Hacker Academy is a meetup for anyone interested in what white-hat hackers do, how to become one, and for developers who want to write more secure web applications. HackerOne software engineers Ivan Malykh and Philip Kocanda introduce people of all skill levels to the world of ethical hacking and point out the importance of internet security. During Google’s Digital X event last month, Hacker Academy was part of the side program, with a series of workshops. “We had our first meetup in May”, Ivan says. “Hacking is something you can learn on your own, but it’s much more fun in a group of likeminded people, and of course you can also get extra help.”
How do you go from hacking as a hobby to becoming a booming startup in Palo Alto, landing a whopping €72 million in investments in the process? During the VentureClass last Thursday, HackerOne’s co-founder Jobert Abma shared his story about the road from Groningen to Silicon Valley.
The Groningen and San Francisco based company HackerOne received €37 million in extra investments yesterday. The new round brings the total amount of investments for the hacker platform to more than 69 million euros.
Great news for HackerOne! The company made it to the Forbes list of 30 under 30 this year, the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young changemakers and innovators under the age of 30. HackerOne has its roots in Groningen and still has an office here. Co-founders Michiel Prins and Jobert Abma both studied at the Hanze University and started Online24 (HackerOne’s predecessor) in Groningen.
Groningen has the largest number of successful startups after Amsterdam, and the only city with a consistently growing number of listed companies in the Deloitte Fast50 over the last four years. But Groningen is far more than a collection of successful companies: it’s becoming a thriving ecosystem, fueled by collaboration and innovation. It’s time to claim some bragging rights, so here’s why Groningen kicks serious ass:
The rest of the world may now know them as one of the hottest startups from San Francisco to watch in 2016, but HackerOne has its roots in Groningen. Co-founders Michiel Prins and Jobert Abma both studied at and started Online24 (HackerOne’s predecessor) in Groningen.