.

There is complete uncertainty with what is going on. Personal health trumps everything, and that has never been the case before.
Sudheesh NairCEO, ThoughtSpot

Now, [because of the coronavirus] almost all of the company is working remote. And inside the company we have decided to over-communicate, because one thing I wished that other CEOs did when I was on the front end and we went through a couple of downturns was that they would tell me what was going on. Most of the time companies just go into shutdown mode and the execs have meetings in dark rooms and they don’t tell people what’s going on because they think people will panic. But in general, what happens is that if you don’t share, people assume the worst. So, we are trying to communicate with as much transparency as possible about the good and the bad.

We are also keeping mental health a very high priority. We have a subscription to a meditation app, we use mindfulness internally pretty prominently, and we’ve hired a yoga/meditation instructor to do remote classes for our employees. We are open about the fact that we are all affected, and we are all concerned, and we all have struggles.

When just about everyone is working remotely as they are now, does that have an effect on collaboration and the ability to innovate?

Nair: There are ways it will affect us and ways it won’t. With our ‘No HQ’ policy, it allows us to pick up without missing a beat when it comes to collaboration in general. However, there are two specific things that are still impacted.

One is where engineers can’t hang out in a hallway, have a cup of coffee, and debate and brainstorm on a specific problem. The second thing that is impacted is sales. In sales, as a young company, a lot of our customers are looking at not just the technology but the people — is this a group of people we can believe and trust in? Forming that kind of trust is so much easier when we are sitting across from each other and looking each other in the eye.

There is an impact, and anyone who says that sales won’t be impacted because of logistics is lying. Just imagine having this conversation in the same room instead of a remote call — there is a difference.

As a CEO I assume this is the first time you’ve ever been through anything like this. Are the decisions you’re having to make because of COVID-19 more difficult than those you have to make on a regular basis about other issues that might arise?

Nair: Yes, no question about it. In general, being a CEO during a pandemic is not highly recommended — it’s not the best job to have. But you know how people always talk about the importance of hiring. A long time ago, someone told me that the board has only one job, which is hiring a CEO. And a CEO only had two jobs, making sure the company is funded and making sure you are surrounded by good executives. I feel like, whether it’s because of luck or whatever, we check both in the sense that last year we raised $248 million, plus we had another $100 million in the bank, so we are a well-capitalized company. But more importantly, the people around me are amazingly capable. When I look at the executive team, there are three or four people who could go and be CEOs today. Having that caliber of people around me is making it easier for me in the sense that we don’t panic, we can have hard conversations, and there is no need to assume that people are not going to perform.

Yes, it is a hard time to be a CEO, but you find that the quality of the people that surround you and the culture you have built is going to hound you or it will reward you. At ThoughtSpot we are lucky that we have an amazing culture and great people.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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Welcoming more women into cybersecurity: the power of mentorships

From the way our industry tackles cyber threats, to the language we have developed to describe these attacks, I’ve long been a proponent to challenging traditional schools of thought—traditional cyber-norms—and encouraging our industry to get outside its comfort zones. It’s important to expand our thinking in how we address the evolving threat landscape. That’s why I’m not a big fan of stereotypes; looking at someone and saying they “fit the mold.” Looking at my CV, one would think I wanted to study law, or politics, not become a cybersecurity professional. These biases and unconscious biases shackle our progression. The scale of our industry challenges is too great, and if we don’t push boundaries, we miss out on the insights that differences in race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, neurology, ability, and degrees can bring.

As we seek to diversify the talent pool, a key focus needs to be on nurturing female talent. Microsoft has hired many women in security, and we will always focus on keeping a diverse workforce. That’s why as we celebrate Women in Cybersecurity Month and International Women’s Day, the security blog will feature a few women cybersecurity leaders who have been implementing some of their great ideas for how to increase the number of women in this critical field. I’ll kick off the series with some thoughts on how we can build strong mentoring relationships and networks that encourage women to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

There are many women at Microsoft who lead our security efforts. I’m incredibly proud to be among these women, like Joy Chik, Corporate Vice President of Identity, who is pushing the boundaries on how the tech industry is thinking about going passwordless, and Valecia Maclin, General Manager of Security Engineering, who is challenging us to think outside the box when it comes to our security solutions. On my own team, I think of the many accomplishments of  Ping Look, who co-founded Black Hat and now leads our Detection and Response Team (DART), Sian John, MBE, who was recently recognized as one of the top 50 influencers in cybersecurity in the U.K., and Diana Kelley, Microsoft CTO, who tirelessly travels to the globe to share how we are empowering our customers through cybersecurity—just to name a few. It’s important we continue to highlight women like these, including our female cybersecurity professionals at Microsoft who made the Top 100 Cybersecurity list in 2019. The inspiration from their accomplishments goes far beyond our Microsoft campus. These women represent the many Microsoft women in our talented security team. This month, you’ll also hear from some of them in subsequent blog posts on how to keep the diverse talent you already have employed. And to conclude the month, Theresa Payton, CEO at Fortalice Solutions, LLC., and the host of our CISO Spotlight series will share tips from her successful experience recruiting talented women into IT and cybersecurity.

Our cyber teams must be as diverse as the problems we are trying to solve

You’ve heard me say this many times, and I truly believe this: As an industry, we’ve already acknowledged the power of diversity—in artificial intelligence (AI). We have clear evidence that a variety of data across multiple sources and platforms enhances and improves AI and machine learning models. Why wouldn’t we apply that same advantage to our teams? This is one of several reasons why we need to take diversity and inclusion seriously:

  • Diverse teams make better and faster decisions 87 percent of the time compared with all male teams, yet the actual number of women in our field fluctuates between 10 and 20 percent. What ideas have we missed by not including more women?
  • With an estimated shortfall of 3.5 million security professionals by 2021, the current tech talent pipeline needs to expand—urgently.
  • Cyber criminals will continue to exploit the unconscious bias inherent in the industry by understanding and circumventing the homogeneity of our methods. If we are to win the cyber wars through the element of surprise, we need to make our strategy less predictable.

Mentoring networks must start early

Mentorship can be a powerful tool for increasing the number of women in cybersecurity. People select careers that they can imagine themselves doing. This process starts young. Recently a colleague’s pre-teen daughter signed up for an after-school robotics class. When she showed up at the class, only two other girls were in the room. Girls are opting out of STEM before they can (legally) opt into a PG-13 movie. But we can change this. By exposing girls to technology earlier, we can reduce the intimidation factor and get them excited. One group that is doing this is the Security Advisor Alliance. Get involved in organizations like this to reach girls and other underrepresented groups before they decide cybersecurity is not for them.

Building a strong network

Mentoring young people is important, but to solve the diversity challenges, we also need to bring in people who started on a different career path or who don’t have STEM degrees. You simply won’t find the talent you need through the anemic pipeline of college-polished STEM graduates. I recently spoke with Mari Galloway, a senior security architect in the gaming industry and CEO of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) about this very topic in my podcast. She agreed on the importance of finding a mentor, and being a mentee.

Those seeking to get into cybersecurity need a network that provides the encouragement and constructive feedback that will help them grow. I have mentored several non-technical women who have gone on to have successful roles in cybersecurity. These relationships have been very rewarding for me and my mentees, which is why I advocate that everybody should become a mentor and a mentee.

If you haven’t broken into cybersecurity yet, or if you are in the field and want to grow your career, here are a few tips:

  • Close the skills gap through training and certificate programs offered by organizations like Sans Institute and ISC2. I am especially excited about Girls Go Cyberstart, a program for young people that Microsoft is working on with Sans Institute.
  • Build up your advocate bench with the following types of mentors:
    • Career advocate: Someone who helps you with your career inside your company or the one you want to enter.
    • Coach: Someone outside your organization who brings a different perspective to troubleshooting day-to-day problems.
    • Senior advisor: Someone inside or outside your organization who looks out for the next step in your career.
  • Use social media to engage in online forums, find local events, and reach experts. Several of my mentees use LinkedIn to start the conversation.
  • When you introduce yourself to someone online be clear that you are interested in their cumulative experience not just their job status.

For those already in cybersecurity, be open to those from the outside seeking guidance, especially if they don’t align with traditional expectations of who a cybersecurity professional is.

Mentorship relationships that yield results

A mentorship is only going to be effective if the mentee gets valuable feedback and direction from the relationship. This requires courageous conversations. It’s easy to celebrate a mentee’s visible wins. However, those moments are the result of unseen trench work that consists of course correcting and holding each other accountable to agreed upon actions. Be prepared to give and receive constructive, actionable feedback.

Creating inclusive cultures

More women and diverse talent should be hired in security not only because it is the right thing to do, but because gaining the advantage in fighting cybercrime depends on it. ​Mentorship is one strategy to include girls before they opt out of tech, and to recruit people from non-STEM backgrounds.

What’s next

Watch for Diana Kelley’s blog about how to create a culture that keeps women in the field.

Learn more about Girls Go Cyberstart.

Bookmark the Security blog to keep up with our expert coverage on security matters. Also, follow us at @MSFTSecurity for the latest news and updates on cybersecurity. Or reach out to me on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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For Sale – 4TB Red Pro | 2 x 2TB WD Red HDDs | SOLD: 8TB Red

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For Sale – i5 7400T Lenovo M710q USFF pc

Brand new in box

if you know about these machines you know this is the best of the lot especially if your looking for an ultra small form factor

Lenovo Think Centre M710Q Intel i5 7400T Processor 2.
8GB Ram
500GB HDD
WIFI with official Lenovo aerial
Integrated Graphics
Windows 10 PRO
New Lenovo Mouse
New Lenovo KeyBoard
Display Port to HDMI cable included
Original power adaptor and cable included

boxed up ready to go

£250 ONO

delivery courier of your choice split the difference

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For Sale – Various Hard Drives & WTB Lian Li cases

I have decommissioned some workstations and moving these drives on. None of them have any warranty remaining however all have passed a Passmark diskcheck with no errors. I’m looking to sell in bundles and have been priced accordingly. My preference is to have these collected or I meet part way. Delivery will be £10 on top of any agreed sale.

3 x 3TB Seagate Constellation (7200rpm high performance drives) – £100

2 x 3TB Western Digital Black (7200rpm high performance drives) – £80

5 x 2TB Western Digital Black (7200rpm high performance drives) – £130

Will listen to offers on the whole lot

also looking for used Lian li cases. Preferably with lots of HDD capacity.

Location
North Kent
Price and currency
Various
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I prefer the goods to be collected
Advertised elsewhere?
Not advertised elsewhere
Payment method
BT

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Wanted – Mac Mini SO-DIMM 8gig stick

Looking for one of these, cash waiting for right priced stick

it is for a late 2012 MAc mini i5 so must be
DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600

Location
Tyne & Wear

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For Sale – Mikrotik 10g 4p switch, Google daydream, cpu cooler, Lenovo charger, + misc

Doing a bit of a clean out and have these items for sale, adding more later.

Mikrotek switch – 4P 10g SFP+ (CRS305-1G-4S+IN) – £80 Sold for £80
Google Daydream V1 Slate, boxed. – £20
Hyper 212 evo, boxed, only used for a few hours – £17 SOLD for £15
Bt openreach fibre modem – £10
unifi POE injector 802.11 af 48v, boxed – £10
Lenovo 48w usb-c charger, old work laptop charger, hardly used, no box. – £15
Random collection of CPU’s and old RAM, wifi cards. Zoom in for model numbers.(ddr/ddr2/ddr3 e5620 x2, g1610t x2) -£25 for the lot(not splitting)

Pickup only items
6U lincxom network closet with free cable spaghetti, 24P patch panel and a Sonic wall ssl vpn with no license – £50
NZXT s340 – £15
Logitech Force GT – £20
HP dl360 g7 – 2x6C12T(X5660), 48GB ram, 4x1GBE, ILO enhanced, 2x164gb sas + 2 empty HS caddies) – £200

Wanted:
3x 8TB HDD, internal or external(assuming they can be shucked), any age, brand, warranty. Just need to not have bad sectors – £80 each
Unifi UAP-AC-LITE – £40
pair of Chelsio or intel x520 SFP+ dual port 10GB cards – £40
Unifi, Cisco, or HP 10GB SFP+ to 10BASE-T RJ45 transceivers.

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Wanted – Mac Mini SO-DIMM 8gig stick

Looking for one of these, cash waiting for right priced stick

it is for a late 2012 MAc mini i5 so must be
DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600

Location
Tyne & Wear

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For Sale – Alienware 15 R3 – i7-7700HQ GTX1060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD – £850 Delivered

Alienware 15 R3 – £850

I never really know what to write in these as I never sell anything normally but this is too good a machine to just rot in a box in the attic, approximately 18 months old, used occasionally in excellent condition.

15.6” 120hz G-Sync display, no dead pixels or backlight bleed.
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz up to 3.8GHz
16Gb RAM (32Gb max)
GTX 1060 6Gb graphics card
256Gb NVNe SSD Boot drive, space for 2 more.
1Tb HDD.
Windows 10.
Tobii webcam allows for Windows Hello face login
Killer WiFi with Bluetooth 4.1
Full RGB lighting.

Shipping will be with UPS to UK Mainland.

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