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ExtraHop Networks Inc.
Last year was a record-setting one for cyber-security company ExtraHop Networks Inc., and 2019 is shaping up even better. Chief Executive Officer Arif Kareem is particularly sensitive to internal culture as the company grows. The company hired 150 people last year and expects to add 50 more by year’s end, for a total of 510 employees. It plans to hire another 150 in 2020.
“While startups sometimes have a tendency to be driven by growth and financial success, it’s not uncommon that they ignore the people, especially how to develop them and make them successful,” Kareem says. “We want to broaden [employees’] experience as they progress in their own careers. That, to me, is very, very important.”
The company, which has raised more than $61 million since it was founded in 2007, was named one of Seattle Business magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For earlier this year. ExtraHop started out as a performance-monitoring company to support apps running on infrastructure and then shifted to cybersecurity, investing heavily in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science to create its Reveal(x) cyber-analytics security product.
“We have world-class products and security,” Kareem adds. “We need to make the world aware of that.”
Integris Software focuses on helping organizations remain compliant with the expanding landscape of data-security mandates. The company applies machine learning, data mining and language-processing tools to help businesses manage customer data. Through July of last year, Integris had raised some $13 million, a company press statement says. “Global chief technology officers are realizing that complying with privacy law is essentially a data problem and that without an automated-discovery mechanism for sensitive information, they’re flying blind on what data are important to secure and why,” says Kristina Bergman, co-founder and chief executive of Integris.