Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. It is not easy running a company, especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing business world. Technology advances, new hiring strategies, and now, political changes coming with the new administration, all add to the existing business challenges that entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives have to deal with.
Maximizing profits, minimizing expenses and finding talented staff to keep things moving seem to be top challenges for both SMBs and large corporations. We have been interviewing companies from around the world to discover what challenges they are facing in their businesses. We also asked each company to share business advice they would give to a younger version of themselves.
Below is our interview with Stephan Chenette, CEO and Co-Founder at AttackIQ:
What does your company do?
AttackIQ is a leader in the emerging market of continuous security validation and built the security industry’s first platform to give mid-market and large enterprises the ability to test and measure the effectiveness of their security capabilities. The open FireDrill™ platform provides insight into how well current security tools, products and processes are working. The AttackIQ Community brings together the brightest minds in the security industry to challenge existing security practices and bring a more collaborative methodology to validating security decision-making.
What is your role? What do you enjoy most about your role?
I am the CEO and co-founder of AttackIQ and responsible for building, leading and supporting a world-class product and the go-to-market team. However, my main focus is making AttackIQ successful by hiring A-player team members and delighting our customers. My hardworking and dedicated team has help lead the company to be the market leader in continuous security validation. I truly enjoy seeing the new ideas presented by my team, they are creative and innovative and have exceeded what the original company founders dreamed of.
What are the biggest challenges in your business right now?
AttackIQ is building and leading the emerging market of continuous security validation. One of our biggest challenges is that we are growing quickly both in team members and in customers while evolving as a company. Keeping up with customer demand while still providing a high level of customer delight is what we strive for. AttackIQ started with a simple realization: organizations invest heavily in security technologies. But no one knows whether or not these systems are actually working. We set out to solve that problem.
If you could go back in time, what business advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?
The advice I'd give to a younger version of myself is to hire A-player team members as it will be crucial to the success of the company; building a product is not the same as building a company; progress is more important than perfection, things will go wrong, learn from your mistakes and move on; your job as CEO will change over time, you must evolve; and trust and support your team, together you will take the company to the next level.